The perfect introduction to Burma
For many first-time visitors to Burma, the challenge is to combine all the celebrated must-see destinations without feeling like you're following the bog-standard tourist trail. Our aim with this collection of classic journeys is to allow you to experience the highlights of the country in a manner that is more personal, and that combines the popular sights with insightful cultural experiences. Enjoy the best of all worlds on a classic cultural journey!
Recommended Classic Cultural Journeys Experiences
Classic Cultural Journeys itineraries
Travel through Burma in style, with beautiful colonial-style hotels, delicious Burmese cuisine, and a range of exclusive cultural experiences.
See Burma through the lens of its colonial past as you visit key destinations from the days of British India.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Burma
Han Thar Gardens (Bago)
Han Thar Gardens is a colonial-style boutique hotel in the countryside outside the historic town of Bago.
Anybody who says Burmese food isn't delicious hasn't stayed at Han Thar Gardens. The service is impeccable, the staff extremely friendly, and the restaurant meals – cooked with produce from the hotel garden, no less – are fantastic. The hotel owner, Mimi, will pull out every stop to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible and give you recommendations for your time in Bago.
Though it's conveniently located for Bago, Han Thar Gardens lives up to its name in its lovely, leafy, rural setting. There is a garden area overlooking the surrounding fields in which to relax with a nice cold drink, the guest rooms are all beautifully decorated and comfortable, and there is complimentary wifi available. This is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and appreciate the Burmese countryside.
Bawga Theiddi Hotel (Bagan)
Situated in New Bagan, the Bagan Theiddi Hotel is situated a short drive away from some of the key attractions and temples of Old Bagan.
Taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape, the hotel is crisp and clean with sandstone features and local handicrafts dotting the building. The restaurant has a good range of food and has the option of outdoor seating in the high season. The hotel has bike rental available, as well as shuttle services into Old Bagan if you would prefer not to use pedal power! There is also a lovely outdoor pool available for a refreshing break after a day exploring.
Attran Hotel (Mawlemyine)
The riverside Attran Hotel makes a pleasant base from which to explore the city of Mawlemyine. Located at the north end of the colonial Strand road, the hotel has a number of comfortable suite rooms and friendly staff. Facilities are limited in keeping with the nature of a region which sees few international visitors, and guests should be aware that power and hot water may be intermittent.
Bagan King Hotel (Mandalay)
This delightful boutique hotel is a great choice for your stay in Mandalay.
Situated a short walk from the Royal Palace and some of InsideBurma's favourite restaurants, this hotel is well located and a welcome oasis in the middle of the city. The hotel is situated on the corner of two roads and rooms are bright and airy, offering interesting views of city life. The hotel takes inspiration from the ancient temples of Bagan, with beautiful exposed brickwork in the ensuite bathrooms, large mirrors, and dark wood furniture. Rooms have TV's with English channels and Air conditioning is standard throughout the hotel. The reception is full of statues, gold, brick and terracotta vases, mimicking the stunning views of the temples on the Bagan plains. The top floor restaurant offers a mix of either a la carte or buffet breakfast depending on availability and it is a fantastic choice for dinner with great views over the city.
Chatrium Hotel (Yangon)
Located across the road from Kandawgyi Lake, the Thai-owned Chatrium Hotel is one of Yangon's finest international-standard properties. Set around a pleasant, palm-fringed swimming pool, the comfortable guest rooms are spacious and well-designed. A range of pleasant dining options are available, with a great buffet breakfast on offer each morning.
The Loft Hotel (Yangon)
Situated a 2 minute walk from the central railway station and Bogyoke Market, the Loft Hotel is a modern boutique property and a sanctuary from the busy city surrounding it. The small 32 room hotel has a small western restaurant and is also within walking distance of several good options. Rooms are furnished in a modern design with exposed brickwork, dark walls, large photographs and waterfall showers in the bathrooms.