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We stayed at very nice hotels from the reknown Strand Hotel in Yangon to restored English style retreat in Kalaw.
The Strand is at the waterfront and is a hotel with traditions. We even had “high tea” there, but I must admit I had coffee.
What I remember best from the hotel in Mandalay are the view from the window towards Mandarin Hill and the musicians in the reception.
Kalaw was different again. It is relatively high about 1300 meters above sea level so the vegetations is different as well. During the British rule they used this area as an alternative when it was too hot and humid around Yangon. So on the hills it was many restored villas in colonial style and one of them was Amara Mountain resort where we stayed.
The hotel grounds were nice and I can see that the English liked the area. Trees and flowers and a pleasant clima. On the first picture the deck outside the restaurant can be seen on the left.
It was a really nice change from the big cities of Yangon and Mandalay. The atmosphere was nice and the food was excellent, it was said it was typical Shan food. We were in the middle of Shan country. The Shan are a big minority and they are very aware of their own qualities and there are tensions with the central government.
The hotel by Inle Lake was different again. We got there by boat and the hotel was on the shore of the lake. So instead of getting out of a bus we had to gracefully out of a narrow boat. That was not always easy.