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!
Still for $25/night, we got a clean room with working bathroom, an okay breakfast, and a downtown location. Wifi (in the lobby) and AC (in the room) worked when there was power. Cross your fingers. There were half as many power outages in Mandalay as there were in Bagan, but that's not saying much.
In Pyin Oo Lwin, we stayed at Golden Dream Hotel, which was a dump. $14/night was too much to pay, but it was the cheapest room in town and we were running low on kyat. Note that there's no breakfast. The nicest hotel that accepts foreigners is Bravo. They quoted us $30/night and wouldn't budge. (On a side note, we met friends who stayed at Golden Dream Hotel and were fairly certain they got bed bug bites from there. We were fine, but it's worth mentioning.)
Enjoying the pictures? See more in our photo tour of Pyin Oo Lwin and Mandalay.
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