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Phillipp's place is really an oasis in the Yangon heat. Be aware that since Myanmar is still a developing country many things that you may be used to in other countries or even Thailand are missing. Do not expect to have internet in rainy season. He had wifi but it was not his fault that the internet connection didn't work. There is no television which I didn't mind, bring a good book and some good TV shows on your hard drive, if not, Philipp has a couple. His apartment has just been renovated and is really nice. Newly painted walls and all. The kitchen has a hotplate and a fridge and sink. It's basic but serviceable. The room itself is bare but once again great for the price. The bed is comfy the desk is big enough and most importantly, the aircon works very well. As a note don't be discouraged by his place when you see the apartment complex itself. It may not be the nicest building but the apartment unit itself is lovely.
Phillipp is a great host and even gave me his key in Thailand when he was there for business. He told me how to get to his apartment from the main road which has ample taxis. Additionally, he invited me to join him with a bunch of expat friends to get some drinks and food with them.
Overall great for the price don't expect much flare but an excellent host
I stayed with Phillip and his family for about one month when I first arrived in Yangon on business, and I'm glad I did! The city can be quite confusing to newcomers, and I appreciated their advice and insider tips on good restaurants, supermarkets etc. They were very considerate and welcoming, and it was fun to catch up in the evenings about the day's events.
The apartment building is neither one of the terribly old blocks with no lifts or plumbing, nor one of the sparkly brand new condos with all the mod cons. Instead, it is a middle-aged block which doesn't look pretty but does the job; although the bare concrete walls and floors in the lift lobby were initially a shock, ultimately I was grateful that the building had reliable electricity and water. This is good in Yangon!
Inside, the apartment was sparsely furnished but functional. The room was large, and contained just a single bed, desk with side pedestal, and wardrobe so there was a lot of space. I had exclusive use of one of the bathrooms which, again in Myanmar style, was rather rough and ready but worked. I didn't cook, but the kitchen contained a small two ring gas burner which Phillip kindly used to good effect to make me some eggs for breakfast each day.
Couch potatoes should be aware that there is no TV in the apartment, and while there is wifi it is very temperamental and slow. However, one of the great things about the flat is that it is situated right in the heart of Hledan, a neighbourhood which is close to the University and thus full of activity at all times.
There is a fresh food market just across the street, which sells all kinds of fruit and vegetables, and almost every conceivable kind of street food in close proximity. For the less daring, such as myself, the Blessings Cafe was just round the corner and served decent and reliable meals. Conveniently, there is a Sien Gay Har, a local department store, next door which has a supermarket on the ground floor and ATM machines just outside.
In fact, there is so much going on in Hledan that the traffic can be quite bad; on the plus side, taxi drivers always knew where to go (fares are about US$3 to the city centre).
For those who want to experience Yangon in the raw, and can cope with Myanmar style living, I recommend staying with Phillip in Hledan. It was a pleasure to meet him and his family, and an eye-opening introduction to the country.
Philipp and his family were the loveliest group. Really friendly and communicative, with a cute kid to boot. They kept the place clean and well maintained, and were observant of house rules, which made them a joy to host. I would highly recommend them to all other hosts, not just as guests, but also as friends.