Photo: Tatty rooms, some great views.

Photo of Royal Lake Inn (Kan Thar Yar Guesthouse)Royal Lake Inn (Kan Thar Yar Guesthouse)

Rundown but cheap

3/658 Thiri Rd, Hpa-an T: (058) 21600, (095) 005 722 

Royal Lake Inn (Kan Thar Yar Guesthouse)

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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.

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Photo of Royal Lake Inn (Kan Thar Yar Guesthouse)
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.

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Walk-in rates at Royal Lake Inn (Kan Thar Yar Guesthouse)

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
17,000 kyat
17,000 kyat
Air-con, no view. Fan-cooled, view: 18,000 kyat.
Superior double room
22,000 kyat
22,000 kyat
Air-con, view.
Room: Standard double room, low season: 17,000 kyat, high season 17,000 kyat. Notes: Air-con, no view. Fan-cooled, view: 18,000 kyat.
Room: Superior double room, low season: 22,000 kyat, high season 22,000 kyat. Notes: Air-con, view.

Where is Royal Lake Inn (Kan Thar Yar Guesthouse)

Royal Lake Inn (Kan Thar Yar Guesthouse)
3/658 Thiri Rd, Hpa-an
T: (058) 21600, (095) 005 722 
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º37'55.65" E, 16º53'0.38" N
Room rates: Under US$20

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