Myanmar is a small Southeast Asian country nestled between India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Home to more than 100 ethnic groups, Myanmar (formerly Burma) has a lot to offer visitors in terms of history, culture and nature.
Despite decades of political tension and an epic income gap, Myanmar is increasingly popular with tourists on a circuit of Southeast Asia.
However, due to ethnic and religious conflicts in the region, some areas within Myanmar can be dangerous, or even illegal, to visit. To help you decide where to stay in Myanmar, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular areas.
We will cover off all types of Myanmar accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Myanmar hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Myanmar 2024.
This guide shows off the best Myanmar hotels, best places in Myanmar to visit, the best places to stay in Myanmar, hotels near Myanmar attractions, Myanmar neighborhood guide and many more.
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Yangon (Rangoon) – Where to stay in Myanmar for temples
Most international flights arrive into Yangon, which was once the capital of Burma until 2005. Although it was almost completely abandoned at that time, Yangon remains the commercial center of Myanmar.
Yangon has many famous Buddhist temples and shrines, including Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most sacred sites in Myanmar. As tourism continues to grow, demand for hotel rooms grows as well, so it’s best advised to plan ahead when deciding where to stay in Yangon.
Best places to stay in Yangon
Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Yangon
Budget accommodation in Yangon
Mid range accommodation in Yangon
- Hotel Grand United – Ahlone Branch
- Hotel G Yangon
- Best Western Chinatown Hotel
- Summit Parkview Yangon
Family Friendly accommodation in Yangon
Affordable Luxury accommodation in Yangon
Bagan – Where to stay in Myanmar for tourists
Bagan is photo-famous as it has the largest and most concentrated area of Buddhist temples and stupas in the world, more than 2000 total, possibly as many as 4,000 including ruins, which is at least double the number of temples found in Cambodia’s Angkor complex.
A popular option for viewing the temples scattered across the landscape is to take a hot-air balloon ride over the ruins. With the influx of tourists, Bagan has several options for overnight stays.
Best places to stay in Bagan
Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Bagan
Budget accommodation in Bagan
Mid range accommodation in Bagan
Family Friendly accommodation in Bagan
Mandalay – Where to stay in Myanmar for first timers
Mandalay is Myanmar’s second largest city, and is the economic center of northern Myanmar.
As the former royal capital, Mandalay is built around the Mandalay Palace from the Konbaung Dynasty, and is often referred to as the cultural capital of Burma.
Mandalay Hill overlooks the city, and is dotted with pagodas and stupas. Mandalay itself was nearly leveled during WWII, and rebuilt in the 90’s in a haphazard way.
If you decide to visit Mandalay for some of the royal history and commercialism, there are several places you can spend the night.
Best places to stay in Mandalay
Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Mandalay
Budget accommodation in Mandalay
Mid range accommodation in Mandalay
Family Friendly accommodation in Mandalay
Affordable Luxury accommodation in Mandalay
Shan State – Where to stay in Myanmar on a budget
The Shan State, in eastern Myanmar is bordered by China, Laos and Thailand.
It’s where you can find one of Myanmar’s most popular destinations, Inle Lake, famous for its floating villages of stilted houses.
Inle Lake has over water bungalows, hotels and restaurants that cater to tourists from around the world.
As with many other regions of Myanmar, Shan State and the Inle Region have many stupas and monasteries in various states of preservation.
Best places to stay in Shan State
Budget accommodation in Shan State