During my 4 days 3 nights trip to Yangon, we stayed in Taw Win Garden Hotel. It is located 10 mins drive from Yangon city area; Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, the Colonial Buildings and Scott Market. From the airport, it only took us 30 mins to arrive at the Taw Win Garden Hotel.
Few huge shopping complexes are conveniently located near the hotel. Outside the hotel, there are lines of taxi drivers waiting for customers to pick them up so it is easy to call a taxi any time.
Ryay Road Train Station is Nearby
There is a train station nearby called Pyay Road Railway Station just 5 mins walk from the hotel. You can catch the Yangon Circular Train to the Central Station Yangon – the city area with only 200 kyat (USD 0.15). Experience withYangon Circular Train is highly recommended.
Some staffs are in their ethnic traditional costume and headgear.
Lobby at 4th Floor
The lobby is on the fourth floor so it is a bit unusual, go up by the lift and do your check-in at 4 floors. The lobby at 4th floor is really huge and spacious. Upon arrival, we were treated with the welcome drinks. Staff at the counter all speak fluent English and friendly. “Minglabar” was heard and greeted by every staff in the hotel when they see you.
Burmese Harp – Saung
One of the icons in Myanmar has to be Saung, the Burmese Harp. You see Saung once you touched down at the airport and basically everywhere. I think Burmese is really proud of this ancient instrument. Not exception here at Taw Win Garden Hotel, the huge Burmese harp was placed in the middle of the lobby too.
The lobby is decorated with a different type of traditional music instruments all over the lobby hallway. You are allowed to hit and play with some of the musical instrument here, eg the gong and the mullet provided. (near the restaurant for your breakfast)
At night, there are musicians performed and played with the traditional music instrument at the hotel lobby.
Hotel Room Review
The hotel is bright, clean and spacious even for three adults.
The floor is carpeted and clean saddles are provided.
There is a balcony which overlooks the nearby neighborhood and a train track.
The downside is noise made by the old train every 20 mins to half an hour at this side of the room. The noise stops after 9-10 pm at night. If you need total silence when you rest, then you may want to indicate not to face the rail track when you made your booking.
The bathroom is spacious and clean. Basic toiletries are all available, shampoo conditional, body soaps, toothbrushes and hairdryer. Towels are white and clean.
Gym Facilities Review
The gym facilities are well equipped with both cardio and weight sections. Plenty of machines and all looking very new and neat. There is a young & handsome gym instructor on duty showing you how to use the machine.
The breakfast selection is huge from local Burmese cuisine to western. There are several bars for you to choose from.
Burmese National Breakfast – Mohinga
There is a corner for Mohinga noodles, the broth base is quite starchy as it contains fish sauce, catfish, banana tree steam and chickpeas flour. The noodles used usually are rice noodles/bee hoon. Use the topping below such as spring onions, a slice of fish cake, fried fritters and chili flakes. I don’t quite like Mohinga as I don’t like the starchy broth with chickpeas, taste very Indian to me.
Nearby Shopping & Restaurant Review
There are few huge shopping complexes near Taw Win Garden Hotel. One next to the hotel itself and you don’t have to cross the road. There are restaurants and a supermarket in the basement.
We ordered Kyay-Oh beehoon soup, the traditional Burmese soup made with pork and egg and rice noodles. The meatball is marinated. The duck noodles taste good and not sure what it is called. The order dish is spicy chicken with chili & rice.
Money Changes in the Basement of the shopping mall next to Taw Win Garden Hotel
Yangon Supermarket Review
Most of the things sold in the supermarket are imported from Malaysia, Korea, China or Japan, especially at the snacks area. You see many snacks are from the Korean brand, Lotte. Local snacks can be found too but without fancy packaging and without description so it is not appealing to buy at all.
Nearby Shopping Complex – City Mall St John Review
City Mall St John is just across the street of Taw Win Garden Hotel. This is one of the largest shopping complexes in this area. There are many restaurants located on the third floor. We came here twice for our dinner.
The first time we choose some fusion restaurant which has western and Asian food.
- Spaghetti Aglio Olio
- Seafood Hotpot
- Mangoes Flavour Korean Bingsu Dessert
On our way back, we spotted Ya Kun Coffee & Toast. 🙂
Tummour Myanmar Review
Tummour is a Thai restaurant and has franchisee all over and one in City Mall St John. We came back to City Mall and had our dinner on our last day in Yangon.
Our drinks @ Tummour
- Stir-fried kailan vegetable and roasted pork
- Chicken with basil leaves
- Seafood spicy salad with glass noodles
- Fried Beef with salt and pepper
Nearby is Inya Lake, the largest lake in Yangon also a popular recreational area for Yangon people. You may like to drop by to check this place, only 15 mins away by car.
University of Yangon
The University of Yangon is next to Inya Lake so you see a lot of young people having some leisure at lake area.
Final thoughts :
Taw Win Garden Hotel is really a nice and comfortable hotel, it conveniently located near shopping malls and restaurants. Just about half an hour away from the Yangon International Airport and 10 mins away from the heart of Yangon city, I think it is an ideal location for any travelers.