Hostels in MYANMAR
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Working in the tourism industry as an international tour leader and enjoying the luxurious hotels around the world was one benefit I always had. However, when I planned to travel to Myanmar on a budget trip, staying in the non comped luxurious hotel was nowhere an option. So, a friend of mine suggested me to go for the hostel accommodations. I was a bit hesitant at first, but looking at my budget for the trip I decided to go ahead with it. The main reason I was worried about staying in hostels in Myanmar was the cleanliness and the security. But, at the end of my trip, I did not even remember that I had any such concerns.
So, I happen to stay in hostels in Myanmar at every destination that I visited throughout my trip. Here goes the list of hostels in Myanmar city wise and my personal opinions for the same.
A. Little Monkey Hostel
Little Monkey Hostel at Yangon - Hostels in Myanmar. Image Source: Booking.com
Little Monkey Hostel at Yangon Bunk Bed - Hostels in Myanmar. Image Source: Booking.com
My stay was Yangon was for three nights, divided into 2 nights at the beginning of my trip and 1 at the end of the trip. For the first two nights, I stayed at Little Monkey Hostel.
Location:- The best, since it only 15 minutes walking distance from the central square of the city where you can get local transportation to go to other parts of the city. Uber also drops you right in front of the hostel. You step out, and you have a market around you.
Cleanliness:- The hostel was neat and clean even the bathrooms were much cleaner than I expected.
Rooms:- I was a bit disappointed with rooms, since it is a two-storied hostel, and even when the first floor was available I was placed on the second floor for an unexplained reason. There are no proper steps to go from room to reception, just two ladders which are difficult to climb up and down. Rooms were small and bunk bed was not so comfortable. There was a locker available in my room. Bathroom and toilet were just in front of my room.
Breakfast:- Breakfast was sufficient since they provided bread-jam, fruits, tea, and coffee and were also welcome to make if requested anything separately.
Hostel Tours:- Totally disappointed. They did have tours but only if you are able to form a group of four. Unfortunately, since on that day there was no one at the hostel, I could not form a group and I had to go on my own exploration.
B. Thanlwin Guesthouse
Thanlwin Guesthouse Yangon - Hostels in Myanmar. Image Source: Booking.com
Thanlwin Guesthouse Yangon Bunk Bed - Hostels in Myanmar. Image Source: Booking.com
Booked this hostel for the last night of my tour for the sole purpose of being closer to Yangon International Airport than the other hostel. The Thanlwin Guesthouse is actually a house in a complex of buildings and is run by a family.
Location:- It is in a fairly good location, 2 minutes walking distance from a shopping mall which had an Indian restaurant. And even convenient stores are nearby.
Cleanliness:- The hostel was kept nicely by the family. The bathroom was okay too.
Rooms:- Rooms are good and spacious with a cupboard and comfortable bunk beds. Bathroom and toilets were across my room.
Breakfast:- Did not really eat the breakfast here, since I was not keeping well because of the allergy and medications I had in Bagan.
Hostel Tours:- They do not have any tours, so if you staying here, consider that you are going around on your own.
2. Hpa An
A. Soe Brother's Guesthouse 2
Soe Brothers Guesthouse 2 Hpa An - Hostels in Myanmar. Image Source: Booking.com
One of my favorite hostels in Myanmar in terms of tours provided by the hostel. The pictures on the website did not look much promising while booking, but I did not find too many options in Hpa An. So decided to go for Soe Brother's Guesthouse 2. The bus which I took from Yangon, dropped me at the circle and I walked to the other branch of the Soe Brother's Guesthouse, the staff was kind enough to take me to my actual booked hostel.
Location:- Location is fine. I would not say the best since it is quite far from the center of the town.
Cleanliness:- The hostel is superb and they have a private room for everyone. The cost was a bit higher but it was all worth it.
Rooms:- Rooms are good and spacious with a cupboard and comfortable beds. Stands for drying your clothes and also a cupboard to keep your stuff.
Breakfast:- Breakfast is very good and sufficient before you start the day.
Hostel Tours:- The best ones I had during my entire trip of Myanmar. Evening trips and day trips kept me busy the whole time I was in Hpa An and let me visit each every must visit place in the town.
3. Inle Lake (Nyaun Shwe)
A. Palace Nyaung Shwe Guesthouse
Palace Nyaung Shwe Guesthouse - Hostels in Myanmar. Image Source: Mitali's Travel Diary
The Palace Nyaung Shwe Guesthouse which gave me the homely feeling when I was here. The staff was very nice and was eager to help at every point. The hostel even has free bicycles to around the small town.
Location:- Location is just okay. Neither far nor close to the center.
Cleanliness:- Hostel is really nice and is in a form of cottages. Feels like you are in your own small abode.
Rooms:- Rooms are good and spacious with a cupboard and comfortable beds kept on the floor. The bathroom has a bathtub, however, there was not much force to the water.
Breakfast:- Breakfast is very good and sufficient before you start the day. They make delicious Shan Noodle Soup.
Hostel Tours:- They have sunrise tours and sunset tours, either of it is the best choice you can go for. I chose the sunrise tour and was happy that I went for it.
A. Nan Bew - The Vibe Hostel
Nan Bwe - The Vibe Hostel Oustide Mandalay - Hostels in Myanmar. Image Source: Booking.com
Nan Bwe - The Vibe Hostel Room Mandalay - Hostels in Myanmar. Image Course: Booking.com
Mandalay was not on my list before, but I added since it is one of the important cities in the country of Myanmar. Did not really have good experience with the hostel at Mandalay at The Nan Bew - The Vibe Hostel.
Location:- Location is not good. In the corner of the street, quite secluded area and not that safe for solo travelers to roam around once the sun sets.
Cleanliness:- I booked for female bunk beds, which was full of mosquitos, I had to shift to the single room at an additional cost which was not as clean as it should be.
Rooms:- Rooms are fine, bathroom was only ok.
Breakfast:- Breakfast is good and gives you what you need to start the day.
Hostel Tours:- Again just like the Yangon, hostel they did not have any tour for an individual and staff was not much help to guide for anything so I managed to find a taxi driver to take me around the city for the whole day.
A. Ostello Bello Bagan Pool
Ostello Bello Bagan Pool Corridor - Hostels in Myanmar. Image Source: Mitali's Travel Diary
My last destination of the tour and the choice of the hostel I made for myself. The Ostello Bello Bagan Pool has its chains in other cities of Myanmar as well. Not that I did not enjoy my stay at other hostels, I still regretted my decision of not booking at these hostels at other destinations.
Location:- Location is very good. Near to the restaurants, and cafes. Bike rental is outside the hostel itself.
Cleanliness:- I booked for a bunk bed in the female room. To my surprise, the room was as clean as any four-star hotel property.
Rooms:- Rooms are great, the bathroom is fantastic.
Breakfast:- Breakfast is really nice and is set up in an open reception area.
Hostel Tours:- They have free guided tours of Bagan which start in the morning and ends by lunchtime. The hostel also operates Mount Popa tour, but it was unfortunate that they could not gather four people and I was not able to visit that place.
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