Photo: Saddar Cave.



As you'd expect from a somewhat remote town with, as yet, only a limited number of visitors there isn't a great choice in Hpa-An in terms of accommodation. However with the opening of the border at nearby Myawaddy, arrivals look set to increase so unless some enterprising locals start knocking up new hotels pretty quick then decent spots in Hpa-An are going to be difficult to find a room in during high season. Furthermore some of the newer accommodation around tends to be located outside of town which isn't very practical unless you're part of one of those popular Thai SUV "caravans". Try and book in advance if you can.

Grand Hill Hotel
Flashpacker - US$20 to $40
Sin Phyushin Street, No. 9 quarter
T: (058) 22 286

Grand Hill is Hpa-An's most popular mid-range option and as above, may often be full with Thai visitors or western tour groups. However they do have e-mail and website so it is somewhat easier to book in advance. It's still nothing fancy though and rooms are to say the least functional though they are clean and all come with hot shower and air-con but, as with Parami, some don't have windows.... Read our full review of Grand Hill Hotel.

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Flashpacker - US$20 to $40
Paya Street
T: (058) 21 647

Tucked away down a side street by the market Parami's location is a major plus and the rooms are pretty good too. This is more of an up-market guesthouse than hotel really – but don't let the dingy lobby put you off – rooms are clean and the upper floors have great views over Hpa-an. Staff are friendly and helpful though they're not yet as used to foreign visitors as some of the other hotels... Read our full review of Parami Hotel.

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Midrange - US$40 to $100
Hpa-An, Mawlamyine road,
T: (085) 22 556

The Zwegabin Hotel is new resort style accommodation outside of town on the road to Moulmein. There's a choice of separate chalets or cheaper rooms in a block but all are set in an attractive garden and the resort has a spectacular setting overlooking some nearby limestone formations. All rooms have air-con with en-suite bathrooms and staff can help organise tours of the area though it's going... Read our full review of Zwegabin Hotel.

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Backpacker - Under US$20
Thitsar Street, Hpa-An
T: (058) 21 372

The backpacker choice in town Soe has an excellent location, albeit a bit noisy, right by the central market. Rooms can be pretty pokey and we've heard dire reports from people staying here regarding the cleanliness of the rooms and bathrooms. Rooms come with fans and shared bathrooms though they do have a couple of deluxe, en-suite rooms. Drinks are available and there's pleasant communal areas... Read our full review of Soe Brothers Guesthouse.

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