Song of Travel

The convivial boombox where kind-hearted backpackers & local Inthar, Pa-O & Shan people meet to make a positive impact through hospitality, together.

Asia > Myanmar > Shan > Inle Lake


Yin Yin "Fiona" Aung is the award-winning visionary entrepreneur who left her previous job as a bank teller to build Myanmar's first social enterprise hostel from the ground-up.

Eat & Drink

Panoramic rooftop bar restaurant offering local Shan dishes and Burmese spins on international favorites made with locally-sourced and organic ingredients.


  • 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.
  • Don't Miss

    Fiona and the Altered team designed the bespoke Inle Lake Boat Tours exclusively for Song of Travel guests, with 90% of proceeds benefiting the local Intha boat drivers and their families.


  • The World's Top 10 Medium Hostels in 2018 (Hostelworld)
  • Myanmar's Best Hostel in 2018, 2019, 2020 (Hostelworld)
  • Best Value for Money (Booking)
  • #1 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Nyaung Shwe (TripAdvisor)
  • Get In

    Nyaung Shwe is the gateway to the floating villages of Inle Lake, a little harbor town surrounded by the idyllic Shan hills. Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, is 75-90 minutes by car. Heho Airport is 45-60 minutes by car.


    How your stay nurtures a more positively impactful planet.

    • Fiona and her culinary team work on sourcing over 75% of their ingredients locally and making what they cannot find from scratch in-house.

    • Unlike others, Fiona offers full pay, free housing and board, free English lessons, and includes all of her front desk and back-of-house teams in a pooled bonus program.

    • Fiona donates over 1% of her top-line revenue to support the local hospitality, orphanage, and other worthy causes in Nyaung Shwe, offering select guests a chance to stay long-term and support directly.

    • The Song of Travel Bespoke Inle Lake Boat Tours are a celebrated social impact program. Fiona partners with carefully-chosen Intha people who lead an exclusive 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. 90% of proceeds benefit the Intha families directly.

    Home-cooked lunch on the Song of Travel bespoke Inle Lake boat tours.

    Sunrise on the Song of Travel bespoke Inle Lake boat tours.

    2019 Summer Program by Bamboo Delight Cooking School

    Free Rooftop Sunrise Yoga

    Why we think this is an
    Incredible Place.

    • This is the meeting place where solo travelers cross paths in Inle Lake.

    • Enjoy sunset sundowners & delicious local dishes with locally-sourced ingredients on the panoramic rooftop bar & restaurant (vegan-friendly, too!)

    • Super cool capsule beds with reading lamps, oversized lockers, electrical outlet, and a 100% blackout curtain offer guests a restful night.

    • A long list of complimentary guest amenities no other place matches, including a daily-rotating local set breakfast, 10mbps internet, bicycle rentals, all-day coffee & tea stations, Burmese language lessons, sunrise yoga, and more!

    Capsule Beds with Reading Lamps & Outlets​

    Fiona & the Song of Travel staff with muralist Molly Keen

    Meet this independent team of
    Inspiring People.

    • People travel from around the world to stay with Fiona and her staff. Born and raised in northeast Myanmar, she speaks Burmese, Mandarin, English, and is working on her Spanish and Italian.

    • Guests rave up the hospitality – all 100% local Intha, Pa-O, and Shan people who go above and beyond the duty of care while also gaining real-world hospitality experience, practice their English, and exchange ideas with people from around the world.

    100% Locally-Owned & Locally-Operated