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“Beautifully designed budget huts, right on the beach”
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Shwe Hin Tha Hotel
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We stayed in one of the larger rooms on our first night, and decided it was too spacious, then moved to a smaller hut, which was a bit cheaper. The concrete villas and huts are very well designed, with comfortable beds, and the location just can't be beat. The only thing was, the electricity is turned off from 6 am to 6 pm, and I noticed this was the case in most of the Myanmar hotels and guesthouses during low season. It wasn't a big deal though. We had all of our meals at the hotel restaurant, and the food was decent, service a little slow, but overall, okay. The included breakfast was a little small, but, then again, I eat like it's going out of style.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

I was staying at this resort a few times for night as I had to do business in this area. So far, every time I visited was during rainy season. Therefore I was one of very few guests there. Actually, this is one of very few hotels open during rainy season.

As the business is very low it appears that most of the staff is sent on leave. The remaining ones do their job but not highly active.

What I liked:

1. The location at the lonely beach.
2. A place with nice and romantic sunsets.
3. The bungalows which give more privacy than hotel rooms.

What did not impress me:

1. The bit unmaintained bathroom.
2. On none of my stays I had electricity in the morning. Presuming that they would switch off the power at 7 a.m. (like other hotels there do) I got up at 6 a.m. but still no electricity.
3. No warm water in the shower (on ALL my stays I had to take a cold shower).
4. Cheap bathroom amenities and towels with stains.
5. Simple breakfast (toast & egg, no choice or buffet).
6. Breakfast only until 9 a.m. (excuse me, this is a vacation hotel: some guests might want sleep a bit longer!).

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Schaible
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We had a nice bungalow for 25 dollars a night. The bed was huge and comfy and the mosquito net very nice. The bathroom was ok, but dint have mosquito screens, so they all came in at night. We loved the outside shower, so we could rinse all the sand off before entering the bungalow. Each bungalow has also a small terrace to sit on and to enjoy the free tea. The beach is right is front of you and very clean (we saw them collecting garbage one day). The only con was that the electricity worked only from 6 to 6, so you couldnt really sleep in as the fan turned off at 6 in the morning.

The breakfast is good (great pancake) and served in their restaurant. We also ate there a couple of times as the prices are quite resonable. Always stayed with the vegetarian options not to get any problems. Had problems with one of their soups though, not recommended!

Other than that we enjoyed the great location, the friendly staff and their book exchange! Perfect holiday!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Hamburgunterwegs
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Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

Nice bungalow great location kind staff, close to lovers island, quiet, wonderful sunset... Bungalow with fan are good value for the price. Then go to eat and rent a scoot the next door by the locals. Ngwe saung beach is so so nice

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed 3 nights in Dec.2012. Two nights in a bamboo bungalow and the last night in a stone bungalow. The stone bungalows are in the front row facing Ngwe Saung beach and have a/c. We actually preferred the bamboo bungalows with the fan only. They just seemed more romantic. All have mosquito nets over the beds. Three nights was not nearly enough time. We wished we had booked 3 weeks or more. The staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was included at the beach front restrauant which also served good fresh seafood. The beach seems to go on forever and the sand is like fine powder. The sea is clear and warm, making for good swimming. Also, the sunsets here are just breathtaking. As with many areas of Myanmar the electrical power is turned off from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am each day, but this really was not a problem. It is well worth the 6 hour drive on a winding mountain road from Yangon to arrive at this wonderful place.

Room Tip: Reserve far in advance, as there are a limited number of bungalows and then confirm your reservation...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We stayed in beach bungalow #4 at Shwe Hin Tha in December 2012. We booked in advance (by email) to stay in one of the chalets but ended up choosing to stay in one of the bungalows instead. The bungalows are great, with an en suite bathroom with shower (cold water only) and a huge, luxurious bed (mozzie net provided).

The location is brilliant - a 10-minute walk to Lovers' Island and a 40-minute stroll along the beach to the town.

The restaurant is super, with a beachfront location and delicious (inclusive) breakfast (recommend the banana pancake!).

But I think the very best thing about Shwe Hin Tha is the staff - friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Each day a fresh flask of tea is brought to your veranda and in the evening the rooms are sprayed with mozzie repellent and incense coils handed out.

Ngwe Saung village is amazing - we ate there every evening during our stay - and it's only 10 minutes on a moped (very easy to come by a lift home!). So don't be deterred by Shwe Hin Tha being at the Southern end of the beach.

Shwe Hin Tha is a real gem. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed 2 nights in early January at bamboo house. I made the booked myself and best way to do it is via phone by calling them (then you will have reservation), as email does not really work (same email for both beaches, there is 2 same name hotels in 2 different beaches!). Price: 20 USD a night, house no C3 (behind sea-view houses)
We arrived from Pathein with motorbike taxi, 7000Ks per person, 1.5h- one of the most wonderful drives I have ever taken. Beautiful nature, good road, fresh air :) note: we were not backpackers so we had 2 suitcases, one normal size and other hand luggage. They put those in front between their legs, so no problem. We were approached on the street and offered the possibility, far better than bus and hassle to find it etc.

Bamboo house itself was decent, for us only very dusty and dry. There was fan. Some of them had also sea-view - see my pics. Bathroom was simple, only cold water! which was not a problem, as I was afraid, the water is not really cold, as its hot outside, lukewarm.
As I understood from staff all the rooms have cold water, no hot water, despite they write this in their business cards :), it was so several years ago they told me.
Room had mosquito net-curtain above the bed- i think they have never washed it :), so we didn't use it. Every evening staff member walked around and sprayed repellant and you cld also have additional one, spiral which you burn.
Bathroom- shampoo, soap, toothpaste+brush. Towels a bit rough as toilet paper.
Electricity- 5:30 pm-6:30am

Sea side house- with AC.

Wherever you stayed beach was just few meters, wonderful. Sunbeds (wooden), no separate beach towels. Lovers island -close walk. Quiet beach, few people, i guess its due to the small hotel as well.

Food was tasty in the hotel restaurant, by the beach, open all day long. Example dinner for 2, no alco- 13 600 Ks, lunch 5200Ks.
Breakfast: juice, coffee/tea, banana (fruit) and then you can choose one: egg dish/pancake/Myanmar bfast.

Close by is Emerald Sea resort- more sophisticated place with pool etc. We had dinner there for 2: 16 000 Ks (starter, fish, crab, non-a drinks, 1 beer)

Whenever you need a transport reception will organize it quickly, no problem at all. Example you like to go to the village or similar.

Bus back to Yangoon 7:15 am, was 10 000 Ks per person, 6h (with lot of stops, even if they call it direct bus it will hv stops and longest one is in one food court where is toilet as well). Ticket bought at the reception, very easy.

In overall wonderful beach, recommend! close to Yangoon, quiet, clean, relaxing. I would prefer sea side house/room but none was available by that time. One of the best quality-price ratio hotel we experienced in Burma (out of 7 hotels we stayed).
If you have any questions, dont hesitate to write!

Room Tip: bamboo is original, but dry and dusty, fan. very simple bathroom Sea side newer and with AC (didn...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Ngwe Saung, Myanmar
Location: Myanmar > Ayeyarwady Region > Ngwe Saung
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Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Ngwe Saung
Price Range: $44 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

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