Hsipaw is a small town that is growing rapidly due to heavy traffic of goods between China and Myanmar, as it is on the main road. Ffor tourists the main reason to come is for hiking in the Shan villages. Mr. Charles was the first who opened a backpacker accommodation, and like any good Chinese, turned it into a small inn. It has rooms for $5 with shared bathroom, in a "luxury" townhouse, where the rooms have A/C and TV. Organized boat trips to visit a monastery and a Shan village, besides going through orchards full of pineapples, oranges and lemons. It also organizes 1 or 2 day hikes, which was the option I chose, to Shan villages. I highly recommend it.
I didn't stay here because it exceeds the budget of a backpacker, but I had a coffee in its wonderful garden terrace with a couple of locals that I met in the temples who were staying there and who said that the place was nice, but who didn't known the price per night because their package was an all inclusive for Myanmar. It's next to the gateway to Old Bagan, meaning that its the perfect location for visiting the temples.
I chose the Ocean Pearl Inn hotel because of their free airport transportation, and because for a single room with a private bathroom and breakfast included it was only $ 13. Not bad. The atmosphere was good too. At the front desk people are very friendly and speak English, so you can help with topics like buying bus ticket or plane, or the foreign exchange black market
The Royal GH is the best option for backpackers in Mandalay, with a good atmosphere where travelers share information. The problem is that it is so popular because it is recommended on Lonely Planet, so you u have to book several days in advance. The room rate ranges from $ 5 for a Single with shared bathroom, 9 for an ensuite.
The Remember Inn is in a quiet area, close to the main street of Nyaung Shwe, where the bustle of restaurants, cafes, travel agencies and tourist bike hire is. The hotel has two types of accommodation, huge rooms with private baths for $8 and bungalows outside which are a bit more expensive. The owner speaks very good English and is a very lively person. One of the best things is that the breakfast is taken on the roof of the fourth floor, where you are surrounded by mountains, and a western breakfast is served or you can ask for a Burmese breakfast with noodle soup
The Winner Guest House is a pretty minimal 6-bedroom guest house, all of the rooms come with shared bathroom. This place is basic but clean and economical, all for $ 5 including breakfast. The best thing is the family that runs it is super friendly, always attentive and willing to help with whatever. I had a bike accident could be severe and fussed to see how I was. GH also recommend this because it is much closer to the temples to the people Nyaung Oo, saving you considerable time and fatigue on bike in repeated visits to the temples.
Although it cost me a little to book from Mandalay and I warned that would arrive on the bus at 2am when I arrived, it was freezing cold in the street because kalaw is 1,500 meters above sea level, the hotel owner told me that there was a mix up and they were full. I looked at her and said if she wanted me to sleep on the street, and then I got a room in the old hotel for $ 5, the next day did nothing more than apologize and you gave me a bigger room with private bath for $ 8 . The owner knows several trekking guides so it is a good place for fellow travelers and the price can be spread between more people
It's a little difficult to find the White House, due to the lush vegetation that hides the entrance. Once inside, you might feel a bit put off by the owners' lack of friendliness, but the hotel is very interesting. Both the rooms and the public areas are very clean and well-designed, with white stone. They boast that their breakfast is the best in all Yongon, and it really is rich and varied, including the jam menu. The terrace on the top floor has a magnificent view of the Shwedagon pagoda in the background. The price for one person is between 6 and 8 dollars.