Rundown but cheap
While Royal Lake Inn looks okay from the outside and has a great location amid trees overlooking the western end of Khan Thar Yar Lake, its room are only just at best adequate, and at worst seriously tatty.
It’s a shame really as some rooms do have views over the lake, and the surrounding gardens may have been at one time well-tended. We can imagine that when it first opened, however many years ago, it was a prime Hpa-an accommodation option. These days the best we can say is it’s very cheap, staff are friendly and the views are still good, even if through the unpruned trees. The location, just past Gabbana on School Road, means that as well as being handy for renting duck boats and a stroll around the lake, it’s only a short walk into the town centre too.
Accommodation is in separate blocks scattered around a compound, with one block containing fan-cooled rooms and two with air-con rooms coming in view or no view flavours. All have attached basic bathrooms. No view air-con ones at around $10 for a double are some of the cheapest air-con rooms in the entire region, but the most polite description would be adequate. The fan-cooled block is slightly more expensive and though these rooms, with bare concrete floors, were even tattier than the others, they do have a lake view and balcony. Air-con with view are the best though most expensive choice.
No breakfast is included but the very good Gabbana bakery and coffee shop is just around the corner. So while this might never be a first choice, it may work as a cheap back-up.
Address: 3/658 Thiri Rd, Hpa-an
T: (058) 21600, (095) 005 722;
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º37'55.65" E, 16º53'0.38" N
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Room rates: Under US$20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Air-con, no view. Fan-cooled, view: 18,000 kyat.
|17,000 kyat||17,000 kyat|
|Superior double room|
|22,000 kyat||22,000 kyat|
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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