I am thinking of heading into Burma for a short period in late September / early October and I'm going to try, to the best of my ability, to limit the amount of cash I leave for the officials. In that spirit, I'm trying to do some research on which guesthouses ( and restaurants ) are privately owned rather than government owned, but information on this seems to be few and far between.
I would probably fall into the flashpacker category as I do prefer a private bathroom and hot water.
Also, if anyone has any tips on how to travel between cities not using government services that would be appreciated.
#1 Remedy has been a member since 25/7/2009. Posts: 31
Just buy a Lonely Planet - they only review privately-owned establishments. Recommended 'better' guesthouses / cheap hotels in Yangon include the Winner Inn and Panorama Hotel. Travel the country by private airline (Yangon Airways and Air Mandalay are the most recommended), car or bus; avoid train travel.
Check Wikitravel for recommendations, they're what I used when I traveled through Myanmar:
In Yangon I splurged and stayed at the ParkRoyal (lovely, but around $100 USD). I can recommend a privately owned place in Mandalay though - I know I still have the guy's business card somewhere.
I can't recommend the Park Royal Yangon enough -- the rooms are gorgeous and it's a steal relative to the other 5-star properties in town (ex. The Strand). We got some kind of a deal on their website that it was about $70 per night and included airport pick-up. There's a great bakery on the ground floor and after 6 PM or so everything is 50% off.
It was mentioned guesthouses in your post but didn't say anything about the price and location. Check the following. These are known as the best among the mid range hotels. Please note most of the hotels and guesthouses are fully private own.
Mandalay City Hotel
Mandalay View Inn
Royal City Hotel
Golden Express Hotel
Kaday Aung Hotel
Amazing Nyaung Shwe ( on shore )
Paradise Hotel, Nyaung Shwe ( on shore )
Inle Resort ( in the lake )
For this kind of hotels, If you book through a local travel agent it will be much cheaper. Just to get an idea, Inle Resort, the local agent rate should be around US$ 35/dbl.
Any type of transportation except the train are private.
Thanks for all the replys. Totally forgot about wikitravel. Will check it out now.
kkym: The reason I wrote guesthouses is that I'm travelling alone, and in my experience those are the places where it's easiest to connect to other travelers. Other than that I'm pretty much open to anything. I'll check out some of the suggestions in your post. Tnx again.
#7 Remedy has been a member since 25/7/2009. Posts: 31
If you are on a limited budget and coming with a backpacker style, you better try Mother Land Inn 2 or Beauty Land Hotel 2. For myself, I prefer Beauty Land 2 as it is situated right in the center of the city. You better try Nylon Hotel, Garden Hotel, ET Guest House in Mandalay. All of them are in the city center.