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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.
To start planning your vacation to Hilton Mandalay
Set on four acres of landscaped gardens in the heart of the city, Hilton Mandalay is the ideal place to base yourself while exploring the city of Mandalay, offering well-appointed rooms, a good range of facilities, and an array of dining options.
The Hilton Mandalay occupies an enviable position in the heart of the city, close to city sights including Mandalay Hill and the Royal Palace, yet surrounded by four acres of beautifully landscapes gardens. Within a ten minute drive are notable attractions including Eindawya Pagoda, Mahamuni Pagoda, and the Golden Palace Monastery.
The hotel offers a range of rooms and suites, all contemporary in style with local touches. Rooms are spacious, well furnished and feature modern amenities and en-suite bathrooms. Guests can choose between garden, palace, hill or city views, with some rooms featuring private balconies. With additional space and separate sleeping, living and dining areas, the suites are ideal for those looking for extra comfort during their stay, offering sublime views over the hotel's garden or Mandalay Hill.
The hotel is well equipped in terms of facilities including a swimming pool and fitness room, and there are multiple dining options from coffee and healthy snacks in Bungkus to authentic grills in the Moat Bar and Grill and international cuisine at Cafe Mandalay.
Hilton Mandalay features 247 graciously appointed rooms and suites and the décor is a combination of the contemporary and local touches.
Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at Hilton Mandalay. However, there are no facilities available except babysitting.
The hotel features a swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness center and spa to keep you busy or relaxed during your stay.
Louise Huntington (Staff)
Sedona Mandalay is a large hotel, with great views of Mandalay Palace. It is primarily a business hotel, so the decor is neutral and it has all the facilities you would expect of an international hotel. It was refurbished a couple of years ago and has a fantastic large swimming pool which is a great place to relax. As a large hotel, it does lack character but the rooms are very comfortable so it is a great base for sightseeing in the surrounding area.
Clare Monro (Staff)
The Sedona has recently been refurbished so the interiors are much more tasteful than they used to be. The hotel has a fantastically central location, and a huge swimming pool! The hotel does feel quite large and international, which may not be to everyone's taste, but it provides a great base for exploring the area.
Sarah Baxter (Staff)
There are really two options for larger hotels in Mandalay and Sedona is my favorite of these. The bigger hotels are definitely a safer bet than the more boutique options in Mandalay as they are targeted at an international market. However they may feel less personal and more hotely. The decor is less ornate here than at Mandalay Hill and the newly renovated rooms are nicely done. The pool area is fantastic and the whole place has a lovely atmosphere to it, making it easy to relax and switch off.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
The Sedona has such a great feel to it with a real sense of place with the beautiful Myanmar touches throughout the hotel. The highlights here for me were definitely the fantastic pool and fully equipped pool bar, the views over the Mandalay Palace and delicious dinner we had at the Shwe Li restaurant which was just superb. Also with its central location all the handicraft stalls and cultural sites such as the Shwenandaw Monastery and Mahamuni Pagoda are very easily accessible.
A Day in the Life of the Inthar
On this half-day tour get to know the Inthar, the native residents of Inle Lake. Explore their stilted villages, encounter leg-rowing fishermen, pick vegetables at floating farms and even help to prepare an Inthar meal.
Architectural Walking Tour of Yangon
Yangon is full of architectural gems and this walking tour allows you to explore all the highlights on foot, giving you the best experience possible of the city.
Balloon Experience Over Inle Lake
For balloon enthusiasts, Inle Lake offers rare variety. The weather patterns mean it is possible to both soar above the mountains or to float gently above the lake, only a few meters from the water, all on the same trip.
Cooking Curries in Yangon
Today enjoy a traditional cooking class with a trip to the local market for the full authentic experience.
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.
This exciting tour gives you the chance to sample the street food and night culture of the former Burmese capital. Traveling by trishaw, and passing many of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, you’ll stop at some of the best local dining spots.
Explore the Caves of Hpa An
Discover the town of Hpa An, known for its dramatic landscape characterized by monoliths and caves. Spend the day visiting Buddha-filled caverns, gilded pagodas, and soaking up the scenery of this off-the-beaten-track area.
Full Day Inle Lake
Spend a day experiencing Inle Lake, an enormous yet quiet body of water surrounded by floating gardens, stilt-house villages and Buddhist temples as well as a thriving cottage industry employing hundreds of artisans.
Full Day Kakku Tour
This full-day tour to Kakku, tucked away in the Shan mountains, reveals one of the most amazing sights in Burma; a complex made up of a staggering 2500 historic stupas.
Full Day Yangon City Tour
Spend the day uncovering what makes the city of Yangon so special with its unique history and cultural sites. Through the day your guide will show you all the colonial highlights, interesting markets and of course the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda.
Inle Lake Cooking Experience
Experience authentic Burmese culture on this half-day tour by joining a hands-on cooking class, preparing traditional dishes inspired by the people of Inle Lake, whilst supporting a local training center. You’ll also get to meet some rare Burmese cats.
Inle Lake Cultural Kayaking
On this half-day tour, explore local villages by kayaking around Inle Lake, getting up-close to the stilted houses and floating gardens and navigating a maze of fascinating small canals.
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 center, explore the former capital of Ava by horse cart and stop in Amarapura for a walk along the iconic U Bein Bridge.
Meditation in a Monastery
Buddhism is key to many people’s lives in Myanmar and today you will have the chance to delve into the religion further, with a meditation session in one of Yangon’s most respected monasteries.
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 colorful, 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 center with unique architecture, and to witness scenes of bygone countryside life.
Sightseeing by Elephant Coach
Explore Yangon in style in the fantastic Elephant Coach, a lovely restored colonial era bus. In a previous life the coach was used to transport dignitaries during the war however, today it is the most elegant and luxurious way to see the city.
Sunken Stupas of Sagar and More
A full-day tour taking in the incredible ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar, a journey to Inle Lake’s remote southern waters and witnessing villages untouched by the modern world.
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.
Trekking by Inle Lake
This is the perfect full-day tour for the culturally curious visitor. Showcasing the natural beauty of Burma’s Shan State, this is your chance to hike through farms, fields and villages untouched by time and to discover the rich traditions of hill tribes.
Twante by Boat
Today venture outside of Yangon to the quiet and sleepy town of Twante. On this relaxing tour you will be able to experience the more rural side of Myanmar with a cruise along Yangon River and a relaxed explore around Twante.
Yangon Art and Antiques
Yangon is a treasure trove of intriguing art and ancient artifacts. Uncover a unique side of Yangon with a full day tour visiting beautiful galleries and antique shops throughout the city.
Yangon by Night
Yangon by night takes on a different character with its vibrant atmosphere and lively street scenes. This evening tour includes a cruise along the Yangon River to see the sun set, a thrilling trishaw ride to bustling Chinatown, and a stop at a live music
Yangon Heritage Tour
Yangon has a rich cultural heritage and today you will be able to explore with your expert guide. During the day stops will include the former headquarters of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, traditional Armenian Church, Gandhi Hall and Sule Pagoda.
Yangon’s Circle Train and Visit to Dala
Today experience the more local side of Yangon with a ride on the famous Circle Train and a trip to Dala, across the Yangon River.
A Short Getaway to Myanmar
Mandalay, Bagan & Yangon
from $1200 pp 5 nights
- Great introduction to the culture of Myanmar
- Chance to see the thousands of temples of Bagan and the amazing Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
- Compact itinerary over five nights lets you explore many of the main cultural sits of Myanmar with expert guiding daily
Best of Myanmar
Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan & Inle Lake
from $2300 pp 7 nights
- This eight night itinerary is packed full with experiences ensuring that you are experiencing the highlights of Myanmar
- Including visits to all the main cultural sites in Myanmar with stops in Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay
- Alongside the highlight stops we have included some more off the beaten track experiences and locations, allowing you to experience much more of the true culture of Myanmar
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Nestled on four acres of landscaped gardens, Sedona Hotel Mandalay is ideally located in the heart of the city and faces the majestic Royal Palace and Mandalay Hill.
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