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
Travel through Burma in style, with beautiful colonial-style hotels, delicious Burmese cuisine, and a range of exclusive cultural experiences.
Discover Burma's friendly people, fascinating history and glorious scenery as you visit its most celebrated destinations.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Burma
Hpa An Lodge (Hpa An)
Situated in southern Burma's green highlands
The newly opened Hpa An Lodge features beautiful wooden cottages and scenic views. Rooms are simply furnished and the property also boasts a small pool, as well as wonderful service.
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!
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.
Shwe Ingyinn (Mandalay)
Set in the heart of downtown Mandalay this budget hotel provides a well located base for visitors. The rooms are spacious and light with large windows overlooking the city. Simply decorated, and unfussy. All rooms come with AC and en-suite rooms as standard. The hotel is within walking distance of the central train station and a number of local restaurants. This is a great choice for those looking for a good value, well placed hotel in Mandalay.
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.
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.