Welcome to Yangon, a city with a storied past, beautiful lakes, Victorian architecture and in the midst of historic change. North of Inlay Lake you will find our wood and concrete, country style house, surrounded by coconut and mango trees.
With hardwood floors throughout, the house has a very warm inviting feel. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a good kitchen, with spacious living and dining areas. We also provide a full service experience, including complimentary breakfast, a Burmese cook to prepare meals upon request, 8 passenger van and driver (9 hour per day), and on-site support staff making for a very comfortable stay.
The house comes with cable and satellite TV, Wi-fi Internet, outdoor basketball hoops, and children's play area.
Mayangone Township borders the north end of Inlay Lake about 25 minutes from downtown. The area is quiet and residential with some amazing lakeside restaurants nearby.
We offer the comfort of a lovely home, plus Myanmar and International home cooking. Having a driver and van makes the journey so much more convenient.
We arrived in Yangon from 3 different directions and Peter's driver Auow was able to coordinate it all at the airport and also assist with lost luggage. He was fabulous.
In fact over the 8 nights we were there we foundall staff to be fabulous. Wan was happy to prepare and cook traditinal Myanmar food on occassions when asked, and all we had to do was provide some money for her to attend the markets. Wan and her team also attended to house cleaning and were a delight to be with on a daily basis.
The house is described as a country home, but this is country in the Yangon sense. We found it very close to all amenities, and with host Peter's recommendations and Auow's excellent driving we were able to visit all Yangon sites, and dine at excelllent eateries - House of memories, Yangon Bakery, Zephyr Gardens, Happy Noodles and our favorite Shwe Sa Ba when we chose. It was the combination of ethical tourism and comfort that makes Peter and Cavalle's house such a pleasure to stay at.
Off course this is Myanmar, and after 3 weeks of touring you learn to adjust expectations of internet, traffic, running water, electricity, dust and whatever, but being in the house made it very easy to do so, and we had a genuine local experience compared to the packaged agony of some other westerners we met.
I feel indebted to Peter for this opportunity - it was a delightful visit and excellent facility from which to launch fabulous memories as a family. My eldest daughter and her partner we disappointed not to share a double bed in the second bedroom, but they soon adjusted and sicovered the joys of sleeping seperately for 8 nights.
For five people on a bi-annual reunion this was convenient, comfortable, communal, affordable and delightful. It is always a little awkward entering a host house for the first time, but Peter's is welcoming, open and central to everything, including its own market at the end of the street. In quiet moments we were able to relax and watch a movie together, walk to Inlay Lake or enjoy a local tea house.
We found all of the owner's recommendations for eating locally to be spot-on. I encourage anyone thinking of accessing the house for an extended stay to email Peter - the host and talk it through. He was very helpful to us.
The experience we had at Peter's place in Yangon was somewhat unexpected but overall a good one. The entire Country is changing quickly and as such there are always going to be some issues beyond the full control of the place you are staying. As such, it's advisable to manage your expectations going in.
1. Friendly staff (who can cook good food if you provide money for them to go to the market for it) and a great driver. Having the minivan was probably the best feature for our group.
2. Big house with lots of space plus an outdoor area with seating.
3. Very useful water filter/dispenser.
4. More reliable Internet (2 x wifi networks) than expected.
5. Good power surge protection, though power only went out a few times (again less than expected).
6. Chloe the (hypoallergenic) dog is very sweet and after some initial excited barking was very well behaved.
7. Good DVD collection, particularly if you have children with you.
1. Despite the house being in a residential area it was pretty noisy at times: monks chanting for 24hrs a day (seriously, no exaggeration) followed by 2am karaoke. Take earplugs!
2. Hot water was only available in the one downstairs bathroom but the shower itself was broken so required a bucket bath for a good wash. The toilet was broken in one of the upstairs bedrooms as well so the downstairs bathroom was well used.
3. Be prepared for a strong wood smoke smell in the evenings which may not be good for asthmatics.
We stayed at Peter's house for two weeks, while waiting to be able to move into our new home in Yangon. Overall, Peter's description of the house was accurate and we enjoyed the place, as well as the additional advantages of having a maid and a minivan with driver at our disposal. This last point really made our lives a lot easier. Also the pickup at the airport was extremely convenient, especially given how much luggage we had.
One detail in Peter's description of the house that we had not paid attention to was the fact that he is a pet owner. It is only when we arrived at the house that we realized that there was a dog. This made us feel a bit uncomfortable, as our 7-year old daughter is very allergic to dog saliva. But eventually, it wasn't an issue; the dog always stayed in another part of the house.
Another surprise was the fact that someone else was also staying in the house: a Canadian volunteer working with Peter's wife. This turned out to be an enjoyable cohabitation.
While the overall experience was very positive, there were a couple of downsides worth mentioning: none of the lights in the master bathroom worked due to a wiring problem; and the AC in the master bedroom only worked intermittently (luckily mostly during night time though).
During our stay, we had a few email exchanges with Peter. He was always very responsive and accommodating. We would certainly recommend Peter's house for people looking for a temporary place to stay in Yangon.