The Hotel by the Red Canal

Mandalay, Burma

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

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Best time to Visit

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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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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!

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

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

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

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to The Hotel by the Red Canal or take a look at our itineraries to Myanmar (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.

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 marvellous 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.

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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.


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 favourites 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 learnt 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.


The Hotel by the Red Canal

The Hotel by the Red Canal

The Hotel by the Red Canal

The Hotel by the Red Canal

The Hotel by the Red Canal

The Hotel by the Red Canal



Louise Huntington (Staff)

Hotel Red Canal is a charming hotel and the only boutique option currently in Mandalay. It has lots of character and there is a daily cocktail happy hour by the pool. The rooms are rather small but for only a night or two they are absolutely fine. The smaller rooms have garden views but for a bit more space opt for the Rakhine rooms which are larger, however they don't have a garden view. There is a great restaurant which serves delicious Indian cuisine.


Clare Monro (Staff)

I love this hotel - if only the rooms were more spacious! It has a lovely, stylish and boutique feel to it, but is only just big enough for two people to share a room. It's in a fantastic location in central Mandalay, so is perfect for exploring the area. The food is delicious, and it offers an Indian menu for those who have had enough Burmese food!


Sarah Baxter (Staff)

While the rooms are undeniably very small at this property, it is definitely my favourite boutique option in Mandalay. It has a definite charm to it, with well-decorated rooms and friendly staff. The Chin Suites have the best views - they are on the ground floor, overlooking the gardens and swimming pool. While the Rakhine Suites lose out on the view, they are the largest room options, and can even accommodate a child in there. Notably the best food served throughout my whole time in Myanmar was at The Red Canal; a delicious Indian meal, which was hugely popular with our group of 12.


Sophie Jones (Staff)

This is such a cute boutique property in the heart of Mandalay. I had the most incredible Indian lunch here with delicious fluffy Naan bread, fragrant chicken curry and beautifully crisp poppadoms - just amazing!


  • Cycle Mandalay

    Pedal your way through the outskirts of Mandalay on this half-day guided excursion for a chance to see a different side of the city. Pass through small villages, monasteries and temples and visit a local market while stopping chat with locals.

  • Discover Mandalay and Mingun

    This thrilling full-day tour showcases the best of Mandalay and Mingun and involves ascending Mandalay Hill for a bird's-eye view of the city below, exploring the former Royal Capital’s temple and cruising up the Irrawaddy River for a visit to Mingun.

  • Mandalay Hill and Environs

    The last royal capital of Myanmar comes to life with this half-day guided tour of the main heritage sites of Mandalay. Visit the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda and climb Mandalay Hill for views over the countryside.

  • Mandalay Nights by Motorbike

    During this exciting night-time tour, you’ll travel like a local, on the back of a motorbike, taking in the evening scenery, meeting friendly locals and stopping at markets, restaurants and bars perhaps to try some crispy duck and a frosty local beer.

  • Mandalay's Royal Capitals

    This is a full-day tour exploring Burma’s iconic and glorious royal capitals, including Sagaing, a spiritual centre, explore the former capital of Ava by horse cart and stop in Amarapura for a walk along the iconic U Bein Bridge.

  • Morning in Mandalay

    This half-day guided tour takes in the morning activities of Mandalay’s residents. Join Buddhist worshipers at a local temple, witness the timeless procession of monks collecting alms and venture through the colourful, busy morning market for breakfast.

  • Mount Popa & Salay Tour

    The chance to learn about Myanmar’s tradition of spirit worship at Mount Popa, to explore Salay, a famous Buddhist centre with unique architecture, and to witness scenes of bygone countryside life.

  • Trading Jade in Mandalay

    This half-day tour takes in the wonderful Jade Market in Mandalay. A truly authentic market, where tourists are the minority, the market brings together local, Chinese, Indian and Thai traders.

Holiday Ideas

  • Cruising the Irrawaddy in Style

    Yangon, Mandalay, Irrawaddy River, Bagan

    from £4700 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights

    • Experience and explore some of Myanmar’s finest cultural and natural wonders in absolute luxury and style as you cruise along the Irrawaddy River onboard one of the finest examples of a classic riverboat
    • Discover the delights of Yangon, where you can enjoy a wave of exciting new restaurants, bars and shops, amongst arguably the most impressive colonial architecture in all Southeast Asia
    • Enjoy three blissful days of exciting land-based excursions, interspersed with relaxing moments onboard, gourmet fine dining and unforgettable sunsets from the observation deck
  • Family Fun in Myanmar

    Yangon, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Yandabo, Bagan & Ngapali

    from £4200 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • Perfect to visit in October Half Term, Christmas, February Half Term and Easter Holidays
    • Perfect family adventure filled with fun activities
    • Lots of opportunities to head off cycling through the countryside
  • Ultimate Myanmar

    Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Ngapali Beach

    from £3800 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • This itinerary is perfect for those looking to discover Myanmar’s absolute highlights whilst travelling in comfort and staying at some the most exquisite properties the country has to offer
    • Visit Bagan, one of the world’s largest and arguably most spectacular archaeological sites, rivalling both Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat and with far fewer visitors…for now at least! 
    • Enjoy an utterly magical and unforgettable sunrise from a hot air balloon ride as you float peacefully over the top of hundreds of twinkling temples

Location & directions

Mandalay, Burma

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

How to get there

14-hour flight from London to Yangon followed by a 1-hour flight from Yangon or a 20-minute flight from Bagan.

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