Pun Hlaing Golf Estate Residences
I bet many Yangoners, especially expatriates and returnees, would agree with me that life in the city gets very dusty, noisy and chaotic, no matter where you live – downtown or in Golden Valley. It’s getting more difficult to find quality accommodation that would fit a more modern standard of living. Both newcomers and long-time residents of Yangon are facing many challenges, especially finding that apartment with a suitable layout and decor combined with some access to outdoor living.
I had chosen to live downtown for the convenience of social life and close proximity to work. After a while I felt suffocated by the heaviness of city life and claustrophobic in my own apartment. It takes much more than just four walls to call a place your ‘home’ – it should bring you comfort, peace and the feeling of security.
Therefore I wonder: can one live a completely different city life where we can balance indoor with the need for outdoor living? Is it possible to have it all in Yangon? In search for the answer I went on a discovery trip to check out Pun Hlaing Golf Estate Serviced Residences, located in Tharyar Township on North West of Yangon.
After a 30 minutes car drive from the city centre, we entered the Pun Hlaing Golf Estate where I could instantly see the difference – lush and fresh greenery within a safe gated community where we were welcomed by friendly security guards.
The serviced apartments are located in block G of the Lake View Residences. Upon arrival, a doorman with a welcoming Myanmar smile met us at the entrance, and immediately l felt at home with such a beautiful warm greeting.
When I got inside the apartment the first reaction was astonishment – it was truly an oasis! The modern design, perfect finishing, and the obvious attention to details were impressive. The contemporary interior was designed by British designers and the exquisite furniture is imported from Thailand. Although all works are done by local professionals. I had a tour around this gorgeous 2250 sq. ft. apartment checking out the living room, ensuite master bedroom, two guest bedrooms, fully fitted kitchen and bathroom with modern appliances and accessories. But what definitely sets this residence apart from anything I’ve seen is the long and wide 690 sq. ft. balcony which can be accessed from all bedrooms and the living room. It’s the ideal place to have a barbeque or a party with friends and family.
I was thinking that life in this serviced apartment could not be more perfect and easy. You have a luxurious interior and warm ambience without the need to worry about power shortages or water pumps, since all the essential services are provided 24/7; even a maid service included into the rental price. It’s in a ready to move in condition! This apartment is a great fit for a family with children, a couple or a single person who likes to host guests.
We were hesitant to leave such a perfect place but I was looking forward to see what more Pun Hlaing Golf Estate had to offer.
While driving along the wide lanes towards the Country Club, I got to enjoy the serenity of beautifully manicured grounds and gardens. I didn’t notice any disturbing elements of everyday life in the city (e.g. open sewage and bundles of electrical wires hanging overhead). All the infrastructure for water and electricity supply is hidden underground which is unique for Yangon and uncommon in most other South East Asian cities.
With jealousy, I was observing people biking along the roads. This is something I truly miss doing – cycling in a safe and pollution free environment. I could also imagine that golf estate is a dream of any runner with its 7 km of continuous running route. Obviously the residents have access to an 18-hole golf course and a driving range.
The Country Club nestles on five acres of magnificently landscape grounds offering complimentary sports facilities to all residents including two grass tennis courts, free form swimming pool, and fully equipped gymnasium. Not to mention that residents get discounted prices at the Oasis Bistro & Bar, and the tranquil Oasis Spa & Beauty Salon.
Overall the environment of Pun Hlaing encourages you to live a healthier lifestyle by offering a variety of sporting activities and convenience.
On the way back from the golf estate I contemplated the trade-off between my life downtown to the one at Pun Hlaing Serviced Residences. The conclusion was obvious to me! Today Pun Hlaing Golf Estate is the only development that offers a rare combination of elegant and spacious indoor living with the tranquillity of healthy outdoor lifestyle. At the same time you have all the conveniences of the essential facilities and services at hand, and proximity to city centre is another bonus. There is no other alternative for this style of living in our Yangon city.
Editor at Yangon Life