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About Myanmar (Burma)
Only a few years ago, shelter in Myanmar was regarded as one of the cheapest in Southeast Asia. That is no longer the case, mainly thanks to a mix of a steep rise in tourism and a shortage of new budgeted and middle-class shelters. Things are stagnating at the lower end of the spectrum, where earnings are lower and permission to house foreign nationals is still a problem, while global corporations are hurrying to construct luxurious properties.
As a result, it is hard these times to get a twin room in a guest house for less than $15 or $20 in the major tourism areas; this usually includes a common en-suite bath, although you may get an old AC system instead of a ventilator. Please be aware that there are hardly any bedrooms for aliens in Myanmar; individual bookings are between fifty and eighty per cent of the costs of a two-bedroom.
Blackouts are common in Myanmar, even in Yangon and Mandalay, and most (but not all) shelters will have a generating set to make sure ventilators and A/C systems work all evening. Do not leave devices connected during a blackout, as overvoltage may occur when the mains voltage is recovered.
It is advisable to make reservations during the high seasons (November to February) as demands exceed supplies in places such as Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake) and Nyaung U (Bagan). It' s not unusual for backpacker tourists looking for an inexpensive room and in some cases having to be satisfied with a bed mattresses on the bottom of a dining room or at the front desk.
Nearly all accommodations include breakfasts, and it's almost always not adventurous - toasts, eggs, bananas and hot coffees are the rule - but if you ask at the front desk the evening before, many places can offer a more traditional one.