Grotty but popular
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 plus the staff are very helpful with a good level of English. If there's enough demand they will organise join-in tours to some of the surrounding sites -- these get far better reports than the rooms. Popular in high season but Soe Brother's is another tricky one to reserve in advance.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 12th June, 2014.