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!
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Classic Cultural Journeys itineraries
Travel through Burma in style, with beautiful colonial-style hotels, delicious Burmese cuisine, and a range of exclusive cultural experiences.
Get a comprehensive and fascinating introduction to Burma's classic sights without breaking the bank.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Burma
Savoy Hotel (Yangon)
The Savoy is a lovely classic colonial property dating back to the 1930s, with thirty spacious and elegant guest rooms and suites, many overlooking the compact but pleasant swimming pool. The hotel is conveniently located in central Yangon within walking distance of People's Park and the Shwedagon Pagoda. For the less energetic the Shwedagon provides a spectacular backdrop for the excellent Kipling Restaurant, breathtaking in the evening when floodlit.
Hotel Zwekabin (Hpa An)
In the remote Hpa An region the Hotel Zwekabin appears somewhat of an anomaly, resembling an upmarket resort set amongst the rice paddies and limestone peaks. Service and finish leave something to be desired, with power and hot water a little unpredictable, but this is comfortably the best option in the area, just a short drive from downtown Hpa An.
Mawlemyine Strand Hotel (Mawlamyine)
Part of the Aureum group which operates hotels across Myanmar, the Mawlemyine Strand is modern construction overlooking the Thanlyin River at the northern tip of the Strand Road, the erstwhile colonial riverside promenade. Rooms are simple and somewhat lacking in character but are clean and acceptable in a city with little choice for foreign visitors, and the hotel is well-located for strolling through the streets of Mawlemyine soaking up the atmosphere of this once-prosperous city.
Thazin Garden (Bagan)
Located on the edge of New Bagan Town, the Thazin Garden is a great value resort-style property set in spacious grounds and boasting its own ancient pagoda. The property has a choice of villa-style accommodation overlooking the gardens, or pagoda-view rooms in the new annex building. In either option rooms have a pleasant local feel, with comfortable furnishings and a small outdoor seating area to absorb the atmosphere. The resort's pool, shaded by bougainvillea, provides a welcome spot to relax and cool down after a day of exploring.
Sule Shangri-La (Yangon)
The recently renovated Sule Shangri-La (formerly known as the Trader's Hotel) provides an excellent standard of accommodation in one of Yangon's most central and convenient locations, close to the Sule Pagoda and Scott Market. Rooms are comfortable and thoughtfully furnished, and other facilities include a pleasant outdoor pool, spa and a couple of good restaurants. The Sunday brunch is a particular favourite with the Yangon expat community!
Best Western Green Hill (Yangon)
The Best Western Green Hill is a wonderfully located hotel in the middle of bustling Yangon
The rooms are clean and bright and the friendly staff will welcome you both at the reception and in the restaurant, which offers a range of international meals. All rooms have air conditioning as well as a TV and the ensuite bathrooms are all equipped with a bath.