Better than it looks from the outside
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 – aren’t too small and represent the best budget deal we came across in town. Beds looked clean enough too. For air-con, breakfast and even a fridge at $13 you can’t be too picky. We did hear some negotiation may be required if you want to get the cheaper rooms. Bathrooms are correspondingly on the scruffy side but they are ensuite though cold water only.
They also have large twin/doubles but at $27, but you’d probably be better off at Hotel Chindwin at that pricepoint. The guesthouse is popular with local travellers and tends to fill up by the end of the day but if you’re staying more than a night and pay in dollars they should be okay as long as you call them in advance. Note that the Happy Guesthouse next door is not licensed for foreign guests, as of late-2016.
Immediately to the right of the main building is their restaurant/beer station which is very popular with locals and can get noisy. However a flight of steps at the rear takes you up to a delightful seating area with wooden chairs and tables on a pot-plant decorated first floor terrace. This is where their simple included breakfasts are served though it’s also good for a lunch or dinner with cheap beers and surprisingly good food.
Staff can be described as nonchalant but they did help out with taxis and travel arrangements. We saw grungier options in town and if the $20-25 at Chindwin is too much then this represents your best bet.
Address: 70 Yone Gyi St, Monywa
T: (071) 21478, (093) 309 4187;
Coordinates (for GPS): 95º7'41.62" E, 22º6'57.23" N
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Room rates: Under US$20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.