Sule Shangri-La Yangon

Say ‘minglabar’ (which means ‘hello’ in Myanmar) to your vegan friendly home from home in Yangon.

Sule Shangri-La Yangon is located just a short walk away from the busy Sule Pagoda, all of the ‘must see’ colonial era buildings of the Central Business District and the bustling Chinese and Indian quarters, Yangon has the most colonial period buildings of any Southeast Asian city so take the time to wander about and imagine life in a different era.

The iconic Shwedagon Pagoda is never far from sight with stunning views enjoyed from the Horizon Club Lounge as well as our Horizon Club room; a visit here is essential during any trip to Yangon and the Sule Shangri-La Yangon is only a short taxi ride away if you want to explore further.

External view of Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Lobby at Sule Shangri-La Yangon

Staff are friendly and efficient as well as being a helpful resource in terms of the local area and anything you might need to know about the hotel, the hotel itself has everything you might expect from a Shangri-La in Southeast Asia (including that heavenly signature smell). Classic decor and impeccably kept comfortable rooms with modern amenities including a sizeable pool, modern gym and spa, a stay here pretty much guarantees comfort.

Horizon Club Room at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Horizon Club at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Swimming pool at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
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The Vegan Food

Vegans are well looked after at Sule Shangri-La Yangon with plenty of chances to try local food from Myanmar as well as other dishes from around Asia and classic western choices.

Breakfast at Café Sule has a lively atmosphere with the clink of crockery mingling with the sizzling sounds of the live kitchen stations where soups and stir fries are being cooked to order. Order food here at one of the stations and handover a numbered stick so you can wait at your table while your food is prepared, the vegetable noodle soup was nothing short of delicious.

Head to the juice bar where carafes of fresh juice and coconut water sit next to platters of fresh cut tropical fruit, continue on the healthy path and check out the extensive salad bar where you can make your own fresh salads. Dishes changed daily but delicious soba noodles, carrot and apple slaw, seaweed salad and a beetroot salad were among the daily vegan options when we visited. You’ll also find vegan sushi here too. Winning.

Fresh fruit for breakfast at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Vegan noodle soup at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Vegan sushi for breakfast at Sule Shangri-La Yangon

For curry lovers, choose delectably spiced Indian food. The Southern Indian vada, stuffed parathas, puri, and potato curry (served with coconut chutney and fresh, green coriander chutney) were our favourites.

Don’t forget to try the local specialities like ‘si hta min’ Burmese yellow sticky rice with fresh coconut shavings, fried shallots and salted sesame seeds. Or the sweet local halwa or banana and rice flour cakes.

At night head to the Horizon Club Lounge for drinks and canapés. The buffet has some vegan options including a selection of salads, but you can talk to the chef and ask for some vegan options to be made then sit back and enjoy dishes like deep fried, spiced potato Indian snacks served with fresh coriander chutney and stir fried seasoned vegetables.

Southern Indian vegan food for breakfast at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Myanmar sticky rice at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Soba noodle salad for breakfast at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Apple and beetroot salad at Sule Shangri-La Yangon

For dinner, Summer Palace serves Cantonese food and has a whole vegetarian menu with multiple vegan options, flavoursome dumplings, deep fried spring rolls and mock fish in a sticky sweet and sour sauce are just a few of the things worth trying if you fancy something different.

Vegan dim sum at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Vegan chicken at Summer Palace
Sweet and sour vegan fish at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Tofu and fried rice at Sule Shangri-La Yangon

The Vegan Essentials

There were already feather-free pillows in our room so no need to call and ask for any change and the amenities were from luxury brand L’Occitane who use all non animal derived products except honey in their products.

The spa offers many vegan friendly treatments (like a traditional Chinese foot reflexology for example).

The Vegan Food Quest Verdict

Check-in the Sule Shangri-La Yangon for a well located, vegan friendly luxury hotel stay in Yangon.

Book a room on the Horizon Club Floor for access to the Horizon Club Lounge and don’t forget to try the vegan friendly local specialities available at breakfast.

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We were guests of Sule Shangri-La Yangon but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.

Sule Shangri-La Yangon
223 Sule Pagoda Rd,
Yangon 11182,
Myanmar.

Telephone: +95 1 242 828
Cost From: £115 / $155 (May 2018)