The Best Hotels in Myanmar, Asia

The pagodas in the archaeological zone of Bagan, Myanmar, are an impressive sight
The pagodas in the archaeological zone of Bagan, Myanmar, are an impressive sight | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
Tiffany Teng

Myanmar hotels can be hit or miss, so it’s best to plan before any trip. The effort is worth it, though. Days can be spent exploring the spike-topped Shwedagon Pagoda, admiring the leg rowers of Inle Lake or crossing the rickety-looking U Bein Bridge. Wherever your itinerary takes you, be sure to book yourself into one of the best hotels in Myanmar — bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Hotel by the Red Canal


Red parasols, sun loungers and palm trees border the outdoor pool and terrace at Hotel by the Red Canal in Myanmar.
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Just a 5-minute walk from the moat and fortress walls of the citadel, Hotel by the Red Canal is a lush retreat from the smog and noise of Myanmar’s second-largest city, Mandalay. Teak-floored rooms have views of the palm-filled garden and turquoise pool, while some feature open-air rain showers and verandas overlooking a trickling stream. There’s also a cave-like spa with two atmospheric treatment rooms.

2. The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate


Spacious and stylish double room at The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate in Myanmar, with a private outdoor terrace nestled in lush greenery.
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With soaring ceilings, warm teak floors and traditional Burmese furniture and art, the rooms at Tharabar Gate are almost as welcoming as the large pool, which is surrounded by little elephant sculptures. The restaurant offers a fine dining experience – try the Burmese tea-leaf salad. You’re staying right on the edge of Old Bagan – why not hire an e-bike from the front desk and explore the area on two wheels?

3. Yoma Cherry Lodge


Sun loungers perch on the palm tree lined, white sand beach at Yoma Cherry Lodge in Myanmar.
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Ngapali Beach may not be the easiest (or cheapest) place to get to in Myanmar, but it’s certainly one of the most beautiful. Yoma Cherry Lodge sits on the edge of a little beach just north of the main stretch and features 15 rooms spread over two pavilions. This is the ideal spot to snorkel, sunbathe and simply chill out – it’s quiet here (for now), and nightlife is practically non-existent.

Inle Lake

4. Sanctum Inle Resort


A spacious suite at Sanctum Inle Resort in Myanmar, with luxurious wooden furnishings and an outdoor terrace overlooking the hotel gardens.
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Unlike some of the other hotels on stilts, the luxurious Sanctum Inle Resort has a European villa vibe with a whitewashed exterior, romantic arches, a swimming pool and spa services. It’s one of the most popular hotels in the region, thanks, in no small part, to the reasonable prices and gorgeous views over Inle Lake.

5. Inle Heritage Stilt Houses


The Inle Heritage Stilt Houses, a collection of green-roofed bungalows built on strong wooden beams and located in Inle Lake.
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Inle Heritage is one of the most unique retreats on the lake as it’s run as a not-for-profit vocational training centre. That means students are receptionists and chefs-in-training. There are only six rooms, but each comes with a shower heated by green energy, courtesy snacks and drinks and binoculars and a bird guidebook, so you can spot the local wildlife. You’ll also get a chance to pet the Burmese cats that stay here – all 34 of them.

6. Song of Travel


The bold exterior of Song of Travel Hostel in Myanmar, designed to resemble a stereo.
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Song of Travel is a cute and chilled hostel located in the main town of Nyaung Shwe, around a 30-minute drive to the shores of Inle Lake. You won’t miss it – the façade has been painted to resemble a giant boombox. It has comfortable dorm-style bunk beds, each with a hanging drape for privacy. There’s also a good breakfast every morning, and you’ll have access to free snacks, coffee and water.


7. Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort


A spacious and luxurious queen room at Aureum Palace Hotel in Myanmar.
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Nestled in the heart of the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, this stunningly scenic, five-star beachfront property is one of the best hotels in Bagan. From one of the two swimming pools, you can gaze over pagodas or, for a more expansive view, climb the on-site tower to get a panorama of this ancient city. The rooms and villas come with stripped flooring and Myanmar-inspired decor; book the Island Villa for a hideout on a private island that comes with a personal butler, swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

8. Ostello Bello


A double room at Ostello Bello hotel in Myanmar, decorated with simple furnishings and a wall mural of the Myanmar landscape.
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Another Bagan favourite, this hostel offers traditional dorm beds and private rooms. Budget travellers will adore the freebies: breakfast, Burmese cigars, tamarind candies, coffee, tea and water. The Ostello Bello brand originates from Milan, Italy, so you’ll also get complimentary pasta. The happy hour saves a few kyats, too. The hotel sits in New Bagan, a short stroll to the pagodas of the archaeological zone, although you may just want to meet people in the rooftop chillout area or at one of the Burmese language or traditional dance lessons.


9. Belmond Governor's Residence


A spacious and stylish double room and living space at Belmond Governors Residence Hotel in Myanmar.
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Paradise, oasis, sanctuary… these are just a few of the recurring themes when one thinks of Belmond Governor’s Residence. The authentic 1920s colonial-style building is coupled with two superb restaurants, a spa and a gorgeous swimming pool that wraps moat-like around the hotel.


10. The Home Hotel


Cosy, wooden-clad single room at The Home Hotel in Myanmar.
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Found in an all-white standalone high rise, the Home Hotel is far more characterful inside. The 20 rooms come in a traditional style, but it’s really the location that sets this hotel apart. You can walk to the golden spires and grand Buddha statue of the Mahar Thatkyarthiha Pagoda and visit the Jade Market, where international traders purchase the green gemstone. A free breakfast will set you up right for a day of exploration.

Hpa An

11. Keinnara Hpa-An


Nestled in nature, the wooden stilt-cabins at Hpa An Lodge in Myanmar.
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This collection of gorgeous lodges is located in Hpa-an, a place heaving with caves and nature and overlooked by the imperious Mount Zwegabin. It’s arguably the best place to stay in the region, mostly thanks to the scenic pool area, where you can lounge in your swimmers while admiring the peaks. There are 18 individual lodges, two of which have been reserved for families.


12. Loikaw Lodge


Spacious and bright suite at Kayaw-Suite-Loikaw-Lodge in Myanmar.
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While Loikaw isn’t one of the most visited destinations in Myanmar, it’s an excellent base for exploring the natural beauty of Kayah State and the surrounding local villages. Base your adventure at Loikaw Lodge, a homely boutique retreat, which opened in late 2016. This family-run getaway has 12 rooms with teak floors, tribal fabrics and air conditioning, plus there’s a handy cafe serving a mix of local and international delights.

Emma Sparks contributed additional reporting to this article.

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