With the Singapore Dollar at all all time high against the Myanmar Kyat, and tourism to Myanmar still on the mount, the time is now for Singaporeans to visit Yangon! The best time to visit Yangon is in April, when it’s hot and there’s lots of sunlight. So, if you’re planning to make it to Yangon in 2017, start by booking one of the top hotels in Yangon now!
Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon
The colonial-style five star to the north of Kandawgyi Lake has a fantastic Burmese seafood buffet on weekdays, views of the Shwedagon Pagoda, and impeccable service that had former US presidents Clinton and Obama proclaiming the Chatrium as their hotel of choice. Other key hotel attractions include the beach-styled pool flanked by palm trees, six restaurants, and spa. All rooms have balconies, and a separate bathtub.
The Rose Garden Hotel
You probably haven’t heard too many people rave about the cocktail scene in Yangon because not many of your friends have been yet. Be the first mover and discover Yangon’s cocktail scene starting at Rose Garden‘s Veranda Bar. Nestled in the Yangon Zoological Gardens the pyatthat-style roofed Rose Garden Hotel is simply majestic and very Burmese. Opt for Rose Garden if you want to completely understand the true meaning of Burmese hospitality.
Novotel Yangon Max
With an outdoor pool and tennis court, there’s more than one way to score love at the Novotel Yangon Max. And what says love more than a French restaurant? With three open terraces, private dining rooms, and a vegetarian menu, guests at the fine-dining Le Cellier can expect a highly personalised experience. Other pleasures include sipping cocktails at the pool bar and getting treated at the hotel spa – one of the top rated spas in the city.
While some hotels only offer good views from their most expensive rooms, all rooms at Sedona Yangon have views of the romantic Inya Lake – where Aung San Suu Kyi’s residence is. If you’re a city-slicker that likes your hotel to have new furnishings, Sedona Yangon is for you, given it recently added a whole new wing of rooms. Sprinkle in the fresh zest of L’Occitane toiletries and you’ll feel right at home.
Best Western Chinatown
The Best Western Chinatown is located in, if you didn’t already guess from its name, the Chinatown area. The four star has both rooms and suites – if you foresee soaking in a tub after a long day exploring the culturally rich city then opt for a room with a bathtub. All rooms are carpeted which is a highlight, particularly for guests who correlate the feel of carpet with the comfort of home.
As an oasis within the captivating city of Yangon, Sule Shangri-la is a popular hotel for honeymooners – reserve well in advance! Choose from city, pagoda, or river views when booking your Deluxe Room. The full service hotel has an outdoor pool, spa, and gym. Great for access to downtown Yangon, the hotel is right by the Bogyoke Market, Sule Pagoda, and Yangon Central Railway station.
For tips on which local Burmese restaurants to visit read the Yangon section of our travel guide to Myanmar here.
As at any PARKROYAL property, PARKROYAL Yangon is designed with the working professional in mind, rooms are modern, fully equipped and well connected. Also well connected in terms of location, guests can hop over the Bogyoke Market and pick up Burmese antiques and handicrafts. As for traditional foods, Myanmar Chicken Curry and other favourites are served at the hotel’s own Spice Brasserie.
Belmond Governor’s Residence
Highlight of the colonial style Belmond Governor’s Residence is the Burmese Curry Table restaurant that serves local curries and spicy salads. Step out of your warm-toned teak room onto the verandas and you’ll recognise the British influence we’re familiar with back home. After days in an armchair, gazing out onto the lotus pool, you’ll feel like switching your cocktail to a paintbrush and channel your favourite French impressionist painter.
Need inspiration on your trip to Myanmar? Check out our article for recommended routes, where to stay and what to do in Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, and Kalaw, and for tips on travelling from Singapore.