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Travel: Visit of the Year: Myanmar/Burma, Yangon

Irene Khin Wong

This year my trip takes me to an ancient city of Cambodia, as a guest of His Excellency Roland Eng for a week of Royal visit to his homeland followed by a detour visit to sleepy fishing village of Ngwe Saung by the Bay of Bengal in Myanmar.

Another week in Yangon (Rangoon), this city is the gateway to Myanmar. The century-old buildings are maintaining the heritage landscape in the midst of the city's cosmopolitan life that is rapidly growing. 

Always green with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes, Yangon is known as the Garden City of the East. Besides visiting the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda here are a few of my own personal favorites.

A vendor at the bay

Restaurants:

Monsoon

www.monsoonmyanmar.com

 85-87, Thinbyu Road

This decadent restaurant and bar is a multicultural mix of old world charm and with a modern twist.

House of Memories 290, U Wizara Road

Located in a historic colonial villa, this restaurant was once the headquarters to members of the Burma independence movement. 

Happy Noodle 62, Inya Road

Serves a variety of Myanmar noodles, specializing in Shan tradition. 

Taing Yin Thar 5A, Parami Road

Newly opened on Parami Road, serving different ethnic Burmese food.

La Planteur

www.leplanteur.net

22, Pagoda Road

Beautifully situated on the Royal Lake, the menu consists of French-Burmese fusion cuisine set in an old colonial home. Best wines in beautiful villa on Inya Lake.

Mes Amis

www.mesamisyangon.com

5, U Htun Nyein Street

(Owner was previously from Le Planteur), also located on the Inya Lake.

Lashio Lay

If you want Indian food, located in a nice hotel by the red canal hotel.

999 Shan Noodle House

This place has a great noodle also their Shan Tofu Salad is a must.

The Strand Hotel

Just re-opened after renovation - go have a look!

Gekko

Japanese fusion downtown on Merchant at Pansodan (Phuong & Sean from Q Bar Hoi An liked this place!)

The Envoy Bar & Grill

New Hang Out with roof garden - downtown - very popular

Hotels:

Alamanda Inn

60B Shwe

Taung Gyar Road,

Golden Valley

This is new quiet B&B, upscale Yangon's Golden Valley district, rooms are small and well-kept.

Savoy Hotel

129 Dhamazeddhi Road, Corner of Inya Road

Close to many eclectic restaurants, bustling with fruit stands and food stalls at night.

Governor's Residence

35 Taw Win Street, Dagon Township

Colonial style with impeccable services, built in a beautiful teak mansion, located on a tree lined streets.

Ice Cream Street Vendor in Yangon

From Yangon, an excursion to the

Bay of Bengal beach

, we took a 4-hour ride through the rice fields countryside, bamboo plantations and fish farms to

Ngwe Saung

- a fishing village along stretches of unspoiled beach with beautiful turquoise waters and soft sandy beaches.  The village consists of a few boutique hotels on the ocean and a handful local restaurants, lined with stalls filled with freshly caught lobsters, large craw crabs and abundance of fish.

Ngwe Saung Beach by the bay of bengal

Don’t forget to bring new hundred dollar bills (no credit cards accepted here yet!) and dollar bills come in handy for tips.

Stay tuned on my Cambodia tips on my next post.