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Buddha at Shwedagon Paya, Yangon, Myanmar


No longer the capital but still Burma’s largest city, Yangon endures as one of the country’s most important commercial hubs.

The focal-point of bloody nationwide protests in 2007, the city undoubtedly remains at the heart of Burmese society and culture.

International isolation over the last five decades has left the city with enduring colonial charm. Architecture from a bygone era fills the streets of the old centre, whilst the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the skyline.


Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include on your journey.

Savoy Hotel, Yangon £££££

  • Myanmar
  • City
  • Boutique

The Savoy Hotel is a colonial boutique hotel ideally located in a picturesque area of Yangon, overlooking the Shwedagon Pagoda. The 30 antique-filled rooms, lovely pool and central location make this one of the best places to stay in Yangon.

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Belmond Governor’s Residence £££££

  • Myanmar
  • City

The Belmond Governor’s Residence Hotel is an imposing two-storey Burmese mansion dating from the 1920s. Located in the quieter Embassy district, adjacent to Shwedagon Pagoda and set amidst tropical gardens. The 47 rooms overlook either the courtyard or lotus gardens and the spa and swimming pool offer a lovely spot to unwind after a day’s sightseeing.

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The Strand Hotel, Yangon £££££

  • Myanmar
  • City
  • Boutique

The Strand, Yangon has remained true to its architectural past whilst transiting elegantly into the 21st Century. Colonial elegance mixes with Burmese antiquities throughout, and the 31 suites, all enjoy 24-hour butler service. Situated on the banks of the Yangon River in a bustling part of the city, the swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers and greenery creates a welcome oasis.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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Your expertise helped us with our choices of activity, and we were often pleasantly surprised by some of the things arranged - the boat building at Inle was fascinating, we loved eating in the Burmese houses and thought that a real highlight and adored the ballooning in Bagan.


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