From the moment we arrived, we knew we had found a really gem! We first tried Mr. Charles based on recommendations but they were full, then we walked to another guesthouse called Lily but were not impressed with the quality of the rooms for the $25 USD he was asking. It was then we tried Lily The Home and even though we hadn't made a reservation, were tired and dirty, Lily came up to us and gave us a hug and said welcome! Wow. We've been all over Asia over the last 10 months and have never had a guesthouse owner hug us! Thankfully they had a room for us which ended up being fantastic value at $18 USD per night (share bathroom) as the rooms were spotless, roomy, and fresh towels/soaps/etc. were left on the bed every morning. The bathrooms were equally spotless and had the nicest shower (cleanliness/pressure/temperature combo) perhaps in all of SE Asia, but certainly in Myanmar. We booked our trek through Lily (2 day/1Night) and loved it. Our guide was Mitch Michael and we highly highly recommend him if you have any option in guides as he is very friendly, speaks perfect english and can speak almost every dialect of Shan and Paulong.
Also to note, the Wifi, although slow, worked in the rooms which was nice. The breakfast was of good value. The staff here have all been trained very well by Lily as they are all friendly and attentive to every single guest here.
I would highly recommend this place and am glad we ended up here and not Mr. Charles at the end of the day. Because of the size of this place, the atmosphere, and the staff it has a more close knit feeling and the treks arranged from here will also be more intimate. There were only two other people on our trek during the high season.
The only minor issue that they could fix to make this place even better is to put some more insulation/sound proofing between the share rooms because if you have a snorer next door, you'll probably hear him/her!
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