When you're visiting a city for the first time, there's nothing better than getting tips from a local beyond the usual guide book suggestions!
We asked Thomas Henseler, general manager of the Belmond Governor’s Residence, for his insider scoop on Yangon including where to eat, drink and party, along with a handy local tip.
Yangon seafood – Rakhine Seafood has several locations in Yangon. The most interesting with lots of live seafood in tanks is on the corner of Parami and Pyay roads, while Sharky’s on Dhamazedi Road is also worth a visit.
Union Bar & Grill – Union Bar & Grill on Strand Road is an easy-to-find venue, offering great ambience and good parking.
Pegu Club – Visit the abandoned Pegu Club next to the Russian Embassy, Yangon’s oldest teak building, where the squatters are using the 150-year-old teak parquet to cook chicken curry. The Shwedagon Pagoda is now Yangon’s main tourist attraction.
Gold everywhere. The Golden Gateway To Myanmar
Bago and the Golden Rock – This is a great destination for a day trip as Bago and the Golden Rock are unique and travellers can see traditional Myanmar craftsmanship at workshops along the way.
Insider info – The circular train line is a trip that takes three hours to see the good and confronting sides of Yangon.