Thazi is not a place that tourists rush to, it’s one of those places they pass through on their way somewhere else. It sits on main highways and has a biggish train station, and it was my rest between Bagan and Inle Lake. Not that a rest stop is really needed, it was only a few hours from Bagan, but it meant I could take the train from Thazi to Inle Lake, which is a beautiful and fascinating train ride. You can read about my experiences on this and other Burmese trains HERE.
The only night of my trip I hadn’t prebooked, I was hoping there wouldn’t be a sudden rush on rooms in Thazi, with apparently only a couple of guesthouses that took foreigners, and I had nothing to worry about. When I arrived before midday I was the only one there, although a couple of other rooms filled up by nightfall.
It’s a very basic place, with very slow wifi (I was told the owner’s children had given the password to all their neighbours!), but it’s rare people stay more than one night and it’s got all you need, it’s not dirty and it wins big time for service and price.
At $10 for a single, with a small bathroom, it was easily the cheapest place I stayed in in Myanmar, in fact less than half the price of the next cheapest. Okay, the room wasn’t particularly awesome, sort of like a big, basic but clean cupboard. But that is all one needs for a short stayover. The green paint was a little garish, but there was a fan and air-conditioning (unneeded when I was there), no issues with power, and best of all there was a little restaurant down below where I was cooked a simple but tasty Chinese meal.
The owner sat and chatted with more quite a while happily, very warm and friendly, and the bus stops directly outside the hotel. The room walls are a little thin and you can hear what’s going on, but you can’t expect everything in a ten buck room. The room was thin but long, so I didn’t feel claustrophobic, and in short it was the perfect place to stay for a simple one-night stop.
I don’t think there’s much else I can add!
Value for money – 4.5/5
Cleanliness – 3.5/5
Service/Friendliness – 4.5/5
Location – 4/5
Noise/Sleep Quality – 2/ 5
TOTAL – 18.5 / 25; (74 / 100)
I stayed from 26/2/2015 to 27/2/2015
Sorry, no website for this one! Leaving the next morning for the train station was a bit of a treat too – the owner booked a horse and carriage for me!
May the journey never end!