Our review of the Lucky Dragon Hotel in Pyay Myanmar
Name: Lucky Dragon, Pyay, Myanmar
Address: 772 Strand Road, Sandaw Quarter, Pyay, Union of Myanmar
Date of Stay: 17th November – 21st November, 2013 4 nights
Booked through: Agoda
Why we went there?
We travelled to Pyay as a mid-way point between Yangon and Bagan; we took the early morning bus from Yangon. Many travelers decide to go direct to Bagan and miss out on Pyay. We wanted to visit two unique sights; Shwesandaw Pagoda and the Buddha images carved in rock at Achtaung Mountain.
Why we chose it?
We were looking for a Hostel or Hotel which was safe, close to the transport and the town centre that was within our budget. The Lucky Dragon had good reviews in Agoda and Tripadvisor. They had a double room with ensuite, breakfast, Wi-Fi and a swimming pool available. The Lucky Dragon Hotel was located close to the river as well as central to the town.
What was it like?
We travelled on the day bus to Pyay. The bus stop, unknown to us, was outside the town on the main road outside a small grocery shop. We nearly missed the stop. A ten minute, very dusty Tuk Tuk ride through the city and market area brought us to the hotel. The Lucky Dragon hotel consists of rooms overlooking a central garden courtyard. The staff were very welcoming and friendly during our stay, they assisted us in directions, choosing locations to visit and organized a driver for the day to visit Achtaung Mountain. The double bedroom and large bathroom was very clean and well maintained, a small balcony found us each evening having a cold beer and enjoy the surroundings. A TV and coffee and tea making facilities were also provided. Breakfast was a typical Myanmar buffet with Asian options and eggs with coffee or tea. The swimming pool was a welcome relief after a day of sightseeing.
What was around it?
Pyay is not known as a tourist town, it is very much local and this makes it particularly interesting. We arrived during one of the many moon festivals which was a celebration time for the Hindu community in Pyay, many stalls were open when we arrived selling their colorful wares. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes within walking distance. Our favorite was Grandma’s Kitchen and the riverside bar of Hlaing Ayeyar. Banks are available in town; we did not have a need for an ATM so we cannot advise on this. There are small mini markets scattered around the town centre. A night market was located in the street behind the hotel.
We visited Achtaung Mountain situated beside the Mekong River, a journey of 1.5 hours in a taxi and then a 30 minute long boat ride to reach the bottom of the mountain. We also travelled via Tuk Tuk to Srikshetra a major archaeological site 8km out of town. The Shwesandaw Pagoda is a ten minute walk from the hotel.
Would we return?
Yes. We would return because of the location and the facilities.
Cost? AUD 53 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi worked well throughout the property including the bedroom.
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