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speeds have improved over the last couple of
years, but still tend to be frustratingly slow in
comparison to almost any other country.
Internet shops can be found in just about
every corner of central Yangon these days, but
if you’re in a hurry, make a beeline for one of the
Castle Internet & Café (2nd fl, 142-146 Sule
Paya Rd; per hr K400; h7am-11pm)
Click Me Quick (97 38th St; per hr K400;
h8am-11pm) This quiet and relatively fast inter-
net café also provides wi-fi (per hour K4000).
Hero Cyber Café (33rd St; per hr K300;
Internet & Games (Bo Sun Pat Rd; per hr
K400; h9am-10pm) Centrally located and
relatively fast, although it suffers from loud
teenage boys playing online games.
Net 2 Go (cnr Anawrahta Rd & 37th St; per hr
K400; h9am-10pm)
Virus III Cybercafe (283-302 Anawrahta Rd;
per hr K400; h9am-11pm) Centrally located
and, unlike most places, not filled with scream-
ing teenagers playing online games. There are a
couple of similar places in the area.

Almost all of Yangon’s budget and midrange
guesthouses and hotels off er inexpensive laun-
dry services including ironing for about K100
per item. Rates at the top-end hotels are not

cheap. Another option is Ava Laundry (Map
p 42 ; 305 Mahabandoola Rd, btwn 41st & 42nd
Sts; h8am-8pm). Though it’s no quicker than
the guesthouses and is relatively expensive, the
proprietor is a lovely chap to talk to.

Medical Services
There are several private and public hospitals
in Yangon, but the fees, service and quality may
vary. There are also some useful pharmacies in
AA Pharmacy (Map p 42 ; 142-146 Sule Paya Rd;
h9am-10pm) Just north of Sule Paya.
International SOS Clinic (%667 879; http://www.
internationalsos.com; Inya Lake Hotel, 37 Kaba
Aye Pagoda Rd; h8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri,
8.30am-12.30pm Sat) This is your best bet in
Yangon for emergencies. The clinic also claims
to be able to work with just about any interna-
tional health insurance. Located at Inya Lake
Hotel (Map p 48 ).
Pun Hlaing International Clinic (Map p 46 ;
%243 010; 4th fl, FMI Centre, Bogyoke Aung
San Rd; h9am-7pm Mon-Sat & 10am-7pm Sun)
Located in the FMI Centre, this is your best bet
for centrally located healthcare.

If you’re not aware of the various money-related
issues involved in visiting Myanmar, you may be
in for a big surprise. Be sure to pay close atten-


Yangon is defi nitely not as online as other Asian cities, but wi-fi is available at a handful
of hotels, restaurants and bars. In the hotel lobbies it’s generally free (or you’re at least
expected to buy a drink or snack); otherwise it costs about $1 per hour. Although the
hotel lobby connections are usually for guests, we had no problem ‘borrowing’ them for a
short time, particularly if just using a smart phone.
A non-authoritative list of wi-fi hotspots in Yangon:
» 365 Café (p 59 ; 15 hrK5000)
» 50th St Bar & Grill (p 64 ) Free.
» BAK Center (Map p 42 ) Free with purchase of instant coffee.
» Black Canyon (p 62 ) Free.
» Coffee Circles (p 62 ) Free.
» Click Me Quick (p 68 ) Per hour K4000.
» Kandawgyi Palace Hotel (Map p 48 ) Free.
» May Shan Hotel (p 53 ) Per hour $1.
» Panorama Hotel (p 53 ) Free.
» Savoy Hotel (p 57 ) Free.
» Sedona Hotel (p 57 ) Free.
» Strand Hotel & Bar (p 52 ) Free.
» Summit Parkview (p 57 ) Free.
» Traders Hotel (Map p 42 ) Free with drink purchase.
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