It wasn’t until 11pm that we managed to get off the long, cold riverboat upstream. Most of us were wearing many layers, daunted by the unexpected cold. Local touts were climbing across the other docked boats to grab us before we had even made it to the shore. One grabbed spoke to two of us, trying to get us to his guest house for $10 per night and $5 for the ride.
Of course, in the dark none of us really knew how to arrive in the guest house area of Mrauk U immediately, though a simple look at a guidebook map would have told us. Upon arriving, the transport fee was dropped but the other news was that they only had one room left for $10. This late and a reasonable rate thrown to me, I jumped on it rather than walk the frigid town in the dark.
One thing to note about Myanmar hotels: none have heat.
So, while I had a quite comfortable bed, was surrounded by a mosquito net, and had a private bathroom, I was bundled up in several layers inside of my thin silk sleep sheet.
In the morning, I was greeted with a hot breakfast and an abundance of information from the friendly owner and his tour guide ‘brother’. Bicycle and motorbike rentals were also available. Overall, despite the extremely unexpected cold, it was a pleasant place to stay.
Lay Myoe River Resort Guest House Bed Cost:
- Double Room (Private Bathroom): 10,000 kyat/US$10