This place was incredible. Perched above the Ayarwaddy Valley, with views forever in most directions. Gorgeous landscaped gardens inviting you to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility.
We had booked a Superior Double room for the night. The owner upgraded us for free to a suite. For 50,000 kyat, we essentially got a house with a bedroom (including double and single beds), a huge bathroom with hot water and modern fixtures, a kitchen area, a dining room, a front porch, and back terrace. Free water and breakfast is also included.
We couldn’t believe our luck. It was spectacular. And so were the views.
Lei Thar Gone (Burmese for “a gentle breeze”) was founded by Eric Trutwein in 2006, when he returned to his native Burma and sought to help alleviate the devastation poverty and HIV had wrought on his home turf. Over 100 orphaned children have the opportunity to go to school and make something better for themselves, and staying at the guesthouse is a means of funding this initiative and their future.
It is truly heaven on earth, and the perfect place to spend a rest day or two. Had we known just how peaceful it is here, we would have planned to stay longer. If you want (and trust us, you do want), they will serve you a wonderful three-course sunset dinner made from local ingredients for a well-worth-it 8,000 kyat per person.