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Since opening to the world in 2012, after decades of military rule, Myanmar is working hard to claim its spot on the world map, even though internal conflicts continue to haunt the country. Plugged-in travelers, however, cannot help but be bowled over by Myanmar’s cultural riches, like the crumbling beauty of Yangon, temple-strewn fields of Bagan, ancient capital of Mandalay and on-the-water gardens of Inle Lake.


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Garden Lounge at Belmond Governor’s Residence, Myanmar

Belmond Governor's Residence

Irrawaddy River Near Belmond Road to Mandalay, Myanmar

Belmond Road to Mandalay

Choose from 3, 4, 7 or 11-day itineraries that take you up and down the Irrawaddy River, allowing you to see parts of Myanmar normally not visited.

Bedroom at The Strand, Myanmar

The Strand

At a Glance

The only other high-end option in downtown Yangon, the historic Strand hotel takes guests back in time to the mid-1900s in British Colonial Myanmar.

Indagare Loves

  • The large and luxurious suites with high ceilings
  • The historic Strand Bar
  • The dramatic lobby that conjures scenes from Somerset Maugham

The Strand Review

The only other high-end option in Yangon, besides Governor’s Residence, the historic Strand hotel is located in the downtown area, facing the Yangon river (across a busy thoroughfare). Part of the Leading Hotels of the World Group, the Strand is best for those who prefer a grand, luxurious room product and want to be based in the downtown Yangon area. The location lends itself to walking tours of the neighborhood (acclaimed Monsoon restaurant, newcomer Sofaer & Co and Gekko and and River Gallery are all nearby). The 31 accommodations (all of which are suites) are generously sized, with high ceilings, dark woods, white linens, subtle pops of color and Asian art, antiques, silks and rugs.

The Strand’s lobby, which rises into a four-story atrium and conjures scenes from Somerset Maugham’s books, is normally buzzing with activity. Even if you are not staying here, come for afternoon tea in The Strand Café or a drink at the hotel’s famous Strand Bar. There's an intimate spa and a swimming pool.

Who Should Stay

First-time visitors who like to be in the center of town, within walking distance to restaurants and shop.

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