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Check This Out One of Popular Cities in Southeast Asia – Yangon

A quick and quirky guide on what to see, do, eat and drink in this up-and-coming Southeast Asia star

Shwedagon PagodaTake a cab to town after arriving at Yangon’s International Airport and you’ll quickly realize you’ve arrived in a place like no other.

Your taxi driver may have replaced his seat with a garden chair.

Without doubt, he’ll be wearing what looks like a skirt and chewing betel, which has turned his mouth a crimson red.

There might be a hole in the floor of the vehicle, or the steering wheel could be upside down.

It’s a theme that’ll continue throughout your trip.

With a lack of international brand saturation and an abundance of parks, lakes and gleaming pagodas, vibrant street life and friendly locals, Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and former capital, is a city worth getting to know before venturing elsewhere in this strange, wonderful country.

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Yangon hotels

Yangon hotelIn a city where the demand for beds far exceeds the supply — read more on the situation in this CNN Travel Myanmar feature — you’ll pay for a nice place to stay.

But make no mistake, there are great hotel options here.

Strand Hotel

The city’s most iconic hotel has checked-in the likes of Jagger, Maugham and Kipling and is as elaborate and classy as one would expect of a place that once represented the height of colonialism.

Built in 1901 by a British entrepreneur during British India’s heyday, the three-story hotel’s Victorian influences are evident in the colonnaded entrance, marble floor inlaid with teak, hand-carved wooden bed frames, rattan furniture, chandeliers and black ceiling fans.

Strand Hotel, 92 Strand Road, Kyauktada township, Yangon; rooms from $340

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Alamanda Inn

This quiet, little-known B&B is located in Yangon’s leafy Golden Valley district.

Rooms are small and well-kept. It’s worth the stay for the adjoined French restaurant alone.

Alamanda Inn, 60B Shwe Taung Gyar Road, Golden Valley, Yangon; rooms from $70

Savoy Hotel

One of Yangon’s classiest hotels, the Savoy offers some of the city’s best rooms.

Restaurant and bar areas are impressively designed, the latter decked out in a nautical theme.

Savoy Hotel, 129 Dhamazeddi Road (corner of Inya Road), Yangon; rooms from $236

Governor’s Residence

This beautiful teak mansion hotel run by Oriental Express is located in a leafy district west of downtown.

With a colonial style and level of luxury that rivals The Strand, rooms here are as gorgeous as you’ll find in Yangon. The pool and veranda areas are nice.

Governor’s Residence, 35 Taw Win St., Dagon township, Yangon; rooms from $260

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