Soe Brothers Guesthouse

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Thit Sar Street, Hpa-an, Myanmar
09 497 71823

Soe Brothers Guesthouse Hpa-an Reviews

andrejav andrejav
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Soe Brothers Guest House Apr 23, 2017
Soe Brothers Guest House is a legendary guesthouse in Hpa An. I stayed in the original building that they have, but there is also a new guesthouse that they built at the entrance to the town.

Location is very central, just a block from the main square where you can catch buses passing in any direction. Market is couple blocks towards the river and the river is just behind it…

Being in business for very long time, Soe Brothers perfected the art of having all information needed for the backpacker’s crowd. They organize cheap and good tours with their extended tuk tuks, and have list of the places where you can go. Their tour to the cave temples is probably the best organized tour that I have been to. It is not that organized, just a tuk tuk driver that takes you to the entrance and shows the general direction you should go towards heheh. They also have hand sketched map of the city and their preferred places to eat.

Guest house building is in quiet bad shape. I mean, it is not horrible, just it needs serious renovation in every segment of its existence…

Small entrance and narrow staircase will take you to the reception area. You will leave your shoes at the door racks and climb a bit more to your room. There are no dorms, but all are rooms in thin wall divided spaces. I slept in very small room with very uncomfortable thin bed, but it was more than enough for a good rest in this town. They got an old fan for me, so that I can survive heat of the night. Bathrooms are an experience and they work sometimes. Nothing is uniform in this place. It is more of the mix and match pieces found on the markets and replaced with even more odd pieces… Showers are the part of the bathrooms (sometimes not) and there is no hot water. If you are missing water, then you can dip the concrete pools that hold water in few of the bathrooms. Those pools are probably left there from the past times of no water at all.

On the reception level there is some kind of living room which becomes the sleeping area for the hostel staff. They go to sleep pretty early so your TV watching time is very limited heheh. My floor had a small balcony with few odd chairs where everyone hang out till pretty late. Good crowd.

Reception is manned by one of the Soe Bros, very old man, with big smile and good English. He is fantastic character and has full respect from everyone that approaches him.

Breakfast is not included. They have a suggested place to visit, but for me it was a bit hard to communicate with people in that restaurant. They simply did not want to listen and they brought whatever they want to the table… Very strange place hahahah. I found much better place just down the street that served local rice breakfasts and other goodies.

In general Soes are good place to hang around, and town is incredible hidden gem with fantastic surrounding.
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