About this listing
Big, bright flat near trendy restaurants and bars, 15 minute walk from Shwedagon Pagoda with a view from the bedroom, and 15-30 minutes from the airport. Large private bedroom with en suite washroom and living room with vibrant local art and plants.
The flat is located on a high floor in a high rise building with lift. It has a spacious living room adjacent to an open-plan dining room. Windows surround the flat and let in lots of light, and each room has it's own air-con. The guest bedroom has a handmade teak four-post bed with mosquito net, and views over Golden Valley and Shwedagon Pagoda. The bathroom has a view over Shwedagon from the shower as well! You can, of course, bring the shower curtain around if you prefer not to shower with a view over the city.
We have lived in Myanmar for around a year, and have collected various artwork from different parts of the country, as well as our other travels, which we have decorated around the flat. As with most flats in Myanmar, the place came with our own shrine to Buddha.
There is a second washroom with washing machine if needed. The kitchen is basic, Myanmar-style, with a gas stove and small oven for toasting, fridge, and microwave. We do provide local coffee and tea, and all the equipment necessary to make yourself something in the morning, as well as seasonal fruits, cereal, and bread for breakfast.
The building is guarded, but you will have access to the flat with your own key and key card for the elevator. An additional gate is locked and guarded during the late night hours, so should you be coming back late, the guards will be there to let you back in to the building. The apartment is on a high floor with a lift and a generator, so even when the power cuts (which happens occasionally all over Yangon) the lift will work.
Interaction with guests
You would have your own private bedroom at one end of the flat. We sleep in a separate room at the other end of the hallway. We love Yangon, and will gladly share with you the tips and tricks of the city. We have put (email hidden) for you as well - some practical tips, good restaurants and bars, places to go for art and shopping, etc. We'd also be happy to show (email hidden) or restaurant, depending on our schedule, and perhaps take you to the occasional party. It's up to you, just ask us what you'd like to do!
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The flat straddles two different neighborhoods. To the east is Golden Valley, a green area with many enormous houses of Yangon's wealthy. To the East, is a typical Myanmar neighborhood with a local market daily, street food and local restaurants, and a few places to grab a drink. Many good and trendy bars and restaurants are a 15-20 minute walk away. There are many small pagodas nearby, and Shwedagon Pagoda and Peoples' Park are a 10-20 minute walk down the road. There are two Western style supermarkets walking distance. The airport is 15-30 minutes by taxi ($5-$7), and downtown is 10-20 minutes depending on traffic ($2-$3).
Yangon's public transportation is generally not used by foreigners as it is slow and difficult to maneuver. Taxis, however, are abundant at all hours, and cheap. We can help you hail a cab, or tell you how and how much you should expect to pay for any journey.
Other things to note
Myanmar is still developing, and infrastructure is poor, so short power cuts do occur from time to time. The country is also slowly emerging from an information access blackout, and internet connectivity is often slow (even in supposedly high-speed sites like Sule Shangri-La), and may be disrupted at times.
Just to be clean, courteous, and respectful of our place. And please do not hesitate to ask us if ever you have questions or concerns–we hope to ensure you've the best stay in Yangon!
We are originally from the Pacific Northwest, lived in Myanmar for over two years, and are currently living in Boston. Kamil is a graduate student and works for a humanitarian relief organisation, and Jerry is a musician & freelance writer. We are friendly and social people, and love meeting new people from around the world. We travel quite a bit, and would love to swap stories about your adventures, tell you about places to visit around Boston, or take you to one of our favourite bars or restaurants. Kamil is an avid reader whose favourites include Milan Kundera and Haruki Murakami. Jerry has been playing in bands for over 20 years - he sings and plays primarily guitar and keyboard.
We speak English and Polish fluently, also conversational French, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian, and some basic Spanish.