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
Discover Burma's friendly people, fascinating history and glorious scenery as you visit its most celebrated destinations.
Our Classic Burma tour is the perfect introduction to the country; exploring its cultural, historical and scenic highlights.
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.
Hpa An Lodge (Hpa An)
Situated in southern Burma's green highlands in the shadows of the limestone peaks
The newly opened hotel features beautiful wooden cottages and scenic views within well cared for gardens, making it comfortable the best choice in this town with little to offer the accommodation scene. Rooms are simply furnished with dark wood floors and white linen and the property also boasts a small pool, as well as wonderful service from the young staff. The onsite restaurant offers a range of meals and cocktails and, as the hotel is outside the town itself, is not only a sensible but also an enjoyable dinner choice.
The Strand (Yangon)
The Strand is a Yangon icon, the grand dame of colonial hotels close to the British Embassy and Yangon River.
Built in 1901 the hotel has hosted dignitaries and celebrities for many decades. The great high-ceilinged guest suites are decorated in original colonial style, bringing an elegance and refinement to any stay in Yangon. The delightful restaurant and café are open throughout the day, with the celebrated Strand High Tea a lovely option for residents and visitors alike.
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.
Bagan Thande Hotel (Bagan)
The Bagan Thande Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding pagodas and temples .
The hotel is located just behind the Archaeological Muesum. The rooms are simple and spacious and the swimming pool and garden area provide a great space for relaxing. It is a pleasant 20 minute walk or horsecart ride to a restaurant filled junction, in the evening you will see the temples lit up, glowing in the pitch black of the late evening.
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.