Our review of the Ocean Pearl Inn in Yangon Myanmar.
Name: Ocean Pearl Inn, Yangon, Myanmar
Date of Stay: 13th November – 17th November, 2013 -4 nights
Booked through: Direct
Why we went there?
As part of our RTW adventure we wanted to experience Myanmar before it became too commercial and we planned to be there for one month. Yangon was our point of entry as we flew Air Asia from Bangkok.
Why we chose it?
For South East Asia we use www.travelfish.org as our resource for accommodation, restaurants, transport and things to do and see. Travelfish provided a good recommendation for Hostel Ocean Pearl as well as Trip Advisor. A double room with ensuite was within our budget and they provided breakfast and free Wi-Fi. The hotel was centrally located. If you flew Air Asia they provided a free one way transfer from the airport.
What was it like?
Our one way transfer from the airport was waiting for us when we arrived. It took about a 40 minute drive into the city centre and to the Hostel. The Hostel is situated in a terraced original building nestled between shops and restaurants in a lovely busy street that is a short walk to the river. The accommodation is a basic double room, with air conditioning, television. The room was cleaned daily and clean sheets provided. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable and available to help with onward bookings. Breakfast was a simple affair of eggs, toast and either tea or coffee. The room we had was on the top floor and with big bags was a bit of a challenge, that being said it was quieter and more private and the room had a full window that allowed the breeze and to come in. There were a number of common areas where fellow travelers could exchange ideas and also chill out.
What was around it?
There are restaurants around the hotel, banks, ATM’s at the end of the street, small mini markets scattered around the area and taxis available at the front of the hotel. We enjoyed eating at 19th Street where there were many bars and restaurants. Yangon has several Pagodas to visit and the Sule Pagoda was within walking distance. We walked everywhere however the train station is a short taxi ride away.
Travellers Tip: Spend a fun 3 hour on the Circular Train for US1 viewing the local countryside and the locals going about their business.
Would we return?
Yes, we would because of the price and the location.
Cost? USD30/AUD32 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
The Wifi worked better downstairs in the breakfast area or in the reception.
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