The more we used the Lonely Planet Myanmar guide, the more we noticed how out of date it was. It also seemed to talk up a lot of places that turned out to be a bit of a dive. I suppose to goes to show how quickly Myanmar is changing.
After a few hours of hiding from the heat, practising our Australian-accent-butchered Burmese and sampling the local brews at Zawgyi House Cafe, our waiter, Min Soe Khaing told us the best place to see a sunset in Yangon was the top of Sakura Tower, at the Sky Bistro.
Lonely Planet did not rate it very highly, but I thought it was a winner! Spectacular views of the city from the Shwedagon Pagoda to the Strand Hotel and beyond are the backdrop to funky 70s tunes, icy beers and tasty happy hour snacks.
The view of the Shwedagon Pagoda is on the non-smoking side of the floor and views of the city, Strand Hotel, river and Sule Pagoda on the smoking side. We took it in turns to wander back and forth from one side of the floor to other, drinking in the beautiful views (as well as a bit more Dagon beer). Even on a dirty, hazy day like we had, we could still see so much.
Watch boats move about in the vast Ayerwaddy River and 70s styled buildings light up with bright neon lights as the sun sinks ever lower. The Sule Pagoda and Shwedagon Pagoda are lit beautifully and create an interesting clash between east and west, old time and new.
Sky Bistro, Sakura Tower. Sule Pagoda Road.
Approx 3500 kyats per tall bottle of beer, 5000 kyat Happy Hour snacks.