I have not been paid to make this recommendation or given free accommodation in return for it.
There are plenty of decent places to stay in Yangon these days. More are opening all the time. I recommend this one for two reasons. 1. It’s where I stay myself so I know it, I did not just pop in for a quick look around. 2. I think its dormitory offers a very good option for budget travellers who don’t want to slum it – particularly if travelling solo which I often do.
I don’t normally go in for recommending accommodation unless it’s in an out if the way place that’s not in the guidebooks. I make an exception here because most tourists’ first port of call is still Yangon and Myanmar becoming an increasingly popular destination for travellers and the crazy Yangon property market has created a real challenge – especially in high season – to anyone looking to find quality accommodation at a reasonable price.
It may help some people to have a recommendation of a good enough choice of place to stay while they get their bearings, somewhere that they can head straight to from the airport
A budget traveller myself, I used to stay at a hotel which tripled its room rate from $15 to $45 overnight in 2011 so I went in search of alternatives. A fellow traveller recommended Chan Myaye Guesthouse and I have stayed here every time I have been in Yangon since then.
Facing the same increases in costs as others Chan Myaye has increased room rates slightly over time – but not by 200%.
In order to continue to provide quality accommodation at as low as possible a price, in 2012 they added a high quality (though the showers could be better) dormitory so that they can still offer a bed – in a clean, safe and friendly environment – right in the heart of the city for as little as $12. That includes a good breakfast, though given the quality and range of breakfasts available dirt cheap on the street and in tea shops I don’t know why anyone would want to eat breakfast in their hotel.
The ongoing success and good reputation amongst travellers of Chan Myaye (don’t just take my word for it, hit the tripadvisor link below) is therefore not a surprise. It’s not in the newest (but oh so out of date already) LP guide. It’s in Le Routard and Stefan Loose.
Here’s the basic lowdown on Chan Myaye which is well located in the heart of downtown at 256/257 Mahabandoola Garden Street (also known as Barr St), Kyauktada Township, Yangon.
48 private rooms, all with AC and TV, larger ones with refrigerators. Some with bathrooms inside, some outside. Singles at $20, Doubles from $30 to $38 and Family Rooms from $40 to $60. Many, as is common in Yangon, don’t have windows. The best rooms do. Overall I’d say Chan Myaye’s private rooms are up to scratch but there is good value-for-money competition around for them, now that new places have opened, especially if you’re sharing.
Where Chan Myaye stands out is with its quiet, light, well-equipped and very comfortable dormitory sleeping 30 in bunks. Each curtained bunk has it’s own AC, reading light and power supply. For $12 a night.
There are other dorms in town. Some are a match for quality, but are less well located, are more cramped (in one, bizarrely the ceilings are not even 2 metres high!) or more expensive – recent additions include Japanese ‘flashpackers’ with dorm beds costing $20.
Others are of a lower quality for the same price.
None has the individual AC which is a real plus.
Safety boxes are available and free to use. There is pretty good (but still not good enough) wifi throughout. All showers have hot water 24/7 but they could definitely do with a refurb ASAP.
Staff are very friendly and helpful. Some speak English pretty well. Others are improving. Bus tickets, plane tickets and taxi and car hire can be arranged at reception.
Telephone +95 1 382 022 255 860 or + 95 9 730 27 373
Chan Myaye is on HostelWorld and booking.com
Reviews of Chan Myaye on TripAdvisor