Upon your arrival at Pindaya Farm House, a host will greet you with a hot cup of Shan green tea. You settle into your room in the two-storey farmhouse, a brick-and-mortar building that’s based on local architectural style.
From your deck or balcony, you see mango orchards adjacent to the property on two sides. Inside the hotels fence you see an organic garden, where the owners cultivate the herbs and vegetables used in the kitchen. You also notice a tall metal frame attached to the house. It supports the solar electricity and hot water system. In everything the hotels does, it’s the owners goal to build an ethical and sustainable business.
Looking further afield to the West, you see the blue mountains of Shan State rising over the town of Pindaya and the faint outline of the entrance to the Pindaya Caves. It’s a short car ride away.
Looking to the East, you see hilly agricultural fields running for miles dotted by bushy evergreen trees. A 20-minute walk in this direction lies the village of Thit Al Pin, where cottage industries produce cotton weaving, cheroots (a kind of cigar) and herbal medicines.
The sunrise over the landscape to the south and east is especially magical. One of the best places to enjoy it is in the second-floor common area. Guests enjoy lounging around in this light and airy space. It’s also where meals are served. The rest of the time is yours to go explore.