Where to stay in Myanmar [Best Places to Stay for 2024]


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

Family Friendly accommodation in Yangon

Affordable Luxury accommodation in Yangon

YANGON MYANMAR - Unidentified Burmese people walk inside the area of Shwedagon pagoda (Shwedagon Zedi Daw) famous landmark and travel destination of Yangon Myanmar.

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

Colorful hot air balloons flying over Bagan Archaeological zone, Mandalay division, Myanmar. Bagan's prosperous economy built over 10000 temples between 11th and 13th centuries.

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

MANDALAY MYANMAR - Temple on the Mandalay Hill during twilight in Mandalay Myanmar is a major pilgrimage site.

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

cultivated land fields landscaped near Kalaw Shan state in Myanmar (Burma)

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  • Samantha King

    Sam, a seasoned traveler across four continents and 49 countries, is a leading authority in travel planning. Her website, Travelling King, offers tailored itineraries and expert guides for seamless trips. Sam's expertise in luxury travel, fast travel, and destination guides keeps her at the forefront of the travel community.

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