Golden Island Cottages

Thale-u, Shan, Myanmar

This immersive hotel experience on one of Myanmar's largest lakes will have you living like a local in a simple overwater cottage built on stilts—even the welcoming public spaces and on-site restaurant serving local cuisine are suspended over the water. Run by the Pa-O minority group as a cooperative project, there are two outposts of cottages: the 25-room Thale-U branch, at the southern tip of the lake about an hour ride from the jetty; and the 52-room Nampan outpost, which is 10 miles from the jetty. Both locations have simple, charming, thatched-roofed, wicker-walled bungalows, and comfortable public spaces. Cabins are a bit rustic, but there's ample electricity, on-site dining, and even (very slow) Wi-Fi, and amenities like earplugs (to block out the boat motors) and bottled water are thoughtfully provided.

PROS

  • connection to community (it's run as a co-op)
  • reasonably priced
  • tasty food at in-house restaurants
  • warm service

CONS

  • noisy boat motors
  • Thale-U outpost is far from town

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 081-209390-Nampan | 081-209389-Thale-U

HOTEL DETAILS

52 rooms
Rate Includes: No credit cards Breakfast

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