Yandabo Home

Irrawaddy, Burma

At a Glance

  • The perfect overnight between Mandalay and Bagan

  • Provides a comfortable base for exploring Burmese villages

  • Contemporary, stylish and spacious rooms

  • Authentic local Burmese food, deliciously prepared

  • All staff are locally employed so the property contributes first-hand to the community

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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

As well as experiencing Yandabo Village it is also worth heading across the river to Banyo Village which is even more remote.

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Description

Yandabo Home is an off-the-beaten track luxury boutique hotel overlooking the Irrawaddy River, midway between Mandalay and Bagan. With just 12 rooms, it offers the ideal opportunity to explore this undiscovered corner of Burma.

For those who like to get away from the maddening crowd, yet stay somewhere with all the luxury trimmings, then Yandabo Home is your answer. Explore the local village which is known for its pottery, seeing the traditional way of life that time hasn’t altered. Continue on foot through the farmland beyond and what will become apparent is the lack of other tourists, many of whom unknowingly drift past on the many ships that cruise the Irrawaddy.

Yandabo Home has just twelve rooms, all exceptionally comfortable with large airy ceilings, teak floors and large en-suite bathrooms featuring rain-forest showers and double vanity basins. The only downside in some ways is that they don’t have bathtubs, but you won’t be disappointed in terms of the quality of the rooms. There isn’t WiFi, TVs or telephones, but that is half the charm of the experience in staying at Yandabo Home.

The main dining areas are right beside the banks of the Irrawaddy and offer delicious Asian dishes and a full range of drinks. You can get to Yandabo Home by private boat, public ferry or by car. We probably suggest either a nights stay, or two if you want to fully explore the local villages. A highlight is heading across the river to the village of Pan Nyo where there are an estimated 4,000 buffaloes which are led into the fields at sunset. The staff are all drawn from the local community, which acts as a way of giving back to the surrounding area, but at the moment their English isn’t so brilliant so be a little patient with them!

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Accommodation

There are four double and eight twin rooms at Yandabo Home. Each room is similar in design and style and come with air-conditioning, hair dryer, in room safe and mini bar. The bathrooms have double vanity washbasins and rainforest shower but no bathtubs. Do note there are no telephones or WiFi available.

Facilities

Yandabo Home just has a central open-air dining area and small indoor lounge.

Reviews

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Clare Monro (Staff)

I really loved my night's stay at Yandabo Home. It is such a lovely location, with the opportunity to experience Burmese villages along the banks of the river, but without compromising on comfort at all. My favourite bit was being given lovely soft velvet flip flops as if we were staying in an actual Burmese house! The rooms are so stylish and comfortable, but the real draw is the hospitality. The staff didn't have great levels of English when I was there (September 2015) but I think they will definitely be improving and it was just such a welcoming and unique place. The food is really yummy too! The highlight was when the staff took us round Yandabo Village and we met their families doing pottery, and got to have a go ourselves!

Experiences

  • Archaeology Tour of Bagan

    A full-day experience, with an expert on-hand, exploring one of Asia’s most striking archaeological sites. Bagan’s architectural wonders include the famous Ananda and Shwezigon pagodas, showcasing Burma’s legendary kings and the country’s glorious culture

  • Bagan Balloon Experience

    Serenely float over Bagan’s remarkable temples in a hot air balloon at sunrise and appreciate the sheer scale of these archaeological wonders while watching the Irrawaddy River flow far below.

  • Bagan Cooking Class

    A fantastic half-day insight into Burmese cookery exploring local food with a local and highly experienced chef. From shopping at the market, to cooking and plating up, this is a truly unique experience.

  • Bagan Village Biking

    Hop on a bicycle for a unique and memorable day in Bagan’s countryside. A slow-paced journey through narrow lanes reveals a land of farms, rolling hills and tiny villages, much unchanged over the centuries.

  • Half Day Local Colour Tour, Bagan

    Experience a taste of local Burmese life and see the world from a local’s point of view by visiting neighbourhoods barely touched by the modern world and mixing with the locals at Nyaung U Market.

  • Introduction to Bagan

    Discover the very best of Bagan, from exploring the finest temples to watching traditional craftsmen produce beautiful lacquerware and cruising along the Irrawaddy River. Further insights into local neighbourhoods also reveal age-old traditions, hidden temples and unique cave temples.

  • Irrawaddy Sunset Cocktail Cruise

    A glorious sunset cruise along the famous Irrawaddy River, cocktail in hand. This is a unique way to appreciate Bagan’s incredible temples from afar and an opportunity to see scenes of daily life play out on Burma’s largest waterway.

  • 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.

  • Pakokku by Bicycle

    Cycle to Pakokku, just beyond Bagan’s famous pagodas, and discover beautiful rural villages, local markets and farms that line the Irrawaddy River, all brimming with traditional ways of life. Afterwards, return to historic Bagan along the river, aboard pr

  • Swe Daw Lay Su Tour

    Follow in the footsteps of King Anawrahta and visit four sacred and photogenic sites around Bagan (Shwezigon, Tu Yin Taung, Lawka Nandar and Tant Kyi Taung), where local pilgrims flock.

  • Tant Kyi Pagoda Adventure

    Adventure away from Bagan’s busy centre and travel by boat and jeep to the hilltop pagoda of Tant Kyi, a little-known gem on the western banks of the Irrawaddy River. Views, the chance to mix with Burmese pilgrims and a memorable experience awaits.

Holiday Ideas

  • Myanmar for Teenagers

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

    from SGD $6100 pp 13 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

Location & directions

Irrawaddy, Burma

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