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 Myanmar (Burma) in style, with beautiful colonial hotels, delicious Burmese cuisine, and a range of exclusive cultural experiences.
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 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.
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.
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.
Savoy Hotel (Yangon)
The Savoy is a lovely classic colonial property dating back to the 1930s, with thirty spacious and elegant guest rooms and suites, many overlooking the compact but pleasant swimming pool. The hotel is conveniently located in central Yangon within walking distance of People's Park and the Shwedagon Pagoda. For the less energetic the Shwedagon provides a spectacular backdrop for the excellent Kipling Restaurant, breathtaking in the evening when floodlit.
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.