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!
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Classic Cultural Journeys itineraries
Best of Myanmar (Burma) explores the country's key destinations in a fast-paced introduction to Myanmar's fascinating history and glorious scenery.
Travel through Myanmar (Burma) in style, with beautiful colonial hotels, delicious Burmese cuisine, and a range of exclusive cultural experiences.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Myanmar
Hotel Amazing Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)
Located in the heart of Nyaung Shwe, the main town at the northern end of Inle Lake, the Amazing Nyaung Shwe provides a great value base from which to explore the area. With only twelve clean and comfortable rooms, and a pleasant restaurant, the hotel is a perfect option for those who prefer to be surrounded by a little more life in the evenings.
Hpa An Lodge (Hpa An)
Situated in southern Burma's green highlands in the shadows of the limestone peaks
The newly opened hotel features beautiful wooden cottages and scenic views within well cared for gardens, making it comfortable the best choice in this town with little to offer the accommodation scene. Rooms are simply furnished with dark wood floors and white linen and the property also boasts a small pool, as well as wonderful service from the young staff. The onsite restaurant offers a range of meals and cocktails and, as the hotel is outside the town itself, is not only a sensible but also an enjoyable dinner choice.
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.
Attran Hotel (Mawlemyine)
The riverside Attran Hotel makes a pleasant base from which to explore the city of Mawlemyine. Located at the north end of the colonial Strand road, the hotel has a number of comfortable suite rooms and friendly staff. Facilities are limited in keeping with the nature of a region which sees few international visitors, and guests should be aware that power and hot water may be intermittent.
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.
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.