Yangon Hotels: Construction Help Wanted

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This is part of the Trip Report So Long Mongolia, Hello SE Asia (December-January 2015) which covers:

Catch up by reading the preview, The Banana Pancake Trail to Myanmar Starts This Monday, then the overview, Thailand, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Disney, Home, where the game time decision was made to leave Mongolia for good.


Myanmar, the land of the golden pagodas, has opened its doors to tourism. It has not opened its doors to reasonably priced accommodations. The two hotels of prominence are The Strand Hotel and The Shangri-La. Both are worth a visit but certainly not worth the cost of admission.

There are no SPGs, Hiltons, or Hyatts in Yangon. There are only overpriced guesthouses that start at $25 and go up to $100. Regardless of how much you spend, you still receive the same thing: junk. I’ve stayed at hostels across the globe and the reason I do so is because of price, convenience, and opportunity to meet like-minded travelers. In Yangon, none of those factors come into play. The prices are inflated and they are not willing to negotiate. Convenience is impossible in a city of traffic and no street lights. As far as like-minded travelers, one thing I did appreciate about Yangon is the lack of tourists compared to cities like Bangkok.

The tragedy of Yangon is how beautiful the city used to be. The architecture constructed by the British colonists is timeless. The isolationist economy and general disdain for the imperialist Brits are among the reasons these buildings have fallen into disrepair. The dilapidation extends to the entire infrastructure of the city. In comparison, the capital which moved from Yangon to Naypyidaw, a city that no tourists visits, has modern highways and buildings. This makes one question why those resources aren’t spent restoring what was once a splendid city.

As far as hotel reviews go, I have none. Take the cheapest one, survive, then get out and explore.

yangon hotels
Thanks to the trainee for guiding us at DMK airport Bangkok on our way to Yangon
Approaching Yangon
Approaching Yangon
yangon hotels
The mystique of Yangon
yangon hotels
Our hostel
$25/night
$25/night
Imagine this building in its day
Imagine this building in its day
Herman Cain's Noodle Shop
Herman Cain’s Noodle Shop
More beautiful architecture
More beautiful architecture
The British Influence
The British Influence
The Strand Hotel
The Strand Hotel
Pool at the Strand
Pool at the Strand
Happy Hour at the Strand
Happy Hour at the Strand
The General Post Office
The General Post Office
The unimpressive, overpriced Shangri-La
The unimpressive, overpriced Shangri-La
Shangri-La
Shangri-La
Beautiful colors
Beautiful colors
Envision what this once was.
Envision what this once was.
Looking down from the garbage hostel
Looking down from the garbage hostel
Imagine what this city used to look like.
Imagine what this city used to look like.
Stunning views.
Stunning views.
The contrast of the golden pagodas to modern day Myanmar
The contrast of the golden pagodas to…
To this
This

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