Myanmar Travel

A guide to staying in Myanmar

Yangon Accommodation

Belmond Governor’s Residence

35 Taw Win Road, Dagon Township, Yangon;

The location is a little out of town but the facilities are wonderful. The three grades of rooms are all graceful and well appointed, the pool is beautiful amongst the trees and vegetation and the staff are outstanding. It has an atmosphere of quiet elegance and is very professionally run. There are 2 restaurants.

The Strand Yangon

92 Strand Rd., Yangon;

Here you have the chance to experience the full colonial grandeur of a superb hotel with its ceiling fans and high ceilings. The rooms are not particularly grand but the butler service is fabulous. You stay here for the history, not for the luxury. There is certainly history in the bar where cocktails are good and it has the feel of what it must have been like 100 years ago. There is no pool or fitness center in house.

Sule Shangri-La Yangon

223 Sule Pagoda Rd., Pabedan Township, Yangon;

Located downtown it is very close to the shops and markets. The hotel was built in the 1990’s but was extensively renovated in 2014, the river and many sightseeing attractions. There are 334 spacious guestrooms and suites with three Club floors. It has a good gym & sauna, great massage, a beauty salon and excellent swimming pool.

Novotel Yangon Max

459 Pyay Road, Kamayut  Township, Yangon;

Located between Yangon International Airport and the historical downtown, Novotel Yangon Max is close to Shwedagon Pagoda. There are 366 contemporary rooms with good WIFI connection and 3 restaurants, 4 bars and 24-hour room service. Other facilities are a fitness center, spa, yoga room, swimming pool and tennis court.

The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

Kan Yeik Tha Road. Mingalar Nyunt Township, Yangon;

The hotel is in a great lakeside setting about a 10-minute drive from the downtown area. There is a nice landscaped swimming pool, and several restaurants with Western favorites, traditional Myanmar food, and Asian delights. The hotel staff are both attentive and efficient.

Sedona Hotel Yangon

No. 1 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Yankin Township, Yangon; otelYangon/

This large hotel is a little tired and the location is about 20 minutes from downtown. There is a large outside swimming pool and several restaurants. Extensive reservations are currently undemay (December 2013) which will affect your stay for several months.

Royal Kliattar Hotel

13, Khattar Street, Sanchaung, Yangon;

This newly opened property offers exactly what one would expect from a 3-star hotel: clean and comfortable rooms which are smartly equipped for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel’s location is slightly remote in a quiet area outside the hustle and bustle of downtown: nice for a good night’s sleep and there are a couple of excellent restaurants nearby but you will need to take a taxi to go sightseeing.

Hotel Grand United (Chinatown)

No. 621, Maharbandoola Road, corner of Bo Ywe, Yangon;

This 32 room hotel is situated on the top five stories of a commercial building in the downtown Chinatown area. The rooms are modern, spacious, designed with flair and good value by Yangon standards. A small reception desk area and a restaurant serving breakfast are the only facilities.

Central Hotel Yangon

335/357, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Pabedan Township, Yangon;

It provides clean, extremely convenient, rather dated economical rooms right downtown. It has a small reasonable restaurant.

Best Western Green Hill Hotel

12 Pho Sein St., Tamwe, Yangon;

This is a large, relatively new hotel, with a narrow entrance from a narrow street. Once inside, the rooms are large and pleasant, the public areas are nice and the staff are accommodating. The restaurant struggles a bit but is adequate.

Eastern Hotel

194/196 Bo Myat Tun Street, Pazundaung Township, Yangon;

This nice, basic hotel in a fairly central location would suit those on a budget who don’t mind an older-style look. Poor breakfast but friendly staff.

The Willow

Inn No 644, Corner of Shwe Bon Tha Street & Merchant Road., Yangon downtown;

The small hotel offers both private and dormitory-style rooms fitted with air conditioning, telephone, free WiFi access in all areas and free luggage storage services. The inn is just 550 meters from both Side Pagoda and Maha Bandoola Garden. The private rooms have satellite TV and a refrigerator.

Bagan Accommodation

Aureum Palace Hotel

Near Bagan Viewing Tower, Min Nanthu Village Nyaung U;

This nicely designed hotel (or over the top, depending on your values), situated within the temple precinct is not for everyone as the owner has strong links with the junta. The infinity edge pool with views over a small lake to some nearby temples is amazing. Food is adequate and there is no alternative nearby as the hotel is remote from most other development. Rooms are modern and spacious.

Amazing Bagan Resort

Outside Nyaung  U Township;

This very peaceful and quiet hotel is in an out- of the way location but fortunately, the staff are excellent, the rooms, breakfast, and food are good and the pool, both during the day and during the evening poolside dinner is beautiful.

Bagan Lodge

Myat Lay Road, New Bagan;

There is a lovely reception area and an inviting large lap pool. Rooms are a series of bungalows with 85 spacious and beautifully appointed rooms. Helpful staff, spa facilities, excellent restaurant, lobby lounge and pool bar complete the picture.

Bagan Hotel River View

Between Gawdawpalin Temple & Archeological Museum, Old Bagan;

An exceptional location but a slightly tired hotel in lovely grounds summarizes this hotel. The terrace overlooking the river is fantastic for breakfast and sunset but the food can only be described as average. There is a nice pool, spa and massage, and very friendly staff.

The Hotel at Tharabar Gate

Near Tharabar Gate, Old Bagan;

Old Bagan is the best place for temple exploring and this hotel provides spacious, clean rooms in a nice garden setting. The pool is adequate and the poolside bar is popular. Meals are OK but there are several alternative close by.

Thande Hotel Bagan

The location by the river is great but the accommodation is a bit tired. Breakfasts are good and dinner OK. The pool and grounds are pretty. Staff is helpful.

Aye Yar River View Hotel

Between Bagan Royal Palace & Ayeyarwaddy River, Old Bagan; This is a sprawling hotel on a riverside site with good looking rooms that are actually quite gloomy. The restaurant is ok but other options are available reasonably close by. The pool is attractive. It is popular with groups.

This is a sprawling hotel on a riverside site with good looking rooms that are actually quite gloomy. The restaurant is ok but other options are available reasonably close by. The pool is attractive. It is popular with groups.

Blue Bird HotelMvatlav Roa., New Bagan; http://www.bluebirdbagan.coin/

Myatlay Roa., New Bagan; http://www.bluebirdbagan.coin/

The hotel is not in a particularly convenient location but it offers 24 good rooms with nice bathrooms, a small pool in a nice garden, restaurant and lounge, free shuttle service into town, free bicycles and friendly staff.

Zfreeti Hotel

5th Thiripyitsayar Street, Nyaung U;

Located five minutes’ from the main restaurant strip but thankfully on a quiet side street, this new property’ opened late 2013. Rooms come in three price ranges and many are on the small size but they have free in-room WiFi, air-conditioning, flat screen TVs, comfortable beds, minibar fridge and spotlessly clean hot shower and toilet. There is a pool and meal terrace with free breakfast.

Thiri Marlar Hotel Bagan

Thriri Marlar Street, New Bagan

The location, the staff, the roof terrace, and the central garden are all good. Most rooms are adequate in size and are clean.

Bagan Umbra

Wet-Kyi-In, Nyaung U township, near Shwe Zee Gone Pagoda

The location is halfway between Nvaung U and Old Bagan so there are no shops nearby but there are several restaurants. Major construction is causing disruption at present but the small pool is still ok and breakfast, served in the garden is adequate.

Mandalay Accommodation

Hotel by the Red Canal

Corner of 63 & 22 Streets, Aung Myae Tha Zan; /

This is a nice boutique hotel run by very friendly and helpful staff. The rooms are an adequate size and the hotel and its landscaping are very attractive. Perhaps not the best position in Mandalay but the service and extras such as free cocktails and snacks around the pool add a nice touch.

Mandalay Hill Resort

9, Kwin 416.B, 10th Street, Foot of Mandalay Hill;

This is a large property that sees some up­market groups but the service and facilities are excellent and the gardens a delight. There is a good pool and large gym. and the terrace restaurant is delightful.

Sedona Hotel Mandalay

Junction of 26th and 66th Street;

This is a very well located hotel with impressive public spaces. Rooms have seen better days but are a good size. There are many restaurant options in the surrounding area much cheaper than the hotel.

Smart Hotel

167, 28th Street, between 76th & 77th Streets, Mandalay;

The location is very central and the rooms are clean but a bit dated. A bar and restaurant on the top floor have nice views of the city. There is very friendly staff.

Gold Yadanar Hotel

No.111, 34th Street, between 77th & 78th Streets, Mandalay;

This newish hotel has 40 clean, good sized rooms with air-conditioning and cable TV.

Royal City Hotel

27th Street, between 76th and 77th Streets, Mandalay;

The quiet location near the palace and close to a few restaurants is a plus for this basic but clean, no frills place. Friendly staff and an adequate breakfast add to the appeal.

Ma Ma Guest House

No. 5B, both Street, between 25th & 26th street, Mandalay;

This 9-room guest house built in 2012 has air- conditioned rooms with a flat-screen satellite TV, an electric kettle, hair dryer and a minibar. Free WiFi access is available. Breakfast is served and other meals can be ordered.

Inle Lake Accommodation

Myanmar Treasure Inle Lake

Maing Thauk Village, Nyaung Shwe;

The hotel has individual large villas on stilts built over the lake. There is no air-conditioning, although rooms have fans and hot water bottles are provided in winter. The personal bedside notes are appreciated.

Inle Princess Resort

Magyizin Village, Inle Lake;

This is a place to enjoy the serene and beautiful lagoon setting. Rooms are traditional structures with soaring teak ceilings. There are a great eating terrace, amazing gardens, and nice spa.

Villa Inle Resort & Spa

Lakeside Inle Lake;

There are 27 secluded lakeside villas which could well-be the most stunning in Myanmar. They have king size beds, air-conditioning with heating facility, LCD television and Wi-Fi, lakefront balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. The restaurant is good and the spa delightfully relaxing.

Sanctum Inle Resort

Maing Thauk Village;

Opened in May 2015, this 97-room boutique hotel has rooms with lofty’ ceilings, natural wood floors, plush beds, air-conditioning and cable TV. Local and Western dishes are available at The Refectory Restaurant and The Cloister Bar has a wide selection of Myanmar-brewed beers and a short list of exquisite international wines.

Hotel Amazing Nyaung Shwe

Yone Gyi Street, Inle, Nyaung Shwe; /

The rooms are spacious, spotlessly clean and nicely decorated. The hotel has an airport pick-up service, restaurant, and spa. There are a number of restaurants, bars, travel agents and shops within a few minutes’ walk.

Aquarius Inn

2 Phaung Daw Pyan Rd., Nam Pan Quarter, Nyaung Shwe;

This cosy guest house has friendly owners and staff.

The Grand Nyaung Shwe Hotel

West Kyaung Daw Road Nan Pan Quarter; Nyaung Shwe;

This hotel opened early 2015 and has 24 large, clean rooms with ensuite bathrooms. There is a simple but good breakfast buffet, quiet area, and helpful staff. There is no Wifi in the rooms.

Princess Garden Hotel

Mine Li Street, Nyaung Shwe

This is one of the best guest houses in town with a nice swimming pool in a lovely and quiet location. The 8 wooden bungalows are clean and have a refrigerator, and the breakfast and afternoon drinks are good.

Accommodation Elsewhere in Myanmar


Han Thar Gardens Resort

No.34 Bulleinn Tar Zone Village, Yangon-Mandalay Road, Bago.

Located about 12 km from town, the services include a business center, laundry service/dry cleaning, 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, restaurant, garden, and outdoor pool.

San Francisco Motel

Main Road, Bago.

This is a basic place with friendly owners and clean and reasonable sized fan rooms with showers and toilet at a good price. There is no restaurant but several places nearby.

Chaung Tha Hotel Max

On a quiet part of the beach, this property has a restaurant, massage room, beauty parlor, swimming pool, business center, tennis court, mini golf, and gift shop but limited electricity during the day. All rooms enjoy remote control air­conditioning, IDD telephone, satellite TV, mini-bar and bathroom with shower and bathtub.

Shwe Ya Minn Guesthouse

There is nice bungalow style accommodation with fan or air-conditioning. Some are old and poor and other newer and much better. It has an extremely popular restaurant and smiling staff.

Ngwe Saung Beach

Eskala Hotels and Resorts

Ngwe Saung;

Opened in 2014 this is a hotel with an excellent location and good facilities. It provides a large breakfast buffet and an extensive lunch and evening menu. The friendly staff are helpful.

Bay of Bengal Resort

Zee Maw village Track, Pathein, Ngwe Saung;

This bungalow-style resort is in a quiet location at the end of the beach. Rooms are adequate with TV and Wi-Fi, the restaurant is good and there is a bar, tennis court, spa, gift shop and a couple of pools. Prices are quite high and you are without air-conditioning for five hours a day.

Nay Pyi Taw

Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw

11-12 National Guest House, Shwe Pyi Taw7 Win Road;

This is a beautiful new 140 room hotel with exceptional service and friendly and helpful staff. Complimentary bikes are provided for guests, and there is a wonderful spa, great pool, and nice gardens. Excellent dining and bar facilities are available.

The Lake Garden MGallery Collection

Dekkhina Thiri Road, East Nay Pyi Taw;

The 165 rooms and suites are spacious and crafted with richly-textured materials and furnishings. The hotel is surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens and a tranquil lake, only a five- minute drive away from the Myanmar International Convention Centre. There are two restaurants and a wine cellar/cigar room. It is operated by Accor under the Mgallery Collection.

Aureum Palace Hotel – Resort

Hotel N0.1, Hotel Zone, Yar Za Htar Ni Road, Nay Pyi Taw;

This rather grand place has large, light rooms with good bathrooms but it seems to lack maintenance. There is a restaurant, large swimming pool with a little Jacuzzi at one corner and a small gym. The hotel is walking distance from the Junction Mall, where there is a wide variety of restaurants and it provides little golf carts to get around the property and to the mall.


Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa

Mya Pyin Village, Ngapali.

The hotel with 32 villas is on the beach, with a beautiful open concept restaurant. The grounds are gorgeous and really well kept. The staff are extremely friendly and attentive. The deluxe sea view villas have a plunge pool.

Amazing Ngapali Resort

No.27, Inya Myaing Road, Zee Phyu Gone Village, Thandwe, Ngapali;

This beach-front resort has lovely rooms and gardens and very friendly staff. The beach is beautiful and the food is good at an open restaurant or outside at the pool with a very nice view to the beach and sea. At present this is probably the best resort in town but several new ones are being built so competition will be tough.

Silver Beach Hotel Ngapali

Ngapali Beach;

This is on the best stretch of the most popular beach in Ngapali and is very close proximity to a small group of outside restaurants/cafes. There are 27 clean large rooms here for the value minded guest.

There is a new Hilton Hotel near the airport which I have not stayed in and it is receiving mixed reviews. At the other end of the beach is the Amara Ocean Resort which would be enjoyed by people on a get-away-from-it-all holiday.

Pyin Oo Lwin

Hotel Pyin Oo Lwin

9 Nandar Rd., near Botanical Garden, Pyin Oo Lwin;

Quiet and relaxing is a good description for this hotel in well-tended gardens. The spacious teak bungalows are beautiful and well appointed, with comfortable beds and large fireplaces. There is a nice restaurant and friendly, helpful staff.

Hotel Aster

47/48 Mandalay-Lashio Road, Nanda Wun, Pyin Oo Lwin;

This newly constructed hotel has clean, spacious rooms in landscaped gardens away from the town center so transportation is required. The good value property rents bikes and has a free shuttle twice a day. Meals are basic but satisfactory.


Amara Mountain Resort

10/182 Thida Road Quarter 10, Kalaw;

This lovely old colonial style house on top of the hill is a bit outside of town so the expensive restaurant is a problem for some. The friendly staff help overcome the fact there is no refrigerator or TV in the rooms and a charge is made for the Wi-Fi.


Hsipaw Resort

Old Hsipaw Shan Village, Hsipaw;

The newly-opened hotel is situated by the river, away from the noise of the village. Bungalows overlooking the river are tastefully decorated and equipped with all the modern amenities.


Mrauk Oo Princess Resort

Mrauk U;

This bungalow-style resort has very reasonable facilities considering the isolated location of the town. There is friendly staff, good restaurant, and spa and massage facilities. Rooms are large and the resorts boats which provide a service from Sittwe are comfortable.