Yes the accommodation review is in again, following on sequentially on my trip to Myanmar. Nyaungshwe is the town where almost everyone, especially the backpacks, stay when visiting Inle Lake. It’s a dusty old town, but nice enough and you can get the boats that take people around the lake at Nyaungshwe which is pretty much the drill for so many of its visitors.
Zawgi Inn (zaw-ji) was one I found rather later as I was looking to book and was starting to feel like I couldn’t find anything that was of reasonable value in Nyaungshwe (let alone on Inle Lake where rooms start high and keep going up) and then on Agoda I found the Zawgi. It was considerably cheaper than many of the other places I had looked at, coming in at around $31 US a night, and the review score of over 9, despite a small number of reviewers, won me over. It looked pretty nice too.
The owners and staff are limited in their English, and not so good at hooking guests up with tours or anything like that, although that’s not really an issue as the main street, 2 minutes walk away, is filled to the brim with tourist one-stop-shops. The staff were friendly though, and the room was made every day.
The room I stayed in had a queen double and a single, and was very spacious with nice wooden floorboards. The bathroom was simple, but big. There was no air conditioning, but there was a ceiling fan. I certainly didn’t need air conditioning in Nyaungshwe, it was cool in the evenings and I was there at the end of February. The rooms by their nature were cool. It’s described when you book as a bungalow, which is not really accurate although there is a covered verandah out the front with furniture. Look out for the mosquitoes, they are out in force in Nyaungshwe!
So, all in all I was very happy with Zawgi in. It’s a little out from the centre of town, but it’s all still perfectly walkable. It’s very comfortable and I was very happy there. There was really nothing else I needed!
Value for money – 3.5/5
Cleanliness – 4/5
Service/Friendliness – 3.5/5
Location – 3/5
Noise/Sleep Quality – 3.5/ 5
TOTAL – 17.5 / 25; (70 / 100)
Cost: $31 a night
I stayed from 27/2/2015 to 2/3/2015
May the journey never end!