Song of Travel Hostel




The Review

Song of Travel Hostel is a busy place due to the rapid changeover of travelers, but there is a friendly atmosphere and staff do their best to make sure that everybody feels welcome. Free snacks are handed around during the day and the evening, but the best facility of all has to be the free bicycles for getting around the area. Staff make an effort to get to know each guest and are happy to store personal items behind the reception desk.

The Location

Song of Travel Hostel is on the outskirts of the town of Nyaungshwe on a quiet lane. This town is where the majority of backpackers stay around Inle Lake. First impressions are interesting because the building has been constructed to look like a boombox!

There are plenty of places to eat and drink very close by and the small town centre is perhaps a ten-minute walk away -- boat trips on the lake are a fifteen-minute cycle ride away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are sixteen dorms, all with excellent-quality mattresses arranged in little pods, which are becoming more and more popular. Each pod has a reading light, charging socket, and a curtain for privacy; sturdy ladders lead to the upper pods. Underbed lockers are enormous wooden boxes that will contain the biggest rucksack and more.

Bathrooms are found at the end of each corridor with separate areas for males and females. Cubicles each contain a toilet and a shower (hot water); they are long and narrow with have plenty of room to hang your belongings. There are rows of hand-washing basins outside the toilet area and more benches and cushions available in the corridor on the middle floor. Towels are supplied, as well as shampoo and shower gel, and there is also soap for hand washing and hairdryers.

When availability allows, a dorm or two is set aside for travelers arriving off the early morning buses or who are checking out late. Currently all dorms are mixed.

Common Spaces

There is a very large common space on the ground floor with tables and chairs; also found here are low, soft benches and a high bench that runs below the window. Tea, coffee, water, and even cigars are freely available all day; at key times, snacks are also brought around. There are plenty of electric points dotted around. The Wi-Fi tends to be good, although you might get the occasional power cut.

There is a large roof terrace with a bar upstairs, which is where the free breakfast that is supplied to all guests is eaten. There is a also a lunchtime and evening food menu available with plenty of choices -- these meals are also taken on the roof terrace.

All around the hostel are references to music, which adds a nice touch, as is the music which is played throughout. There is also a small seating area in the front garden where the bikes are stored.


The hostel organise their own boat trips around Inle Lake and will also make onward bookings for buses, most of which will pick guests up directly from the hostel. Previous members of staff have made up some fantastic information books, which give you details about what to see and do in the immediate area as well as all over Myanmar -- these are well worth a read.
by Jane Clements Staff Reviewer
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Outside the Sound of Travel
Reception & tea and coffee
Downstairs seating at Sound of Travel
Rooftop terrace and bar
corridor at the Sound of Travel
Bunks in the dorm at the Sound of Travel
basins outside the bathrooms


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Song of Travel Hostel" at Aung Chan Thar Street 5, between Khayay Street 1 & Khayay Street 2.)


Aung Chan Thar Street 5, between Khayay Street 1 & Khayay Street 2, Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
20.658332, 96.941034 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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