Dreamland in Ayetharyar (Taunggyi)



WELCOME! to Dreamland II in Ayetharyar, Taunggyi, Southern Shan States.

Located in a totally local neighborhood where you might just be the first foreigner in the area, Dreamland Taunggyi is the place to get far from the madding crowd.

Completed just recently by the Dreamlanders, it is a work of art, a glowing beacon in a quiet countryside. There is love and hard work poured in the making. You can feel it splattered on the colorful walls, from the beautiful murals and designs in every room, to even the little organic garden planted carefully in pots on the roof.


Breakfast is included, there is free wifi and hot water showers and you can chill on the  roof-top terrace at sunset with relaxing views of the city on the mountain and a sleepy countryside in the gathering dusk.

The rooms are amazing! The children have really put in a lot of thought when they were doing the interior design as every room has its own theme. The dorms look like this!


And here’s one of the private rooms!


Dorm beds are $8 per night. And private ones are $20. And they are all en suite!

There is also a convenience store out front.

Oh, and did I mention? There is a SWIMMING POOL!

A cool indoor swimming pool!


Inle Lake is just half an hour’s drive through rolling roads and green hillsides. You can also rent bicycles or motorbikes if you prefer to explore at your own leisure.

Right after the Golden Gate (a.k.a the “Welcome To Taunggyi” sign), on Cherry Lane, Dreamland Taunggyi is close to the Ayetharyar Bus Terminal and the Aytharyar Vineyard. It is but a 15-min motorbike ride (10 minutes by car) up to Taunggyi City.

Do come if you want to experience Dreamland! 😀

We Are Open Now!!! Book your stay with us here.


Festivals In Myanmar 2016

Myanmar Festivals 2016


09 January Kachin New Year Country Wide
10 January Manaw Festival Myitkyina/Bahmo, Kachin State
14 – 15 January Naga New Year’s Festival Sagaing Region
17 January – 01 February Ananda Temple Festival Bagan


16 – 23 February Kyaik Khauk Pagoda Festival Thanlyin(Syriam), near Yangon
21 – 23 February Mahamuni Pagoda Festival Mandalay
21- 23 February Nyan Taw Pagoda Festival Pyin Oo Lwin


23 March Shwedagon Pagoda Festival Yangon
23 March – 04 April Shwe Saryan Pagoda Festival Near Mandalay


13 – 16 April Thingyan (Water Festival) Country Wide
15 – 22 April Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival Bago
17 – 23 April Popa Ceremony Mount Popa


20 – 21 May Shitthaung Pagoda Festival Mrauk U


13 – 20 June Thi-Ho-Shin Pagoda Festival Pakokku


06 June – 20 July Chin-Lone Festival Mahamuni, Mandalay


04 – 08 August Shwe Kyun Pin Nat Festival Mingun, near Myatheindan Pagoda
11 – 18 August Taung Byone Nat Festival Taung Byone Village, near Mandalay
26 August – 01 September Yadana Gu Nat Pagoda Festival Amarapura, Mandalay


19 September Boe Boe Gyi Nat Festival TaungthamanInn, Mandalay
23 – 24 September Shwekyetyet Pagoda Festival Amarapura, Mandalay


02 – 19 October Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival Inle Lake
09 – 16 October Kyauktawgyi Pagoda Festival Mandalay
10 October Dummy Elephant Festival Kyauk Se, Mandalay
14 – 16 October Thadingyut (Festivals of Lights) Country Wide
23 – 24 October Indein Pagoda Festival Inle Lake


07 – 14 November Kaung-Hmu-Daw Pagoda Festival Sagaing
14 November Golden Rock Pagoda Festival Golden Rock
08 – 15 November Ballon Festival Taunggyi
13 – 14 November Than-Bod-De Pagoda Ceremony Monywa


07 – 14 December Shwe Myat Mhan Pagoda Festival Shwe Taung, near Pyay
31 December Nine Thousand Lamps Festival Golden Rock


The talent behind the scenes

From our dear friend Tabitha, who is supportive of  our (every) project through and through. 🙂

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Dreamland Guesthouse is only the latest addition to this funky oasis of art and music in Mandalay. A collaboration between a talented contemporary artist and an inspirational local family has resulted in a lively establishment full of colour, melody, community and a palpable sense of freedom.

Cool ladies at work!
Cool ladies at work!

Dreamland serves not only as an affordable art and music school for the local community, but as a hub for social progress. They regularly host free workshops, lectures and exhibitions, limited not only to artsy themes like photography, drama and the like, but extending to human rights, and radio broadcast journalism training. They are doing their part to help Myanmar find its feet in a new era of relatively free (if questionably so at times) media. This is immediately apparent in the huge sculptures, once censored and hidden, that now dominate the façade around Dreamland, boldly proclaiming freedom of expression for the people of Myanmar.

But the best part about this story for me, is the amazingly capable family running the show here. Mom is an incredible artist in her own right whose paintings line the walls, while Dad is champion of eclectic business projects. Their multi-lingual five daughters and son, ranging in age from 14 to 24, have pretty much put the guesthouse together with their bare hands. Not to mention, they are all incredibly gifted in art, music and even literature.

From restoring old furniture, to literally building the rest from scrap wood, making all the bedding including the mattresses, and painting every inch of wooden panel, floor, wall and ceiling in their own designs, these kids have shown some impressive talent and know-how. There has been some serious DIY work done here, and all with a nod to sustainability as most of their materials have been recycled. My measly few sentences do no justice to the amount of work and heart that this entire family has contributed to this latest project. But you can feel it in the air.

Needless to say, our personal test drive of one of their dorm rooms gets 5 stars. Excellent comfort, cleanliness, spaciousness and privacy.  Bonus stars for the creativity bursting out in all directions!




Tabitha Hrynick

Tabitha is proud to be an honorary Mandalite having called the city her home for the past two years. She can be often be found reading, practicing yoga, searching for delicious new places to dine, and haunting the halls of Dreamland dabbling in music and art, and making good memories with the wonderful family there.

Welcome Home

We ask  friends and guests to write something for our blog. And here we present the very first from Teo, a long time family friend and a true traveler.

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I have spent the past two years living in dusty but vibrant Mandalay, watching it slowly develop and transform into a city that is not only receptive to foreigners but more importantly, can host them and provide the necessary comforts that they might need.

Enter Dreamland Guest House. Owned and run by an adorable local family who live within, this place is easily summarized within its name. It is a dream for travelers who intend to spend some days in and around Mandalay. It doubles as an art and music school which only adds further atmosphere and energy to a very charismatic building.

It is immediately apparent that a lot of thought, love and dedication have gone into this project. So much of the building work and furnishings have been made by recycled materials and every family member has contributed in some way. There is gorgeous art work over every wall and the spacious layout is very appealing. I have had many sleepless nights in many forgettable hostels around the world, but Dreamland’s facilities make you want to climb into bed early. The dorm beds and rooms are among the most appealing I have encountered and it was with real pleasure that my partner and I were asked to test drive the facilities. Outcome: we asked if we could move in on a full-time basis the next day! Upstairs, there are private rooms offering twin and double beds with toilets/showers inside or out. The colorful stone corridor leading you to them is very inviting and makes you feel happy and alive. Perhaps my favorite feature is the circular exit/entrance to/from the roof. It is delightfully covered in painted artwork and leads to a view across the city.

Dreamland will fill the gap that has been missing for travelers who want to enjoy the accommodation in Myanmar. It offers not only the nicest surroundings but also at the cheapest prices. I can’t help but spend my free time here as it feels both stimulating and relaxing all at once. This place is a must see for all travelers. In short, you would be crazy to book a bed anywhere else! Come and dream the nights away at Dreamland Guest House. The chances are, I’ll be there doing the very same thing!







Teo van Well – U.K (Scotland)

I double as a sport and health teacher here in Mandalay having relocated two years ago. My partner, Tabitha, and I have fallen in love with the people of Myanmar and we hope to have further years ahead of us here. I have travelled fairly extensively around Asia and hope to continue my travels in the future, seeing as much of our world as I can. Meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and learning more about myself and others are the factors I find stimulating about my lifestyle choice. May the adventures continue…..

Working hard…. Hardworking…


Today the wind started blowing since early morning — a sign of summer coming!

Huuu…. We’ve all been working really hard to bring about the guesthouse. Today we are working on the roofing of the second floor’s outdoor terrace. It’s hard work to transport it up to the top of the building:


But by the end of the day it’s done and we now have a much cooler outdoor place to chill out!

And what people are concerned most is ‘When will you open?’  Well, actually we now already get the guesthouse license issued by MCDC (Mandalay City Development Committee), with which we can host local travelers. But we still have to wait for the other one issued by the ministry of hotel and tourism to host foreign guests. So…. we still don’t know how long will it take, but we are working on it! 🙂 Hopefully next month!!