My First World Pet Peeves of Hotel Life

While I was in Myanmar, I had WiFi, but it was terribly slow, and my computer wasn’t with me. Given how tired I was with the kids (I’ll have a post on that using mainly my friends’ photos in the report), I really didn’t have time to wait out in the hallway for the WiFi. That’s why I’ve decided to push out all my first impressions when I got back to Hong Kong, so here you go…


My school had us booked in Bagan in the Hotel Umbra, a hotel that underwent a recent renovation, and retains its cheap rates from before. I was interested in the hotel, as I knew it would be a pretty amazing hotel, so looked forward to the stay.

And the hotel room was amazing. The room featured two extremely comfortable beds, which felt anything but cheap. There was also a flatscreen TV.

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Hotel Umbra Bagan Grand Deluxe Room

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Hotel Umbra Bagan Grand Deluxe Room

The toilets were also amazing, featuring a massive walk-in shower.

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Hotel Umbra Bagan Grand Deluxe Room Bathroom

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Hotel Umbra Bagan Grand Deluxe Room Bathroom

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Hotel Umbra Bagan Grand Deluxe Room Bathroom

Even with the “judge a hotel by its amenities” principle, the amenities were amazing. If I were a betting man I’d say they were local made.

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Hotel Umbra Bagan Grand Deluxe Room Bathroom Amenities

I mean, the hotel provides turndown service at night. What was my school thinking?

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Hotel Umbra Bagan Grand Deluxe Room Turndown Service

I wanted to share with my mom how awesome a room I had. So I tried to connect to the WiFi – except there wasn’t any WiFi in the room.

I phoned the reception, who said that there was WiFi in the room. I tried to reconnect again. I went to the balcony. I went to the bathroom. I phoned again, and they said they came up.

A (really nice) man came up with the WiFi password, and informed me, “hallways only”.

Suffice to say I spent a lot of time in the outside hallways. On one hand I could admire the music they were playing down in the clubs while texting my parents each night, but on the other I was sick for a big chunk of the stay and curfew was at 9:30, so…

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Hotel Umbra Bagan Hallways

Let’s say that in Myanmar, it’s fine to expect a bad WiFi situation. But this WiFi worked so perfectly, it was a shame the rooms didn’t have any of it. Fine, thinking back to the kids we taught, it’s really not a big issue.

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Stay tuned for the full report, which will be up shortly!

Written by Alvin

I'm a 19-year-old university student who flies and reviews around 20 flights per year. When I’m not writing up blog posts or working on my Mechanical Engineering degree, I’m a worship band pianist and an amateur cook. My goal is to make people happy so I’d love to do so by maximising your travel experience and helping you make your optimal travel decisions.

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