Great riverside location
Despite Hpa-an being right on the Than Lwin River, Hotel Than Lwin Paradise is the only hotel we could find with a riverside location.
Despite its name, Paradise is nothing flashy but rather a solid midrange resort (rather than hotel) with rows of individual chalets running perpendicular to the river.
None of the chalets look directly onto the river, so there’s no squabbling over who gets the best one. The space between their large restaurant and river is given over to a great wooden decking area, which is a prime sundowner spot in a town with a distinct paucity of them. The peach and grey chalets are comfortable though not luxurious, and have verandas. They are a decent size and well-appointed with cable TV, fridge, free tea and coffee, hot shower and bath tub and at least an attempt at free WiFi. Breakfast is included. Alternatively there are rooms in a three-storey peach block, which come with similar services and fittings but a lower price tag.
The location is on the edge of Hpa-an’s built up area (approximately the same distance as say Grand Hill), so not as far out as Zwekabin Hotel, but too far to walk. Helpful staff will assist and a moto-taxi to or from town shouldn’t be more than 2,000 kyat or so. Even if you don’t stay here it’s worth a side trip for the only riverside, sunset beer in town.
Address: Shwe King St, Ha-an
T: (097) 9991 1122, (058) 22277, (092) 5080 1079;
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º37'16.19" E, 16º51'45.44" N
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Room rates: US$20 to $40
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$30||US$30|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||US$40||US$40|
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.
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