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Top Accommodation in Myanmar

Accommodation may be one of the most important factors affecting travel experience, so how to choose a good hotel is clearly an important issue.

Compared to other neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, the value-for-money of hotels in Myanmar is low. For the same standard of hotel, the price in Myanmar is 20%-30% higher than that in Vietnam, Thailand or the Philippines; which is one of the main reasons why traveling in Myanmar is more expensive than in other Southeast Asian countries.

Reasons for the Higher Cost of Accommodation

Less Competition

In contrast to other countries where tourism is better developed, Myanmar's tourist industry began to develop only in recent years, and the number and quality of the hotels is growing only slowly. So during the peak season, hotels are in short supply, and they don’t need to reduce prices to attract tourists.

High Costs

Most hotels were built during the period when military government was in power. The government controls land and commercial interests, and especially before 2015, western countries clamped economic sanctions on Myanmar, leading to increased prices of all goods.

Over the past few years, Myanmar has built a lot of new hotels, so that the hard-to-find-a-room situation which occurred during the years 2013 to 2015 does not exist anymore. If, however, your travel is planned any time from November to March, we would still recommend for you to book as early as possible.

Comparison Between Different Cities

Inle Lake and Ngapali

Among 5 major tourist cities (Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake and Ngapali), Inle Lake and Ngapali, as Vacation-type destinations, have relatively better hotels than the other destinations, mainly reflected in hotel facilities and service, and the surrounding environment. The main hotel types of these two cities are resorts and resort hotels.

Bagan

Hotels in Bagan have their own style. Hotels and temples are scattered around on the plain. The architectural styles and colors of most hotels are similar to the pagodas. When night comes, you may feel like you are surrounded by pagodas and temples.

Most hotels offer good rooms, great service and a swimming pool (which can be a good touch since the afternoons in Bagan are hot).

Yangon and Mandalay

The hotel styles of these two cities are similar. Most downtown hotels, such as Sedona Hotel Yangon, meet the needs of both leisure and business travelers. Near Inya Lake, though it is a leisure zone, most hotels have many meeting rooms, and room facilities are hardly different than in the cities.

Some suburban, lakeside or riverside hotels, however, such as the Rupar Hotel Mandalay, can provide resort-level services and facilities.

Suggestions on Where to Stay

Yangon

Mandalay

Bagan

Inle Lake

The hotel area can be simply divided into “in the town” and “near the lake”. Accommodation in the town is generally guesthouse-style with simple facilities, and it is easy to find. Renting a bike or an electric vehicle, and dining are also easy in the town.

Hotels with good standards and facilities are located on either side of the lake, fewer on the west than on the east.

Recommendations: Pristine Lotus SPA and Resort, Aureum Palace, Inle Princess Resort, Inle Resort & Spa

Ngapali

Thandwe airport is closer to Ngapali Beach than it is to Thandwe Town. The short 15-minute airport shuttle bus makes it seem less important to choose a “location-first” hotel. About 70% of mid-range and high-end hotels and resorts are beside the beach.

Ngapali Beach is shut down during the monsoon season (roughly May to September), when it remains off the radar for tourists. From October to April there is a rush of Westerners on their annual vacations or family trips, with the influx hitting its peak in December and January. So if you want a quiet and comfortable holiday, it is important to choose a hotel or resort with its own private beach.

Though the pristine beach attracts much custom, restaurant choice is limited. The reason is that most locals are fishermen and farmers; some run restaurants or cafés part-time, catering to westerners for only a few months. So you may wish to choose a hotel or resort with an on-site restaurant.

Recommendations: Aureum Resort & Spa, Bayview - the Beach Resort

Top List

Best Hotels in Yangon

Belmond Governor's Residence

Reconstructed beside the most famous local building, the original governor's house, this hotel has now become the most prestigious in Yangon. Besides, Belmond’s management is also very professional.

The Strand Hotel

This is one of the oldest hotels in Yangon and even in Myanmar. It is a local landmark building that was renovated and refurbished to create a luxury hotel.

Novotel Yangon Max

Novotel is the best among the hotel chains currently in Yangon. This hotel has one of the best French restaurants in Yangon, along with a tennis court and a beautiful swimming pool. From a deluxe room or executive room here, you can see the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Sedona Yangon

Good value-for-money recommended. This is the best four-star hotel in Yangon. The hotel is in the Inya Lake area, and from the top floor you can see the former residence of Aung San Suu Kyi. The hotel is located equidistant from the city center and the airport, so transport is very convenient.

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Best Hotels in Mandalay

Rupar Mandalar Resort

This is located on the outskirts of a quiet resort and the rooms are very comfortable. The family suite, which can accommodate 6-9 people, incorporates three bedrooms.

Mandalay Hill Resort

Located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, this hotel has a large estate and is close to a golf course.

Mandalay City Hotel

This is a 3* hotel, good value-for-money recommended. Although located on the street, a long corridor inside the hotel makes it very quiet. The breakfast here offers a lot of fresh fruit and fruit juice.

Bagan King Hotel

This is a 3*+ hotel with special decorative style. The service, room and breakfast are widely acclaimed by guests.

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Best Hotels in Bagan

Aureum Palace Hotel

This is located on the Bagan plain and is just beside the famous landmark Watch Tower. From the hot-air balloon, you can see that the hotel covers a large area. The hotel villa room is really nice.

Aye Yar River Resort

This hotel’s location is very good, and if you take the room near the river, you can enjoy a magnificent sunset from the room. Besides, the garden is also great.

Bagan Lodge

This is a pleasant and comfortable resort. The French design style is very attractive, and cold blue mixed with warm colors stands out when compared to other hotels. The rooms and the swimming pool are also beautiful.

Arthawka Hotel

High value-for-money recommended. This is the best three-star hotel in Bagan.

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Best Hotels in Inle Lake

Pristine Lotus SPA & Resort

This hotel has an exclusive entrance on the west side of Inle Lake. It is divided into the villa area leaning against the mountain and the floating area by the water. The swimming pool is built in the same architectural style as the hotel. The villa room has a loft, which will be popular with your children.

Inle Princess Resort

This is the first luxury resort at Inle Lake. The resort built a bridge for locals leading to the market.

Novotel Inle Lake Min Myat

This is a new resort with good management. Sitting at the sunset bar and ordering a cocktail to enjoy the sunset, you will feel like your trip is complete.

Inle Resort SPA

Good value-for-money is recommended. This resort is bigger than a public park and has rooms near the pond or the lake. Please do not get lost in the resort!

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Best Hotels in Ngapali

Aureum Resort Spa

The Aureum group is a company with 20 years of history, and its hotels in Myanmar are very well managed. This hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, but guests at the executive cottage can enjoy a private pool.

Bayview - the Beach Resort

You can see many humane designs (wheelchair access) and environmental protection designs in this hotel. The hotel can arrange various extra activities (such as BBQ, for an extra cost upon demand).

When you eat in the restaurant here, not only can you enjoy the stunning sunset but you can also see fishermen bringing the fish home.

Sandoway Resort

This villa is amazing, with fantastic decorations and excellent sea views. It is so charming and cultured it makes you feel like you're at home. Every room has its own assigned beach beds! Every detail is well-conceived.

Pleasant View Resort

This resort is in a good location facing the sea. It is well designed and on one of the best stretches of beach. The resort’s proximity to the fishing village helps you realize you are still in Myanmar and it is great for taking photos.

The spa and all the massages here are excellent. You can go out on the street at the back for cheaper massages, but it is worth it to pay a little bit extra in the resort.

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