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19 Phaung Daw Pyan St, Nyaung Shwe T: (081) 209 037

Golden Empress Hotel

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The Golden Empress Hotel, which has just 13 rooms, is one of our top flashpacker picks for Nyaung Shwe, thanks to tastefully decorated rooms and super-friendly service.

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It fills fast being so small, so book ahead!

The powder-blue main house has seen a relatively recent conversion to an inn-style hotel and care and thought clearly went into doing so. The cosy reception and restaurant area downstairs is finished in local pine and contains a small library and laptop, with useful printer free for guest use, as well as all-day included tea and coffee. They also have a rooftop cafe with splendid views, which is open for dry season only.

Rooms are large – the upstairs ones have a balcony with fine views for an extra $5 – and the light-coloured pine and large windows give, particularly in the upper floor rooms, a very bright and airy feel. Mosquito nets are also provided, although there’s no garden so mozzies shouldn’t be bad anyway. Clean bathrooms have hot showers.

Empress is run by a friendly local family who will provide plenty of travel advice and assistance with onward bookings.

The Golden Empress is part of a cluster of guesthouses located on Phaung Daw Pyan Road just south of the centre and close to the boat jetties.

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Room: Standard double room, low season: US$30, high season US$40. Notes: Downstairs.
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$35, high season US$45. Notes: Upstairs.

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Where is Golden Empress Hotel

Golden Empress Hotel
19 Phaung Daw Pyan St, Nyaung Shwe
T: (081) 209 037
Coordinates (for GPS): 96º55'47.68" E, 20º39'27.41" N
Room rates: US$20 to $40

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