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
Best of Burma explores the country's key destinations in a fast-paced introduction to Burma's fascinating history and glorious scenery.
See Burma through the lens of its colonial past as you visit key destinations from the days of British India.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Burma
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.
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.
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.
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!
Hotel by the Red Canal (Mandalay)
The Hotel by The Red Canal breathes fresh life in to the Mandalay accommodation scene, offering a small, boutique property in the heart of the city. Utilizing the local culture as its inspiration, each of the property's 25 suites are custom designed with elements such as mother-of-pearl, marble and hilltribe textiles. A gourmet bistro, swimming pool and holistic spa provide guests with a delightful sense of elegance and refinement.
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.