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
Get a comprehensive and fascinating introduction to Burma's classic sights without breaking the bank.
Travel through Burma in style, with beautiful colonial-style hotels, delicious Burmese cuisine, and a range of exclusive cultural experiences.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Burma
Hotel Pyin Oo Lwin (Pyin Oo Lwin)
For visitors to the former colonial hill station town of Pyin Oo Lwin, this quaint hotel offers an excellent array of modern amenities combined with a large dose of local charm. Located next to the National Botanical Gardens, and within walking distance of his vibrant town's main attractions, Hotel Pyin Oo Lwin features 36 rooms and suites, all with LCD TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi, plus a swimming pool. And after a day exploring the 'City of Flowers', guests can unwind in front of the fireplace in The Lounge, or enjoy a lovely meal at the restaurant.
Pristine Lotus Spa Resort Inle (Inle Lake)
Hidden amongst the trees on a hillside on the western shore of Inle Lake, the Pristine Lotus is a smart and well-designed resort, offering first-class service and accommodation. Hillside villas are spacious and comfortable, spread thoughtfully through the leafy and well-maintained grounds. Facilities include an excellent value spa, outdoor naturally-heated jacuzzi and a pleasant restaurant. Although the lake itself is not visible from the resort, it is accessed by boat through one of the many creeks that pass through the floating farms that cover the shallows around lake shore.
Bagan Lodge (Bagan)
The Bagan Lodge is the newest addition to the local accommodation scene, opened in Dec 2013, and located midway between the small towns of Old and New Bagan. The lobby overlooks the pleasant central pool and restaurant, with unique tent-roofed bungalows spread throughout the landscaped grounds. Each semi-detached bungalow offers a cool and shady retreat from the heat of the Bagan plain, with a large bathroom and a comfortable safari-themed décor. The hotel is surrounded by the pagodas and stupas that dot the plain, and is a great base from which to explore on foot, by bike or with your guide.
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.
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.
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.