From the moment of arrival, this enclosed heritage mansion - dating from the '20s - enchants, with its teak balconies, cream-suited bellboys, and collection of Burmese antiques.

Add in the tropical gardens with stone-etched pool, and it feels more like a country estate than a city hotel. The location - a quiet street in the diplomatic quarter - helps, adding a sense of distance from Yangon's lively downtown, yet it's just a short drive (but out of walking range, given the humidity) from the old Burmese capital's signature sights, including the golden stupas of Shwedagon Temple, Bogyoke Market, and the National Museum. Book a romantic cruise in a Balcony Suite of the Belmond-owned Orcaella, which wends along the Ayeyarwady river past the ancient temples of Bagan, to the city of Mandalay.

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WOW FACTOR A dinner of spiced curries in the Mandalay Lounge, with tropical centrepieces, provides some seriously cool angles to enhance the photo album.

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GO Belmond www.belmond.com offers the 11-night Discover Southeast Asia journey for £5,350 per person. Includes train from Singapore to Bangkok, two nights at The Governor's Residence, and an Ayeyarwady cruise to Mandalay  

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