Pine Hill, Kalaw Myanmar, Kalaw
A simple, good quality hotel in the hills surrounding Kalaw with mock-Tudor décor and nice open spaces. The 32 rooms are split into two categories, superior and deluxe, and whilst all simply furnished with basic facilities, they are clean and comfortable with a pleasant local feel. Bathrooms are spacious with standard fittings and amenities. Dinner taken outside on the lawn is a lovely treat and perfect for watching the sun dip below the foothills and countryside. The whole hotel has a laid-back atmosphere that fits well with lovely, lazy hill station town and is one of the best options in town for a great base to explore the mountains around Kalaw or simply for a stopover.
Comfort - This is our lead in category. There will generally be a no frills approach and while some will be characterful, some will do exactly what it says on the tin - provide a clean, comfortable and good value place to spend the night. These places are normally 3* hotels.
Our Pandaw river cruise was excellent in every way and we had a memorable holiday. Our guide Terry made the trip for us. I couldn't recommend Pandaw more highly, it's been perfect in every way. Loved the informality of it all and the evening cocktails were delicious. Trips ashore clambering up the banks of the Irrawaddy into little villages were quite delightful and locals were fascinated by us. Excellent mixed itinerary organised by our guide which took in all aspects of life!