We loved our stay at the Hotel Yadanarbon and in Mandalay. The manager and staff made us feel welcome from the very first "mingalarbar". We were greeted by staff member Nwe Nwe Tun with cool towels, cold drinks and smiles even though we arrived around 9 am. There were three of us and the hotel manager kindly upgraded us to a larger suite to provide us more room. The hotel arranged a reasonably priced, unique, and special tour that began at dawn for us to watch the sunrise at the U Bein Bridge. Our driver, Lu Aung, quickly learned that we were not interested in the normal tourist route and took us to some special walks, interesting experiences, and places where we only saw locals. We loved our time with him and give him our strongest recommendation. We were approached by local taxi drivers outside the hotel claiming that our hotel's drivers worked for friends of the government etc. We honestly don't know, but believe that the money we spent on tours helped support the families of employees of our hotel. Other stand outs in the staff were Nweni and Oakkar. Really a special and highly competent team. The rooms are comfortable, the air conditioning good, and the flat screen TV nice. A nearby Diamond Mall provided first run Hollywood movies in crisp air conditioned theaters for $2.50. The Internet, like in all Myanmar accommodations, was unreliable. We also enjoyed the free music, puppet show, and complimentary rum sour happy hour drinks on the rooftop. Very nice touch. We also loved the nearby Singapora restaurant. If you love shrimp, try the shrimp patties. So good! We would return in a heartbeat.
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