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
Bagan Lodge (Bagan)
The Bagan Lodge is a wonderful accommodation choice, 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.
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.
Hotel Pyin Oo Lwin (Pyin Oo Lwin)
For visitors to the former colonial hill station town of Pyin Oo Lwin, this quaint hotel offers an excellent array of modern amenities combined with a large dose of local charm. Located next to the National Botanical Gardens, and within walking distance of his vibrant town's main attractions, Hotel Pyin Oo Lwin features 36 rooms and suites, all with LCD TVs and complimentary wifi plus a swimming pool. And after a day exploring the 'City of Flowers', guests can unwind in front of the fireplace in The Lounge, or enjoy a lovely meal at the restaurant.
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.
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.
The Loft Hotel (Yangon)
Situated a 2 minute walk from the central railway station and Bogyoke Market, the Loft Hotel is a modern boutique property and a sanctuary from the busy city surrounding it. The small 32 room hotel has a small western restaurant and is also within walking distance of several good options. Rooms are furnished in a modern design with exposed brickwork, dark walls, large photographs and waterfall showers in the bathrooms.