31 Oct '12, 10am

Bask in an old-world glow at one of these alluring colonial hotels, in far-off places.

Bask in an old-world glow at one of these alluring colonial hotels, in far-off places.

Rangoon hasn't been the capital of Burma since 2005; that distinction goes to the new city of Naypyidaw, 400km away. But it continues to behave like a capital city. It's still home to some government ministries and is where all the foreign embassies are located - although the Bangladeshis are breaking rank by building in Naypyidaw, and others will follow. But foreseeable future, Rangoon will remain the nation's cultural and business centre, and the site of one of Burma's best hotels, The Governor's Residence. The name is slightly misleading. You would be forgiven for thinking this was once the home of some colonial-era British governor. It was not. The original 1920s teak building was constructed by the British-run administration to house visiting big wigs from the up-country Karenni State, where the world's largest tungsten mine was located. With independence came neglect...

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