Heritage hotels: The Strand Yangon

Yangon's oldest hotel, The Strand was opened in 1901 by the Sarkies Brothers -- the Armenian merchants also behind Raffles in Singapore and the Eastern & Oriental hotel in Penang, Malaysia. Today, The Strand is listed on the Yangon City Heritage List, among 188 other buildings. A renovation in 2016 retained the building's marble, rattan furniture, and Burmese antiques, while updating the interior.