Photo: One of Thaton's many pagodas.

Where to stay in Thaton


Very few foreign tourists elect to spend a night in Thaton so what little accommodation we could find is primarily aimed at local travellers. While none are used to dealing with foreign visitors, as usual in Burma some English is generally spoken. A few guesthouse-type spots are in town and two more resort-style options lie just out of town on the Hpa-an road. Blue Cloud Guesthouse is probably your best bet though the Khayan Pyar Guesthouse (T: (057) 40816) on Myathabate Pagoda Road – temporarily closed when we passed – looked promising too.

The two resorts include brand new 2 Lakes Resort (T: (057) 40992) and the older Aung Thitsar, both around 3.5 kilometres out of town at the start of the Hpa-an highway. The boss at the latter was helpful but the 2 Lakes staff, with the manager absent, freaked and sent us packing without providing either prices or a peek at the rooms. It will be the town’s flashiest accommodation when finished.

We expect the situation to improve if a few tourists do start to make it down to this neck of the woods, with both newer guesthouses and lower prices.

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Thaton-Hpa-an Main Rd (3.5km from town), Thaton
US$20 to $40
Aung Thitsar Resort
Flashpacker - US$20 to $40
Thaton-Hpa-an Main Rd (3.5km from town), Thaton
T: (094) 981 5297, (097) 8888 8034, (099) 7215 5358

Resort-style Aung Thitsar feels just slightly past its prime, offering rooms in a couple of single-storey blocks on the edge of a car-park plus a few individual chalets set in a garden. Locally it seems better known for its popular in-house restaurant than its rooms, and in the latter respect has been overshadowed by flashy new 2 Lakes Resort down the road. They seemed surprised to see a... Read our full review of Aung Thitsar Resort.

381 Hospital St, Thaton
Under US$20
Blue Cloud Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$20
381 Hospital St, Thaton
T: (057) 40036

A short walk from the main highway and market area down a quiet side street, Blue Cloud is probably your best bet for accommodation in little Thaton. The building is somewhat deceptive in that the exterior is that of a modern, pink-painted two-storey concrete house, yet the dimly lit interior with varnished wooden floors seems to wind on and on. While the friendly owner did speak some... Read our full review of Blue Cloud Guesthouse.

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