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After many years isolated from the rest of the world, Myanmar retains the aura of a bygone age and it's no different when it comes to some of the accommodation options.

From imposing teak mansions built in the colonial style, to stilted chalets above water, we look at the appeal of staying in a character property in Myanmar.

Start planning your trip to Myanmar

Start thinking about your experience. These itineraries are simply suggestions for how you could enjoy some of the same experiences as our specialists. They’re just for inspiration, because your trip will be created around your particular tastes.

Book early

Although accommodation options in Myanmar are limited, there is still a range available in most key locations, with simple facilities and functional rooms. However, if you want to stay in a character property then it's important to book at least 9 to 12 months in advance of travel, as those properties are extremely popular.

If you're travelling off the beaten track, accommodation is restricted to locally run guesthouses and hotels.

To go or not to go

There have always been conflicting views about whether tour operators should offer travel to Myanmar because of the political controversy surrounding the country under its government.

We actively try to use hotels and services that have no connection with the government, including our local partner in Myanmar, a family-run business employing over 200 staff.

Read more on our policy on Burma.

Character properties in Myanmar