Review: Myanmar Han Hotel, Bagan, Myanmar – From $30 USD / Room

The swimming pool and bar at Myanmar Han Hotel, Bagan

A beautiful hotel with a swimming pool, poolside cocktail bar and view of a mountain-top pagoda, Myanmar Han is a really special hotel in Bagan that is truly excellent value for money. With great food (Burmese or Western) and staff who know what travellers want, it’s THE perfect place in Bagan to relax after visiting 2,200 temples!

One of the many temples of Bagan, Myanmar.
One of the many temples of Bagan.

Why does Myanmar Han make our Flashpacker List of Best Hotels?

The surroundings:

Myanmar Han Hotel is located amidst beautiful tropical surroundings about 30 minutes from the archaeological ruins of Old Bagan. The location is peaceful and relaxing and there’s a wonderful (and completely undiscovered) hike you can do to the hill-top pagoda right next to the hotel!

Don’t Miss! The hidden hilltop pagoda hike:

This relatively easy one-hour hike takes you up to the pagoda on the top of the mountain, ‘Tu Yin Taung’ for incredible views all over Bagan and the Ayerwaddy River – it’s a must do for anyone visiting Bagan!

View of Kone Daw Kyi Pagoda from the hike near Myanmar Han Hotel, Bagan.
View of Tu Yin Taung Pagoda from the hike near Myanmar Han Hotel, Bagan.

The owner, Kyi, has only recently cleared this path up the hill and the hike is currently completely unknown to tourists to Bagan! Along the way, you’ll pass by a huge ancient stone well with an intricate swastika carved into the walls, one of the many unknown archaeological treasures of the area.

The ancient stone well with it's mysterious swastika carving, Bagan, near Myanmar Han Hotel.
The ancient stone well with its mysterious swastika carving.

The facilities and amazing value for money:

This hotel leaves you wanting for nothing. Aside from the beautiful big pool, that’s a pleasant temperature all day long, the rest of the facilities are top quality.

The swimming pool by night at Myanmar Han Hotel, Bagan.
The pool is open until 9 pm for a magical evening swim under the stars.
The Hut, Poolside Bar at Myanmar Han Hotel, Bagan.
Poolside cocktail anyone? “The Hut” serves cool drinks, cocktails and fresh coconuts all day.

The rooms are top notch, with good WIFI, a fridge, AC, comfortable duvet, power shower, hairdryer, tasteful decoration and a spacious balcony overlooking either the mountain or the beautiful gardens. For the price of the hotel, Myanmar Han is truly incredible value for money!

Myanmar Han Hotel Room, Bagan.
Our lovely pool and mountain-view room at Myanmar Han – I miss it already!

The Burmese and Western food:

A stay at Myanmar Han includes a very generous and delicious breakfast of tea, coffee, juice, fried egg, hash browns, baked beans, sausage, as well as noodles, rice or pancakes and honey if you can find space! And, on special days, the traditional Myanmar breakfast – Mohinga!

Hash browns, fried egg, grilled tomatoes and watermelon - breakfast at Myanmar Han Hotel, Bagan.
Hash browns, fried egg, grilled tomatoes and watermelon – a hearty start for a day’s temple exploring!

During the rest of the day, the food, drinks and fruit juices at the restaurant are excellent, whether you fancy Burmese specialities or Western comfort food. From mutton curry (chevon) to tea leaf salad, or spaghetti bolognese (with real parmesan cheese!) – all ingredients are very good quality.

Traditional tea leaf salad, mutton curry (chevon) and rice. Lunch at Myanmar Han Hotel, Bagan.
Lunch: Traditional tea leaf salad, mutton curry (chevon), rice and green tea.

The staff and the owner:

The Yangon-born owner, Kyi, who lived in Australia for four years and therefore has perfect English, really seems to understand what travellers want. Unlike some hotel owners, Kyi is hands-on with his guests and is always available to give tips and advice about the hidden gems around the hotel.

The pagoda hike from Myanmar Han Hotel.
OverlookingTu Yin Taung Pagoda – Kyi leading us on the hike from Myanmar Han Hotel.

The staff at Myanmar Han extremely helpful, but they also know how to leave you alone whilst you’re enjoying your dinner or just chilling out by the pool. You are certainly not pestered here but you know that help is at hand whenever you need it. You can rent an e-bike (5,000 Kyat) or a bicycle (1,000 Kyat) to visit the temples. Buses and trains can be booked for you, and dirty laundry can be washed!

Insider Local Knowledge:

We were very lucky when we stayed at Myanmar Han to be told about (and personally driven to) some unique off the beaten track locations not far from the hotel. We visited two temples ‘Kyauk Gu U Min’ (a 1,000-year-old temple with an ancient library that’s located right on the banks of the awesome Ayerwaddy River) and ‘Thet Kya Mu Ni’ (a very interesting temple with a sand cave where monks meditate). Both sites were completely devoid of tourists and we would never have found them by ourselves!

Thet Kya Mu Ni Temple, Bagan.
One of the off the beaten track temples that Kyi took us to with the Ayerwaddy River in the background.

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