Mingalar Sky Lounge – Yangon International Airport
Location: Terminal 3, Airside
Hours: Open 24 hours/day
Cost: Priority Pass accepted, other passengers for a fee
WiFi: Yes, free
Food: Yes, served buffet style. Alcohol available as part of buffet.
Table Service: No
Date of Visit: June 1, 2017
After a whirlwind trip through Bagan and Yangon, we were on our way to Bangkok for 36 hours before heading home to New York. After going through security and passport control (which took more time to get through than I’d expected), we found signs that lead us to the Mingalar Sky Lounge. Yangon International Airport only offers complimentary wifi for 30 minutes per device (per day, I assume), and with just over 2 hours to kill before our flight, I was thrilled to find a lounge that accepted Priority Pass.
This seemed to be the only lounge in the terminal, so it serves as the lounge for business class passengers across multiple airlines, as well as anyone who was willing to pay the lounge fee to enter. We checked in with the front desk before walking through what turned out to be a surprisingly large lounge. So large, in fact, that despite the fact there were a good number of people in the lounge, it still felt empty. We headed for the back of the lounge, where most of the overstuffed chairs where lined up against the window, with great views of the tarmac.
I’ll have to mention – my expectations were fairly low for this lounge. Not just because it was a priority pass lounge, but I wasn’t expecting there to be a lounge at this airport at all. So that being said, I was pleasantly surprised by the food offerings. There were three buffet tables, ranging from hot items to cold items.
The table with hot items had a good array of items ranging from western (spaghetti bolognese) to asian (stir fried fish, gyu don), to stuff in between (chicken fajitas?!). Not to be missed were the deep fried items – onion rings and croquette.
The next table was filled with room temperature food – cakes, danishes, croissants, and bread.
The last table was filled with more room temperature and cold food – sandwiches, fruit, a small salad bar, cheese, and sushi. An odd mix, but the variety was nice.
There were a couple dining areas in the lounge – both were pretty empty, as people seemed to prefer to eat in the area by the windows.
There were a couple business center areas that went unused while we were there, though they came readily equipped with screens for people to plug into.
The lounge was nice but nothing extraordinary. The food selection was varied, and had a good mix of options, and the staff was friendly and attentive. The lounge was nicely sized so that even if it was busy, it didn’t feel full. At the very least, the lounge was a great place to connect to free wifi (especially after having limited access to data for a few days!). And hey, the views of the runway were pretty great.