If it wasn’t for the Sarkies brothers, South East Asia would probably be devoid of some of the world’s delightful colonial heritage style hotels. Pioneers of the first luxury chain hotels, the Armenian Persian born brothers began their hotelier exploits in the mid 19th century and founded some of South East Asia most elegant hotels, among the famous ones including those of Raffles in Singapore, Majapahit hotel in Surabaya Indonesia, Eastern & Oriental hotel in Penang Malaysia and that of The Strand in Yangon (Rangoon) Burma. Built in 1896 and opened in 1901, The Strand during the British rule in Burma, was one of South East Asia most elegant and luxurious hotel, today it became part of Yangon’s City Heritage List. Located in downtown Yangon along the river right in the heart of the historic area, The Strand glitters with its bygone charms and staying at this Victorian colonial style building is like stepping back in time – a unique place immersed in history where renowned figures once stayed and walked along the pillared hall still retaining its original style. Such were Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, Lord Mountbatten among others. And after a day visiting the city, it is a delight to find yourself in beautiful room with a platter of fresh local fruits ….
And to eventually relax at the lovely Strand Bar to try out their signature drink “Mandalay Sour” a mixture of Mandalay rum, lime juice and bitters before dining at the elegant colonial style Strand Grill.
More images of The Strand, a must stay when in Yangon …