Just a few years ago accommodation in Myanmar was limited and often overpriced. The country has only opened its doors to tourism in 2011 and quickly started to attract many tourists. Because of the shortage of accommodation and a constantly increasing number of tourists most of the hotels were fully booked during the high season.
Since that time many hotels have been built and more are on the way. Today there is no need to pre-book a room. Myanmar offers a wide range of accommodation which can suite every taste.
However, we still recommend to book accommodation online in advance. Booking online allows to see the pictures of the rooms and to read reviews from the real guests before booking. In Myanmar hotel employees usually are not entitled reducing room prices and you won’t be able to negotiate a lower price upon arrival. In most of the cases they suggest guests booking a room online if the price is lower than what they are allowed to offer.
Be aware that still many hotels are renovating but keep staying open. When booking a room it is recommended to check if any work is in progress to avoid the noise.
Where to stay in Yangon
Yangon is not the capital, but is the largest city in Myanmar. It is a bustling metropolis with majestic colonial architecture and stunning golden pagodas.
Bahan is one of the most flourishing townships in the city. The most majestic landmark of the area is a stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the largest and the most important temple in Myanmar.
The Chinatown is located in the heart of Downtown of Yangon. A famous 19th Street lies in the very center of the Chinatown and offers the best street food in the city. When looking for a room in the Chinatown try to choose something located between the 10th and the 30th streets.
Where to stay in Mandalay
Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and the center of Burmese culture. Every year thousands of tourists and pilgrims visit the city to view numerous pagodas, temples and monasteries.
Mandalay is a large and crowded city which is literally packed with cars, bikes and trucks especially during the peak hours. To avoid spending time in traffic jams, try to stay in the central part of the city to be within walking distance to most of the tourist sites. When looking for a room choose something close to the Mandalay Palace area.
Where to stay in Bagan
Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. The city boasts over 2,200 temples of different sizes and shapes.
To explore Bagan tourists can stay in one of the three options.
Most of expensive hotels and restaurants are located in the Old Bagan which is very close to the main temples. Some of the hotels are literary surrounded by ancient temples and pagodas.
Cheaper guest houses can be found in the New Bagan area, which was built to accommodate an increasing number of tourists. New Bagan only has several temples and for the best views you will need to travel to the Old Bagan.
The third option is Nyaung U village, which lies on the eastern side of Ayeyarwaddy river and is just 4 kilometers away from the Old Bagan. The area offers cheaper accommodation options and has many great places to eat.
In Bagan tourists are allowed to rent electric scooters and almost every hotel can arrange it for you.
Book accommodation in Myanmar online
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