Accommodation Review – May Kha Lar Guesthouse, Nyaung U, Myanmar (Bagan)

The next accommodation review is in, and it doesn’t quite match up to the first two places I stayed in Myanmar, but to be honest, they were pretty special. I had also pre-booked the May Khar Lar Guesthouse on Asiarooms.com I think, but I kinda knew I was in for a drop in quality.

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I have stayed in some pretty unpleasant places in my travels. Nothing quite beats the place I stayed at in Multan, Pakistan where there was some sort of ooze under the bed, the toilet had no seat and shower was by bucket. Which would have been fine if the place was clean, but it was purely and simply, gross. But at about 10 bucks a night I didn’t look elsewhere, although I certainly thought about it. Today I would NOT stay in such a place. Have I sold out? No, I don’t think it’s ‘selling out’ to have some actual standards. Standards where places with freeze ooze are regarded as well, unacceptable.

Now, there was no ooze in May Khar Lar, the reception was pretty friendly and there was a nice sort of balcony. There was even breakfast, but I hit a wall as was not up in time two days for that, and on the other day, I was up too early.

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The room itself was dingy, at best. One where low lighting hid a few sins. The walls needed a paint or at least a darn good clean. The bathroom was smallish, the toilet was on a step which shouldn’t have been there and the complimentary thongs (flip flops) were covered in mould. In fact, these photos I took look a lot better than the room actually was. There was a fair bit of noise from the street and other patrons, but that’s not really the fault of the guesthouse, and I think the management are thoughtful but the inside of the rooms needed an overhaul.

I didn’t mind the location. Everyone takes a tour of the Bagan temples, or hires a bike or motorbike, so being a couple of kilometres away was not really a major issue. There are other places to stay rather than Nyaung U, but it’s the cheapest (my room was around $23 US) place of the three – Nyaung U, Old Bagan and New Bagan. There are restaurants a couple of minutes up the road and next door is a place to hire your bike or motorbike (electric scooter) and they are friendly and cheap there.

So all in all, it’s not that bad and I had my own double bed and was able to sleep pretty well. So, what’s a little grime and mould between patron and guesthouse? And I was there to see Bagan – not the inside of my slightly grotty hotel room. It’s just, well, after some nice places I was starting to think these sort of places were of the past!

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The room did include air conditioning, and there were cheaper rooms with shared bathroom. Prices are a little higher it seemed in Bagan than elsewhere, so for $23ish, it probably wasn’t a bad deal.

Andrew’s ratings:

Value for money – 3/5

Cleanliness – 1.5/5

Service/Friendliness – 4/5

Location – 2/5

Noise/Sleep Quality – 2.5/ 5

TOTAL – 13 / 25; (52 / 100)

I stayed from 23/2/2015 to 26/2/2015

 

Sorry, they don’t have a website but here they are on Trip Advisor.

 

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