Myanmar (formerly Burma) remains an off-the-beaten-track destination blessed with a wealth of heritage landmarks and well-preserved ancient culture. However, recent setbacks have dampened the country’s tourism resurgence.
Still, swish contemporary city stays with fun family rooms and smarter, grown-up premier options are popping up around Inle Lake. One such is Viewpoint Ecolodge, which combines a holistic approach to sustainability with sublime views of Shwe Indein Pagodas.
1. Rimnamklangdoi Resort
A short drive from Huai Sua Tao Long Neck Karen Hill Tribe Village, this resort offers non-smoking cosy rooms and complimentary private parking. It has a restaurant and massage services.
From swanky contemporary city stays to family-friendly resorts, Myanmar’s hotels have something for everyone. Expect muslin-draped beds, indulgent bathrooms and secluded private balconies.
The best places to stay in Nyaunglebin are a short drive from popular attractions. Traders Hotel Yangon is a historic 3-story Victorian building in downtown Rangoon, close to Bogyoke Aung San Market and Sule Pagoda. It offers an outdoor pool, a sauna and a fitness centre. There are also 6 dining options and free Wi-Fi.
2. Baan Kulcha
Baan Kulcha is a beachfront property in Baan Tai, within walking distance of Baan Tai Beach. It features a restaurant, free private parking and a bar. It also offers non-smoking rooms and a terrace.
The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. The bathrooms feature a shower and a bathtub. The resort is a 20-minute drive from Gong Moo Pagoda and a 45-minute drive from Mae Hong Son Airport. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.
3. Viewpoint Ecolodge
Located on the canal that leads to Inle Lake, Viewpoint Eco-Lodge takes a holistic approach to sustainability in this colorful Southern Shan state village. The hotel offers 21 serene stilt cottages with a balcony and modern bathroom, all within walking distance of the village center.
More hotels are taking a green approach in the region. Wyndham Grand Yangon is a swish city stay with a dazzling rooftop pool and family rooms alongside smarter premier options for couples and business travellers.
The hotel’s restaurant serves local dishes and excellent wines from France, Italy and of course Myanmar. The menu also includes some popular Western cuisines and is available for room service.
4. 81 Hotel Inlay
81 Hotel Inlay is one of the best places to stay in Nyaunglebin, which is located close to many attractions. This family-friendly hotel is a good choice for couples and families as it offers various amenities including free parking on site and breakfast.
The hotel is a short walk from Mingala Market and Nyaung Shwe Jetty. It is also a 10-minute drive from entertainment venues like Red Mountain Estate Winery and Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery. The Travel Lion bus stop is only a few steps away from the property.
81 Hotel Inlay features 22 rooms with modern cable TV, air conditioning and a minibar. They also have a private bathroom with shower & towels, hairdryer and ironing facilities.
5. Song of Travel Hostel
Despite the country’s turbulent history, Myanmar (formerly Burma) remains an off-the-beaten-track destination rich in heritage landmarks and well-preserved ancient culture. From the misty plains littered with thousands of ancient temples in Bagan to the bustling streets of Yangon, there’s plenty to see and do.
Glittering Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the city skyline, and Bogyoke Aung San Market is brimming with stalls offering everything from silk scarves to regional snacks. For more, check out our comprehensive guide to Myanmar. Use our travel planner to get the most out of your trip!
6. Diamond Star Guest House
Enjoy a quiet stay near the lake and the town with this budget-friendly guest house, which has been rated highly by past guests. The convenient location means you’ll have easy access to all of the area’s top attractions.
Amenities include a coffee shop/cafe and a bar/lounge. You can also grab a quick bite to eat at the on-site restaurant, which is known for serving vegetarian cuisine.
During your stay at Diamond Star Guest House, you can try jungle trekking or cycling tours. You can also go on a boat trip or relax with a traditional Burmese massage. You can also join experienced instructors for tranquil yoga sessions in this calming environment.
7. La Maison Birmane
La Maison Birmane offers a tranquil retreat close to restaurants and the river jetty for Inle Lake tours. Its stylish rooms and impeccably clean bathrooms are a cut above the rest and are complemented by a beautiful garden and staff who go out of their way to exceed guests’ expectations.
Rooms come with a private bathroom and complimentary toiletries, while other amenities include a desk, a fan and a seating area. They are also equipped with a private terrace overlooking the lush vegetable garden.
The hotel’s lively bar serves a range of refreshing beverages and a fine selection of French wine. Its helpful staff can arrange tours and excursions.
8. Gypsy Inn
A longstanding oceanfront choice, Gypsy Inn offers a classic beach experience for a great price. It’s a popular destination for families and friends looking for a laid back getaway.
This resort features a gym, wifi and a private pool. It’s also pet-friendly, and has a variety of activities to choose from.
The hotel’s guest rooms are decorated with Myanmar antique furnishings and colonial-style fittings. There are free mineral water and coffee facilities in every room. There are also plenty of dining options on-site. The hotel has meeting facilities and a rooftop lounging area. There is also free parking on site for guests.