If we return to Myanmar we will avoid staying in Yangon and suggest you do the same to avoid the pollution and get better value for your dollar elsewhere. If you have to stay a night and get an early morning flight, not much point in having a great breakfast included if you dont get to eat it! Room OK. View of a concrete wall a metre away not so convincing!
So we stayed in the East Hotel on arrival (see my review), and saved about $15 by staying at the Eastern on the way out... Given Yangon's poor reputation for high prices and low hotel standards, I am giving this 3 and a half stars, pity trip advisor doesnt allow that, so I have been on the generous side and given them 4 stars to stop them slipping down the rankings.
Staff helpful, gave us a map, organised wake up call and taxi to airport, so nothing to complain about there. We found our way back to the great place where a whole fish done anyway you like for 3500K and a draft beer for 600k called Takafuji, a few doors down from the East Hotel at 176 Sule Pagoda Rd. I wish you could add a place directly onto tripadvisor when you find somewhere worth adding, as it serves mainly the locals at locals prices!
A note about currency. I mentioned before that you can now change money at the airport and at banks around the country all at the same rates. Problem with changing money back into dollars on the way out at Yangon airport is that the bank doesnt open until 9.30. A black marketeer fortunately bought our excess local money at a surprisingly reasonably good rate of 900k per dollar. I thought the dollar notes might be fake, and they werent in the best condition, but we have since changed them in Thailand and Cambodia so I am assuming they were OK. I made sure we werent dudded before making this review.
Very hard to believe we paid the same price for the Eastern Hotel as we did for the Thande Hotel in Bagan but that is Yangon for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our Hotel !Located at the heart of Yangon. Within walking distance from Sule Pagoda. Yangon Port, Botahtaung Pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San Market, Central Railway Station, Offices, Shops, Markets and Restaurants. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Eastern Hotel Yangon, Myanmar