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Welcome to Sanon

a not for profit social enterprise

Helping to changing the lives of Myanmar youth

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The Sanon Training Restaurant is operated by the MYDI (Myanmar Youth Development Institute). MYDI conducts Sanon as a non-profit social enterprise organization in Nyaung U, Bagan, Myanmar.

Our core strategic aim is to:

"Train up to 30 students at a time, assist them to gain employment and monitor them for a further two years"

The function of the Project via the Sanon Training Restaurant is to train disadvantaged youth in hospitality and English, find them employment and monitor them for a further two years to assist them integrate into the workplace and have a successful career in the hospitality and tourism industries.

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Our Vision and Goals

To empower a generation of young people to become Myanmar’s industry leaders in hospitality and tourism.

We aim to train up to 30 students per year, find them employment, and monitor them for a further two years.

Meeting vocational and industry needs and provide 1,000 students with training. Operate multiple successful venues within a for-profit social enterprise business model. Operate as an almost self sustaining business with additional support from the donors wishing support our work.

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What Our Guests Say


  2019 Certificate of Excellence   Asset-HC   Finalist 2020             




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Our menu is MSG-Free

V=Suitable for Vegetarians, M=Traditional Myanmar Dish, S=Can Be Spicy

A Training Restaurant

More about our Training program

Find out more about Bagan and Sanon

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Help us Help them

Become a Regular Supporter
and a 'Friend of Sanon’

By making a regular contribution less than $2.00 USD a day) you can support a student through our training program.

Our training program aims to provide our students with the skills and experience to pursue a career in hospitality.

Your support will help give a disadvantaged young person the opportunity to have a new life and brighter future.

Become a regular supporter

All donations are used to maintain the operation and development of the training restaurant, sustain and support the students, employ expert training staff, operate the training program and monitor and mentor each student in their place of work after graduation for a further two years. Click here for more information about our training program

Make a Single Donation

You can also make a one-off donation to help support or program which is also greatly appreciated.

Make a single donation

Sonia Muir has taken over from Ann Le Marseny as a teacher and educational consultant. Sonia has a background in leadership, capacity building and teaching. Her most recent role was managing a Business & Social Resilience program within the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia) which focused on working across rural communities developing projects targeted at rural women, farming families and younger people interested in agriculture. She has also worked in the community education sector and high schools. 

Read more: Introducing Sonia Muir

Ann was contracted to Sanon via Australian Volunteers International in mid 2017. Ann had Masters Degree in Early Learning and considerable experience in the education sector including 12 years in various overseas posts.

During her time with Sanon Ann conducted english language lessons for Sanon’s students along with Margaret a local english language teacher. Ann also developed a ‘bespoke’ english language curriculum that was focused on the hospitality environment and was uniquely targeted to the needs of Sanon and its students. 

Read more: Farewell to Ann Le Marseny
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Our Location

Pyu Saw Hti Street
next to Nyaung U Thante Hotel
Bagan, Myanmar

Open Hours

We are currently closed to the Public

However we continue to operate our student training program 

Got an Inquiry or Question?

Phone: +95 9 45195 1950

Email:  contacts@sanon-restaurant.org

Sanon is a member of:

Asset H&C