The Golden Beach Hotel consists of several upscale beach bungalows with rooms containing two to four beds as well as family rooms that consist of two bedrooms and a kitchen.
There's a billiards table and an internet cafe (1,000 kyat per hour) in the gigantic reception area. Staff are very friendly, obliging, spoke English very well and are able to offer tours, bus tickets, bike and rubber float rentals. All rooms are air-con with satellite TV, hot and cold water bathtubs, free WiFi throughout and a breakfast buffet is included in rates. Request a 'diamond room', as these offer the best value: two beds, a stunning view and just a few steps from the beach. A grand swimming pool is located in the centre of the resort and virtually touches the beach. There's a miniature golf course onsite for 2,000 kyat (actually it's really just a green for putting practice). This is the best option in town for families travelling on a midrange budget.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 50,000 kyat, high season 50,000 kyat. Notes: Garden view
Room: Superior double room, low season: 66,000 kyat, high season 66,000 kyat. Notes: Seaview diamond
Room: Family room, low season: 132,000 kyat, high season 132,000 kyat. Notes: Two bedroom
Chaung Tha Beach
T: (042) 423 50
(042) 423 51
Room rates: US$40 to $100