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It had been restored and its re-opening had attracted attention. Burma's old woman ran like in her prime. Grands hotels are always handled like concubines: in good old fashioned periods they are adorned with jewelry, ignored and not attended in the worst years. There was a very particular interest in the hotel.
Another company of the Sarkies' Army brethren who so successfully established one large hotel after another in Asia (E&O Penang and Raffles Singapore, to name but a few). After writing Raffles' story in Singapore many years before, I was optimistic that we could do a good work.
With the far-sighted, enterprising hotel owner Adrian Zecha behind this turning point, we became the offical historians of The Strand, one of the most rare and charming objects in the East. Arriving in Yangon the following day after the celebration of the anniversary of the 125th anniversary of the orientental hotel in Bangkok on the TG 303.
KLM's Amsterdam-Batavia and British Imperial Airways, later BOAC, always went into the town. Rangoon was the most important station on the flight between Europe and Southeast Asia for over two years. Immediately I saw the hotel with its cream-white façade. The Strand has been impeccable since its inauguration.
We had 32 stylish single rooms, among them the pièce de résistance, the beautiful beach suite. He is the CEO of Myanmar Hotels International Group, The Strand's parent city. â He is the writer of the wonderful The Vanishing Tribes of Burma, which contains a wonderful collection of his own photos.
âCan you please call Paul Strackton at the Inya Lake Hotel this evening, room 205? âDo you care about the story of the Strandhotel? â The Myanmar guard from the australian ambassador across the street kept a close look at me. I' m walking around the hotel like a crab around the stove and must have been looking a little sneaky.
We' had some research in Bangkok and Singapore. As I was leaving The Strand, Tony and Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet Guide Books) came for dinner with Sally Baughen. Strand Hotel in the 1970s: Sue Reiz, a former Managing Director of The Oriental, walked through Bangkok.
After the renovations, she was telling me her tales of how she resurrected the hotel. We' had found tales from the hotel's early and recent times and were able to give The Strand a historic name. Myanmar's oldest hotel, one of the world's most renowned hotels, The Strand is the only hotel in Yangon that remains from settlement times.
Constructed and run by the Sarkies, the famed Army hotel group, it was part of a hospitable imperium that included the Singaporeâs Raffles Hotel, Penangâs East and East as well as the ambitions to construct the Majestic Hotel in Calcutta. Strand's history reminds us of the time of Bibby and Henderson Lines, who served between Europe and Rangoon.
The first Imperial Airways aircraft took off from there, when the journey from London to Rangoon took only nine whole nights. Visiting old Rangoon, a streetcar line passed the Strandhotel on its way from the port to the town.
The Prince of Wales visits Burma and we are enjoying the stories and recollections of so many old The Strand people. They have all come together here in a pamphlet to commemorate their beach, which has a great past â" and after its glittering restoration and re-opening â" an equal promise for the beach.
As Aviet and Tigran Sarkies reached Rangoon, they found a much less UK town than centers like Georgetown in Penang and Singapore. For example, the food was taken during the Orient. Singapore was wearing death knows jumpsuits, but not here. They were in a rickshaw over there and not in Rangoon.
Women in Singapore were memes, here they were Memsahib's Rangoon was a burgeoning town - but one without a good hotel. 1892: Rangoon population: Aveti and Tigran Sarkies saw the occasion â" the Sarkies brothers' mastermind to settle where business flourished. Passengers needed hotels and hotels.
Yangon had the benches, but not the hotels. Sarkies bought the British Burma Hotel on Merchant Street and re-named it Sarkies Hotel. This was the only one of her hotels to have a name. The Burma Association was the first Burma League in 1895. In Burma, cricket never had such an influence and soccer became the expatriates' and the people' s favorite.
The current Burma Athletic Association was established in 1899. Yangon was flooded with both newcomers and newcomers. In the port, ships were wrecked to berth and discharge their passengers: river ships that carry wealthy tourism; British-Indian steamships with impoverished immigrants from Madras; ships of the Bibby and P Henderson routes that carry travelers from England.
Burma's rides for the British were many and varied. At Silken East, author C. Scott Oâ Connor reported that Rangoon âthe ghosts of the old man, where men are lying in a pile of rubble, forget the times, the inner parlor of the Ah-Sin Club, where there are hard games and small hands of cash are piled up on the desks.
Sarkies bros are selling their Sarkies hotel. In view of the strong rivalry from a compilation of average new hotels, things had not gone well. Sarkies opened the Bodega on Merchant Street and Phayre Street. Rangoon Trades Association was established by 30 retail companies. Rangoon new.
1899 the first edition of the Times of Burma was published. Strand Road was a good place. Mostly it was the home of renowned corporations like the Thomas Cook agency and papers like The Times of Burma. Aware that the Sarkies wanted to open another hotel in Rangoon, John William Darwood approached them to use his beachfront property.
for the new hotel. The Sarkies' prospects of succeeding in Rangoon were unbelievable for many. âThey are constructing a black elephant,â the crowd said, âanyone who comes to Rangoon and can buy a first-class hotel has a friend in town to shelter them. Yangon: 250,000 inhabitants.
The town was about to get a new hotel! And the beach has been opened. Sarkies style, his modernism and his luxurious East and West, Asia and Europe, got wed in a way that has never existed in the area before. It has 60 rooms, among them a large dinning room, a lounge and a billiard room with no less than 6 table.
It was power-operated about 5 years before the remainder of Rangoon had the luxuries. Sarkies named their cousin, S. C. Johannes, head of the beach, supported by a Mr. Travers and a Mr. Sookeas. âThe omelet on the beach is the best excuse to come to Rangoon!
The Strand Hotel was the only hotel with rates starting at 10 rupiah per night. It was not possible for everyone to enjoy the great skill of Sarkies' friendship. One of the first to arrive was the English gubernatorial one. He' had spent the night at Raffles Hotel in Singapore and was pleased that the Sarkies had now expanded their operations to Rangoon.
Commerce was of course one of the main drivers behind Burma's annexation. 2. They dreamed of a gold route through Burma to China. Burma's economic development became part of a huge Colonies trading system linked to the world' s markets. Rangoon has exported paddy, tea, cutch, cottons, oilcakes, jades, tobaccos, rubber, embroidery lace and peanuts.
At the Rangoon riverbank, a state-of-the-art mill has been opened. Myanmar made a great deal of dough for the colonizers. The beach was a boom place. The Reuters Telegram Company, Ltd. opened its Rangoon office at 80, Strand Road. When the Royal Hotel opened on Merchant Street, the beach was facing fierce competitive conditions.
Possessed by Messrs Saxton and Stuart and pridefully promoted as "the only hotel in Britain", it could accommodate 125 people. More new hotels were built. Only on the beach road were the Orientale, the Great East and Evershedâs. Other were the Central, the Criterion, Minto Mansions, Britain India at Sule Pagoda Road and the New Continental.
Joining all the other conveniences of the âcivilizedâ civilizedâ worlds transported to Burma by the British: coaches, streetcars, cablegrams, etc. Britain's Rangoon was in full operation. This year the first grass court tournament took place under the patronage of the Burma Athletic Association. Pérrier waters, Scotch whiskey, cattle, rams and pig, ice-edged icing and slit, the `beer that made Milwaukee so popular.
The Prince of Wales (future George V., ruled 1910-36) paid a visit to Rangoon in January. Rangoon's total now exceeded 290,000 inhabitants. 5 million barrels/year of oil from Burma! All Charlesworth hired the company to audit the Strand Hotel. Sarkies decided to extend their company to India. Work on the Majestic Hotel in Calcutta began promptly.
Lucas Martin Sarkies (son of Martin, b. 1876 in Penang) opened the Oranje Hotel (today Majapahit â" never part of the Sarkies Network) on East Java. Sarkies have added another extension to the beach to take account of the growing number of tourists (today the extension hosts the Australian Embassy). Rangoon has a proper concerthall for piano players, orchestra, dancer and singer.
It was the cause of the great dispute known as World War I. The Majestic Hotel in Calcutta â" still under development â" could not be completition. Burma is now the world' s forteenth biggest oil-producing country. Formerly Tigran Sarkies' Deputy Director of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, Joseph Constantine was appointed to manage the beach.
Throughout Asia, the hotels had been suffering from the upheaval. Sarkies net was no different. The Raffles in Singapore and the E&O in Penang were in urgent need of refurbishment. This beach was also due for a refreshing painting. The Sarkies homes also began to diverge. Though Sarkies advertisements at the beginning and also during the dispute still referred to all hotels as a group, after 1918 they were always managed as separate hotels.
However, for Burma's indigenous people, the mood was very different. Despite advances, they stayed under the British, the destiny of their country was not yet within reach. Europeâ??s educational system was in vogue, however, and Thomas Cookâ??s office was offering students from Burma to England.
Edward, Prince of Wales (1894-1972) arrives in Burma. As the RMS Dufferin stepped into the port of Rangoon, the crowd was lining the roads with excitement. Celebrations began at the Strandhotel. Sarkies' Singapore office rented the Sea View Hotel. This year Aviet Sarkies, the founders of the Strand Hotel, passed away in Paris.
This year, the constitution was reformed and Burma was given the right to a double state. The aeronautical pioneer Alan J. Cobham took his Imperial Airways De Havilland DH50, driven by a 230 hp Siddeley Puma motor, from London to Rangoon on 20 November. And Cobham went to the beach, where the officers said toast to his victory.
He' s been in Rangoon for six month. This year the Sarkies offered the hotel for purchase, a landmark in the beach legend. They established Strand Hotel Ltd. and refurbished the whole hotel. Featured in © 1986-2007 by The Most Famous Hotels in the World.