Yangon’s retro luxury yacht hotel feels miles and years from the city center, but it’s not

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For travelers looking to get out of Yangon’s hotel chains, they don’t need to walk more than a few minutes to reach a large white yacht that is permanently moored near Botahtaung Pagoda.

Photo: Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel / Facebook

The five-deck ship appears to be privately owned by a quirky retro-loving billionaire, but it’s actually the charming, approachable, and (relatively) affordable. Vintage luxury yacht.

The “floatel” is over 100 meters long and has 104 rooms, two bars, two restaurants, a jacuzzi and even its own theater. Inspired by popular 1920s looks, fans of the floating hotel visit Yangon just for the chance to stay in quirky accommodation.

Photo: Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel / Facebook

With old-fashioned charm, plenty of space, and two function rooms that can accommodate 150 people, the hotel is also often booked for old-fashioned vintage-style weddings.

Photo: Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel / Facebook

Visitors say they enjoy watching the sun rise and set from the rooms on the river side, while those on the city side have a pretty cool view of Yangon.

Photo: Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel / Facebook

One of the boat’s many decks has been dubbed the ‘Sunrise Bridge’ and it’s packed with guests looking to see the famous site of the sun shine over the water as it rises. In the evening, guests gather on the town side to watch the sun set over the famous pagoda. These informal meetings also provide ample time for a leisurely chat with other guests on board the ship.

Photo: Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel / Facebook

On board, guests can spend their time on the wide-plank open-air lower deck, lined with oversized brown leather armchairs reminiscent of a grandfather’s desk. Some parts of the ship give off some serious Titantic vibes – and that’s no coincidence. Explore the grounds and see relics from the past such as old-fashioned telephones, telescopes, lanterns, and phonographs, as well as mixed elements of ancient Burmese and British Victorian design.

Photo: Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel / Facebook

The theater is inspired by the British Parliament while the Water Spa focuses on Burmese and Thai treatments, from facials to massages and beyond.

Photo: Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel / Facebook

The ship’s two restaurants, the more formal 1920 industrial restaurant and the casual Pirate Restaurant serve Burmese, European and Indian fare, while the upscale Victoria Bar and casual Robinson Crusoe bar offer classic cocktails and beer selections and of national and imported wines.

Photo: Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel / Facebook

Some of the decor is actually antique, while others are just designed to look artificially old. Don’t think you’ll be brutal on board though – the ship has air conditioning, wifi, minibars hidden in old barrels, and a sauna, spa, and tubs and dotted along the upper deck.

Rooms range from $ 45 per night for a room without a balcony to $ 230 for a suite.

FIND IT:

Vintage luxury yacht
6 Botahtaung Pier
Township of Seikkan
Yangon

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