The Strand Hotel
Described as “the finest hostelry East of Suez” by John Murray in his Handbook for Travellers written in the early 20th century, this 1901-built three storey 5 star hotel remains one of Southeast Asia’s few grand colonial hotels and certainly one of its most awe inspiring. Having just undergone sensitive restoration work, The Strand looks as opulent as ever and a night or two here is a must for anyone looking to get a sense of what Yangon would have felt like during its colonial heyday.
Even if you are not planning to stay here, be sure to check out the Strand’s fine dining restaurant (open from Tuesday to Saturday), which showcases Mediterranean-inspired dishes, created by the Michelin worthy Head Chef, Christian Martena.
- Famous historic bar, once used by the Japanese to stable their horses
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