Wai Wai's Place is a basic, clean, safe and extremely welcoming guest house in north western Yangon, reasonably close to Inya Lake and Aung San Suu Kyi's house (would still recommend a cab if going there - we walked and it took us a good 20 minutes in the heat of the day) and about 15 minutes to downtown Yangon in a cab, with traffic. Although the guesthouse is slightly outside of the city centre, this isn't a concern as cabs are cheap and plentiful. It's also nice to escape the main tourist areas and retreat to a relatively more sedate corner of the bustling capital. As another reviewer has mentioned, there's also the added benefit of passing the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda on cab rides to and from downtown.
As other reviewers have already noted, the guest house is on the same street as a branch of The Green Elephant chain. We would recommend this restaurant as the Burmese dishes on offer are tasty and the service is good. It's a restaurant aimed at tourists so it's perhaps not truly authentic but we tried a couple of authentic spots during our time in Yangon and some, we shamefully admit, were just a bit too authentic for our western palates.
Anyway, back to the guest house. We stayed for 2 nights and occupied 2 of the double rooms upstairs, each with en suite bathroom. Both rooms were extremely clean, spacious and had very comfortable beds. We found the surrounding area to be quiet so we all had a good night's sleep. Wai Wai wasn't in when we arrived but we were warmly welcomed by her cousin, another lovely lady whom we assume is related to the cousin and an adorable little girl, who acted as translator to Wai Wai's cousin, who doesn't speak English. We met Wai Wai later on in the evening and she was just as charming and welcoming as her cousin, with the added benefit that she speaks very good English! Breakfast in the morning consisted of fresh fruit, fried eggs and plenty of toast with real butter, jam and peanut butter as well as lots of hot coffee/tea. As other reviewers have mentioned, you eat at a communal table downstairs, which gives you the opportunity to swap stories with any other guests who happen to be breakfasting at the same time.
We had been very stressed prior to arriving in Yangon as our itinerary allowed only 1 day for us to organise transport to Bagan as well as return flights from our final stop, Mandalay, back to Yangon. We needn't have worried though: we had pre-informed Wai Wai that we would need to book travel and she got straight on the case the morning after our arrival, phoning a local travel agent and getting us a quote and then arranging for a very nice taxi driver to pick us up and take us downtown in order for us to reserve our tickets. Wai Wai also organised the taxi to take us to the airport on the morning of our departure to Bagan, offered to wake up at a most uncivilised hour to make breakfast (we refused due to time constraints) and woke up anyway to see us off in the taxi. We really appreciated the highly personalised service.
Thank you Wai Wai (and family) for making our stay in Yangon so enjoyable. We enjoyed staying at your place so much that we've recommended it to our parents for their planned visit this spring.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wai Wai's Place is nestled in the lively area of San Chaung, an ideal location to discover Yangon. Our place is not far from the city center (just 2.2 km away) and it normally takes about 25 minutes to reach the airport. The Shwedagon Pagoda is located at 10 minutes walking distance from Wai Wai's Place. We provide breakfast and arrange transportation. We have 19 rooms spread over 5 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. ... more less
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- Wai Wai's Place Yangon, Myanmar