A roving doctor's visit to Myanmar.
Posted: Feb 2014

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Thanks again for this Lucy. Enjoy the rest of your travells and we hope to see you soon in Kuala Lumpur.
Elli xx

Trip Report: Feb 2014
By Lucy

Email #1

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We have been making things up as we go along and one of my friends has been ill so plans change quickly too.

In Yangon we ended up sort of couch surfing which I don't think is officially allowed. Motherland 2 was full, we found their current prices on their website, can't remember what they were now.

In Bagan we were looking for a triple room and the horse cart drivers said two guest houses were the cheapest. We asked in one place called Winner Guesthouse at the end of Nyaung OO (aka Nyaung U) on the way to old Bagan. They quoted $40 for a triple room so we didn't stay there.

We ended up at a place called Pyinsa Rupa Guest House on the main road in Nyaung OO about five minutes walk to the market maximum. The place was cheaper. Our triple room (actually a family room with one double and one single bed) with it's own bathroom was $10 per person/per night. It had a bath and shower with hot water. It had a fan and a/c. Downside our room was not cleaned the five nights we stayed there.

I asked at the desk for other room rates and here are the details:

Doubles - with a/c and own bathroom $20

              - with fan and own bathroom $18

             - with shared bathroom $15

 

Phone number 061-60607

 

Offers free wifi (slow), bus tickets, trips to Mount Popa and free drinking water.


Across the road is two bike rental places charging K1000 for a pedal bike for the day and K7500 for an electric bike for the day. There are also a couple of good restaurants close by.

 

Today we got the bus to Mandalay costing K7500 each leaving Nyaung OO at either 7.30am, 8.30am or 4pm travelling with Shwe Man Thu. We booked directly with the company at the bus station but same price at our guesthouse.

 

Will try to get more room prices for you but now in Mandalay we are staying at Sabai Phyu Hotel in a triple room with it's own bathroom, fan and a/c. Also is free wifi and breakfast included for $35 a night. They also had dingy triple room with shared bathroom for $25 or a double room that could sleep three with own bathroom, fan for $25 but if three people shared would charge $35.

In the lonely planet the most expensive room here was quoted at $13 so big change.

 

We may be travelling to Hsipaw tomorrow.  We are also hoping to visit Inle Lake and if time Mrauk U via Ngapali Beach.

 

Will try to keep you posted.

 

We were lucky in Bagan to be there for the Ananda Pahto festival which was interesting.

Email #2 

Here's the second part of my info from Myanmar.  After the email I sent previously we travelled to Hsipaw, back to Mandalay then onto Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake), Bago, Mawlamyine, Kinpun (for the Golden Rock) then back to Yangon.

We stayed at the following places:

Hsipaw - Nam Khae Mao, No.134 Bogyoke Road, Hsipaw
Telephone 
+958280077 Email namkhaemaoguesthouse@gmail.com
Triple room with own bathroom, wifi and breakfast was $30 ($10 per person)
When I spoke to the owner they have cheaper rooms with shared bathrooms for around $6 per person.

Mandalay - Sabai Phyu Hotel, No.58 81st Street, Between 25th and 26th Streets, Mandalay
Telephone 
+95232297
All prices include wifi and breakfast (knock one dollar off the price if you don't want free breakfast)
Single room with shared bathroom was $12, Double room with shared bathroom was $20.
Double room with own bathroom was $25, Triple room with shared bathroom was $25, Triple room with own bathroom was $35.

Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake) - Diamond Star Guesthouse, on Phaung Daw Seiq Road (next to Royal Inle Hotel)
No business card so not sure of contact details or House number
We paid $20 for a double or twin room with own bathroom but day we left the price was put up to $22. Single person in double or twin room with own bathroom was $15 but now $17. Included breakfast. No wifi available.

Bago - Mya Nanda Hotel, 10 Main Road
Telephone 19799 (taken from lonely planet)
Double room with own bathroom was $20 included breakfast and wifi
Really helpful and organised two motorbike taxi guys to do a day tour for 7000kyat each, one called Win Nye was awesome with great info and good English.

Mawlamyine - Breeze Guesthouse, Lay Hnyin Tha, 6 Strand Street
Double room with fan and shared bathroom was $14 this included breakfast and wifi.  Can be noisy if room is above reception and very small rooms but good info and good tour to Ogre Island organised through them for $15 each.

Kinpun (for Golden rock) - Sea Sar Guest House near truck stop and behind Sea Sar Restaurant
Twin room with a/c, own bathroom and porch was $35, double room with fan and own bathroom was $25. Rates included breakfast. Said had wifi but didn't.

Yangon - Chan Myaye Guesthouse, 256/276 Maha Bandoola Garden Street, Upper block, Kyauktada township
Telephone 
+951382022 or +95973027373, Email chanmyaye.gh@gmail.com
All rates include wifi and breakfast.
Dorm room: single bed $14, double bed for 1person $16, double bed for 2 people $20.

Own bathroom, a/c rates: single $20, double room for 1 person $28, double room for 2 people $32, superior room (has window or balcony) $35.

Shared bathroom with a/c rates: single $18, double room $28 for two people, if only one person then double is $24.

Really good location and friendly staff, one of nicest places we stayed in Myanmar.

Hope the info helps.

Lucy
:)


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