Saw Nyein San Guest House
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Saw Nyein San Guest House

Main Road, Ywa Thit Quarter, Bagan 11111 Myanmar
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A warm welcome to Saw Nyein San Guest House. We are a family run guest house and #1 rating on TripAdvisor and Labelled Traveller's choice for 2016. We offer you a friendly home away from home in Bagan. Enjoy our hospitality and comfortable rooms, have a generous breakfast on our roof top Terrance and explore the amazing area of Bagan from our convenient location.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Wifi
Breakfast available
Car hire
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Main Road, Ywa Thit Quarter, Bagan 11111 Myanmar
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Daniel G wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been guests for 4 nights and we are really happy about the decission to stay here. The manager and the staff and supernice and helpful. They took us the bus ticket to Inle Lake, being picked up in front of the hostel. The breakfast is THE BEST we have ever seen (and we try to travel a lot...). Lots of great quality and tasty local food! :P

Laundry service in one day also available and room is comfortable and totally clean. We definitely recommend it!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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brassalpaca wrote a review Feb 2015
Taipei, Taiwan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There aren't enough good things I can say about Saw Nyein San Guest House, She Zin, and her staff. While this isn't the fanciest guest house, it is clean, the breakfast (included) is delicious, and the staff is incredible.

After a minor mix up in my reservation, I arrived at Saw Nyein San at around 5:30am, having taken the overnight bus from Yangon to Bagan. Usually She Zin will send someone to pick up guests at the bus station for 3,500 ks, but we had some communication issues so there was no one to pick me up. Luckily I was able to share and find a honest cab that knew the guest house for 10,000 ks (for the whole car).

The guest house itself is situated on the main road only a 5-7 minute walk from Mani Sithu Market. It is also in close proximity to banks, restaurants, shops, etc.

I stayed in a single room for US$25 a night (Feb. 2015). The room was clean, as was the ensuite bathroom (every room has its own bathroom). Included was an air conditioner, fan, tv, mini fridge, hairdryer, towel, tooth brush, one water bottle per day, free wifi, and breakfast. The bed itself was decently comfortable and there was hot water for the shower (although, how much hot water you get can vary on the night).

Breakfast is served every morning from 7:30-9:30 (ish). There is a menu with mostly Burmese options, but also simple western options (toast and eggs) for those that prefer it. On some mornings they have special homemade Burmese meals like the coconut curry noodle soup they had on my last morning. Of the other choices, I recommend the tea leaf fried rice and/or spicy fried rice. Both are delicious. With breakfast also comes a plate of fresh fruit, coffee/tea, and side dishes. If you're still hungry, you can always ask for some extra food or some toast.

Electric bikes (e-bikes) and regular bicycles can be rented from the front desk for 6,000 ks and 3,000 ks, respectively, per day. They have bikes available to you early in the morning for sunrise (5am), so you don't have to worry about taking a bike out the night before. Just make sure you let them know just in case there are a lot of others that need bikes too. Bike rentals end around 9:30pm for e-bikes so that they can be recharged for the following day.

She Zin is easily the kindest person I met in Myanmar. She is honest and very helpful. She gave all kinds of great advice and is very knowledgeable about the area. Her English is quite good so communicating with her shouldn't be a problem. Her brother is actually the owner of the guest house, she just runs it for him.

The guest house has no website, so the easiest way to make a reservation is via email (kolwinminzee[at]gmail[dot]com). She Zin will reply to you herself. Payments are due when you check out and can be paid in cash only (room rate in USD and bike rentals in kayts).
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Date of stay: February 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: If you can, get a room on a higher floor (I stayed in a single room C303), so you can get some...
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hotelreview123 wrote a review Sept 2015
Europe
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in 4 places and spent a total of about 10 days in the Bagan area , so I feel I have a rough idea of whats going, this place is located on the main street in central Nyaung u and its only about a year and a half old. For the price/quality ratio for the budget traveller this place is excellent. For what it is , it excels but dont expect a 5 star hotel because it isnt. Its a flashpacker paradise just a pity they didnt have a swimming pool as that would be the icing on the cake. Service was great and the family that run the place are so friendly and helpful and you arent ripped off for booking trips or transportation either . Places like Ostello bello hostel are basically the same price for a 4 bed dorm room as an airconditioned private room with breakfast at this guest house (I would call it a hotel) Ostello bello is currently also rated number 1 in the Bagan category, and in my experience Ostello Bello (should be called "ostello below" or "ostello feo" as these names would be more accurate!) Ostello Bello was an overpriced modern dump.
At this guesthouse you have a selection of dishes for breakfast from an ala carte menu on the rooftop/sun terrace and the food was good quality, flavoured, and filling.
Asian and western options were offered . The rooms are compact clean fresh and modern with flat screen tv, cold fridge , kettle, water, toiletries etc etc all for $18 a night low season for a single or $25 for a double, which by Myanmar standards is very good. I also had great undisturbed sleep here on a good firm bed in a cold quiet room.
One tip - just outside the hotel are good places to eat and also good ebike rental. Try to negotiate 4000 - 5000 kyat a day for an ebike (top models of ebike) . But for this dont get the bottom of the range small ebikes as many tourists hire these, and the batteries inside the ebike are small so the battery fails before your day is up! so get ready for a long walk. I did this for 3000 kyat the first day and learnt my lesson. get the good ebikes they have wing mirrors and have thicker tyres and are higher off the ground. These bikes look more like normal motorbikes and have a more powerful battery that easily lasts a full day and does about 60km and you can go up to about 45km/h at full throttle if you select a decent ebike!!!!
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Date of stay: August 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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danbarnes56 wrote a review Dec 2014
Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We paid $30 for a room here, which on our backpacking budget was pushing it a bit, and you can find cheaper options, however after looking around for a bit, we decided on this place. The women that run the place cannot do enough to help, after checking in, a 5ft petit woman completely insisted on taking my 15kg backpack upstairs! The rooms were very clean and tidy with a tv and a very reasonable mini bar! We had a hot shower and could even watch the football in the room! They knock on your door at about 7:30 every morning to offer you breakfast on the roof as part of the price, they cook great eggs on toast with jam etc, and they also cook a selection of traditional Myanmar breakfasts which they insist you try. Our two friends stayed in the hotel opposite and one afternoon, our hotel staff happily let all four of us all in to have some drinks and play cards on the roof - they set up tables and chairs especially! The hotel itself is set in an ideal location amongst the part of Bagan you want to be in, it has a range of restaurants opposite, I would certainly recommend this hotel to anybody! A real find in an amazing town!
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Date of stay: November 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KelvinHuang wrote a review Feb 2015
Singapore, null, Singapore
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in Saw Nyein San Guest House for the two nights I was in Bagan, and the level of care and hospitality I received is honestly quite unparalleled in Southeast Asia.

I arrived in Nyaung U at an ungodly hour by the night bus and was picked up promptly by a driver from the guesthouse -- a huge plus since it saved me the hassle of trying to negotiate for a taxi driver in my restless, decaffeinated state. Over the next few days, Shwe Zin, the perpetually cheerful owner of the guesthouse, went the extra mile to ensure that my requests were accommodated; not only did she help me out with the bus ticket to Mandalay as well as the e-bike rental, she also arranged for two sunrise excursions upon my request! (Ask her for recommendations too; the restaurants she suggested were truly top-notch.)

The room I stayed in was basic, but definitely clean and well-maintained. The amenities (i.e. air-conditioning and hot water) were all fully operational, and it was nice to return to a tidied room and a hot shower after a long, tiring day of temple-hopping. The wifi at the property was pretty reliable too; I managed to upload a few pictures to Instagram! The breakfast was also pretty solid fare -- there was a good range of options from local fare (be sure to try the sublime rice salads!) and Western-style comfort food. The staff were friendly and conversational without being intrusive, and made sure I was well-fed before heading out. I'd like to commend Thidar in particular, who never failed to greet the guests with a big, gregarious smile every morning at breakfast!

The guesthouse also provides one free bottle of water per day as well as a free map, and Shwe Zin provided a very useful outline for my day's itinerary; the sunrise and sunset spots she suggested were truly phenomenal and not over-touristed. My fondest memory of the property, however, is the level of care I received from the kind owners of the place. After exhausting my e-bike battery completely on both days (which was entirely my doing as the bike was fully charged; I cycled to the farflung villages of Minnanthu and Myinkaba on both instances), Shwe Zin hospitably arranged to pick me up at the spot I was stranded at. I also sustained a few cuts from the first day, which Shwe Zin treated with thanaka and a family remedy. (It worked -- thank you!)

I really cannot overstate the level of hospitality I received at this guesthouse. Do make reservations in advance, for the guesthouse is a small, family-run property! The manager (Kolwinmin Zee) was prompt and efficient in his replies. Thank you for accommodating this (occasionally troublesome) traveller -- I'll be sure to head back the next time I'm in Bagan. :)
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Moe Myint Han wrote a review Apr 2019
Singapore, Singapore
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was only stayed for 2D1N and have some
miscommunication on pick up. nonetheless it was nice stay. Kind of like home actually. The room is clean and bed is comfy. The breakfast is good and rent their e-scooter for going around bagan. Nice chat with family and even bring me to tea shop and chat with like we are families. They have updated their ph no I have uploaded as well.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Joel Wong wrote a review Feb 2017
Singapore, Singapore
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This guesthouse deserves the best of reviews. The rooms are simple and basic, but the service was exceptional. Saw Nyein San is run by very friendly staff who will go out of their way to make your Bagan visit a fulfilling one. Advice, maps, and directions are always readily given. They can also help to arrange for horse cart, e-bike rentals, and other services. The staff are super experienced and know every pagoda in Bagan well, even the obscure ones. Ask them for recommendations on pagodas to see the sunrise and sunset if you wish to avoid the tourist crowds.

Breakfasts in the morning were always good and more than enough. You can choose between local Burmese food or the typical toast and eggs. With the main dish comes a plate of fruit, a bowl of soup, watermelon juice, and drink of your choice. From the rooftop during breakfast, you may also catch a view of the hot air balloons if you're early enough.

The guesthouse is located in Nyaung U, which is where all the backpacker places are located. Old Bagan is easily accessible by e-bike, horse cart, or taxi. I would highly recommend renting the e-bikes for flexibility and speed. You do not need a license to ride them, and you don't have to worry about the charge/distance, as SNS guesthouse will take care of any emergencies (Including fetching you and the bike back if you get stuck somewhere on empty).
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Date of stay: February 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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a2012 wrote a review Jun 2015
Gosford, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff of Nyein San Guest House made our stay unforgettable. The manager, Shwe Zin, went above and beyond all expectations. She recommended quiet temples for sunrise & sunset. After organising electric bikes for our group of 4, the staff came out to help us when we punctured a tyre & ran out of battery (apparently a common occurrence). She helped me tie my traditional longyi skirt & applied thanaka to my face to protect my skin from the harsh Bagan sun. Our rooms were cleaned better that I do in my own home- even my toiletries were neatly arranged. When the staff noticed we had laundry hanging in the room, they moved it into the sun to dry quicker.
The complimentary breakfast is served on the rooftop, so you have an excellent view of the street. Shwe Zin even arranged for us to have a special Indian breakfast on our last morning.
The rooms themselves are clean, comfortable and quiet, and are good value for such a popular town. We didn't have a booking, and we were able to check in at 7am (one of the perks of low season).
I would highly recommend staying at Saw Nyein San Guest House!
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Date of stay: June 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The rooms at the back have less street noise.
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Lois B wrote a review Feb 2015
Victoria, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Truly, the positive adjectives I have for Saw Nyein San are endless ... welcome, accommodating, helpful, comforting. While the room was small and basic, it was clean and worked for us. Each morning, we looked forward to our rooftop breakfast (sometimes with hot air balloons floating in the distance.) The owners took pride in the quality of food they provided and we especially appreciated the traditional food and the fact they were willing to make some accomodations for vegetarians! The sisters who run the guesthouse helped ensure we were comfortable on the rented ebikes, arranged our boat transportation to Mandalay, booked a wonderful hotel in Mandalay for us and most importantly, the staff treated us with generosity and kindness.
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Date of stay: February 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Miquel Angel wrote a review Dec 2014
Brussels, Belgium
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The first time i was in Bagan I stayed at May Kha Lar. I was using the Lonely Planet suggestions, aso for the second time i went straight to there. The first time, I was travelling alone and i got a double room for an expensive price, but since the room was sufficiently clean I accepted, but when I came back with a friend, they wanted to charge double price for the same room i stayed the first time (that was already for two people). Was law season, so we expected to find other places, and right in front of May Kha Lar we found Saw Nyein San Guest House. Super competitive price, the owner was super nice, the room super clean with private bathroom...Definitively, don't follow the Lonely Planet recomendation and dont be afraid of discovering the new places that are appearing in Bagan.
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Date of stay: May 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: One of the best Hotels in Myanmar so far.
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coboston asked a question Jan 2016
Boston592 contributions135 helpful votes
How did you manage to contact or book your stay? Thank you.
Answer from D S
50 contributions23 helpful votes
I managed to find them through a Korean blog and then emailed. They replied pretty quickly and confirmed our stay. sawnyeinsan gmail com / 061 60651 The blog is called six months of freedom
Answer from HOWARD_AREZA
Quezon City, Philippines1 contribution
JJ Express or Joyous Journey Express bus is also an option but much more expensive.
Answer from thet naung w
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
You can contact Gmail of sawnyeinsan
Mindy C wrote a tip Jan 2018
Taipei, Taiwan112 contributions56 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"i found the clothes rack in deluxe double room was very useful if you like to wash your own clothes every day like me."
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FrancineH3 wrote a tip Sept 2017
Penang Island, Malaysia42 contributions21 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms on the higher floor has better daylighting"
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Rak35h wrote a tip Jul 2017
London, United Kingdom37 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"My room didnt have a view not sure about others ( Mind you I did have a budget room)"
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Andrew D wrote a tip May 2017
Cebu City, Philippines45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wifi is spotty and slow, but still good enough. This is true for all of Bagan, I was told."
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Anjali2 wrote a tip May 2017
Vancouver, CANADA56 contributions136 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms on top floors are quiet"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Saw Nyein San Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Saw Nyein San Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Shwezigon Paya (0.7 miles), Nyaung U Market (0.3 miles), and Myanmar Gems and Jewelry Shop (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Saw Nyein San Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Saw Nyein San Guest House?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Saw Nyein San Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Saw Nyein San Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include TS Bagan Restaurant, Sanon Restaurant, and Bibo.
Does Saw Nyein San Guest House have airport transportation?
Yes, Saw Nyein San Guest House offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Saw Nyein San Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bagan Temples (3.5 miles), Shwesandaw Pagoda (3.5 miles), and Htilominlo Pahto (2.2 miles).
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