Ocean Pearl Inn

215 Bo Ta Taung Pagoda Rd., Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

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    Budget Inn in Right Location

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    It is extremely hard to find the right accomodation that value for money in Yangon. First, I found Motherland Inn II, but it is away from the downtown. Then, decent guesthouses in downtown would cost between US$50 to US$100 per night. By checking the comments from the tripadvisor and recommended by one of our VT members, we finally decided to choose Ocean Pearl Inn for our stay in Yangon. It costs US$30 per night for a room with attached bath. We stayed for 3 nights.

    I booked the hotel through its website, and got the instant replied from the host. We did not make any booking deposit in advance and to reconfirm with the host 2 days before our departure date.

    The host waited us at the arrival hall, despite we almost missed the free pick-up van of the hotel. We waited for 30 minutes with other travelers for the van. Anyway, it is a free airport pick-up from Ocean Pearl Inn.

    When we arrived, we noticed that this must be one of the famous backpack hotels or budget Inns in town. The front desk was really busy serving new guests and seeing many travelers in and out the hotel. They upgraded us to a bigger room with two queen-size beds due to the full occupancy of the standard rooms. Well, we were lucky!

    We did not expect much for a US$30 room in Yangon! We were looking for clean, smell free, and a good hot shower. The Ocean Pearl Inn is not perfect, but acceptable!

    Pro:
    1) Great Location, walking distance to restaurants, shops, railway station, and downtown.
    2) Friendly staffs
    3) Comfortable beds and pillows and clean sheets.
    4) The Air-conditioning is brand new, noise free.
    5) Value for money
    6) The shower is fine with hot water.
    7) Free Airport pick-up

    Con:
    1) A minor maintenance issue
    2) Cleanliness - 1 to 5 and 5 being the best, I would rate it as 3.
    3) The T.V is useless.
    4) The room smiles odor, but not too bad.
    5) Breakfast is very basic, toast and coffee or tea.
    6) Bring your own towers!

    Overall, we enjoyed the stay in Ocean Pearl Inn. It is safe and having the local experience while staying in a local community neighborhood. The host makes us feel comfortable and provided us with information we needed.

    Check out its website for more information!

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Forum Posts

Kyats and Dollars - the exchange rate.

by AntaeusCass

I am going to Mynmar later this year. With the official rate the cost of a bus ticket Yangon to Mandalay works out at $US1600 at the official exchange rate. Is this for real or is there a better price?

Thanks a lot.

Re: Kyats and Dollars - the exchange rate.

by Stepwalk

Rob, you will find that there are anomalies the way the Kyat is quoted on official exchange rate sites which is why you have calculated the cost at $1600. However, the airfare is US$214 return and Leo Express does this bus route I believe for US$10 each way. In recent posts people have referred to the Kyat rate to US$ as US$1 = 1000 Kyats and on this site http://www.myanmar2day.com/ its stated as US$1 = 987 Kyats at 8 June 2010.

Re: Kyats and Dollars - the exchange rate.

by cafank

I've just booked Yangon, Mandalay for $87.00 flight - I think your ticket is about $16.00 now from what I could find out. Email sanay@yangonow.com for updated info - that's where I am booking through.

Re: Kyats and Dollars - the exchange rate.

by Mique

At the moment you get 997 kyats to the dollar if you have a clean. crisp $100 bill for exchange. Smaller denominations get you slightly less but they are great for paying entrance fees, hotels and all that.

Yangon to Mandalay tickets range from $16 to $25 depending on which company you go with. Some have aircon buses some haven't, in the end it doesn't matter much since often the aircon doesn't work (properly) anyway... Make sure that you don't get a middle seat (a kind of foldable chair in the passageway).

Travel Tips for Rangoon

first tip

by kyaw.tropico

Hi!
I am not a tourist but live in Myanmar and always travelling around the country so that some of my advices might help you.
( a ) It is safe to travel in Myanmar. People are very friendly to tourists.
( b ) Current situation is calm and quiet. On 10th of May, we have referendum about new constitution and people wait what is the result and .......
( c ) To obtain Myanmar visa at the airport, you must pre-arrange with a local travel agency and it will take about three weeks. You need to give particulars and photo by email and agency will arrange through different government offices. It can cost between around 50 USD more or less.
( d ) June is neither the best time nor the worst time to visit in Myanmar. It has some advantages as low tourists, green landscapes as it is rainning, cheaper accommodation. But some dis-advantages are rainning may be, some flights and boat services cancelled due to low tourists and cloudy days.
( e ) Visiting Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Lake Inle are called classic tour and must see for the first time travellers. There are plenty of places to visit around as the country is quite big. You can have many advices in forums from people.
there are many places to see colourful tribe people. ie.. Kalaw, lake Inle, Kakku, Pindaya, Kengtung, Hsipaw, Namhsan, Mrauk-U, Chin hill, Myitkyina and more as we have more than 135 tribe people all around the country. The most easiest and cheapest place is near Kalaw.
( f ) You can travel from Mandalay to Lake Inle quite easily by flight, taxi or by mini bus. It takes 7 hrs by taxi. but trekking is not possible between this two places. Train service is not very comfortable and takes more time. Need to get up early and arrive midnight mostly.
So I think this info can be helpful. Have a great travel. People from Myanmar welcome you. Late evening at Shwedagon Pagoda

Money

by ds598

The local curreny is the kyat pronounced as "chat". USD dollars is used for most big transcations like visas and airline tickets. The best place to get your kyat is around the Sule Pagoda. Someone will invariably ask if you need to exchange money.

Bread and cheese

by Mique

It is fairly difficult to get dark bread anywhere in Yangon (or in Burma for that matter). Some of the bigger hotels sell bread. I know for sure that the Sedona and the Traders do so. They both have a little shop in the entrance hall where they sell a fairly wide range of breads for about $3 a piece. They also have croissants, rolls and such things. They also have a small selection of cheese. The Sedona sels things half price after 19.00.

But my favorite place for bread and cheese is Sharky's. The owner has lived in Switserland for many years and that is where he learned his bread and cheese-making skills. He also makes excellent yoghurts (which is also sold at the city marts). It isn't the cheapest place in town but definitely worth every dollar you spend there (or the equivalent in kyats). They also have other goodies for the people who on occasion want something aside asian food or the limited choice of the western dishes in the restaurants in Yangon.

If you want to visit Sharky's, make sure you have a taxi that'll take you there and back. It is quite an out-of-the-way place and it is not easy to secure a taxi once you're there.

Sharky's now has a second outlet on Inya road just next to the Savoi hotel. Much easier to get to. And the choice is excellent. Do bring plenty of money though .....

On the other side of the Savoy Hotel (On Dhammazedi Road) Sharley's now has a very nice restaurant where they serve the best pizza in town... Sharky's
14B, Golden Valley, Bahan Township
Tel: 537 940

Open monday to saturday from 9 am to 6 pm

Sharkey's
Inya Road, almost next to the Savoi Hotel

photograph the City Hall. ...

by Krystynn

photograph the City Hall. This landmark building is located on the north-east corner of the Sule Pagoda Road and Maha Bandoola Street. It's a stately building designed by Burmese architect, U Tin in the 1920s.

Sidestreet Slumber

by ishi01

I was shocked to find someone sleeping by the side of the street - and hes NOT homeless. Apparently because it is so hot at home, they opt to sleep out side the house, and sometimes at the side of the street.

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 Ocean Pearl Inn

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Address: 215 Bo Ta Taung Pagoda Rd., Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar