Best Places for Backpackers in Myanmar.

Enjoy backpacking around Myanmar without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Myanmar.

Top 50 hostels in Myanmar.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Myanmar.

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Downtown @ Mandalay

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Downtown @ Mandalay

Downtown @ Mandalay is located in Mandalay, 400 meters from Mahar Thatkyarthiha Pagoda and half a kilometer from Zegyo Market. Free private parking is available on site. Some accommodations have a sitting area where you can relax. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is featured. You will find...
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WEStay @ Chillax House

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WEStay @ Chillax House

A place for you to Slip Away from your busy routines & experience the pleasant vibes of Ngapali beach. With a family atmosphere and comfortable rooms, it is more than just an accommodation. Travelers will be able to enjoy Ngapali beach and surroundings while experiencing the lifestyle of a true Myan...
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Manaw Thukha Hostel

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Manaw Thukha Hostel

Complete with an on-site restaurant, Manaw Thukha Hostel offers accommodation with free WiFi access in all areas.Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee and tea at the hostel's lobby during the day.Complimentary home-cooked breakfast, complimentary shared bicycles,free private parking, all-day coffee...
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Lotus Bed & Breakfast

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Lotus Bed & Breakfast

Lotus Bed & Breakfast offers verity of services and well maintained and cleaned accommodation. Our services includes not only bed and breakfast, but also make our guest feel home away from home. Genuine and care treatment for all of our guests make Lotus Bed & Breakfast different from others....
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City Hotel Yangon

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City Hotel Yangon

When visiting Yangon, you'll feel right at home at City Hotel Yangon, which offers quality accommodation and great service. The hotel lies 0.04 Km from the city centre and provides accessibility to important town facilities. A heaven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal jus...
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Song Of Travel Hostel Nyaung Shwe

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Song Of Travel Hostel Nyaung Shwe

Our family of staff is so excited to welcome you to our home away from home, and to the first and best hostel in Inle Lake, Myanmar! We work hard to make everyone feel comfortable at Song of Travel, offering free coffee, tea, and snacks all day every day! If you are arriving in Nyaung Shwe early in...
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BaobaBed Hostel Chinatown

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BaobaBed Hostel Chinatown

Opened in September 2017, BaobaBed Hostel aims to provide a nice, relaxing and social stay in Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar. It is located in Chinatown right on the Yangon River. 24/7 Reception is available for your service. The staff are always here to help you. They are trained and kno...
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Shwe Yo Vintage Hostel

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Shwe Yo Vintage Hostel

Mingalabar. Welcome to the one of the best hostels in Yangon. Shwe Yo Vintage Hostel was opened in December 2016 as a home away from home, where anyone from around the world can relax, exchange ideas, and share experiences. Shwe Yo is strategically and centrally located in the heart of Yangon...
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501 Merchant Bed & Breakfast

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501 Merchant Bed & Breakfast

501 Merchant Bed & Breakfast is located in downtown Yangon. It serves you in an authentic Yangon Heritage Trust certified Colonial building in Yangon. A typical downtown shophouse builds in the early 1900s. 501 Merchant Bed & Breakfast was the first building in Yangon to be conserved according t...
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Hardwood Lodge

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Hardwood Lodge

Hardwood Lodge is a old two story wooden building with high ceiling. It is more than sixty-five years old town house. Most of the material are made by teak. Hardwood Lodge has full of vintage local characters as it was built by traditional Inlae Lake carpentry work. It has dark reddish colour due to...
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NZH Hostel

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NZH Hostel

Located in the lovely area of Latha (Chinatown), NZH Hostel enjoys a commanding position in the night markets, restaurants, bars, shopping hub of downtown, Yangon. You are easily reach many local points of interest. With its convenient location, NZH Hostel offers easy access to the city’s must see d...
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WEStay @ Bagan Lotus Hotel

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WEStay @ Bagan Lotus Hotel

Bagan is an absolute place to enjoy the fullest warmth of Myanmar. Missing out Bagan at WEStay Bagan Lotus Hotel would not complete your trip to Myanmar. WEStay Bagan Lotus Hotel ensure to adore the echoes of the antique Bagan. This is the right place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of...
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Ostello Bello Nyaung Shwe

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Ostello Bello Nyaung Shwe

Ostello Bello goes to Inle Lake! Located in the center of laid-back Nyaung Shwe, the brand new funky Ostello Bello features the usual comfort such Free Wifi, Free breakfast, Free tea, coffee and Burmese cigars all day, free locker and luggage storage, bar, lounge, terraces, rooftop, free activities...
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Temple View

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Temple View

Welcome to the Temple View Hotel, the ideal and memorable place to stay in Bagan. With a choice of rooms and package to suit all travelers. A leafy garden, temple view restaurant and friendly staff with attentive service to make your visit the most comfortable. We provide dorm room as well as pri...
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ABC Hostel

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ABC Hostel

ABC Hostel is located in downtown area, JJ Bus stop to only 10 minutes. We serve to the guests 24 hours. Every minutes we have arrangement boat trip and bicycles rental service. Including breakfast . We are offering bar and BBQ in the Hostel.. For our guests, every time family and happy ent...
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Backpacker Bed and Breakfast

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Backpacker Bed and Breakfast

Backpacker Bed & Breakfast features 16 rooms spread over two floors in a building that resonates character and charisma. The facilities and services that we provide for your convenience are- Complimentary Wi-Fi in every room and dorm. Daily Breakfast Hot water and Cool water Air Condition...
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Ostello Bello Mandalay

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Ostello Bello Mandalay

The famous international Ostello Bello brand opens its second Myanmar location in Mandalay! Strategically located next to the Royal Palace and at the shade of the one&only Mandalay Hill, we offer the usual high quality service, comfort and friendly atmosphere for any type of budget. All our fac...
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Pickled Tea Hostel

92 /100

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Pickled Tea Hostel

Pickled Tea is a boutique hostel offering travelers a comfortable and convenient place to settle down in Yangon. • Experience the sunrise and sunset as it illuminates the golden façade of the famed Shwedagon pagoda, just walking distance from Pickled Tea. • Take a relaxing stroll around People’s...
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Ostello Bello Bagan

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Ostello Bello Bagan

Ostello Bello is the brainchild of a group real travelers from Italy who know what is needed by a guest staying at a hostel. Our goal is to provide a high quality service for any traveler on any type of budget. With this in mind, all our facilities are included in the price: Free high speed W...
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Ostello Bello Bagan Pool

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Ostello Bello Bagan Pool

Featuring a swimming pool, a bar and a relaxing area, Ostello Bello Bagan Pool is located within a few minutes' drive from the Bagan's historical zone and within a walking distance to the river where guests can enjoy views of the sunsets. The dormitory rooms here offer private lockers, two USB po...
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The Floral Breeze Hotel

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The Floral Breeze Hotel

The Floral Breeze Hotel is with a well-kept environment and its proximity to Eight Faces Paya, Archaeological Museum, Gawdawpalin Pahto give to this hotel a special charm. A walking distance to one of the famous Pagoda, Law ka Nan Da on Ayerwadi bank and all the amenities. The hotel features 68 b...
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Once in Yangon Hostel

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Once in Yangon Hostel

Once in Yangon Hostel is located in the downtown of Yangon, British Colonial city. The building was built in 1950, the exterior design reminds its colonial time. The theme of the hostel is based on when it was built, that's where the name 'Once in Yangon' came from. Common areas, service...
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Scott @31st Street

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Scott @31st Street

Well-placed in the culture, sightseeing, shopping area of Yangon city, [email protected] Street provides a most conducive spot for you to take a break from your busy days. Only 1km from the city center, the hotel's strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of int...
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Royal Flower Guest House

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Royal Flower Guest House

The Royal Flower Guest House located in the charming, ex-colonial town of Pyin Oo Lwin is the perfect location for your trekking holiday hub or a wonderful place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Royal Flower has a wide selection of dormitory and private rooms at very...
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Backpacker Hostel Yangon

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Backpacker Hostel Yangon

Located in the Yangon downtown district of Yangon, Backpacker Hostel is 800 meters from Sule Pagoda, Yangon City Hall and 4 km from Shwedagon Pagoda. This hostel is very close to the Strand Road also that is famous for the night market with street foods. There are many famous restaurants and coffee...
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Little Monkey Hostel

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Little Monkey Hostel

Located in the center of China Town, the heart of Yangon, Little Monkey Hostel is closed to all signature of this attractive city. "Good Location " , walking distance to Shwe Dagaon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, City Circular main train station, Bogyoke Market and Night Market. * Dream never end : High q...
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Wayfarer

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Wayfarer's Rest

Staying in Myanmar doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Wayfarer's Rest provides high quality living environment at affordable price. This place is close to restaurants and dining, nightlife, public transport and family-friendly activities. You will love our place because of the coziness and t...
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Dream House Guest House & Restaurant

89 /100

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Dream House Guest House & Restaurant

Come join us at Dream House Guest House, only a 5 minute walk from Ngwe Saung Beach, Town, Bus station, Market, ATM and Bank , budget twin room 15$ and budget family room 20$ for normal season and raise only during the special public holiday. All rooms are privated attached toilet and shower, clean...
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Little Yangon Hostel

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Little Yangon Hostel

YANGON KNOWN AS RANGOON IS THE LARGEST CITY IN MYANMAR. YANGON IS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING CITIES WHERE YOU CAN SEE LOCAL BURMESE CULTURE, BRITISH COLONIAL BUILDING PLUS MODERN BUILDING, SHOPPING MALL AND MANY CLUBS AND BARS WHERE YOU CAN PARTY ALL NIGHT LONG. ALL THESE FABULOUS THINGS ARE WALKING D...
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Yoe Yoe Lay Homestay

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Yoe Yoe Lay Homestay

Yoe Yoe Lay is more than a hostel which is more like a homestay style. The property is proud to be the first and only backpacker friendly accommodation in Mandalay. It is LGBT friendly as well. Give us the chance to let you immerse in truly Myanmar experience and hospitality. Your happiness is our c...
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Nan Bwe - The Vibe Hostel

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Nan Bwe - The Vibe Hostel

Nan Bwe - The Vibe Hostel is located in the residential area of Mandalay, about 1 hour drive from Mandalay International Airport and about 20 minutes drive from Mandalay Central Bus Station. Mandalay is a sprawling city and not pedestrian friendly, so no matter where you stay, you will need your own...
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Ace Star BnB Backpacker Hostel

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Ace Star BnB Backpacker Hostel

“ Welcome to Acestar BnB——the traveller’s hostel. Right in the centre of Mandalay in a quiet and safe location, the hostelis very close to local and international restaurants---ATM’s and general stores - as well as a new state of the art Hospital and Mandalay Railway Station . Ace Star BnB h...
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Hotel A1

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Hotel A1

Hotel A1 is located at the down town area of Mandalay which is the second largest city of Myanmar and also economic hub which is connected with all the neighbor countries by land lane. Our Hotel A1 is located at very nice environment which is convenient to travel to all the famous and attractive pla...
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Hostel Roma Inn 2

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Hostel Roma Inn 2

Hostel Roma Inn 2 is Located Near By Christ The King Church which is was build by over 100 years ago.And also you can feel like your second home when you reach our hostel.We still have free facilities and we always arrange trekking for our guests. We do have bonfire at every evening and can meet wit...
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Chan Myae Guesthouse

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Chan Myae Guesthouse

Chan Myaye has one large airy dormitories, one with single bed bunks. Each bed has its own AC unit. We also have private rooms; singles with or without bathroom, doubles with or without bathroom and superior rooms and family rooms with bathrooms. All rooms have AC and a TV. Larger rooms also have a...
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Hostel Roma Inn

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Hostel Roma Inn

Featuring free Wi-Fi and a restaurant, Hostel Roma Inn is situated in Kalaw with quiet place. Surrounding by pine trees, it is 5 minutes drive from downtown. We are happy to host you and let you free to enjoy all our (free!) facilities. We are co-operated with Jungle King Trekking Agency and c...
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Mr Charles Guest House

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Mr Charles Guest House

Hsipaw is a charming small town situated on the Dotthawaddy River in the Shan plateau about 1500 feet about sea level. Mr. Charles arranges compelling excursions to the nearby villages as yet untouched by westernization. Boat trips down the Dotthawaddy River introduce the visitor to the tradition...
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Four Rivers Hostel

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Four Rivers Hostel

Four Rivers Hostel is fittingly nestled within the charming neighborhood of Lanmadaw Township (Chinatown) in Central Yangon. From here, you can travel easily to many iconic districts and landmarks of our beloved city. The hostel is located within 5 mins of walking distance to Chinatown, and 15 m...
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Golden City Light Hotel

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Golden City Light Hotel

Golden city light hotel is located down town area so very good to see and eat location. Especially for natural attraction and 3 minutes from rail-way station. Golden city light hotel is 45 minutes from the airport. And Night market is only one minute by walking.Rental bicycle(additional charge)....
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Hostel9 Yangon

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Hostel9 Yangon

WE JUST OPENED THE ROOFTOP BAR! Here, you will find friendly travelers, good vibes, beautiful art works, yoga/meditation spot, cheap beers/cocktail…welcome to Yangon! Hostel9 is forever thankful with every single guest who help us to renovate the roof, few names in mind: Antonio A.K.A. The Artist...
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Dengba Hostel Yangon

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Dengba Hostel Yangon

Dengba hostel is located in the downtown of Yangon, 100 m to Sule Pagoda. 2.8 km to Shwedagon Pagoda, 200 m to Yangon City Hall .Yangon International Airport is only 14 km from the hostel.There are shopping malls, banks and restaurants nearby our hostel. Dengba Hostel Yangon is on the 3rd of fl...
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Bagan View

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Bagan View

Bagan View is situated in a perfect location of New Bagan, 1.2 miles from Manuha Temple and 1.7 miles from Gubyaukgyi Temple. From there, you can have city view of New Bagan. The main advantage of Bagan View is the rooftop, the highest point for view of the agglomeration. A perfect place to enjo...
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Royal Yadanarbon Hotel

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Royal Yadanarbon Hotel

Royal Yadanarbon Hotel is ran by young travelers. Offering a restaurant, Royal Yadanarbon Hotel is located in Mandalay. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning, chairs and a TV with satellite channels. Featuring a shower, the private bathroom also com...
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Lover View Pool Bar & Bangalows

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Lover View Pool Bar & Bangalows

Lover View is a Myanmar and British run hotel in the heart of Ngwe Saung Beach. Boasting spectacular views over Lover Island with beautiful sunsets, this hotel is just a short 5-minute walk to the white sandy beach. - Hostel Facilities: Pool Bar & restaurant (only open for breakfast during w...
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Zia Hotel

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Zia Hotel

Zia Hotel is situated in the heart of Yangon Downtown, a stone’s throw away from the iconic Bogyoke Market; a major tourist destination. Only walking distance away from the Railway Station, Sule Pagoda and other historical buildings; the 4 Stories Zia Hotel offers convenience, comfort, warm hospi...
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Min Galar Par Hostel

83 /100

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Min Galar Par Hostel

Situated only from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. With its convenient location, the hostel offers easy access to the city's must see destinations. At Min Galar Par Hostel, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the...
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Lux Pillow Hostel @F.I.T Road

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Lux Pillow Hostel @F.I.T Road

Lux Pillow opened in the summer of 2017 – and it’s a budget traveller’s dream. The prices are low for the region and the value is solid. Lux Pillow hostel offer free pick up from Airport and New Bagan. Lux Pillow has three air conditioned rooms with four beds per room and one room with eight beds...
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Agga Guest House

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Agga Guest House

Agga Guest House is located in the central of west Yangon near China town. As soon as you step out the door, you can explore the great city of Yangon within minutes and you can explore the busy life style around China town. It will take just 20 minutes walking distance to most famous scenic spot in...
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Kaung Hostel

80 /100

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Kaung Hostel

All guest rooms at Kaung Hostel are equipped with a seating area and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Every room is fitted with a shared bathroom and a shower, and some units at KAUNG Hostel have a balcony. The units will provide guests with a microwave. Guests at Kaung Hostell can enjoy...
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Friday Inn

79 /100

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Friday Inn

Probably cheapest in region although there are lots of amenities for free such as Wi-Fi. Friday Inn also provides other services on demand such as airport transfer, local trekking guide, laundry service, bicycle hire, housekeeping and etc. Friday Inn situated within eight to ten minute walk from...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Myanmar.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Myanmar.

If you're already planning to visit Myanmar - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Emotional Outbursts

Around Christmas time, we were on a beautiful beach in west Myanmar. I was amongst good company and enjoying the Burmese lifestyle… and then this happened. The hotel we were staying at (like most places) included breakfast. This was normally either fried rice, pancakes, omelette or eggs. Now bare in mind this was also a restaurant with multiple items of things on their menu. I walked down to the restaurant one morning, super hungry and excited for some breakfast rice only to be told that all they were serving for breakfast was fish soup. FISH SOUP

Daisy Mullins

TRAVELLING MYANMAR DURING THE WATER FESTIVAL

MYANMAR DURING THE WATER FESTIVAL AND BUDDHIST NEW YEAR April 2016: “Some groups of people are just, inherently, cool! The Burmese men are such people. I never would have imagined that men could look so masculine in what we would call skirts (Longyi’s)… and many of them are very handsome to boot! The red, betel-nut stained teeth that some now possess detracts from this unfortunately… but many a foreign girl can be seen longingly staring after a Longyi-clad Burmese man in the streets of Myanmar! Streets that I have been prancing down in delight all morning.

Sasha Erasmus

The charms of Yangon

Cliché but true: the next day I fall in love with Yangon. I spoke to people who didn’t like Yangon. Luckily I could also share my love for this city with a lot of people. I spend hours rambling through the streets of Chinatown. Unmaintained buildings, with moss on the walls and blue satellites: for me it actually makes the smaller streets more beautiful. Everywhere on the street you can buy food, there are big pans with hot water and herbs. While sitting on small stools, the Burmese happily cook all sorts of meat, mostly giblets. I turn down the invitation to eat with them (I’m not a big fan of giblets), but I do put the golden rule in to practice: ‘Eat where the locals eat’. The result is a happy stomach and a taste of real Burmese specialties. In every street I get the friendly questions: ‘Hello!’ ‘Where you from?’ ‘How are you?’ Answers are not expected and usually they don’t even understand it. But every answer I give gets a wide grin, the few teeth that are still inside often red from the betel nut. The beauty of this city is in the old English buildings, the markets and the smiling faces and welcoming words. Mind you, it’s not usual to stay out until late anywhere in Myanmar. Around 21:00 I was usually back in my hostel, tired and satisfied.

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3-day Trip to Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar, a place where pagodas are at birds-eye view. Yangon, in particular, showed a contrast where the old coincides with the new – where tradition and culture can still live amongst the gradual development as the capital city of the country. My family and I had the opportunity to visit Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) for 3 days, and we were pleasantly surprised by the city has to offer even for such a short period of time. To think that Myanmar has always been overshadowed by other more popular Southeast Asian countries, this will be a great time for you to explore this hidden gem. And I can be quite certain that there is no need for taking many days off your work schedule, because 3 days around the city is all you need.

Lois Lim

Welcome to Yangon: The largest city in Myanmar

The first image that hits your mind hearing the city Yangon, is pagoda, in fact, lots of pagodas. Yangon formally known as Rangoon marks the largest city of Myanmar. The city that used to serve as the capital of Myanmar is now the country’s largest metropolis also its main commercial capital. Not only that, but the city hosts the largest number of British colonial buildings in Asia. However, they are poorly maintained yet they still reflect the colorful history and Culture of the city while providing a vibrant backdrop of Yangon’s streets. On one side, Buddhist monks mingle around the crowded streets, grabbing attention during their morning alms walks. On another side, the pagodas stand as an immense, almost at every corner of those vibrant streets, feature a glimpse of the golden Shwedagon pagoda.

Loubi Gher

Why Myanmar?

  Why Myanmar? Myanmar is not as popular as Thailand, Singapore or Malasia in southeast Asia, that is the very reason that lots of backpackers choose Myanmar as the destination. Yes, that’s the thinking pattern we backpackers have. Why you want to go traveling, probably because you get sick of all your normal daily organized life.  You want to explore something you have never seen and experienced the life you can’t imagine. And a traveler who has the spirit of adventure must desire to avoid crowding around with all the tour groups. Myanmar is one of the best choices for people like me who want to see something traditional, unique, pure and real.

Max MA

The Hidden Haven of Yangon, Myanmar: Kaba Aye

Kaba Aye or “World Peace” in English, is somewhere in Yangon with every feature of attraction you’d expect to find in a Myanmar township, but still keeping the magic balance of possessing those and not being overrun by tourists. The place is simply in three words “pleasant, prosperous and unique” and which I proudly call home.

ElleGirl

Myanmar: a hidden gem in South East Asia

Upon arriving in Myanmar it was clear that this wasn’t a country like any other  in South East Asia. Where as in Thailand it’s sometimes impossible to find an authentic Thai restaurant, in Myanmar it will seem impossible to even find a restaurant. Coming out of the airport our first mission was to find a taxi to take us to the center. That’s where we met our good friend, mister Sai. If you’re staying in Yangon for a few days, I can only recommend finding a good driver and hold on to him throughout your stay here. A good way to explore the city and it’s surroundings is to take the Yangon circle line train. But do keep in mind to not take this train if you are in a hurry, you can never rely on the scheduled time. Outside of the station we found people lining up. Must be something worth visiting! As we came closer, people all around us were smiling and laughing out loud. Reason for all this laughter was the opening of the very first ”Kentucky fried chicken” restaurant in the country. And as if it was on purpose, they placed it right next to a pagoda.

Randilicious

Myanmar; The Unknown Entity

Although Myanmar has had open boarders for foreign tourists for a number of years, there is little on the internet that is clear an d complete to help you plan your trip around one of the least well trodden South East Asian countries. After the comfort of 4 months on the backpacker trail from Thailand through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia back to Thailand, the prospect of exploring Myanmar solo was incredibly daunting and I spent hours trawling through blog posts trying to get an idea of what to expect. So here I have compiled the ins and outs o f my journey in hope that it will lend some courage to any other travellers in my position.

Elizabeth Johnson

Myanmar: Preparing For Your Trip

Myanmar is a mysterious place. The country has been free of its military junta for five years now and tourism is just beginning to shift into a profitable and exciting new facet of the economy. Having recently opened its doors to foreigners after a long struggle in political power, there are many wonders waiting for the travelers wandering eye. But first, one must prepare.

Lola Da Explora

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