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How disappointing... (Hotel prices)

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How disappointing... (Hotel prices)

I've just done some hotel price research in Myanmar and just found out how expensive hotels have become.

I was lucky enough to go to Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake in 2005 and always wanted to go back but the new prices are just too outrageous and not worth it.

The Governor's house in Yangon for 600$/ night in November? The Savoy hotel in Yangon goes from 150$/night in September to 280$/night for the cheapest room. Traders Yangon is about 210$ night for the cheapest room.

I don't know if all of these hotels made some major renovations but I doubt that those prices are worth it.

It's going to attract people with lots of money (nothing wrong with that) but they are quickly going to realize that those rates won't reflect what you would expect at those prices.

I'm really disappointed and unfortunately, I guess I won't be going any time soon.

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1. Re: How disappointing... (Hotel prices)

Myanmar is no longer a cheap destination. Too many visitors for too few rooms equals high prices,classic supply and demand.

My personal view is it will take a couple of years before prices settle down-after the pent up demand from visitors who have Myanmar as their "must go" destination have ticked it off their list.

Once hoteliers cannot guarantee to have full occupancy in peak season prices will drop.

Your examples are for top end hotels-there are perfectly good 3/4* hotels at$150 and decent smaller ones at sub $100.

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Everything is going to be overpriced the last two years. I think many of the big travel companies were waiting for democratic reforms an now the are going, the number of tourists rises and so do the prices.

2006 I paid 20$ for my hotel in Yangon, now they ask for 88$. Hire a car with driver for a day was 30-40$, now it's 100-150$. I really would like to go again, but at the moment it's not worth the money.

Kurashiki, Japan
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I usually travel flashpacker style but this time around, even dumpy backpacker places were charging $20~$30 a night, I couldn't believe it!

The buses and local eateries were still remarkably inexpensive, but the hotels & guesthouses were ridiculously overpriced, even in the less-touristed areas...

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I don't feel disappointed, I am outraged that the hotels and guest houses in Myanmar are charging three and even four times more for their rooms compared to a year ago....and getting away with it!

One of the problems is - besides tourists, many business people are also flocking into the country for new business ventures, and they are willing to pay these exorbitant room rates.

Although I am a native of Myanmar I have lived abroad for many many years, but often go back to visit friends and relatives, and almost always stay at hotels, so this affects me a lot too. I used to tell everybody that Myanmar is one of the cheapest destinations in Asia, if not the world. Well, not anymore, and I really feel embarrassed about it

The attitude of these greedy hoteliers and guest house owners now is 'let's make hay while the sun shines,' but this current tourist stampede is not going to last forever, and when the bubble bursts, everything is going to come crashing down.

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5. Re: How disappointing... (Hotel prices)

Myanmar needs some budget Hotel chains like IBIS or Premier inn to go in. But the problem is Crony Capitalism is still strong and thriving there. Every single piece of land that is worth anything has been booked by cronies. If you want to build anything from hotel to factory, you have to buy from them @ city of London or Manhattan prices. You may also have to give them up to 50 percent free shares of whatever enterprise you have in mind to make sure they sell their land and so called planning permits to you. That's not even considering the "lubrication" you have to stuff the stomach of " authorities " , from tea lady to investment commissionaire.

Another quick solution is to lift the restrictions on where and who can accommodate foreigners. But then, bureaucrats won't cut off the hand that feed them.

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6. Re: How disappointing... (Hotel prices)

#4 I also found their attitudes very glib about the recent price increases, they'd just say "If you don't like it, you can go elsewhere". (For a dumpy $25 room with cold water shower!) I spent a fair it of time going "elsewhere".

I also spoke to a lot of locals in the tourist industry, and it is hurting them, too. Just 2 years ago, the guides & drivers were paying 2000 for their simple rooms and now they are expected to pay 4000~8000 kyat per night. For them it is a lot of money, and they also don't feel it is fair.

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I'm also going to speculate that the hotel employees are still making the same salaries while the room have doubled or tripled?

It's too bad. I really thought that we would be going back this year but not at this cost.

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8. Re: How disappointing... (Hotel prices)

Yes, the staff are not getting anything above and beyond their normal paltry wages.

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