May Kha Lar Guest House

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Bagan, Myanmar

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May Kha Lar Guest House Bagan Reviews

Vipin Vipin
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Excellent and very friendly hostel May 16, 2010
Situated in the main backpacker area of Bagan, this is a great place to stay. The manager is very friendly, likeable and makes you feel like you have arrived home. She is also full of extremely useful advice, uses her initiative and is always keen to take that extra step or action so that it will help you on your travels. Apart from benefiting from it myself, I saw her do this with all the other travellers there. This is a rare quality indeed, and I cannot praise her excellent customer service more highly.

Apart from the great customer service, the beds are clean and comfortable. The rooms are basic but well maintained, and the bathroom is clean and nice to use as well. They have a range of different priced room to choose from, so there is something for all budgets. I opted for a room with a fan only, and this made for a comfortable stay despite the 45 degree weather! The showers have decent pressure but only have cold water - this is not a bad thing! Bagan is very hot indeed, and a cold shower is one of the nicest ways to start and begin your day in Bagan.

The breakfast is very nice - it consists of tea/coffee, a pancake, toast, a plate of fruit (usually banana and watermelon) and an egg cooked to your order. It is a lovely selection that is bought to you, and very good quality considering that this is a budget place to stay. The reception area also sells water and soft drinks which are slightly more expensive than the shops. They’re perfect if you’re desperate, but there are plenty of shops nearby if you’re after something during a reasonable time of the day.

The place isn’t crammed with tourists which is a very good thing. There are enough people to make it feel sociable, but not too many which makes for a relaxing stay. All of the staff here are very friendly and nice to deal with. More generally, all of the locals seem to know this place very well - this is great if you get lost and need directions or are after a taxi.

Without any exaggeration, this is quite possibly the best guest house in Bagan and one of the best I stayed at in South East Asia (and I stayed in quite a few places!). I cannot recommend this place more highly, would certainly stay there again and have no reservations in recommending this place to any traveller going to Bagan. Go there, you won’t be disappointed!
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