A mixed bag
This rambling set-up, about 100 metres down a dirt road around 1.5 kilometres before Taungoo proper, is the place of choice for most travellers hitting Taungoo.
People tend to rave about its breakfast and rural setting and while we'd agree on the breakfast -- we'd say it's worth staying here for this meal alone -- the setting less so. The hotel has been built in stages with part II, III and IV (I is in the old town) all in a ramshackle garden enclosure. II are the cheapest, with the rooms getting progressively more expensive as you jump up through the various classes. They're generally spacious, with polished wooden floors, WiFi, wooden verandas with a couple of lazy chairs and slatted windows. Bedding is basic with a thin mattress. Bathrooms are not great and the water in our room appeared to be piped directly from the Arctic Circle. All rooms have mosquito nets and you should use them. Bicycles are available for hire (2,000 kyat per day) and staff will give you a free map marking Taungoo's few points of interest. They're good with simple requests, like can you organise me a bus ticket to Mandalay please. Overall, going on rooms, Mother's House Hotel is far better value, but it lacks the rustic traveller vibe they kind of have going here, though we have to say cutting sheet metal at 07:00 right outside our bungalow doesn't win a lot of hearts and minds. Rates seems to be very variable depending on how busy they are. Contact them direct to check prices before booking online.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.