Honouring the legendary Sarkies Brothers -- Martin, Tigran, Aviet and Arshak -- who came from the fabled lands of Persia to seek their fortunes in the Orient. For almost five decades, they created grand hotels which still rank among the world’s finest.
In 1892, Aviet and Tigran Sarkies sailed into Yangon (then called Rangoon), a thriving city on the Ayeyarwady River at that time under British imperial rule. Building on their success with Eastern & Orient Hotel in Penang, Malaysia and Raffles Hotel Singapore, the brothers acquired The Strand Hotel. Less than twenty years later, The Strand was ""patronized by royalty, nobility and distinguished personages"" according to the original 1911 edition of John Murray's Handbook for Travellers in India, Burma and Ceylon. It is safe to assume that Rudyard Kipling found inspiration for some of his famous poems whilst enjoying a drink at the bar.
Whilst over one hundred years have passed, the sophisticated splendour of adventurous era reigns within these wood panelled walls. Soak up that rich history over a Strand Sour or sip from our collection of 50-plus single malt whiskey labels, perhaps with a cigar from our curated selection. Take a high leather-clad seat at the wooden bar, lounge on our plush couches, or unwind at the pool table among friends.