The Thiri Hotel has all the amenities you could ask for: minibar, full bath, TV, air-con, hot water, WiFi and a terrific view.
Staff, who barely speak any English, were very friendly and obliging. Unfortunately the rooms we were shown were quite grungy and badly in need of a full renovation, including a fresh coat of paint. The hotel felt abandoned, which made sense after we heard about the grossly over-inflated room rates, which are a prime example of local hoteliers looking to make a quick profit by astronomically hiking up rates for foreigners. The Golden Beach Hotel located next door is a much better option, with the same view but much cleaner rooms and a beachfront swimming pool.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 50,000 kyat, high season 50,000 kyat. Notes: 70,000 kyat for a triple
Chaung Tha beach
T: (042) 422 24
F: (042) 421 31
Room rates: US$40 to $100