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Discover a long hidden culture with Myanmar Masterclasses
at The Governor’s Residence

As the emerging destination of Myanmar continues to open up to tourism, The Governor’s Residence in Yangon has introduced a range of authentic experiences to immerse guests in the traditions, heritage and cuisine of this exotic land.

Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. has a long-standing presence in Myanmar and has operated The Governor’s Residence for almost a decade. Once home to the ruler of Burma’s southern states, the romantic colonial-style mansion conjures up a bygone era and is located in Yangon’s leafy Embassy Quarter, near the great Shwedagon pagoda and other major cultural landmarks.

Every Wednesday, guests are treated to an open-air film night at an outdoor cinema erected in the hotel grounds. Reclining on loungers, viewers can tuck into drinks and popcorn as a film depicting Myanmar’s rich heritage is screened. Previous choices have included “The Lady”, a moving biopic about Aung San Suu Kyi, her role in Myanmar’s democracy and her relationship with her British husband.

Those curious about the country’s captivating history can join Myanmar-born author Paula Helfritch in the hotel grounds for “Memories of Myanmar” every Thursday. During this intriguing talk, Paula shares her personal experiences and anecdotes before outlining some of the projects she is involved in, including teaching English in monasteries in and around Yangon.

The Governor’s Residence also offers guests the chance to learn about Myanmar’s spectacular cuisine during an early morning tour. Setting off at daybreak every Thursday, participants explore the bustling Thiri Mingalar Market, one of Yangon’s biggest wholesale markets where local merchants buy their produce, before experiencing a delicious traditional breakfast with locals in a roadside teashop.

Back at the hotel, visitors can try more authentic local fare at the Burmese Curry Table, where fragrant local curries, vegetables and rice are served buffet-style alongside fresh and spicy salads with ice-cold draught beer and delicate Burmese green tea. Set in the spacious Mindon Lounge, the restaurant boasts stunning views across the hotel’s gardens and ponds.

Guests can also learn to create their own Burmese dish during a cooking class. After learning about exotic ingredients at a local market, pupils return to the hotel where the chef teaches them to prepare a traditional salad. The lesson is available on request and can also be upgraded to include a delicious buffet lunch.

Prices at The Governor’s Residence start from £389 per night, including taxes, based on two sharing a Deluxe Room with breakfast.

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