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
Our Classic Burma tour is the perfect introduction to the country; exploring its cultural, historical and scenic highlights.
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
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!
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 wifi 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.
Belmond Governor's Residence (Yangon)
The Belmond (formerly Orient Express)-operated Governor's Residence provides a delightfully shady retreat from the heat and throng of Yangon city life. As the name implies the property was once a colonial residence, and retains a charm and character that sets it apart from the other hotels in town. The main residence building, which houses the restaurant and bar, is accessed on a walkway over a lily pond, adjacent to the swimming pool. The spacious and elegant guest rooms are located beyond in a thoughtfully designed annex, overlooking the gardens. The quiet and leafy Diplomatic Quarter in which Governor's is located is not far from the Shwedagon, and within a short drive of all the city's main attractions.
Taw Win Garden Hotel (Yangon)
This interesting accommodation choice in Yangon has a suprise around every corner. Situated above a shopping mall in the downtown area, the seemingly endless corridors lead to smartly decorated rooms, multiple restaurant choices and a small spa. All rooms have a small balcony, compliemtary wifi and air conditioning and there is an atrium on every level containing a quirky and kitsch artificial garden, lit with purple lighting. Head up to the top floor for a real garden experience. The famous Shwedagon Pagoda can be seen from certain points throughout the hotel. If you don't want to eat in your hotel in the evening, the mall has some great food choices just an elevator ride away!
ViewPoint Lodge (Inle Lake)
Located in the heart of Nyaung Shwe, the main town at the northern end of Inle Lake, the ViewPoint Lodge is a charming property with a strong eco-friendly ethos, and a great choice for those who prefer to be surrounded by a little more life in the evenings. The thirty modern, spacious and smartly-furnished villas are constructed on stilts over a small lake, accessed by wooden walkways. The hotel restaurant is well-regarded, with the Shan taster menu particularly worth a try.
Rupar Mandalar Resort (Mandalay)
Rupar Mandalar Resort is a delightful addition to the Mandalay hotel scene. An oasis of cool and calm, the boutique property is tucked amidst landscaped gardens in the eastern outskirts of Mandalay, Myanmar, a short 15 minutes away from the city centre.