Myanmar Hotels

Golden Island Cottages

  • Fodor's Choice


  • Connection to community (it's run as a co-op)
  • Reasonably priced
  • Tasty food at in-house restaurants
  • Warm service


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

Published 07/18/2016

Fodor's Review

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.

Hotel Information


Thale-u, Shan, Myanmar


081-209390-Nampan; 081-209389-Thale-U

Hotel Details:

  • No credit cards
  • 52 rooms
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 07/18/2016

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