Although Bagan is the major tourist place in Myanmar, and most visited place in Myanmar by foreign and local tourists, cheap hotels and guest house are still plentiful in Bagan. All of them serve both local and foreign tourists. Below are a few in Nyaung U that are usually recommended by visitors. Please be mindful that most of them have standard or limited facility and might not serve breakfast. During peak tourist season, they may be readily full, so book in advance.
May Khalar Guest House
My favorite! I stay here whenever I visit Bagan. The owner and the staffs are friendly, and the price is cheap. There is no breakfast provided, but there are many tea shops and cheap (but nice) restaurants near by. The rooms and clean but basic. There is air condition in every room, and hot and cold water is available. There is a back up electric generator during the time of frequent electric outbreak, but it is not enough for air-con. This means, during power cut, you will not have air con. The bath room and toilets are a little worn out, but OK for a cheap guest house. Serves breakfast. Price range from 7 – 14 US$. Upstairs rooms have TV. You can read the full review of May Khalar Guest House here. Situated on Bagan Main Road. Phone: 061-60306, 061-60907).
Some comments on Trip Adviser: “Fantastic value for money if you’re in Bagan. Rooms are big but bathrooms are worn out. Paid USD12. Breakfast is edible, eaten on the second floor where you can see the town go by. Bicycles can be rented for USD2 to cycle to see the temples. From the bus station a horse carriage taxi will cost 1500-2000 kyat. Not far distance to walk but the heat will kill you. Restaurant row stuff is more ex then heart of town.”
Comment on Travel Buddy: “Situated in the main backpacker area of Bagan, this is a great place to stay. The manager is very friendly, likeable and makes you feel like you have arrived home. She is also full of extremely useful advice, uses her initiative and is always keen to take that extra step or action so that it will help you on your travels. Apart from benefiting from it myself, I saw her do this with all the other travellers there. This is a rare quality indeed, and I cannot praise her excellent customer service more highly. The breakfast is very nice – it consists of tea/coffee, a pancake, toast, a plate of fruit (usually banana and watermelon) and an egg cooked to your order. It is a lovely selection that is bought to you, and very good quality considering that this is a budget place to stay. The reception area also sells water and soft drinks which are slightly more expensive than the shops. They’re perfect if you’re desperate, but there are plenty of shops nearby if you’re after something during a reasonable time of the day. Without any exaggeration, this is quite possibly the best guest house in Bagan and one of the best I stayed at in South East Asia (and I stayed in quite a few places!). I cannot recommend this place more highly, would certainly stay there again and have no reservations in recommending this place to any traveller going to Bagan. Go there, you won’t be disappointed!”
Golden Myanmar Motel
A small guest house on the main road. The rooms are clean and tidy, but basic. Also serve breakfast. Price: US$ 4 – 8. Phone: 061-60901, 09 204 2064. Website at Golden Myanmar Guest House.
Inn Wa Guest House
Just basic bare bone rooms, but the price is cheap and staff are friendly. The rooms are basic but with air conditioner and attached bath rooms. Serves breakfast. Fan cooled rooms on ground floor are cheaper. Price: US$ 5 – 8 for fan rooms and US$ 15 – 18 for air con rooms. Situated on main Road. Phone: 061-60902, 061-60849.
Some review on the web about the guest house: “I stayed here thrice now and each time the experience was wonderful. The owners make you feel comfortable. The room rents starts from US$5-8 for fan room and US$15-18 for AC rooms. Walking rates can be negotiated if staying for 3 or more days. Breakfast is included in the room rent and is served on the roof top which is the best part. You get to see the small town waking up, starting with there chores, while sipping the great coffee and eating pancakes or what ever is in the menu that day. Can ask for more bread/fruits if needed. During hot days you can buy cold drinks from the hotel as they have a refrigerator. (Some convenience stores don’t have them). But if you buy any drinks from outside, the owners can swap them for the ice cold ones in there fridge. All the staff is extremely helpful and honest and will make a sincere effort to ensure you have a great time. Take the room with a balcony and in the evening/night you can sit and watch the peoples moving around. All the restaurants are very close. The owners will help you with your bus bookings and the bus stops at this place to pick you up. During my second visit they even remembered me as the single Indian traveler who stayed there earlier.”
There are two buildings, on either side of the road. The old one has some rooms with hard wood floor and bamboo walls, while the new building has better, bigger rooms with cleaner bath rooms. Price: US$ 4 – 8. Anawrahta Road. 061-60815, 061-60812.
New Heaven Hotel
Clean compact rooms with friendly staff. The rooms have small decks over looking the lawn. There are photos of New Heaven Hotel here. Price starts at US$ 4 for an air conditioned room. Phone: 061-60921.
Golden Village Inn
At the back of the New Heaven Hotel is Golden Village Inn. The Inn is owned by the same owner. The rooms are bungalow style, clean and comfortable. Higher price rooms have TVs and bath tub. Price starts at US$ 8 up to US$18. Phone: 061-60921.
Winner Guest House
A small friendly family run guest house on the road to Old Bagan. Rooms are basic with concrete floors, bath rooms are tiled and clean. Rooms have air conditioners. There are also many road side Burmese restaurants near by. Price starts at US$ 5. Phone: 061-60128