Luxury cruise to show ‘genuine Myanmar’

Capitalising on its iconic status, the Strand Hotel will diversified its business into the high-end cruise market next January. The hotel’s sister ship, the Strand Cruise, is still being built in Myanmar with an investment of US$10 million and will make its maiden voyage with pre-launch Christmas and New Year trips on the Ayeyawady before […]

The Strand Hotel to Launch Strand Cruise in Myanmar

The iconic Strand Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, has branched out to river cruising with the launch of a small ship, Strand Cruise. Built locally from scratch, the vessel will have 27 cabins with floor to ceiling Juliette balconies, a pool deck, sun deck for outdoor dining, a wellness centre, reflexology station, beauty parlour, and cocktail […]

Check out the counter-culture scene in Rangoon, Burma

From punk rock to modern art, Burma’s capital has enjoyed a creative boom since military rule was scaled down. Even the former spy chief now runs a gallery … Side Effect, one of Burma’s better known punk rock bands, practise in a dilapidated apartment block on a quiet Rangoon street. It’s a far cry from […]

British day out in Yangon

“See Bagan and live. See Angkor Wat and die,” says my guide Phaphophon Chantharawattanakul, quoting British historian Arnold Toynbee, as he leads me on a stroll through the streets of Old Yangon. “See Yangon and cry,” I retort, narrowly avoiding getting run over as we brave Yangon’s crazy traffic to reach Sule Pagoda. Founded and […]