Where should you go if you have a few hours to spare in Yangon?
At the Shwedagon Pagoda, the contrast of 2600-year-old architecture and new and modern neon lights used to highlight various religious statues creates a breathtaking atmosphere for first-time and returning visitors alike.
Before visiting a Buddhist temple, make sure you wear something appropriate that covers your shoulders and knees, and leave your shoes and socks at the door.
Dusk or dawn are the prefect times to see this national marvel. The beauty of the golden 326-foot-tall pagoda can be fully appreciated when dusted by the sun’s slowly disappearing orange rays. The site’s marble floor can get incredibly hot during a sunny day, which could be an additional incentive to visit during sunrise or sunset.
What is one of the city’s unique offerings?
Burmese are famous for the traditional foot spa experience. Sapel Foot Spa is one of the best and highest rated Burmese traditional foot spas. Located at No.78 Middle Block, Ground Floor, 16th St in Yangon, the spa is open daily from noon to midnight. After a long day of meetings and sightseeing, give your feet some well-deserved R&R. You can choose from a wide range of offerings, including a traditional Burmese head-to-toe massage.
Where do you suggest taking clients out?
Whether breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails, the many offerings at the Chatrium Royal Lake Yangon provides several options for your business meeting.
Dine on either Japanese, Chinese or Southeast Asian cuisine at the hotel’s three restaurants, or enjoy a great view over Bogyoke Park and Kandawgyi Lake at the Lobby Lounge. Pre-or-post-dinner drinks can be had at the hotel’s Club Rizzoli.
Any other advice for visitors on business?
If you have a few days to spare be sure to visit Bagan, a spectacular temple town in central Myanmar. Home to over 2500 temples, the ancient city is a vast archaeological zone.
Be sure to hire an electric bike to conveniently explore the site, or better yet take to the skies in a hot air balloon. Exploring Bagan by air is sure to be an unforgettable experience to cap off any business trip to this beautiful country. There are a number of companies to book through, though I recommend Balloons over Bagan.
Enjoy your time in Myanmar, and don’t forget to take in some of its beautiful sights and sample its delicious food!
First published on pages 20-21 of Autumn 2017 International Business Today.