Review of Motel Eden in Bagan, Burma


Where We Slept is our hotel roundup from our time on the road. We hope it helps budget travelers see how far their dollar can go--even though sometimes, it's not far enough!

The night bus from Inle Lake put us into Bagan at about 3:30am. We had Skype'd a hotel from Inle to ensure we would have a place to stay, but were hoping to save a night worth of lodging and so reserved the place for the following night (i.e. we left Inle Monday night, arrived Tuesday morning, and had a reservation for Tuesday night).

Luckily, Motel Eden in Nyaung Oo seemed to be fine with this arrangement when they let us in at 4am. At $30/night for a double with private bath and AC, Eden was a decent stay. Unfortunately, the power went out at least 12 times during our three days in Bagan, which meant AC, lights, etc. were a luxury that didn't work. That said, the breakfast was pretty good.


If you are on a budget and still want a pool, you are in luck. You can stay at a cheaper hotel without a pool, then go to a hotel with a pool and pay to use it. Aureum Palace Resort was $10/person and had an infinity pool with a view of several temples (and had the fastest wi-fi we used in Burma). Sunset is also quite nice at Aureum. It was a worthwhile splurge, and not THAT expensive if you're not a road warrior.

More Bagan

Read our tips for making the most of your time in Bagan and see more photos in our Bagan photo tour.

Have you visited Bagan on a budget? Leave your tips in the comments below!