Fancyish digs outside town
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 to be more expensive than a join-in tour at Soe's. Like the Grand Hill this hotel is around 5 kms out of town so not very convenient unless you have your own transport. Zwegabin is definitely the best up-market option and a good choice if you have rented a taxi. It doesn't come cheap though, with low season rates at $60 and staff were non-committal re high season. We assume they're waiting to see how numbers are but expect $80 or so for a chalet. Frankly if you go for the concrete block rooms rather than a chalet it defeats the purpose of staying at Zwegabin and you may as well try Parami or even Grand hill instead. High season rates are estimates.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 12th June, 2014.