Myanmar accommodations are surprisingly diverse, with option for almost all types of travelers. On par with the rest of Southeast Asia, there are scores of budget options, some discernibly better than others. Most low-cost rooms provide fans and shared bathrooms with the option of a private bath for an extra charge. Television isn’t much an option, with even mid and high-end hotels mostly offering only two channels. Service tends to be everywhere from non-existent to excellent. Many budget hotels offer exceptionally friendly and helpful hosts. Mid-range and luxury hotels almost always offer some type of tour, or tours around the city and further north. It is always a good idea to check your room before accepting it as changes tend to be made much more easily before you shell out the payment.
Yangon is a big city with plenty of options in accommodations. Travelers seeking out the best value for their dollar will be pleased at the amount of budget hotels available, most in the central downtown area and within walking distance to many attractions. Centrally, there are an abundance of food stalls, shops for cheap goods, and attractions like Bogyoke Market. These cheaper Myanmar accommodations boast features such as “24-hour electricity” which can sometimes be a luxury in a country like Burma. Mid-range hotels tend to offer fairly modern rooms with a bit more than the bare minimum. Finer quality linens, bathrooms with constant hot water, and service staff are a bonus. Luxury Myanmar accommodations in Yangon, include places like the Governor’s Hotel, presenting opulence unlike any other offered in the country. The mansion is constructed mainly of teak with incredible detail all around. Attentive staff, phenomenal rooms and suites, and plenty of tours and other services are available. Other luxury hotels include The Strand, a boutique hotel on the waterfront. Most are close to attractions like the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, markets and squares, shops and dining.
In central Myanmar in Bagan, travelers will find a handful of good, clean, and inexpensive hotels. The location itself is lovely, situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River and boasting the highest concentration of temples and pagodas in the world. New Bagan is where tourist hotels lie, with only a few luxury options remaining in Old Bagan. The Hotel at Tharabar Gate (pictured) is a five-star hotel laden with teak that lies amid more than 4,000 ancient temples in Old Bagan. There are more than 80 rooms, four high-end suites, two restaurants, and a signature spa. Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort in Old Bagan mirrors the backdrop of temples, designed to blend into the setting perfectly. Rivers, landscaped gardens, and clear views of the Bagan temples make this hotel worth every dollar. Here, river cruises area a popular tour easily arranaged from most hotels.
As the former capital of Myanmar, Mandalay is well developed and has many hotel options, from budget to high end luxury, and with plenty of things to do. A real treat is to stay in one of the many hotels facing the Royal Palace. Mandalay’s 25th Street is where most budget rooms are found, with the cheapest offering shared baths and fans. Mandalay Hill Resort (pictured left & at top) is one of very few mid-range Myanmar accommodations, unlike Yangon where there are plenty. The indoor pool is perfect on an extreme heat day while the spa offers respite from the busy surroundings. Outdoor dining, an open-air bar, and manicured gardens create a relaxing setting. Hotel Red Canal is an upscale choice minutes from major attractions. Their specialty lies in service and décor; 25 suites are adorned in cultural art and other pieces from Myanmar’s four main ethnic groups.