Just added a blog topic on the topic of needing to book hotels in Burma in high season which may be of interest to those planning on heading to Burma soonish.
#1 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,739
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Well, I'm visiting Burma this summer of 2014 but I've already booked my flight tickets. I need not to book for hotels since I have big families and houses there. My advice is to book as soon as possible. I feel that you have more choices that way and can get a lot of deals.
#2 grapesaresweet has been a member since 3/11/2013. Posts: 2
I have been to Burma numerous times and the last 3-4 trips, most of the hotels in the major centres are totally booked out so I would really recommend to anyone now visiting to book in advance. I have found the only way to do that was through a long term highly reliable tour guide (Soe Soe at firstname.lastname@example.org) because the hotels are so over booked they simply don't even bother to reply to emails. The other side of that is the fact that many hotels don't have staff who are confident enough with their English to respond to an email. One option if you do arrive and haven't got a room booked, is to head up to the hill top town of Pyin Oo Lwin because it is much quieter and cooler than Mandalay and I can also tell you in the summer months, you will pretty glad to get out of that sticky, noisy, dirty dustbowl of Mandalay.
On a side note, I have just used the services of Soe Soe yesterday again to go to the Yenanthar leprosy hospital (about and hour from Mandalay) to make donation. The money goes to both the hospital and the leper village. Well worth doing. Todays tour was to some monasteries and waterfall surrounding Pyin Oo Lwin. stunning scenery.
#3 donortravel has been a member since 14/11/2013. Posts: 2
Hallo everybody...i was in Myanmar for 25 days during january (High season) and i booked just in yangon because i arrived late in the evening. On the other places (bagan, mandalay and in le ) i preferred to check directly on site and was not difficult to find rooms available. I highly recommend zwagi inn in nyaungshwe...the concrete bungalows are very nice and the staff is really great (30 USD per night). Before starting my trip i had big expectations about Myanmar but unfortunately i haven't seen so beautiful places...nothing so unforgettable as thailand or Cambogia for example. The country is very affordable about food And shopping but accomodation is really overpriced compared with other countries in Asia (average cost is 30 USD for a BASIC double room...sometimes not so clean). And prepare Your intestine...infections are very common!
I am sorry as you did not enjoy much with your trip to Burma but I found it truly pure and non-touristic, not like Thailand and Cambodia, despite it may seem to be in the future. Everywhere I set my foot on, I met the friendly local people who were always willing to help, and the spectacular landscapes.
For the accommodation, well, it is a big issue which the country is coping with. Anyhow, I think Burma still much worth a visit for any tourist this year.
#5 dannyjacob has been a member since 10/2/2014. Posts: 21