Wherever you spend the night, Myanmar pays a rich reward
Aung Kyaw Tha
THERE are more than 460 hotels, both luxurious and homely, as well
as guest houses to accommodate the well-off or budget travellers visiting
Myanmar. Room rates at luxury hotels range from US$100 to $900 a
night. On the other hand, budget travellers can enjoy a stay in Myanmar
by spending only $3.
In Yangon you’ll find the Inya Lake Hotel,
one of Myanmar’s best, which boasts 211 rooms. Rates are US$130 for
a superior room and $150 for a deluxe room. Facilities include 24-hour
room service, IDD phones, in-house movies, business centre, a country
fitness club and e-mail. The colonial splendour of the Strand Hotel
has been meticulously maintained, so it’s little wonder that it features
in the Official Guidebook to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
If nothing else, drop in to the Strand Bar and experience one or more
of their trademark cocktails – the Strand Sour. All the rooms are
suites, ranging in price from $350 a night to the luxurious Strand
Suite priced at $900. Built around a traditional Myanmar mansion, Yangon’s
Pansea Hotel has 45 deluxe rooms, two junior suite rooms and one family
suite. It charges $150 for a superior single $300 for a family suite.
Among the facilities at the Pansea are 24-hour
room service, a library, traditional massage, IDD phones, and they
also accept VISA and American Express credit cards. Thiripyitsaya
Sakura Hotel in Bagan has 68 rooms. The room rate for low season up
to the end of September is $70, and for high season is $100. It offers
visitors a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, and a spa along with limousine
service, IDD phones and satellite television. Royal guest house in
Mandalay has 18 rooms with rates from US$3 for economy rooms and
$5 for standard rooms for one night. "Most visitors staying at our
guest house are Foreign Independent Travellers", said Daw Moe Moe
Khin, the owner of Royal guesthouse.
Royal guesthouse has such facilities like IDD
phones, air conditioning, mini bar. New Park guesthouse in Bagan,
has 20 rooms to accommodate tourists. All are one-storey bungalows;
all are double rooms, prices ranging from $8 to $15 a night. The Shwe
Inn Tha Floating Resort hotel at Inle Lake charges between $30 and
$40 for each room, and offers special low season discounts.