Myanmar's range and overall capacity of accommodation is steadily increasing, leading to more affordable rates across the board. Unless you're planning on travelling in major holiday seasons it's usually unnecessary to book more than a week or so ahead.

  • Guesthouses More and more of these are opening in popular destinations across the country.
  • Hostels Found in the major cities and tourist centres and squarely aimed at the budget crowd.
  • Hotels Very common, but outside the big cities don't expect much luxury or anything boutique.
  • Resorts Confined mainly to the beaches at Ngapali, Chaung Tha and Ngwe Saung.

Accommodation Types

At the budget end of the scale are hostels and family-run guesthouses. In more rural destinations these might amount to very little: a spartan room with just a mosquito net, a fan that turns off at 10pm (when the generator does) and a cold-water shower down the hall.

Midrange options are privately run hotels and guesthouses licensed to accept foreigners. To gain a hotel licence they supposedly must keep eight rooms and reach a certain standard. However, the vast majority of places, while modern, follow a standard, uncreative template: tiled rooms with air-con, a refrigerator and a private hot-water bathroom.

In key destinations (eg Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Ngapali Beach) you'll find high-end hotels and resorts.

Airbnb has listings across Myanmar (with most in Yangon), but technically it's illegal for people to operate homestays. Officially sanctioned B&Bs are in their infancy (some exist in Kayin State), but more are likely to open up once new tourism laws are in place.

Nearly all accommodation choices include a simple breakfast in their rates. Staff at most places can also change money, arrange laundry service (starting at K1000 per load at budget guesthouses), rent bikes, arrange taxis, sell transport tickets and find you local English-speaking guides.

All accommodation options are required to fill in forms that include a guest's passport and visa details.

Prices

Most hotels and guesthouses quote prices in either US dollars or kyat; you can usually pay in either currency.

Prices quoted at budget and midrange hotels include all taxes; top-end hotel prices often don't include up to 20% in taxes and service charges. Only a few hotels currently accept credit cards.

There are lower rates or it's possible to bargain a little at most hotels during the low season (May to October).