Mandalay, the second largest city and the former royal capital of Myanmar, is one of four “classic” destinations in Myanmar (besides Yangon, Bagan, and Inle Lake). The city and its outskirts are full of attractions and sights such as the Royal Palace Monastery, Mandalay Hill, Mahamuni Pagoda and U Bein Bridge. As the main tourist center, Mandalay offers a variety of housing supplies. However, if you really want to find the accommodations not only to stay but also relax and enjoy life with best perfect services, a resort in Mandalay may be a good choice. Here we recommend you several options.

Mandalay Hill Resort – the best Mandalay resort

Situated at the foot of Mandalay Hill, the resort offers a panoramic view of a myriad of pagodas and faces the distinctive architecture of the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. From the resort, you can easily reach splendid ancient pagodas or take a mountain tour on the Mandalay Hill and discover mysterious treasures there.
Accommodation facilities to impress the most discerning of guests, the 206 guestrooms and suites provide you a “taste of paradise” in itself. From each room, one can experience some spectacular views of Mandalay Hill, the Royal Palace, the famous Irrawaddy River and the city of Mandalay, once the Royal Capital of Myanmar. The rate for a superior room is from 240 USD while for a spa villa, the renting price may be up to thousands of dollars.
In terms of dining, this resort in Mandalay will be a noteworthy address. Indeed, the hotel comprises a range of restaurants and lounges: Kinsana Garden Theater, Kipling's Lounge, Ming’s Asian Kitchen, Yadanabon Café and Pavilion, serving not only the local food but also cuisines all over the world. This one is a good idea for your Myanmar travel.

Focus on: Mandala Spa Villa

If you are a frequent traveler, you may not be unfamiliar with villas in resorts. However, the Mandalar Spar Villa of the Mandalay Hill Resort will be obviously a special “phenomenon. Choosing a spa villa, you will not only have a wonderful living space with best services but also have your mind, soul, and body rejuvenated thanks to health care therapies.
Address: No. 9, Kwin (416.B), 10th Street At the foot of Mandalay Hill, Mandalay, Myanmar
Contact: mandalayhillresorthotel.com

Rupar Mandalar Resort – an affordable resort in Mandalay

A lot of tourists say that Rupar Mandalar Resort has a “weird location”. Honestly speaking, its location is less appreciated as it’s quite far from the city center (5 kilometers) and the attractions such as Royal Palace Monastery (more than 5 kilometers) and Mandalay Hill (nearly 8 kilometers), and has the view of almost nothing interesting. However, the resort provides really good accommodations at a reasonable price. The 44 rooms are designed in single-storey house, full of modern amenities and surrounded by lush green gardens. Other facilities include restaurants and lounge, swimming pool, health and beauty spa. The facilities are so good that they have been marked 10 points in Agoda.com. The room rate is only from $105.
The resort serves a variety of dishes such as: Myanmar, Thai, Chinese and European ones. In general, dining services are not really excellent but acceptable for the price.

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Focus on: Spa treatments

The resort spa offers a variety of treatments: Thai Massage, Foot Spa, Hand Spa, Slimming Massage, Sauna and Jacuzzi, Rupar Massage and Mandalar Massage. The time for treatments is 60 - 180 minutes.
Address: (A-15), Corner of 53rd & 30th Street, Mandalay
Contact: http://ruparmandalar.com/ - (95) 9-402658777
We expect that the information will help you in choosing reasonable accommodations in the second largest city. Consider carefully you budget, your preference, and taste to choose a good resort in Mandalay.

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Yangon is the city of not only splendid gilded temples and pagodas, fresh green parks, busy markets and a myriad of other interesting things but also a rich cuisine culture. The Yangon cuisine is the perfect combination between the quintessence of Thai, Chinese and Indian cuisines with the master cooking art of locals peoples. Here we recommend the best restaurants in Yangon where you may have unforgettable cuisine experiences.

Shwe That Drink

Located in a beautifully decorated mansion, this is one of the best Yangon restaurants for the price. It’s interesting that the restaurant is also a catering training school whose graduates work at the best hotels and restaurants in Yangon. You can choose from set meals of two or three dishes.
The restaurant-school was established by a French person named Francois and has an intake of 22 students per year. Training comprises both front-of-house and kitchen skills under the supervision of French chefs. Before your meal, you can take a tour of the premises and learn about the aims of the venture.
Price: lunch/dinner from K19,000 - 32,000
Hours: noon - 2pm & 6.30 - 9.30pm Tue - Sun, closed Jul & Aug
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/shwesabwe - 09 42100 5085
Location: 20 Malikha St, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Feel Myanmar Food

The restaurant which has its own long history is a wonderful place to start discovering Burmese cuisine. There is always a variety of freshly made dishes on display; all you need to do is just go to the counter and point out what you'd like. Every meal comprises a bowl of soup, a plate of salad veggies and a small dessert. Outside are situated a lot of stalls selling sweets and other takeaways. This is one of the most popular restaurants in Yangon chosen by both locals and foreign embassy staff. Highly recommend for your Myanmar travel.
Price: dishes from K1500, curries from K3800
Hours: 6am - 11pm
Contact: http://www.feelrestaurant.com - 01-511 6872
Location: 124 Pyidaungsu Yeiktha St, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Gecko

It’s possibly the best Japanese restaurants in Yangon. The justly popular and stylish restaurant and lounge bar is on the ground floor of the historic building of Sofaer. The mainstay is Japanese dishes, such as grilled skewers of meat and vegetable and sushi which are prepared in the open kitchen. Besides, there are some Vietnamese and Korean in the menu. It’s best for you to visit the restaurant in the evenings and live jazz is shown every Friday from 7pm until 10pm.
Price: mains US $8 - 12
Hours: 11am - 11pm
Contact: http://www.gekkoyangon.com - 01-386 986
Location: 535 Merchant St, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

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Laksa leaves

For Southeast-Asian cuisine enthusiasts, the restaurant will be a great place among numerous restaurants in Yangon. It’s located in east of downtown, hitting the mark with its Vietnamese-inspired menu made for sharing. The refreshing starter is the Hokkaido scallop crudo, and the root-vegetable rendang and bo kho (beef brisket and oxtail stew with garlic bread are the satisfying main courses.
Price: mains K12,000 - 25,000
Hours: 5-11pm Tue-Sun
Contact: http://www.rauram.com - 09 45516 0657
Location: 64B Yay Kaw St, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Taing Yin Thar

Taing Yin Thar stands out by an airy wood-beamed dining hall with verandahs for outdoor dining. The restaurant offers a wide range of Myanmar ethnic dishes that you're unlikely to find elsewhere. If you are a vegetarian, it’s one of the best restaurants in Yangon for you as plenty of vegetarian options are always available here.
Price: mains K3000-6000
Hours: 10 am - midnight
Contact: http://www.taingyinthar.com.mm - 01-966 0792
Location: cnr May Kha & Parami Rds, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
In addition to restaurants, you can find a great number of street food stalls at almost all of the streets in the Yangon downtown during your Burma tours. Whether you choose a luxurious restaurant or a normal street stall, the appetizing dishes of Yangon will enchant you.

Yangon, the former capital and largest city of Myanmar, attracts visitors by its majestic pagodas, lush green parks, bustling markets and delicious dishes. Among various tourist attractions and sights of the city, here we suggest top five things to see in Yangon.

1. Shwedagon Pagoda

Being the jewel of Yangon and the pride of Myanmar people, the pagoda is always ranked first in the list of things to see in Yangon. Standing out by the main stupa which is 99 meters high, Shwedagon Pagoda can be seen from every corner of the city. It’s amazing that it is covered by 30 tons of gold and thousands of diamonds as well as other types of gems. No one can say exactly how old then pagoda is. Local people believed that it’s more than 2,600 years old while scientists estimate it was built 1,000-1,500 years ago. The pagoda is the most sacred shrine in Myanmar; it’s said to house four sacred treasures of Buddhism, such as the stem of Kakusandha Buddha, the water filter and a piece of cloth of Kassapa Buddha eight hairs of Sakyamuni Buddha. Every day, visiting nuns, monks and pilgrims from all over the country pray, chant, eat and snooze beneath beautifully carved eaves.

2. Chauktatgi Buddha Temple

There are at least two reasons to put Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple into the list of top 5 things to see in Yangon. Firstly, it’s the most well-known Buddhist temple in Bahan Township, Yangon, and secondly, you have to pay no fee to visit it, which is very usually to most tourist attractions and sights in Myanmar. The pagoda is famous for the Reclining Buddha, one of the most sacred and largest Buddha images in Myanmar. The image is 66 meters (217 ft) long; its crown is decorated with diamonds and other gems, and the feet are etched with inscriptions showing the symbols and characteristics of the Buddha.
There are a lot of floor space surrounding the Reclining Buddha where a lot of people having lunch with their friends and family. Join them if you want to chat with friendly locals and better understand their spiritual life in your Myanmar travel.

3. Bogyoke Aung San Market

You may hear a lot of travelers say that Bogyoke Aung San Market is a wonderful place to buy souvenirs. This is absolutely right! However, even when you do not have the intention to buy anything, the market is totally worth being included in the top 5 things to see in Yangon. Indeed, a visit to the market is a great opportunity to learn about the most typical handicraft products of Myanmar, such as woven textiles from the Chin and Naga tribes, woodcarving from Mandalay and lacquerware from Bagan, and trade practices of Myanmar people. Inviting tourists to buy goods, quoting the price, negotiating…all are carried on in warm and friendly attitude. In additions, you will find some currency shops where you can change US dollars into Myanmar Kyats with good rates on the south side of the markets.

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4. China town

If you are a foodie, head to Chinatown town on your Yangon tour. This is one of the busiest and most eventful places in the city, especially in the evening when food vendors appear on sides of the streets, and provide you with everything from ready-made foods to fresh produce.
The Kheng Hock Keong Temple, Sule Pagoda and Night market at Maha Bandula road are all located in the China Town area, so can make a day tour to these places.

5. Kandawgyi Park

Among what to see in Yangon, Kandawgyi Park is a very special phenomenon as it’s absolutely opposed to the business and eventfulness of the others. You will have a quiet, light and fresh space in the park. You can sit back, relax here amid green trees, fragrant flowers, and watch animals (some of which are rare) do their business.
Above are the top 5 things to see in Yangon. Besides, you can visit a great number of other tourist attractions and sights such as Sule Pagoda, Botataung Pagoda, Myanmar National Museum and Myanmar Zoo. Yangon is a limitless treasure; the only matter is how much time you can spend exploring it in your Burma tours.