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.
Best of Burma explores the country's key destinations in a fast-paced introduction to Burma's fascinating history and glorious scenery.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Burma
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.
Villa Inle Resort & Spa (Inle Lake)
The delightful Villa Inle Resort is perhaps our favourite option on beautiful Lake Inle. Service is welcoming and attentive from the moment of arrival by long-tail boat, guided in by traditional leg-rowing oarsman. The individual villas are light and furnished in an elegant, contemporary style. Lakefront villas are particularly special, with spacious private verandas providing the perfect spot from which to relax as the sun sets over the lake.
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.
Sanctum Inle Resort (Inle Lake)
Recently opened in May 2015, Sanctum Inle Resort has been finished to a high standard.
This lakeside property takes inspiration from not only the surrounding countryside but also the quiet, peaceful feel of a monastery thanks to the influence of its French architect. The rooms are spacious and finished with teak floors and furniture with the furnishings adding a splash of colour - a real space for relaxation after a day out on the lake. The hotel has a small spa as well as a restaurant serving both local and western dishes and a bar, both with outdoor seating.
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.