Strand Hotel, Rangoon

Pic of the Week: 25 February 2015

Strand Hotel, Rangoon

by Ken Barrett © 2015

One of the most luxurious hotels in the British Empire in its heyday, the Strand was opened in 1901 and was one of a chain of luxury hotels in South East Asia built and operated by the Sarkies brothers, the famous Armenian family who also built the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang. It’s now part of the Hong Kong-based GCP Hospitality group.

Ken took this photograph for his next book, 25 Walks in Myanmar, which will be published by Tuttle Publishing and available later this year.

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Ken is the author of 22 Walks in Bangkok: Exploring the City’s Historic Back Lanes and Byways, which is available at Asia Books and other booksellers worldwide.

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