Shwe Taung Tarn, Mandalay Myanmar, Mandalay
Shwe Taung Tarn is centrally located in Mandalay city and a good base for your visit. The hotel has a charming feel and features a pool in the centre of the two hotel buildings
The rooms have a simple, clean design and are an ample size to spread out. The bathrooms are modern but quite small. One building is slightly more traditional in style with each of its deluxe rooms having a private balcony overlooking the pool; rooms in the other building do not have balconies. At present you can't request or pay extra for a balcony, with tourism fairly new these sorts of quirks are quite common in Burma.
Of all the hotels in this category Shwe Taung Tarn is currently the best. It covers a good location, traditional design and the added great bonus of a pool. The service is not quite there yet, but with time this will be certainly sort itself out.
Last visited by Matt Brazier Dec 2013
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.
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My favourite [guide] was Aung in Mandalay. We only had him for one day, but he was determined to show us as much of Mandalay as possible in the time allotted, was obviously very proud of his city and country and was a pleasure to be with. He even took us to meet his uncle who was the Abbott of one of the many monasteries.