Bago is one of the cities with greatest accommodation options in Myanmar. No wonder, having in mind its geographical position, near the country’s biggest and most important city Yangon, and the fact that Bago was also the capital of the country, and a very important sea port. In recent years, the most modern highway in this part of Southeast Asia was also built to pass through this city, making it a very transit place, which, naturally, lead to infrastructural development.
We tried to mark off some of the best ones, paying special attention to their price/quality ratio. All prices are subject to changes and given for a period of middle of June, for an over-night stay. Anyone deciding to visit Bago ought to inquire about prices before going to Bago, these are approximate values.
Hotels and Resorts in and around Bago
Kanbawza Hinthar Hotel – this 3-star hotel is known for having a terrace with great view over its landscaped garden. It is also known for having very good service and free private on-site parking for its guests, a great amenity for a crowded city, as Bago can prove to be. It is located at Bahtoo Road, just outside the city, and has 27 rooms, all with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms include a seating area. Prices seem very affordable too; a one-night stay at the season peak costs around $40.
Famous Hotel- another 3-star hotel with its own private parking. This 20-room hotel also features a restaurant and free Wi-Fi. What is especially attractive and desirable during the almost unbearable heats in Myanmar, is its outdoor swimming pool. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom, which is equipped with a bathtub. The prices start at $50. The hotel is located near the Yangon junction.
Oak Thar Kyaw Hotel- this 3-star, 26-room hotel is specific for its garden, as well as being composed of bungalows, which are made of oak tree. It also has a restaurant and free Wi-Fi, which is not something all accommodations in Myanmar can brag having. Prices for a one-night stay at this hotel located on Yangon- Bago Road start at $40.
Amara Gold Hotel- located at Mahar Bangola Street, this hotel is certainly worth more than its one star. Each room has a private bathroom, equipped with showers, and free Wi-Fi, while the bigger ones also feature a seating area. Very interesting and useful amenity of this hotel is the free bike use offered to its guests. Definitely something rarely seen and very useful in a city such as Bago, which is not too big, but can have a crowded traffic at times. The hotel has 20 rooms which can be booked for as low as $25 per night.
Han Thar Gardens Resort- this 16-room resort is located on Yangon-Mandalay Road, in Bulleinn Tar Zone Village, around 13 kilometers from downtown Bago. Besides the usual amenities, such as Wi-Fi, the resort also offers to its guests a golf court, outdoor swimming pool, private parking, bike rental, room service, as well as picnics, a bar, and a souvenir shop. Of course, the gardens by which it gets the name are beautifully landscaped and very relaxing to spend time in. All this comes with a price, which might be considered pretty high compared to other local accommodation, but it could be expected; a one-night stay costs around $95.
Sittoung Resort and Restaurant- perfect accommodation for the less demanding travelers who prefer spending their vacation in nature. The resort is located on the Yangon-Mawlamyine Highway, in Sittoung Village, right at the foothill of the famous Kyaikhtiyo Mountain, around 27 kilometers from the center of Bago. It has 8 rooms with LCD TV in each of them and a restaurant within its property. The garden is pretty spacious and relaxing. One night here costs around $30.
Bago Star Hotel- located at Kyaikpun Pagoda Road, this 3-star hotel offers a free parking, Wi-Fi, and bathroom with shower in each of its 32 rooms/bungalows. It also has ever-import air-conditioning, spacious garden, and even an outdoor swimming pool.
Jade Garden Hotel- located at Bogyoke Aung San Road, this is 29-room hotel. It has all the amenities necessary for a pleasant vacation, including free Wi-Fi, and each room has its own bathroom, air-condition and flat-screen TV. The hotel also offers bikes for hire. It costs from $35 and up for a one-night stay in this hotel.
Shwe Pyi Resort Bago- another resort, which is located just outside the city of Bago, about 16 kilometers from the city center, on Yangon-Bago Highway. The surroundings, to avoid saying gardens, of this resort, are simply beautiful. Lush greenery is complemented by a golf course, a small fenced lake with swan figures, and an outdoor restaurant. Wooden bridges are also constructed to give its guests an opportunity to enjoy strolls over the small lake. Each of its 21 rooms and suites provide guests with air conditioning, a seating area and a flat-screen cable TV. There is also a safety deposit box, a minibar and an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, the en suite bathroom comes with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Carved animal figures made of wood and an outdoor covered bar are also featured within the resort. The price is a bit higher than average for this part of the country, but this is not surprising bearing in mind its scenery and all the amenities its guests can count on; the price starts at $140.
These are pretty much all accommodation options in Bago and most of those around the city. There are some motels and hotels in the surroundings, but not less than 60 kilometers away, so those listed should be considered as the ones available. Ones again, it is very important to book accommodation before heading to Bago, since most of the hotels and resorts are sold out before the peak of the season.