Saturday, August 27, 2011


Orcaella – 800-237-1236;; Irrawaddy River cruises.
Sanctuary Retreats – 60 Strand (London); 011-44-020-7190-7728;; 11-day Mandalay-Bhamo-Bagan voyage on upper Irrawaddy River; 21-suite luxury river boat.
Trails of Indochina – 10/8 Phan Dinh Giot Street (Ho Chi Minh City, Tan Binh District); 011-84-8-3844-1005;

Aureum Palace – Min Nanthu Village (Nyaung Oo, Mandalay Division, near Bagan Viewing Tower); 011-95-61-60046 or 011-95-61-60047;; 40 guest rooms and 72 villas sprawl across 27 acres.
Sights & Sites
Dhammayazika – Pwasaw (within Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone); 12th Century bell-shaped pagoda.

Aureum Palace Inle – Mine Thauk Village (Nyaung Shwe); 011-95-81-209-866, 011-95-81-209-877, or 011-95-49-359-191;
Golden Island Cottages – 85 Circular Road (Nampan Village); 011-95-81-209-390;; serene walkways to guestrooms on stilts.
Inle Princess Resort – Magyizin Village; 011-95-81-209-055, 011-95-81-209-363, 011-95-81-209-364, or 011-95-81-209-365;; 46 chalets with teak furnishings and bamboo roofs; owned by former political prisoner.
Sights & Sites
Inle Lake – locals fish while standing on narrow, canoe-like vessel, and maneuver vessel with one foot coiled around paddle; harvest fish from beneath hyacinths; also, note floating gardens.
Kakku Pagodas – Kyaing Tong (Taunggyi);; special day-trip requires private guide; accessible through canals and by lengthy hike; among Asia’s largest and most spectacular ancient monuments; over 2K stupas with origins dating back many centuries; testament to religious devotion of Myanmar ethnic minory people, Pa-Oh.

Sedona – 27th Street; 011-95-2-36-488;; on 4 landscaped garden acres; faces Royal Palace and Mandalay Hill.
Sights & Sites
Kuthodaw Pagoda – 62nd Street; houses largest book in world, inscribed stone tablets housed in 729 whitewashed stupas.
Mandalay Palace – original constructed between 1857-59 in traditional Burmese palace design, inside walled fort surrounded by moat; is replica rebuilt in 1990s with some modern materials.
U Bein Bridge – teak.

Andaman Resort – Macleod Island; 011-95-59-51046 (Kawthaung) or 011-95-1-549-234 (Yangon);; beautiful diving and pristine beaches.
Sights & Sites
Lampi Kyun Marine National Park – Lampi Island;; demarcated marine national park governed by Myanmar Nature & Wildlife Conservation Division; typical habitats are coral reefs, mangroves, and tropical evergreen forests; also beach and dune habitats, as well as sea grass beds that feed dugongs.

Amara Ocean Resort – Gaut Village Road (Ngapali Beach); 011-95-1-663-347; 28 traditional style luxury bungalows in palm grove, privately distributed; on Andaman Sea.

YANGON (formerly Rangoon, includes Putao)
Bars & Nightclubs
Captain’s Bar – 129 Dhammazedi Road (at Savoy Hotel); 011-95-1-526-289;; favored expatriate watering hole.
Maw Shwe Li – 316 Anawrahta Road (Lanmadaw); 011-95-1-221-103; restaurant that doubles as bar; can be dark; locally supported.
Governor’s Residence – 35 Taw Win Road (Dagon); 011-95-1-229-860;; 47-room, 1920s teak mansion.
Malikha Lodge – 41 Golden Valley (Putao, Bahan); 011-95-1-503-831;;; gorgeous thatched bungalows, Himalaya views; good food; spectacular scenery; 8 bungalows (giant teak tubs, wood-burning stoves, soft linens); rafting, elephant trips, hikes; open October-April, with November-December being driest months.
Savoy – 129 Dhammazedi Road; 011-95-1-526-289, 011-95-1-526-298, or 011-95-1-526-305;; faux colonial, German-run, intimate hotel; best choice.
Strand – 92 Strand Street (Kyauktada); 011-95-1-243-377;; in same vein as Raffles; Myanmar’s grandest hotel; excellent on-site boutique.
Golden Duck – 222-224 Strand Road (on river); 011-95-1-249-421 or 011-95-9-861-4554; Chinese.
Huan Lau Lau – 416-18 Strand Road (Latha); 011-95-1-226-513; try spicy mutton and dumplings.
Junior Duck – Pansodan Jetty (on river); 011-95-1-249-421 or 011-95-9-861-4554; Chinese.
Maw Shwe Li – 316 Anawrahta Road (Lanmadaw); 011-95-1-221-103; curries are excellent and cheap; Shan specialities include pei pot kyaw (sour bean condiment) and hmo chawk kyaw (fried mushrooms); doubles as bar; can be dark; locally supported.
L’Opera – 62D U Tun Nyein Street (Mayangon); 011-95-1-665-516;; lakeside setting and good Italian food.
Le Planteur – 22 Kaba Aye Pagoda (Bahan); 011-95-1-541-997;; among most expensive restaurants in town; Swiss; panfried foie gras.
Destination Asia – 02/01 2nd Floor, Pearl Condominium A (Bahan, corner Kaba Aye Pagoda Saya San Roads); 011-95-1-556-641;; can arrange English-speaking guides.
Bonton – Bogyoke Aung San Road, #149-150 (Pabedan, at Bogyoke Aung San Market, Central Hall); 011-95-1-542-874; antiques, including vintage photographs.
Burma Chindits Co. – 79 Mingalar Street, 4th Floor (Sanchaung); 011-95-9-514-5900; items made from reclaimed teak.
Inya Gallery – 50B Inya Road; 011-95-1-534-327 or 011-95-1-524-818; Aung Myint’s gallery; in 2-room garage; experimental and modern art.
●New Treasure Gallery – 84A Thanlwin Street, Golden Hill Avenue (Bahan, Golden Valley); 011-95-1-526-776; highly-stylized Buddhist monk paintings by Min Wae Aung that fetch high prices in West; also display “Old Burmese Masters,” rarely seen in West.
River Gallery – 92 Strand Street (Kyauktada, at Strand Hotel); 011-95-1-243-377, ext. 1821;; figurative and semi-abstract works.
Studio Square – F.36, 1st Floor, Pearl Condominium (Bahan, at corner Kaba Aye Pagoda and Saya San Roads); 011-95-1-557-448, extn. 865;; contemporary art.
Tai Minn Silver Ware – Bogyoke Aung San Road, #41-42 (Pabedan, at Bogyoke Aung San Market, Central Hall); silver.
Sights & Sites
Bogyoke Aung San Musuem – 15 Bogyoke Aung San Lane (Bahan township); closed between 1999-2007; where Gen. Aung San lived between WWII’s end and his assassination 2 years later; 1921 structure with circular verandas, elaborate turrets.
Bogyoke Aung San Market – Bogyoke Aung San Road (Pabedan);; also known as Scott Market; sprawling, 70 year-old market.
Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda – Shwe Goh Taing Road (Tamwe); 6-story Buddha image built in 1966 to replace old image built in 1907, appearing to wear garish red lipstick.
High Court – between Maha Bandula Garden & Pansodan Streets (Kyauktada); Queen-Anne style brick castle with gloomy clock tower.
Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda – Bargayar Road (Sanchaung); 9-story Buddha image.
New Zero Art Space – Room 202, United Condo, Alanpya Pagodar Road; 011-95-1-7312-9520;; modern art cooperative with periodic artist-in-residence programs.
Ngar Htat Gyi Pagoda – Shwe Goh Taing Road (Tamwe); 5-story Buddha image.
Shwedagon Pagoda – Shwedagon Road (Dagon, between People’s Park and Kandawgyi);; built between 6th and 10th Centuries; decorated in diamonds and gleaming in gold.
Sule Pagoda – Sule Pagoda Road (Kyauktada, at Mahabandoola Road); over 2K years old, it occupies city’s center.
Tomb of Bahadur Shah Zafar – 8 Zi Wa Ka Street; Muslim shrine dedicated to last Mughal Emperor.

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