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
See Burma through the lens of its colonial past as you visit key destinations from the days of British India.
Discover the flavours, aromas and incredible variety of Burmese cuisine on a culinary journey through the country from the tea houses of Yangon to vineyards of Inle Lake, and everything in-between!
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Burma
Bagan Thande Hotel (Bagan)
The Bagan Thande Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding pagodas and temples .
The hotel is located just behind the Archaeological Muesum. The rooms are simple and spacious and the swimming pool and garden area provide a great space for relaxing. It is a pleasant 20 minute walk or horsecart ride to a restaurant filled junction, in the evening you will see the temples lit up, glowing in the pitch black of the late evening.
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.
Mandalay Hill Resort (Mandalay)
Set at the foot of the legendary Mandalay Hill and facing the majestic Royal Palace, the Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel is a stylish base from which to explore the city. The hotel has a large swimming pool, a spa and a number of restaurants and bars to choose from as well as an ATM machine in the reception for your convenience. Rooms are bright and airy and the higher floors offer wonderful views across the city. This hotel is popular for families and couples alike and makes a great choice for travellers looking for a comfortable stay here in Mandalay.
Popa Mountain Resort (Mt Popa)
Perched on a mountainside on the outskirts of Bagan, Popa Mountain Resort is an inviting eco-friendly hotel in one of the country's most enviable settings. The property overlooks Mount Popa, an important pilgrimage destination for the Burmese people, and its teak wood villas blend in harmoniously with the natural surroundings. With an onsite golf course, and swimming pool the Popa Mountain Resort is an ideal location for a relaxing night or two.
Areindmar Hotel (Bagan)
The recently renovated Areindmar is a delightfully peaceful and shady retreat from which to explore the temples and pagodas of Bagan. Rooms are located in a two-storey building around a spacious central courtyard which boasts a splendid old Tamarind tree. A small swimming pool is set in a leafy spot close to the reception and hotel restaurant, and spa facilities are also available for those in need of relaxation after a day of exploration. The hotel is located on the edge of the small town of New Bagan, where a number of small local restaurants offer a choice of dining options.
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.