Myanmar (Burma) Nyaung Shwe

Song of Travel

Incredible Place

Discover our award-winning three-story boombox.

Inspiring People

We are a 100% local team of Intha, Pa-O, Shan, and Bamar people.

Impactful Planet

Discover our award-winning three-story boombox.

Incredible Place

Eat / Drink (Bar / Cafe / Restaurant) Hostel / Hybrid (Shared Room & Private Rooms) Village

Discover our award-winning three-story boombox.

We designed a bespoke Inle Lake boat tour exclusively for Song of Travel guests. We partner with carefully chosen Intha people, all of whom lead an authentic, all-day experience on Inle Lake, including a home-cooked lunch by the wives of the boat drivers in the floating villages dotting the lake.
With 90% of proceeds benefiting the local Inthar boat drivers and their families, the boat tours are a locally celebrated social impact program.

Some of our guests check-in for a night and then stay with us for weeks, even months, because of the various immersive experiences we offer, including Weekly Burmese language lessons, Sunrise yoga, Sunrise/Sunset boat trip, One-day trekking, Every day Saturday Family dinner, Play local games, and more!

Philosophy

We are a 100% local team of Intha, Pa-O, Shan, and Bamar people. Our lovely staff are always prepared to give all the necessary information for your visit. They will make sure that our guests will definitely have a pleasant stay.​

Discover our award-winning three-story boombox: Super cool capsule beds with reading lamps, oversized lockers, electrical outlet, and a 100% blackout curtain offer guests a restful night. 5 shared rooms with 14 super cool capsule beds each. 2 private rooms with 1 double bed & private bathroom. 1 travel room for guests arriving/departing on overnight buses.

Enjoy sunset sundowners & delicious local dishes on our panoramic rooftop bar & restaurant:
Our menu offers both local Shan dishes and Burmese spins on international favorites made with locally sourced and organic ingredients (vegan-friendly, too!).

History

I was very fortunate to travel out of my country once. I stayed in a hostel because it was the only affordable option, but I fell in love with the atmosphere. I realized one day, my country could open up and travelers would come looking for hostels and not find any.

So I began working on Song of Travel – an affordable hostel with a social atmosphere and a social mission. We opened in November 2015 – the fourth hostel in our country, the first hostel in Inle Lake, and the first 100% locally-owned and 100% sustainably-operated hostel.

Mission & Vision

We are 100% independently-owned by Fiona and a small group of investors who helped us buy our land and build our hostel.

We are the first social enterprise hostel in Myanmar (Burma). Our hospitality goes above and beyond the duty of care. When you stay with us, we gain real-world hospitality experience, practice our English, and exchange ideas with people from around the world.

Everyone who works with us is from a 20-kilometer radius of our home. We offer full pay, free housing and board, free English lessons, and include all of her front desk and back-of-house teams in a pooled bonus program.

Inspiring People

Good for Groups Good for Solo Travelers Cultural / Creative Social / Communal

We are a 100% local team of Intha, Pa-O, Shan, and Bamar people.

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Fiona

Altered Host Member

An award-winning visionary entrepreneur who left her previous job as a bank teller to build the first social enterprise hostel in Myanmar (Burma).

Host since ...

2015

We speak ...

Burmese, English

We have lived in...

Myanmar (Burma)

Guests, ask us about...

Give you the opportunity to meet like-minded travelers, become part of local life, and to connect to Inle Lake, our culture, and our people.

Impactful Planet

Our hospitality goes above and beyond the duty of care.

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We support all local businesses. Our kitchen and cleaning teams and partners are all from Nyaungshwe.
Everything is done with the environment in mind. We source our products locally, and choose to conserve resources.
This isn’t just good for our bottom line, it’s good for the planet too.

Every month, we donate 1% of all bookings to support the local hospital, orphanage, and other worthy causes in Nyaungshwe. We also offering select guests with essential skills a chance to stay long-term and support organizations directly.

Our culinary team works to source over 75% of our ingredients locally, and we always try to make everything from scratch in-house instead of importing it from outside our country. We also try to offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free variations of everything on our menu!

Our Location

The gateway to the floating villages of Inle Lake.

Address

Aung Chan Thar Street 5, Nandawun Block 6, Nyaung Shwe, 11221, Myanmar