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No. 129, 83rd Street, Mandalay, Myanmar
+95 (2) 65006
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June 4, 2010
E.T Guesthouse on the corner of 83rd and 25th is located near other guest houses. Hence, you'll find eateries where English is spoken and menus have English written on them. You'll also find a little bit of it spoken at the markets and by the ...
E.T Guesthouse on the corner of 83rd and 25th is located near other guest houses. Hence, you'll find eateries where English is spoken and menus have English written on them. You'll also find a little bit of it spoken at the markets and by the street vendors.
However, the hotel is right next to monastery that makes great use of megaphones to blast spiritual meditation in the early morning and late at night. I did go over to check it out as it isn't on any of the maps and it was one of the better ones to see.
The room was basic with 2 twin beds, a night stand and clothes rack. The floors were tiled and the bathroom was basically clean. Unfortunately, the towel felt like sandpaper and there was no housekeeping services during the duration of my stay. Had I had waste basket, it would have been full with water bottles and snack packages.
Although the man at the desk spoke excellent English, he wasn't reliable. For example, I asked about transportation to a monastery and the palace. He immediately hooked me up with a trishaw just outside who couldn't even get to the palace due to the water festival. There water was too deep and the traffic wasn't moving. The lack of movement meant I had a hose directly on me without stopping. He managed to get out of there and take me to the monastery which was closed so I chose to walk to the palace. The man at the guesthouse never bothered to mention that both were closed during the festival.
When I asked the clerk if we sure the government run ferry to Mingun was running. He replied yes, it runs every day. Needless to say I was skeptical so I opted to walk to the ferry the next day instead of taking the taxi he said I would need. Fortunately he was right.
When I need to reconfirm my tickets I asked where the airline office was. While giving me directions, a fellow traveler question whether it would even be open. The clerk assured me it was. It was relatively far away, but I walked hoping to see some temples along the way. The office was closed, so I came back and asked the clerk if he couldn't call for me. He never volunteered to verify or check anything on his own. He called and said the line was busy to come back later. Time was running out for me. I returned and again told to come back. Fortunately an older woman came out and asked me to give her my ticket and that she would confirm it for me. She asked if I needed to book the airport shuttle and would do that as well so I could go out and enjoy the day.
I came back in the evening, knowing I was leaving the next morning, and asked a young woman about the confirmation of my tickets. She looked in their notebook, started calling, got a busy signal and gave the song and dance to return later. Thankfully, the older woman was in the backroom came out waving her hands saying it was already confirmed. She handed me my tickets and said the airport shuttle was full and that she would try in the morning. Otherwise I would have to take a taxi. I got up in the morning sure I would have to take a taxi. She came out and told me to have a quick breakfast which I hadn't know was included, and that she booked one that was rather early but it was the only one. I thanked her for all her help.
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