Golden Island Cottages Thale-U Hotel
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8.7
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9.3
Exceptional
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Exceptional location
  • Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery2.81 km
  • Nga Hpe Chaung2.88 km
  • Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda6.02 km
  • Indein Village10.72 km
  • Hpaung Daw U Pagoda11.59 km
  • Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery13.85 km
  • Bawrithat Pagoda14.61 km
  • Lavender - SPA & Beauty Center14.78 km
  • Township Hospital15.32 km
  • Bamboo Delight Cooking School15.49 km
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Golden Island Cottages Thale-U Hotel

    Thale-U Village, Nyaung Shwe, Southern Inle Lake, Inle Lake, Myanmar - See map
    "The cottages are beautiful - thatched walls, each with their own balcony on the water, and large bathroom with bathtub."
    Joanne - February 8, 2017
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 100% of guests
    Exceptional service
    9.1 rating for service
    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Currency exchange

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Balcony/terrace

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    Review score - United States
    9.5/10
    Location score
    9.3/10
    Room comfort score
    8.9/10
    Room size
    30 sqm.
    Better than
    92
    %
    of Inle Lake properties
    Better than
    91
    %
    of Inle Lake properties
    Better than
    86
    %
    of Inle Lake properties
    Bigger than
    72
    %
    of Inle Lake properties
    Value for money8.4
    Location rating9.3
    Nearest airportHeho Airport (HEH)
    Distance to airport28.6 km

    Rooms available at Golden Island Cottages Thale-U Hotel

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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Mountain view
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      What people love about Golden Island Cottages Thale-U Hotel

      • 9.6
        Exceptional

        "Cool welcome ceremony."

        Lukas

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        December 24, 2018

      • 9.2
        Exceptional
        Location

        "The location is serene and good for photography in the dawn and evening sunset."

        wee P.

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        January 3, 2019

      • 10.0
        Exceptional
        Staff 

        "The staff were super helpfull and friendly."

        Sabina

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        November 7, 2018

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      9.2
      Exceptional

      "We stayed 2 nights at the villa facing excellent lake view."

      wee P.

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      January 3, 2019

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      10.0
      Exceptional

      "The sunrise and sunsets view were amazing."

      Sabina

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      November 7, 2018

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      Agoda Reviews (73)Booking.com Reviews (44)
      8.7
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      Cleanliness8.8
      Facilities8.0
      Location9.3
      Room comfort and quality8.9
      Service9.1
      Value for money8.4
      Rating
      9+ Exceptional (24)
      8-9 Excellent (14)
      7-8 Very Good (11)
      6-7 Good (2)
      <6 Below Expectation (2)
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      Mar - May (13)
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      Sep - Nov (8)
      Dec - Feb (20)
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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Yen from Hong Kong
      Couple
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

      One of my best stay in Myanmar!”

      It's my second time in Inle, and it's still very nice. I chose to stay around the lake for a some time and then in Naung Shwe also. Although you can totally get cheaper hotels in Naung Shwe and get day tour on a boat, staying in hotels around the lake is a completely different experience. Basically most of the hotels built around the lake, so no doubt most of them have great view. The rest comes down to travel distances, facilities, room cleanliness, staff and such. Everything here is nice, food also, but the reasons I chose this hotel are: 1. It's relatively cheaper than the other 2. (very important) It's located somewhat in the eastern part of the lake, so it's save half of the traveling time compare to the hotels in the very south. 3. (also very important) They have quite a big private water entrance, so you don't have to worry about the boat engine begin too noise and run back and forth near your room. At night I could see so many stars right above. Everything is just great!

      Reviewed August 27, 2019
      8.0
      Excellent
      Thin from Malaysia
      Group
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

      Very good”

      We were a group of 6 and enjoyed our stay at GIC. Location was far from all activities in town and it was very inconvenient if you come by car. However, we stayed at beautiful cottages with fantastic view especially sunset. Staffs are very attentive and lovely.

      Reviewed May 02, 2019
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Karen from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

      A big thank you to the staff for our stay on Inle Lake. Arrival or departure by boat. ”

      Pros: celebrated our wedding anniversary and birthday here - their kindness was outstanding - cake, singing, gift. Easy access to the lake activities. Fantastic mountain lake views. Romantic setting. Only downside would be the shower fixing, had to hand hold.

      Reviewed February 22, 2019

      Thank you very much for enjoy our service and left us your constructive comments on our property. hopeful seeing you again.

      Responded March 12, 2019
      Golden Island Cottages Thale-U Hotel
      9.2
      Exceptional
      wee from Malaysia
      Group
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

      fabulous time at heaven-like villa”

      we stayed 2 nights at the villa facing excellent lake view. The location is serene and good for photography in the dawn and evening sunset. We walked around the village behind it and people greeted you along the way. it is definitely a good choice if you want to stay away from the busy and noisy part of the lake. there is no other choices of restaurant around it but the hotel restaurant cooking is decent with reasonable price. We like the deep fry lake fish which is a popular dish recommended by the staff.

      Reviewed January 03, 2019
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Lukas from Czech Republic
      Couple
      Deluxe Bungalow
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

      One of the best places I have ever stayed ”

      Absolutely breathtaking place to please your soul. Stunning sunrises and sunsets over the lake. Bit remote but definitely worth it. Accessible only by the boat. Cool welcome ceremony. :) One of the best places I have ever stayed. Not many tourists. So enjoy it before they discover it. :) attentive staff and really good cuisine - curry was yummy.

      Reviewed December 24, 2018
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Sabina from Singapore
      Family with young children
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

      Amazing location in Inle Lake”

      Out stay was too short in Inle Lake. The hotel was just beautiful and an amazing location to explore the Inle Lake area. The sunrise and sunsets view were amazing. The staff were super helpfull and friendly. We were travelling with small children and they amazing with the kids. The food at the hotel was also quite good. Amazing stay.

      Reviewed November 07, 2018
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Aye from Myanmar
      Couple
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 1 night in October 2018

      Great place in the middle of lake”

      You can walk into village from hotel. Not much to see but it is nice.

      Reviewed October 07, 2018
      8.4
      Excellent
      Cheryl from Singapore
      Solo traveler
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 2 nights in September 2018

      Attentive staff. Awesome location. ”

      Everything was perfect except that Dinner could be served a little faster. It took 45Mins to cook a fish and 20mins to cook a plate of noodles

      Reviewed September 16, 2018

      Thank you for staying with us. We do appreciate you comment. We sure would definitely upgrade our service and employee.

      Responded September 19, 2018
      Golden Island Cottages Thale-U Hotel
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Lisa from Malaysia
      Solo traveler
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 1 night in June 2018

      Perfect”

      I love almost everything about this cottage! You are treated like a VIP! Worth every penny & hope to come back again!

      Reviewed June 18, 2018
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Ioana from United States
      Group
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

      Perfect stay!”

      We were a group of 7 and loved our stay at GIC! The bungalows were very clean and comfortable and the staff extremely helpful. They arranged boats for us, as well as tours (lake, trekking, vineyard), making our stay both relaxing and fun. The food at the restaurant was delicious too! It might not be the newest or fanciest hotel on the lake, but the atmosphere was wonderful and we couldn't recommend it more!

      Reviewed April 24, 2018
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Ethan from United States
      Couple
      Deluxe Bungalow
      Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

      Exceptional”

      Beautiful location, very peaceful and incredibly helpful staff. A real treat.

      Reviewed January 10, 2018
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Junping from Singapore
      Couple
      Deluxe Bungalow
      Stayed 1 night in December 2017

      Clean and comfortable”

      It was a comfy and cozy place. The room was just as shown in the picture. Everything was clean. They provided umbrellas in the room in case of wet weather. We arrived in the early morning and expected to wait in the lobby till check in but they kindly guided us to our room and even provided breakfast. The location was a little far from the main town but it was perfect for the view of both the mountains and the lake. Bird watchers would enjoy this accommodation with trees full of birds just right by their main building. Brrak

      Reviewed December 25, 2017
      7.6
      Very good
      alan from Australia
      Couple
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 2 nights in October 2017

      Fantastic location but a bit short on value ”

      Lovely views over the lake and sunset on the mountains. That is what you are paying for here. As to the rest you are not getting equivalent facilities as you can get elsewhere in Myanmar for the dollars you pay.

      Reviewed October 25, 2017
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Mary from United States
      Couple
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 3 nights in August 2017

      Exceptional”

      My partner and I LOVED staying at Golden Island Cottages Thale-U!! The room and view was perfect. The dinners and Breakfasts were amazing that the staff couldn't be more pleasant, helpful and attentive. Above all of this, Golden Island Cottage is an initiative that helps youth in the community and you feel good about spending your money with them. We only wish we had stayed for more nights!! If we are able to make it back to Inle Lake again, we would definitely stay with Golden Island Cottage.

      Reviewed August 30, 2017
      8.8
      Excellent
      Nay from United Kingdom
      Group
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

      Memorable Stay”

      Arrived to the Hotel in the dark, staff from the hotel came out with their boat and torches to rescue us - so happy they did! Once arrived - they had a small local musical band and a drink to take our mind off, so much pleasure and memorable (first impressions do count!) - so well done. Generally staff were great and very helpful, food was great all day long and location was brilliant! Hot water was limited in supply but the views and traditional style of accommodation with veranda - made a huge difference. We only wished we stayed more than 2 days here and was magnificent. I would highly recommend this to anyone (couple, family, seniors).

      Reviewed July 24, 2017
      8.0
      Excellent
      Chenxi from China
      Couple
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 1 night in May 2017

      Nice view and relaxing”

      All of the cottages have fabulous sunset view. It was also amazing seeing so many birds live behind hotel. Felt close to the nature. The cottage inside was better than it looks on pictures. Very clean. However, it was too hot to fall asleep without air conditioner in May. There were some insects too.......

      Reviewed June 08, 2017
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Leah from United States
      Couple
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 1 night in May 2017

      Great Anniversary Getaway”

      We had a great time at GIC 2! I had stayed here before and wanted to take my husband the minute I set foot there. Everything was great, from location to service to quality. The only reasons I didn't give 5 stars in cleanliness is because there are a lot of mosquitoes that like to get in the bathtub after you use it, so you can't really use it again unless housekeeping comes. We were only there for one night so couldn't use it again in the morning before we left, but had we stayed another night they would have cleaned it for us. If you're not a bug person, though, it's something to keep in mind. Facilities didn't get 5 stars because the wifi didn't work in the hotel rooms, and it barely worked in the lobby/restaurant area. However we were there to get away from it all and relax for a night and were not inconvenienced by this. Someone may want to call and check on this before staying, because the first time I was there the Internet did work well in the hotel rooms. Overall, great stay for your money and BEAUTIFUL location that you won't regret!

      Reviewed June 02, 2017
      8.0
      Excellent
      Joanne from United States
      Solo traveler
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 3 nights in February 2017

      Fantastic location, a so-so value”

      I like to support these cottages because they're run by the Pa-Oh people, a group that has their own Self-Administration Zone. The location is wonderful - halfway down Inle Lake, and close to the artisan village and other sites. If you stay in Nyaung Shwe, it's quite a long boat ride to get to the southern end of the lake. But at the Golden Island Cottages, you're much closer. The cottages are beautiful - thatched walls, each with their own balcony on the water, and large bathroom with bathtub. Breakfast is OK - typical Asian offerings with an egg station, toast, jam, coffee & tea, and some pastries. You can order Shan noodles the night before, which I recommend - they were delicious. The Japanese massage was a great deal for the price - about $7.50 USD - and she came to my cabin. The one thing to highly recommend this place is that you can exit through the back of the resort, and walk through the village to a pagoda on the main road. This combination of land/water is really unusual, and is nice for those times when you want to get a walk in without getting on a boat to go somewhere. Some down sides are noise - the walls of the cottages are very thin, and people talking in the next cabin over sound like they're in the cabin with you. The boats on the lake still use very loud two-stroke engines, and one night there was a boat idling it's engine at midnight for over an hour. The bed was quite uncomfortable. We did manage to get thinner pillows delivered - for some reason, most Myanmar hotels include huge, very high pillows. Recommended sites: Indein Village, especially the pagoda with the stupas scattered about next to the walkway to the pagoda. The artisan village with silversmiths, parasol/paper makers, weavers - lots of restaurants in this area. Intha Heritage House - expensive ($25, I think) but it's very educational and includes a very, very good lunch. Paung Da U Monastery, especially if you manage to be there when the 5-day market is behind it. Also,

      Reviewed February 08, 2017
      7.2
      Very good
      Menachem from Israel
      Couple
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

      For the price charged. Western breakfast should be Reacher”

      For the price charged. Western breakfast should be Reacher

      Reviewed January 01, 2017
      6.8
      Good
      Peter from Germany
      Couple
      Superior Bungalow
      Stayed 4 nights in May 2016

      Not enough value for money”

      It was the 10th time I have visited Myanmar, last time in this hotel 2008. A sharp increase of money making efforts but no increase in value is what I had to observe. I couldn't shake off the freling of getting ripped of at the InleLake and in the hotel itself. The hotel offers boat service, you will need their boat if you don't organize it before you arrive. The problem, ever changing rules what is included in the price and what not. It has been sold like „20000 per day, you can go everywhere on the lake". Not so bad but not true. I took their boat in the morning 2hrs and at sunset for 2hrs only. With changing explanations ("you can go only into one direction, not first time to the right and then later to the left" and similar, not included if you want to go to this or that village, etc) the front desk attempted to charge 2x20000, which is about 40USD. Unpleasant experience. The hotel itself is in great location and staff is friendly. But the price is in no way justified, even if other hotels are same expensive, internationally compared the value is not enough. No reason to pay double or triple the price of Thailand in a country which was the cheapest travel destination in Asia. Food extremely overpriced too, in the hotel and also outside. Food taste in the hotel is not great! Breakfast toast and eggs with some fruit salad. Ok for a 2star hotel, not OK for a 4star. Wifi present but not connected to internet! They do have a 3G GSM WiFi hotspot for own use, but they are reluctant to topup the prepaid, so u normally won't be connected. I asked to have internet access and they helped out with their hotspot a few times, which was nice but a stable internet connection is a must have. No aircon, no TV inside cottages, they do have TV for own purpose. Aircon was in May not necessary, the nights were cold. Good hot water, large bath tub. Tip: Get the boat transfer from the hotel's office in the city, one way is 12000, otherwise the boat operators will charge for the transfe

      Reviewed May 07, 2016
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