Arriving in Mandalay, we decided to stay at the Gold Yadanar primarily due to its location and reasonable reviews on TA. Landing at the airport, we took the free Air Asia bus to the city. As we entered the city we passed the road that the Gold Yadanar was on and fortunately the AA bus stopped just after it to let some people off so we jumped off to and just walked the few blocks back to the Gold Yadanar. Check in was smooth and the staff speak good English. Our room was fine, nice and clean, a good size, TV, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, safety deposit box etc. The wifi worked well too. There is a little bit of building work going on around the hotel but but it's not massively noticeable. Our room had a slight view over a local market but many of the rooms views are now being blocked by a new building which is being build alongside the hotel. Breakfast was good with a range of Asian and Western style foods. Just beside the hotel is the Diamond Plaza which has loads of shops and a large supermarket in the basement which was very handy. The local Chinese market is a couple of blocks away too. We decided to walk to the Royal Palace and Mandalay Hill from the hotel and it took us about an hour and a half (stopping every now and then). At the Royal Palace, they ask for a 10,000 kyat fee per person to visit the palace and other temples / Mandalay hill. If you didnt go into the palace, you could visit all the other places without anyone knowing you hadn't bought a ticket (no one checks or asks for it). The taxi back from Mandalay Hill to the hotel was 4000 kyats (it was hot and we didnt want to walk back so we would have paid anything). We took a boat down to Bagan and although we sorted our tickets direct with MGRG the hotel did offer to do this for us. The hotel organised our taxi to the boat for 5.45am and the driver was there on time (cost was 6000 kyats). Overall, a nice hotel, good value for money and we would stay again.
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