Photo: One of the many statues at Thanboddhay Paya.

Where to stay in Monywa


Only a trickle of foreign visitors make it to Monywa and many that do are on a day trip from Mandalay. Consequently there isn’t a great range of accommodation. Most organised tours overnighting in town make use of the more upmarket Win Unity Resort or at a pinch Monywa Hotel, leaving Chindwin as the main choice for independent travellers. If your budget stretches to Win Unity’s bungalow-style rooms, go for it, otherwise Monywa Hotel is a fine deal in the flashpacker range. If you are on a tight budget, Shwe Taung Tam is a popular option.

Monywa has no high season; it’s pretty much low season year-round.

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Bogyoke Rd, Monywa
US$20 to $40
Hotel Chindwin
Flashpacker - US$20 to $40
Bogyoke Rd, Monywa
T: (071) 21650-2

The popular and conveniently located Hotel Chindwin is Monywa’s top independent traveller choice, managing to cover the upper budget to midrange well. Lack of competition though makes the rooms a few dollars more than equivalent rates would be in say Bagan or Mandalay. Ground floor standard rooms are basic and on the small, dingy side, as are their ensuite bathrooms. Having said that, they... Read our full review of Hotel Chindwin.

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Bogyoke Aung San Rd, Monywa
US$40 to $100
Monywa Hotel
Midrange - US$40 to $100
Bogyoke Aung San Rd, Monywa
T: (071) 21581

Monywa Hotel offers garden-set bungalows a short walk away from the centre of town and has an appealing atmosphere. While the Monyway does look like it’s been around for a while, it’s been well maintained and some sections have clearly seen renovation. Prices are comparable to Hotel Chindwin so if you prefer that slightly colonial bungalow feel, this would fit the bill. The cute... Read our full review of Monywa Hotel.

70 Yone Gyi St, Monywa
Under US$20
Shwe Taung Tarn Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$20
70 Yone Gyi St, Monywa
T: (071) 21478, (093) 309 4187

Don’t let the crummy exterior of Shwe Taung Tarn put you off. Rooms are good value and it has one of the cutest breakfast areas in town. The exterior of the five-storey concrete building is dilapidated, with a cramped and dingy reception area inside. Rooms themselves aren’t too bad and though way past their best – and you wouldn’t want to go looking in corners or under things too much... Read our full review of Shwe Taung Tarn Guesthouse.

Bogyoke Rd, Monywa
US$100 to $200
Win Unity Resort Hotel
Toprange - US$100 to $200
Bogyoke Rd, Monywa
T: (071) 22438

If you simply must have a pool, then the Win Unity is your only option in Monywa. They offer a range of rooms and while their suites stretch up to the luxury range, we’re not quite sure who they are aiming at. Many of the 80 or so rooms were closed for renovation when we stopped by, but we were able to stick our heads in the chalet-style deluxe rooms, scattered around their manicured garden.... Read our full review of Win Unity Resort Hotel.

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