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The Hotel by the Red Canal

Mandalay, Burma

Situated by the Red Canal, the hotel is minutes from sites such as the famous Mandalay Palace. It boasts tropical greenery and tranquil water features amongst Myanmar's busy and cultural city.

At a Glance

  • Located by the famous Red Canal

  • Close to the main sites including Mandalay Palace

  • Wonderful furnishings made from local materials such as teak and mother-of-pearl

  • Delicious Indian food served in the restaurant - a real highlight

  • One of the only boutique style properties in Mandalay

Couples, Culture, Honeymoon

Insider's View

The Hotel by the Red Canal is a hidden gem, with the most welcoming staff who will go out of their way to make our stay unforgettable!

Victoria Hogg

Insider's View

Make sure that you try the Indian menu at The Red Canal, you will not be disappointed!

Louise Brooks

Insider's View

Enjoy their home-made Naan style bread at the Indian restaurant - so delicious and a welcomed break from rice!

Sarah Rowan

Insider's View

We can organize a fantastic cycling tour either of the city or the villages outside - a great way to inject some fun to your stay!

Scott Dunn team

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to The Hotel by the Red Canal or take a look at our itineraries to Mandalay


Established in 1996, the Hotel by the Red Canal is a small boutique hotel located near many of Mandalay's main attractions. The hotel is known for its wonderful teak furnishings and fixtures made from local materials such as rattan and mother of pearl and traditional Burmese fabrics. So you really are reminded that you are not in a standardised corporate hotel chain, you feel like you are getting a cultural experience at the hotel.

The hotel owner and general manager Mr Ashwin Kumar leads a marvelous team of staff who complement the hotel nicely and provide an attentive service to whoever walks through the doors. The staff's warm hospitality combined with the luxurious amenities makes for a memorable stay.

There are only 24 rooms and suites at the hotel and we recommend staying in one of the rooms at the front of the hotel as they have more natural light and have delightful views of a small stream winding its way around the hotel. The hotel boasts some well maintained gardens a small pool and deck and a gym.

The Hotel by the Red Canal is home to the reputable Spice Garden restaurant, renowned for having the best North Indian cuisine throughout Mandalay.


The Hotel by the Red Canal has 25 custom-sized suites which are split into four categories named after the four major ethnic groups in Myanmar - Chin, Kachin, Rakhine and Shan. All suites have internet access, TV, air-conditioning, en-suite and tea and coffee making facilities. Some of the rooms have balconies or patios.

Chin Suite

Furnished with Chin traditional paraphernalia, looking out to the waterfall, steam or swimming pool. They measure 24 sq.meters and are located on the ground floor.

Kachin Suite

Furnished with traditional Kachin artifacts, this room has a backyard waterfall and outdoor shower. Measures 24 sq.meters and they are located on the ground floor.

Rakhine Suite

Furnished with traditional Rakhine artifacts and a brass bed. Measures 30 sq.meters and they are found on either the first or second floor.

Shan Suite

Furnished with traditional Shan ornaments with either garden, stream or swimming pool views. Measures 24 sq.meters and they are located on either the first or second floor.


The Spice Garden Restaurant is well known in Mandalay for its delicious Indian cuisine. The elegant fine-dining restaurant serves a variety of Indian infused poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes as well as some international favorites which guests may be missing from home. There are two levels of dining in the teak annexe restaurant and you can either choose to eat inside in the coolness of the air-conditioning or al fresco in the warmth. If you want to learn how to cook some of these dishes yourself - the general manager will happily arrange a class with one of the resident chefs. The Canopy Bar has a calm atmosphere and a complimentary cocktail hour in the evening making it a great place to start off your evening.

The Spa is a gorgeous sanctuary and very inviting at the end of a busy day exploring Mandalay. Treat yourself to an ayurvedic, holistic or natural body treatment to relax, awaken and revitalise your jaded senses or indulge in a massage or two in this little oasis of calm.


There is lots to see in Mandalay and on the top of most visitors' lists is Mandalay Hill, Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery, Maha Myat Muni Pagoda, Atumashi Kyaung, Kuthadow Pagoda and Zegyo Market. There is a lot of culture to take in during your time here and you will feel like you have learned a lot upon leaving. However, you can of course break up these visits and tours with some time out relaxing by the pool and in the hotel's gardens. The hotel will happily advise and help you to plan your day to your preferences.

Location & Directions

Mandalay, Burma

Located near the center of Mandalay with many of the attractions close by.

When to go

The best time to visit Burma is during the dry season from November to April. At this time the warm and sunny days are ideal for sightseeing throughout the country. The temperatures start to rise in March and May to September is best avoided as this is the rainy season when sightseeing can become difficult.

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