I made a reservation for 2 nights at Shwe Hin Ta Resort Hotel by calling them from Singapore. I had to find their number on the Internet and I was glad they had my booking when I got there. Click here for the review I did on TripAdvisor
The cost of my hut was US$30/night. I have been researching about the price and it was US$25 a month ago. Pricing is inconsistent so watch out for that. The hut is basic. Has a bed with mosquito net, a fan, no hot shower. It felt a little icky but that is because I am pampered.
Electricity only runs from 6pm to 6am. That means I could only charge my phone at night. They have a concrete room with better facilities like air-conditioning, TV and hot shower but that costs more.
My plan was to just laze and that I did well. On the first afternoon, I spent time reading my book on my porch and enjoying the view. My hut faces the beach. PERFECT. The breeze was in my opinion, chilly and strong. It kind of styled my hair for me if I stayed out long. (I think I just rhymed)
You might have surprise visitors.
They had a couple of blue deck chairs on the beach. I dumped my book and T-shirt there and off I went to dip in the water. By dipping in the water, I meant sitting there like a baby and waiting for the waves to crash into me because yours truly does not know how to swim (I’m not ashamed to admit it!)
Others were going for it because they could walk further into the water and swim. I only let the water reach below my chest and I headed back to my chair to snooze, wrapped in my towel because the breeze was cold.
Nightfall, I had dinner at the restaurant at the hotel premise. I would not say it was great, it was satisfying for me. I had a chicken dish and rice. Chicken was not fully cooked. The waiters/waitresses were all teenagers so service was attentive and enthusiastic.
The walk back to room was dark. There were no lights by the sidewalk so had to be careful. Having a torchlight might be useful. Off to bed by 9pm with the lights on.
In the middle of the night, I was woken up by a sound of something rustling near the ceiling. As if making its way through the hut. I got a glimpse of its body and I knew it was a rat. Not bothered and I was back to sleep in no time. If it was a cockroach, I would be awake the whole night unless it was dead.
I woke up at about 6am and had a cold shower. By that I mean, wash head first, face, one hand, the next hand, and brace myself for the torso and beyond because I hate cold shower so I know I took a long time in there.
According to Google Maps, I would have walked about 9.8 Kilometers in total.
It was nice to be by myself, not worrying about anything and just soaking in the peaceful environment.
Saw a local man squatted by the beach from a distance. When I got nearer, he waved at me and I just smiled. He then did the hand gesture of snapping a picture. He wrote “COLUMBUS” on the sand and posed for it. He came to look at the picture and mumbled something in Burmese and walked off. I was just standing there thinking, “wtf just happened?”
Saw this weird dead creature. Looks like a fish with a body of a squid. Creepy.
Anyone has any clue of what it is?
A couple of spots where you could get refreshments and plop yourself down to rest on the sun decks
Fancy a horse ride?
I was thirsty so got myself a big coconut for 1000 Kyat. It was tiring to carry it around.
I was exhausted when I got back to the hotel so I had a rest on the their blue deck chairs, drinking from my coconut, reading a book and secretly taking selfies. (No, I ain’t posting the selfies here)
Hotel reception was able to book a bus ticket back to Yangon for me. They gave me two time slots. I think the first was 6am but I chose 8am. Cost was 9000 kyat
Time went by quick. During dinner, I had a fish dish which was better than the day before. Retired to bed early. The rat story was true because there was a nice lady from USA beside my hut and she said the food she threw away was out of the basket. Someone else on TripAdviosr took a video of it. Oh! The US lady also saw a long dead snake on the beach :S
It was the last day so I did the same routine at 6am. US lady joined me for breakfast. She introduced me to Angelica from Germany. We three were heading back to Yangon on the 8am bus. The journey back was the same, 5 hours of puke-fest.
At Yangon, we agreed to share a cab to the airport. We bargained to have the ride at 9000 Kyat so that we could easily split it between three of us. We had to wait for a driver so Angelica decided to try balancing something on her head like the locals.
Our driver looked Indian so the two ladies asked me to try speaking to him in Tamil. I tried and he understood me! If I am not mistaken he grew up in Myanmar so he could speak Burmese and Tamil. What are the odds!
THE END OF TRIP
The check-in and other experiences at the airport was clear & smooth. It was a new airport so it was clean. Could not finish my fried rice dinner because it was too spice. Next thing I knew, I was back in Singapore 😦