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4.5
#2 of 5 guest houses in Kalaw
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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If you’re looking for a charming guest house in Kalaw, look no further than Thitaw II.

For those interested in checking out Thein Taung Pagoda Monastery (0.9 mi) while visiting Kalaw, Thitaw II is a short distance away.

Thitaw II is a charming guest house offering a desk and a seating area in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests.

Plus, guests can enjoy free breakfast, which has made this a popular choice among travellers visiting Kalaw. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

During your visit, be sure to check out a popular Kalaw burritos restaurant such as Hostel Picasso, which is a short distance from Thitaw II.

Looking for something to do in Kalaw? Shwe Oo Min Paya (1.0 mi) is a popular attraction that is within walking distance of Thitaw II.

The staff at Thitaw II looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Breakfast available
Non-smoking hotel
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Maing Lown Tawn Road Ward 3, Kalaw 11221 Myanmar
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Namaste0643 wrote a review Jan 2020
Nice, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
what a good surprise starting from the very charming and professional welcome from Mawhindra who is just a great person doing all he can to make your stay special.
even the rest of staff is amazing.
Rooms are juwt perfect bbig clean very quiet and very well located 15 mn from the center walking in the vip aera of kalaw.
definitely the place to stay
thanks
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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owy67 wrote a review Jan 2020
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Not a bad word to be said about this place. The rooms are immaculate, the breakfasts are sublime, the surroundings are peaceful and tranquil. We booked for 3 nights and ended up staying for a week. Kalaw centre is an easy 15-20 min walk.
We really didn’t want to leave, you can also book your trekking guide to Inle lake here.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tom S wrote a review May 2015
Bangkok, Thailand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Thitaw II was a perfect base for our time in Kalaw. It's set outside of the small town just at the base of a tree-covered mountain. It was clean and comfortable. The owner, Mark, is lovely to chat with and very helpful (he even drove us to the train station our last day). The breakfast is delicious and all homemade. All in all this is a must stay if you are going to Kalaw.
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Date of stay: April 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sa-chan wrote a review Jul 2020
2.0 of 5 bubbles
First of all, I want to mention that the standard room we booked didn’t seem dirty or anything. It was more or less like on the pictures.
However, the towels were simply horrible. As a person who travels a lot and has seen over 40 hotels only in Myanmar (expensive hotels as well as budget ones), I consider that it’s showing disregard to your customers when you offer towels like the ones that you can see on my picture. I’m sorry to say that but we’re not dogs to use that kind of towels that obviously need to be changed.
Despite the mention on Booking.com that the rooms have toiletries, it actually has only a peace of soap and toilet paper. No shower gel, shampoo or toothbrushes the way it is in 99% of hotels in Myanmar.
When we asked about the toothbrushes, we were told that they don’t provide them. To be fair, I have to mention that a staff member came in the evening with the toothbrushes.
As you can find it in other reviews, the area is pretty noisy. You can’t sleep because of the dogs barking a few times during the night.
The beds are pretty hard and the pillows too big and too hard for us.
We decided not to take the “great” breakfast everyone was advertising. I had some coffee (which was only bitter without much aroma) and that was it. The breakfast consists of 2 slices of banana cake, some bread with a piece of sandwich cheese on it and fried rice.
The hotel was totally empty, probably because of the Covid-19. Therefore, the atmosphere was depressing. It’s hard to describe but I was happy to leave it.

Conclusion: for 15$, you can find much better in Kalaw. You may have to add 2 or 3$ but when you think about your sleep and some minimal comfort, I think it’s better to pay a few dollars more.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Marc De Backer, Owner at Thitaw II
Responded 24 Jul 2020
Hi Sara, I am so sorry to hear your stay with us was not good and experienced a few inconvenience during your stay. As the owner as well as a regular traveler myself, I really do not like these old towels and always renew those and team was instructed regularly to be careful. But one of our team member had made a mistake and management was missed to check it. So I do understand your comment. In future time, please don’t be shy to ask for changing things are not right. Our local team is very kind and they always want to give good service to guests. We all aware the importance of good service and this is just a honest mistake, there is no intention to serve the guests as you wrote in comment. So please do ask immediate action to team in next time. Also thank you for giving us feedback on coffee, we are exploring the better coffee from local production in order to meet with our price and good service for guests. Thank you for staying with us. Your review will serve us to keep our good quality as we offer always to guests.
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Roanna1 wrote a review May 2017
Vancouver, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
First of all I will say that if you have not previously stayed at Thitaw Lay House, then Thitaw II is good value for money. The accommodation is clean and comfortable - nothing to complain about there. Breakfast is ok considering the low price. And as everyone else mentions, the banana bread is delicious.

I, however, being a previous guest of Thitaw Lay House (and a huge fan of the place as proven by my previous review of Mar 10, 2014!) unfortunately found myself somewhat disappointed this time round.

This April 2017 I decided to return to Kalaw but with more friends (group of 5). I spoke so highly of Marc and Thitaw Lay House that everyone was so excited about this part of the trip.

As we wanted to save a bit of money, Marc mentioned a 2nd new option... Thitaw II. At such a good price, we decided to book it. I did read on TripAdvisor that breakfast was not the same for the cheaper rooms, but I asked Marc about it and told him I was raving to all my friends about the breakfast, and he said it was more simple but similar.

Anyway, the breakfast was for sure more than enough food to feed anyone, but cold, and just not what we were expecting after my previous visit. For example, the menu alternates daily which decides whether you get an egg or a piece of cheese... And no pancakes - which I had bragged to all my friends about.

Understanding that we did pay much less for Thitaw II, we asked if we could pay extra for additional eggs and pancakes as a hearty breakfast was important to us. Marc reluctantly agreed to additional eggs at an extra cost, but pancakes were not allowed. We all felt quite uncomfortable as he made us feel as if this was an overwhelming request. He also told us that he wanted to keep things 'separate' - Thitaw Lay House and Thitaw II. This is really not possible as the two properties are on the same land and you will no doubt meet guests staying at both sides. This left us feeling like a lower class of people.

So... My suggestion is... Why not allow the option of an additional charge if guests would like to enjoy the breakfast buffet that the other guests get to indulge in? From what I've personally experienced and read from other reviews, breakfast is a huge highlight of staying with Marc. The cook is after all waiting in the kitchen anyway, and from what we saw, the breakfast room was not busy.

It may seem trivial, but being able to enjoy the full breakfast would have made a difference. And perhaps now we have learned that it's better to pay more and stay at Thitaw Lay House... But hey, most likely we will not be visiting Myanmar anytime soon.

Other than that, Marc's helper Mohindra was very helpful. The takeaway restaurant option is still as cheap and delicious as during my previous visit.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Noémie C wrote a review Nov 2017
3.0 of 5 bubbles
1) Rooms: for 25usd dollars its alright with a private bathroom BUT hot shower only 6.30 am to 9 pm. Dark room.

2) Noise: the pump is super noisy!! Don't hope to sleep from 6.30 am to 9 pm. Lots of dogs around.

3) Breakfast: we were coming here for the breakfast. So disappointed!! You need to be in Thitaw lay over house to have a good one. You received 2 slices of bread with a microscopic jam, 1 small banana, banana bread (too dry and not that tasty) and fried rice.

4) Hotel: the garden is quite nice (you have much much better next door for 5usd more) and the main room as well.

5) Owner: he is a business Belgian guy and you feel it. Back to Europa and forget about the smiling gentle Myanmar people. The only one who's saving this place is his helper a Myanmar guy who was such a great help!

If you are there for a couple of hours and on a budget good option otherwise avoid
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from marcdebacker, Owner at Thitaw II
Responded 31 Jan 2018
We asked Tripadvisor to remove this review (bcs not matching their guidelines) but we didn't get any reply or action from their side. This review contains wrong information on "dark room", the composition of our breakfast, the "garden next door" (?), the "5usd more" (?). Most of all, it contains insulting and completely unfunded personal "information" (fake news?!) about the owner. Our assistant-manager was very pleased with the positive comments on his professionalism but equally insulted by the colonial expression "helper" and by the statement that only he (and not his 6 other colleagues) is "saving this place". I suppose our guest is now back in her good old homeland (already forgotten "the smiling gentle Myanmar people" ? ... a quite paternalistic view on our country and citizens) but we are still trying to run the place at our best ... and this review is harming our objectives.
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bigmanron wrote a review May 2015
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 3 nights and would have liked to stay for longer. The owner is a very nice Flemish chap, and all the staff are lovely too. The room is basic, but clean, and looks cool with bare brick walls. No aircon as the climate is cooler here. Breakfast was good, they bake their own bread which was the best Id had in Asia (bread is always so bad!). They also bake their own banana loaf. They gave us maps and routes for hiking and have lots of local knowledge, and even drive our backpacks down to the train station for us. An excellent guesthouse, and a must stay if in kalaw.
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Date of stay: May 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Raphael M wrote a review May 2015
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Clean rooms, quiet place, confortable beds, very pleasant garden with option to order local food, thi thaw lay house 2 was perfect for our stay in kalaw. The breakfast is just splendid with home made bred and banana bred and more. Marc knows the region very well and can give advices on very nice trekking routes and also about the trekking agencies. This is by far our best accomodation in our 3 weeks trip in myanmar.
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Date of stay: May 2015
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MisterNiels wrote a review May 2015
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I went to Kalaw to do a trekking to Inlay Lake 3 days. Got a night bus to Kalaw and arrived at 0130. But even at two we could check in, pay 3000 per person extra and take a rest.

The owner is very friendly and helpful (and speaks dutch too ^^). The breakfast is one of the best I had in a long while in B&B's and guesthouses. Fresh made banana bread, fresh bread, egg, spagetti in a special Burmese compartment storage pot.

Beds were really comfortable, had a great sleep. Toilet and showers are very new and clean and there is hot water. The place is only a month old and the rooms are kept very clean.

Its a bit out of the city but only around a 20 min walk. But the surrounding area and garden of the place is worth it! Definitly stay here when you are in Kalaw.
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Date of stay: May 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Armanii wrote a review May 2015
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
How do I even start. We arrived a day before we we're actually booked in which the owner Marc easily accomidated for. Throughout our stay Marc continuously went well out his way to help us with what ever we needed. The rooms are the best we have stayed in through Myanmar at the cheapest price. There newly built and cleaned ever other day by choice. The breakfast I would be excited to wake up to as it was such a good breakfast.
The staff are very kinda and helpful typical of the Myanamese people.
We wanted to watch the fight of the sentry which Marc again went out his way to help us find a place to watch it as it's pay per view which would of cost about £25, we ended up watching it for free on Marc's tv.
We got a taxi from Kalaw to Inli lake were I left my phone in the taxi and thought that was the end of it as we had only one day in Inli Lake till we went back to Thailand. Again Marc pulled through by leaving it at a place where our bus stopped off on the way back as one of my friends messagesd him and asked him if he could help us.

Marc is a true gent and has a lovely place to stay with great service. Very happy that we stayed there.
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Date of stay: May 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Answer from Noémie D
1 contribution2 helpful votes
He won't pick you up, you need to take a taxi or motorcycle and because is early in the morning it will be around 2000 each
Scott H asked a question Nov 2017
12 contributions3 helpful votes
How do we contact the hotel in advance? - can't find the email. Thanks
Answer from markes1979
Tagerwilen, Switzerland232 contributions67 helpful votes
„Hotel“ Your are funny 😉
Jessie G wrote a tip Aug 2018
19 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The top floor of Thitaw 2 on the street has a nice window view."
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Ian D wrote a tip Nov 2016
Brisbane, Australia318 contributions66 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Worth the walk upstairs to see out a bit."
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jdc88 wrote a tip Jun 2016
London31 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Good Value for money and excellent service"
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176Travelbag53 wrote a tip Feb 2016
Turner Valley, Canada102 contributions55 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No wi-fi in the rooms but in the lounge/breakfast area...very good connection."
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
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