Thamada Hotel

2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 Stars

5 Signal Pagoda Road, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

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73%

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Very Good
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Average
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Poor
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10

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  • Families25
  • Couples40
  • Solo38
  • Business36
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    Throw back to the time of the Generals

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    The hotel's main quality is that it is very central, attached to a very nice cafe which serves good fusion asian cuisine and just saddling one of the better teashops.
    but the rooms reminded me of hotel rooms in cuba during the closed period in that country, with accoutrements definitely 1970s and 1980s.
    larger rooms than normal but with old TV bed bath room accessories etc

    I couldnt wait to leave as this is truly a third rate budget hotel. I stayed because of the easy internet availability at the Cafe and the cafe is open 24 hours per day

    Unique Quality: the new face of Myanmar is that nowadays the hotels are full of local people which is a welcome addition and very few foreigners.
    this used to be a government hotel but like all the others the ownership has been transferred to private individuals. I am told that like most hotels transferred to private hands, the Govt still has 50 % interest in this hotel and its sister hotel inya lake hotel
    I cant but laugh at the naivete of people who say that they want to make sure that their money does not go to the hands of the government: there is no legal dealings in this country and many of the illegal ones as well in which the govt does not get a cut a certain percentage. So if you think your money ends up completely in the hands of the private individuals you are wrong. What you are doing is that you are enriching the private individuals to create a social chasm, that is far more of a social crime than giving money to the government in my opinion
    The service is very poor except the old hands at the door, who has been there long before the Generals hid themselves

    Directions: just across the bridge over the railway within walking distance to the sule pagoda and the central railway station and bogyoke market

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Forum Posts

Working in Rangon.

by Walter_Ego

Hello,
I am an ESL teacher in Thailand who is seriously considering working in Rangon for a company called 'Horizon School'.
Does anyone know anything about it?
How much will my living expenses be?
How much is a reasonable ammount of pay to live ok. (my needs are little) and to save a little bit?
Any information would be greatly apreciated.

Re: Working in Rangon.

by Mique

I'll reply in full later today or tomorrow (depending on time). I am a teacher in Yangon and i have worked for Horizon (although a few years ago). So i can answer all your questions and then some... But classes start..

Re: Working in Rangon.

by bangdong

Yes, Mique will be the best one to answer that question. But I can at least supply a bit of information. A friend of mine teaches at the Horizon school in Mandalay. He enjoys it and gets decent benefits (housing allowance, meals, flight to renew visa in Bangkok, etc.). He has a lot of experience teaching in international schools and rates this one below average as far as the overall quality. But he hasn't had any big problems with the administration ... a group that is Turkish!

Re: Working in Rangon.

by Mique

As stated before, Horizon is run by a Turkish admin. Many teachers there are Turkish too and that can make things sometimes a little difficult since they keep much to themselves and therefor sometimes you don't know info that you needed to have. But no school is perfect. The last head of English at Horizon here in Yangon was a very good guy. The man who has taken over can't be trusted i've heard. but i don't know him personally. He's fairly new.

In general, they have upped their pay much and are now closer to the other international schools. You get housing allowance and they cover expensive medical treatment but not a visit to the doctor. They pay for your visa runs and pay for a ticket back home once a year (i think. Though it could be Bangkok if you sign up form there. Not sure). With the salary you can easily save some money. Apartments are more expensive than in Thailand but you'll spend less money on other things. As always, you can make things as expensive and as cheap as you want. But most people I know (teachers that as) can save money without too much problem.

If there's anything else, let me know

Travel Tips for Rangoon

ALWAYS CARRY A TORCH IN YOUR LUGGAGE

by DennyP

I was advised before going to Burma of the fact that the power was cut in the major cities without warning....This I'm not sure if it was a conservation programme or the system was just in mealtdown...think it was the latter...Most big buisinesses and hotels have large backup generators out front to cope with these outages...the small buisnesses are suffering as they can't afford such items...A torch is always handy for such a time also at night as there is very little street lighting...another handy time is when you maybe inside a temple or Pagoda...

Closing times

by Hewer

Keep in mind that many bars, restaurants and teahouses close at 9pm. Almost all of the rest are closed by 11pm. Some of the international hotels stay open later.

Most of the exceptions seemed to be karaoke houses. I could hear singing from my hotel room as I drifted off to sleep each night, though I never quite worked out where it came from.....

There is still plenty of activity on the streets though, as many vendors prepare for the next day.

Visit the Shwedagon Paya. ...

by sexy_sensei

Visit the Shwedagon Paya. This is one of the most recognizable and wonderful buildings in the world. Rising high above the heads of its humble and devouted worshippers, a pilgrimage to the paya (or pagoda) could be compared to the travel made by Muslims to Mecca. Everyone citizen of Burma must or tries to make the trip to the Shwedagon Paya at least once in their lives. Covered in over 80 tonnes of gold and encrusted with hundreds of rubies, emeralds, pearls, sapphires, and crowned with a 100 carat diamond, it is a beacon for all of Burma. Make sure to take a long walk through the many shops and arcades that can be found outside the paya grounds. Make sure to take off your shoes for walking ANYWHERE in the paya grounds and remember that all foreign visitors must pay $3 US to enter. You can also find very helpful (and, most important, 'at-your-pace') guides who can explain the grounds. I simply enjoyed sitting in the presence of the Shwedagon Paya early in the morning, watching the people coming to pray, and relaxing. The Shwedagon Paya is more than just a religious beacon -- it is a very important meeting place and there are shops, tea shops (Burma's hidden treasure), and restaurants all around it. Enjoy yourself -- and don't forget to bring a whole lot of film.

Rangoon Tip

by Krystynn

My fondest memory is probably the feeling of being transported back in time to the 1940s! No offence meant to the lovely Burmese people... (I really love them all). As this was my first trip to a country like Myanmar/ Burma, I was intrigued with what I saw. Most importantly, this was a very special trip for me. It was my first church mission trip to a third world country so..... (more on it later...).

Wear Lungis

by vickss

Lungis appeared to be the national dress of people--male or female in the country. The apparel is basically a wraparound which people use for the bottomhalf. Locals told me they are as infamous as Scottish kilns as a lotta people do not care about wearing an underwear.. haha.. shame shame..It sells for about $2 which is gender neutral.. an advantage..!! Checks are the most popular pattern on the lungi. This product by the way is similar to what men wear in India but then it is a definite NO for formal attire(not applicable in South India) and people usually wear it as a sleeping gown --topless-- at homes. Though you are not expected to wear one in Myanmar if you do you make more pals..!

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