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“A tropical paradise in the midst of the desert”

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Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
Ranked #11 of 47 Hotels in Bagan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 June 2014

I can't quite explain why, but my partner and I really loved Thiripyitsaya. We arrived mid afternoon in 43 degree heat after getting off a 20 hour train ride from Yangon. We were not sure what to expect from the hotel after travelling from Heho airport on the back of someone's truck, through very beautiful but arid terrain (we visited in May at the end of the dry season) but when we arrived we were amazed that such a lush, green, almost rainforest-like environment could exist.

The hotel is right on the Irrawaddy which means it's not really walking distance from much, but taxis are available. It was definitely worth being out on the river for us, just for the beautiful views. Sitting in the pool at sunset looking over the river, the mountains and some distant pagodas was a real sight, absolutely relaxing.

There is no denying the rooms need a bit of an upgrade. The bedroom itself was basic but quite nice with wooden beams and high ceilings and a very comfy bed. The bathroom, however, was like something from my Nan's house 20 years ago, I've never encountered a hotel bathroom that looked like that! We really didn't mind as the grounds were so beautiful, the staff were so attentive, an the overall feel of the hotel was so lovely. We could see squirrels, bright blue lizards and amazing birds from our deck and there were many tropical plants and flowers, lots to look at.

Some other reviewers have mentioned the food was of a low standard - we did not find that at all! We ate breakfast at the hotel every day and had a couple of dinners as well as some snacks by the pool. We loved everything we ate and found the prices to be very reasonable. I had a dish of Myanmar lobster and sea bass for $24.00 USD which was extremely tasty. Be warned though - they make their drinks super strong!

As we visited in low season, we paid approx. $80.00 USD per night with breakfast and taxes included. It was excellent value, we loved being there and found it a beautiful sanctuary away from the heat and dust of Old Bagan. If you are not concerned with having the fanciest room in the world, but instead want to stay somewhere with a lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, an amazing pool and breathtaking views, I would highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: If you are staying in a garden view room, ask for one up the back. Ours was lovely and quiet and lo...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

This lovely resort is in Old Bagan and slightly off the beaten path and a little further away from town- but not too far from the sites. It is a bit pricey but the peace and beauty we found here was an oasis. We rented bikes in town and we could bike off to the temples in around 10-15 minutes. The hotel will overcharge you for services like a car and bike, but it was very well worth the stay. We would absolutely recommend it!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

I was there with my family for a couple of days . The hotel is located right in the ancient archeological area facing to the river. So it is an advantage to be there to visit the site . There are around 100 rooms . 4 rooms in Mandara position on each villas . So you might expect to hear all noise from the neighbor next door to your room . They have garden view and River view but all the room size are the same with same facilities but different price . Room amenities is average and not the standard for the 4 star hotel . Hair dryer is not strong enough . The hotel is equipped with large pool , Bar , Spa and Restaurant. The food is below the standard of the 4 star .The restaurant close at 11 pm and there were no services after 11 pm even you spend 200 $ for a dinner for 2 person. There were none to serve us for the remaining wine from the bottle . One thing I appreciate is the Friendly staff . However they were a bit lost with no leadership and management .

Room Tip: Choose the room closer to the river ,ask for a river view instead of Garden View . Garden View rooms...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Stayed here for two nights and it was a pleasant stay with beautiful grounds nice swimming pool and nice accommodations. The room was nice but didn't have a dresser and with two singles the room was a bit small with lack of luggage space but with good service, good restaurant and excellent location 10 minutes walking from the sunset stupa. The wifi is more on the poor side but with everything else it compensated. Good value.

Room Tip: The sun sets across the river a river view would be recommended.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

We stayed in a deluxe river view room and it certainly had wonderful views over the gardens and towards the river. However the room itself was very simple (to be kind!). The hotel setting is very beautiful, with well tended gardens and a huge swimming pool overlooking the river. We ate in the hotel each evening (sitting outside) and found the food to be very good. If you just need a base to explore Bagan for a couple of days then I think the hotel is absolutely fine - I do tend to agree with another reviewer that this could be a stunning 5* resort if the chalets were completely replaced to a higher standard - however that would also undoubtedly make it more expensive and Burmese prices are already high!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

We had a delightful stay in a beautiful quiet setting.
The hotel was lovely and the service great.
The food eas excellent.
The swimming pool is glorious
The bed was comfortable and the room large.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

The Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is well run, the food is quite good, the pool is excellent. WiFi is poor and the resort uses way too much bug spray. Considering where we were in the world the resort was a very good value.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

Address: Bagan Archaeological Zone, Bagan, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Mandalay Region > Bagan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Bagan
#6 Spa Hotel in Bagan
#9 Romantic Hotel in Bagan
Price Range: £84 - £290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bagan Thiripyistaya Sanctuary Resort is situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy, Myanmar's river of history and legend. The Resort sprawls over 24 acres of landscaped gardens, which is home to mature tropical trees and flowering plants, as well as native birds and a number of small tame animals. Every morning our gorgeous peacocks, Myanmar's national bird, go for a walk in our garden. Oriented towards the west, the Resort revels in panoramic river views, glorious sunsets and silver moonglow, and a pervading atmosphere of profound peace, warmth and comfort. ... more   less 
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