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“Average Guesthouse with a great staff” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of May Guesthouse Inle lake

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May Guesthouse Inle lake
Ranked #20 of 49 Nyaung Shwe B&B and Inns
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Chicago, Illinois
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Average Guesthouse with a great staff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

Decent location, it was about block off the main road so a lot less street noise. Room price includes bottled water, breakfast, and wifi.

We had arrived to the GH at 6am from our overnight bus from Yangon. Luckily they let us have the room early so we can nap. It's a 8000 Ks for a taxi to the village from the bus stop or 1000 Ks pp on a tuk tuk.

We were in a triple room with three twin beds. They do not have any double beds, all rooms have twin beds. There is no AirCon, but there is a fan. During our stay the nights were pretty cool, so we didn't miss it. Rooms are made up and towels replace everyday.

All rooms have an ensuite, however it is literally a water closet. There is no separate shower area, so when you shower everything will get wet (so remember to take out the toilet tissue before you shower.). The cold water pressure was a little wonky. It would pulse with and without pressure, so a warm shower would become a scalding shower for a few seconds when the cold pressure would decrease. Towels are provided for your convenience.

As in most GH in Myanmar, the walls are very thin. You can almost make out the conversations next door if you listen hard enough, as well some bathroom activities.

Breakfast was held in a lovely outdoor garden area. Breakfast is basic. Eggs your way, toast, and bananas, and coffee/tea. Coffee was not good. They do offer a to go breakfast if you are checking out early or going on a early tour (we did a boat tour before 7am). It consist of two hard boiled eggs, toast, and bananas. It is prepared the night before. If you take the overnight bus and arrive that morning. They will offer you the breakfast but they will charge you 1500 Ks pp.

Wifi is available and can be accessed throughout the guesthouse (reception, rooms, and breakfast). Reliable but speed is slow (this is the case throughout Myanmar).

Laundry service is available at a good price. If you give the laundry to them before 8:30 am it will be returned the same day. Our was finished around 6:30pm.

They will also help you book a boat tour. The boat is 18000 Ks for the basic boat tour. We were able to find someone else to help split the cost of the boat. The boat tour was fun and you're on the lake all day 7:00 to 5ish. They say "No Shopping", but the boat driver will bring to "workshops". We visited a silk, blacksmith, silversmith, wood carving, umbrella making, and cigar "workshop." Our driver didn't speak English well enough to give us any real insight of the lake and culture. Any questions we had, we would ask someone at one of the workshops and they would help us. The boat driver did take us around some of the traditional fisherman so we can get a nice picture. One of them posed for us, however they came up to the boating wanting a tip for the pose and photo.

Also they can help arrange buses and/or to various cities. We had them book our bus to Mandalay. It 16000 Ks pp for a VIP overnight bus with pick up from the GH.

Bike rentals are also available at the GH. They are 1500 Ks for the day.

The staff was so helpful and friendly. We found that that only two spoke English very well. The owner and his nephew. They both knew a lot about the area and help answer any questions. They had a prepared map of the area with their recommendations for things to do and places to eat. also had a hand drawn bike map as an all day activity to do stops at place like a hot springs, other villages, and winery to name a few.

Sign say the gate closes at 10:30pm, but there is a member of the staff that sleeps in the reception room so that you can be let in after 10:30pm. However, you'll most likely find yourself back before that anyway.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

I had an overall great experience here. I arrived after a brutal 14 hour night bus, and they gave me my room shortly after breakfast. My room was spacious, clean, and had an attached bathroom. The staff was very friendly and helpful - they booked my plane tickets and guesthouses for my next two stops. They even clean up your room every day. Only gripe is that the walls are very thin, so you can hear what your neighbors are up to. Nothing some earplugs couldn't fix.

The location is fine. A bit east of town center, but it's a very short walk. The breakfast here was good too. I went for the pancake, but I was still hungry so they gave me some eggs as well. Breakfast is served in a charming outside patio.

This is easily the best place I've stayed at in Myanmar. Definitely recommend.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Basic accommodation in the town of Nyaungshwe - the staff were extremely helpful and polite. Breakfast in the open air restaurant was served quickly and efficiently. Within easy reach of all of the main tourist attractions and a short walk from the canal leading onto Inle Lake itself,
Cheap, cheerful, safe and very welcoming !

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank denisegj
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

Loved this guesthouse. staff were very friendly. Rooms were clean. They give an excellent map of area with cycle trails on it. Hiring one of their bikes are spending the day going around the lake was great fun. Breakfast included is good to get the morning going. Would stay again in a flash

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

Stayed here 3 nights in Sept. 2013. The room was spacious, very clean, and comfortable. The staff were extremely helpful with whatever we needed. Breakfast was better than most: egg how you wanted it cooked, 4 pieces of toast, fruit, and tea/coffee. One minute walk from main road and Golden Kite. The only thing I can mention which is why I didn't give it an excellent was that the walls are very thin so you can easily hear the people talking in the room next to you. Also, they told us none of the rooms have double beds, which I thought was strange. Other than that a great stay!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Frankfurt, Germany
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

We arrived very early in the morning and they gave us our room already without any additional charge. The staff were very friendly and organized. They offered us a boat trip, had bikes to rent and organized our taxi back to the airport. Breakfast is included and they serve it in a nice garden environment, top-notch!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank hansjoachim88
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Sydney
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164 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

We arrived early in the morning without a booking and were provided with a triple room, as we needed for 3 adults. We were thankful to be able to check in early after a sleepless overnight bus ride.
The room was basic with 3 single beds and an attached bath. The hot water pressure was inconsistent but was okay. The room was comfortable. The walls are thin and it is easy to hear the neighbors. Rates were not negotiable.
Breakfast was simple but decent: egg, toast, banana and tea/coffee. It is served in a nice garden area.
Location is good, but Nyaungshwe is small, so it is easy to get around.
The staff was friendly and helpful. You can book most things at reception; however we found a much cheaper all day boat tour than what they had on offer.
May GH was a pleasant stay in Inle Lake area.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank suttonase
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Property: May Guesthouse Inle lake
Address: 85 Myawaddy Road, Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Shan State > Nyaung Shwe
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Ranked #20 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Nyaung Shwe
Number of rooms: 4
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