Golden Island Cottages

Room Type: Superior, Deluxe

Descripton: If you want to experience living on a lake, then this hotel is worth thinking about. It is at the southern end of Lake Inle so near all the interesting things to see. The Lake takes over an hour to get from north to south so location is important. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Rooms are basic, no aircon but the lake gets cool At night so you can sleep OK.

We stayed here for a couple of nights to wind down after an exhausting trip up the Chindwin and Irrawaddy rivers. Our room was a small cottage on stilts out on the lake; it was clean and comfortable, a mosquito net over the bed, with a bathroom. The accomodation was basic but adequate and it was different! There is no air conditioning but it is not neccessary as the nights are cool. Also, there is no TV but would you expect it here? The restaurant is really very good and we had good meals together with floor shows. To see the activities on the lake, it is essential to have a boat and a guide and, fortunately, we had both. We saw silk and lotus weaving on primitive looms, a primitive foundry, cheroot and silver factories, floating tomato gardens and a visit to a local Pa’O market. Finally we went to the Jumping Cat Monastery where the chief monk had taught the cats to jump through hoops. However, the monk had died and the cats no longer jump! The resort is owned and run by a Pa’O co-operative so our cash remains in the local economy.


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  • Golden Island Cottages, a floating hotel, is built on stilts in the middle of dreamy Inle lake. All the bungalows have scenic lake views. They are built of local bamboo and comfortably furnished to blend with the traditional atmosphere of the region. GIC offers a fine dining room and delightful entertainment, as well as easy access by small power boats to ancient archeological sites, a variety of shops and colorful markets overflowing with handmade local products.

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