11 May

Tour Mandalay recommends: Han Thar Gardens (Bago)

Located close enough to Bago for it to be convenient, yet far enough away to escape the city’s hustle and bustle, Han Thar Gardens is hands down the best accommodation option in Bago. From the moment you pull up in the car, you are immediately wowed by Han Thar Gardens’ natural setting. Surrounded by green fields, a golf course and 6 acres of partly manicured green space, the property provides a pleasant oasis in which to relax after a full day’s exploration of this fascinating ancient capital.

Han Thar Gardens Bago
A partial view of Han Thar Gardens and its pleasant natural surroundings

Han Thar Gardens offers 16 beautifully designed spacious rooms comprising of three categories; Superior, Deluxe or Grand Eco Deluxe. Tour Mandalay opted to stay in the Deluxe Room (see below), which offered lots of space, air conditioning and glorious views across the surrounding countryside. Due to the room’s airy design, it wasn’t necessary for us to use the air conditioning in the end, which boded well for Han Thar Gardens’ eco-friendly mission statement. Next time we’d be tempted to use the Grand Eco Deluxe rooms above the lobby – they don’t feature air conditioning units and they’re a lot more spacious.

Han Thar Gardens Deluxe Room
A Deluxe Room at Han Thar Gardens

One thing Tour Mandalay particularly liked about Han Thar Gardens was the seamless blend between modern design and traditional furnishings. As you can see from photo above – small touches like the parasol lampshades and Shan paper-paper style lamps help to provide each of the rooms with an authentic feel.

You’d expect a hotel in the middle of nowhere to lack facilities, but not Han Thar Gardens. They even have an open-air swimming pool, complete with deckchairs, which looks out over the surrounding golf course and fields. For those looking to slow down the pace of their itinerary a little, how about spending two nights here as opposed to the typical one? Having a swimming pool certainly helped to convince us.

Han Thar Gardens swimming pool
The swimming pool at Han Thar Gardens

Then there’s the restaurant, which serves up high quality, locally sourced, mostly Asian-inspired cuisine. Tour Mandalay opted for the ‘Difficult  Fish’ dish which had been gutted, deboned, re-stuffed with fish meat and herbs – it was absolutely delicious!

Han Thar Gardens Difficult Fish
The ‘Difficult Fish’ served at Han Thar Gardens

As with any property featured in the ‘Tour Mandalay recommends’ section, Han Thar Gardens proudly stands out as one of the most unique accommodation options in the country. Hopefully it won’t be long before we see more accommodation options like this spring up across the country. Rooms are limited so be sure to call ahead to book your stay now.

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