As you know, Thingyan is time for merry-making so it can be very hard to find any offices or shop open during the festival. However, now that there are still some restaurants, hotels and indoor space that will be open for the water festival in Myanmar, you can enjoy your Myanmar luxury holiday with comfort.
After the first days of getting soaked to the bone, you might desire to relax with a cocktail indoors peacefully. In that case, hotels will surely the best choice for you.
Alfa Hotel’s Sapphire Lounge Rooftop Bar
Alfa Hotel is located on Nawaday Road, which is very near Pyay Road and Downtown full of noisy Thingyan merry-makers. However, there is no impact on the tranquility of the rooftop of Alfa Hotel. In here, you have got a valuable chance to enjoy your Myanmar day tour with mountains of drinks and voyeur the festival from a dozen stories in the air. You can also eat anytime you want to.
Sule Shangri-La Hotel
This is one of the most comfortable places to relax after water splashes and to get ready for being back to the water fights. Well-air conditioned with a bar and deli are always available to serve tourists. You will also be served with Thingyan special treats right in your room, instead of wandering around food stalls along streets outside. $165 is what you pay for a single room, $185 for a double and $50 complimentary F&B services.
Here you can find a lot of hotel/apartment complexes, which helps you enjoy a Myanmar luxury holiday at a discount during Thingyan. $175 a night is steep, but you have got full access to pool, gym, spa and dining services.
Diamond Crown Hotel
You can spend relaxation time in Diamond Crown Hotel during your Myanmar excursions with Thingyan. It is a quaint downtown hotel that has dinner and room deals. As foreigners, you may be charged a little more than local. For example, two to three-night stay is 32,000 Ks for Myanmar nationals versus the foreigner price for USD $48 during the holiday. However, you will be offered dinner with 20% off.
You do not have to go around with a Myanmar travel map and look out for a KFC store. During Thingyan, KFC staff will parade and carry out promotional activities. Moreover, their Downtown and Junction Square stores still welcome you to come and enjoy.
Another chain restaurant open for you is Chatime. This is a Taiwanese tea & coffee cafe which is open until 10:00 pm at their Lanmadaw Township and 09:00 pm) York Street.
Lotteria is another choice for you to enjoy your luxury holiday with a full belly when you are in Myanmar. This Korean fast-food chain has several outlets but not all will be opened during Thingyan. You can eat at the branch in Pearl Condo (Kabar Aye Road), Chinatown corner of Hledan Street and Mahabandoola Road, and 6 Mile (corner of Kan Street, Pyay Road). Hope you a good time here during Thingyan from 11 AM to 8 PM apart from 17th April.
Feel Myanmar Restaurant
This is one of best places to visit in Myanmar. In this Burmese restaurant chain, you can get food from many countries like: Thailand, China, and Europe, which makes it appealing to any tourist. It is easily accessed with many branches throughout Yangon, in Lanmadaw or in Mayangon and Dagon Township. Each branch has different opening hours, so you are advised to make sure to check carefully in advance.
Other regular joints
For your Myanmar cruise tours, there is a sushi restaurant called Sushi Ichi. You can find by going a little down the road from Anawratha Road along Phone Gyi Road. Tourist can eat here during Thingyan except on the 17th. It is a decent sushi place with decent prices that has committed to staying open for Thingyan.
Meringue Café specializes in coffee brewing with SCAE (Special Coffee Association of Europe) standard. The Cafe will open during Thingyan Festival except for 18th, but not during the height of festivities unfortunately.
Retro Bar is a chill-out place for those who like retro music, with a little bit of a neo mix. Of course, it is open 24/7 during Thingyan. Besides food, cocktails made into international levels and beers will make your day. A mojito can start at 1000ks.
In the end, not only can you enjoy lively water splashes but you can also enjoy a quiet time with delicious food and drinks. Such a Myanmar luxury holiday!