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Burma (Myanmar)

Accommodation & Hotels

Accommodation & Hotels

While not as cheap as neighboring Thailand, Myanmar has surprisingly good accommodation at reasonable prices. Rooms with attached bathrooms are available for less than USD10 everywhere except Yangon and shared bathroom for USD3-6 in most places. Almost all hotels licensed for foreigners have running water (although, in remote areas, availability may be restricted at certain times of the day). Hotels, with some exceptions, are generally clean. At the end of the budget, the sheets and blankets may be threadbare and the rooms may be poorly ventilated. Some low class hotels, especially in Yangon and other large cities, specialize in cubicle rooms, small single rooms without windows that, while cheap and clean, are not for claustrophobic. The rates are quoted as single / double, but the rooms are generally the same if one person or two stay in the room, which makes good hotels a real bargain if traveling as a couple. Except at the upper end, breakfast is always included in the price of the room.

Unfortunately, the recent tourism boom in Myanmar has left its infrastructure struggling to cope with the increase in the number of visitors. Hotel rooms tend to sell very fast, and those of popular tourist destinations tend to be sold months in advance. As a result of the lack of supply, prices have also increased substantially in recent times. It goes without saying that you should book your hotel in advance of your trip to Myanmar so you do not get stranded when you arrive.

Myanmar has a problem in providing enough electricity to its people and the supply of energy is severely restricted everywhere. In many places, electricity may be available only for a few hours each night or, in some cases, only every night alternative. If you do not want to spend your nights without a fan or air conditioning, ask if the hotel has a generator (most mid-priced hotels do). On generator nights, the air conditioning in your room may not work (the price is generally lower too). Even if a hotel has a generator, there is no guarantee that it will be used to provide electricity at the time you need it, so be prepared for the blackouts at any time of the day or night. The main tourist hotels in Yangon and Mandalay have an almost uninterrupted power supply, but can cost from USD80 to 300 per night.

At the top end, Myanmar has excellent hotels, including one or two excellent hotels (The Strand in Yangon and Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon). The Myanmar government administers many hotels, including some beautiful ones from the colonial era (although not the two mentioned in the previous sentence). A percentage of all accommodation payments goes to the government, no matter where you choose to stay, and it is not possible to have a successful business in Myanmar without a relationship or payment agreement with the military.

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