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
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!
See Myanmar (Burma) through the lens of its colonial past as you visit key destinations from the days of British India.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Myanmar
Bawga Theiddi Hotel (Bagan)
Situated in New Bagan, the Bagan Theiddi Hotel is situated a short drive away from some of the key attractions and temples of Old Bagan.
Taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape, the hotel is crisp and clean with sandstone features and local handicrafts dotting the building. The restaurant has a good range of food and has the option of outdoor seating in the high season. The hotel has bike rental available, as well as shuttle services into Old Bagan if you would prefer not to use pedal power! There is also a lovely outdoor pool available for a refreshing break after a day exploring.
Mawlemyine Strand Hotel (Mawlamyine)
Part of the Aureum group which operates hotels across Myanmar, the Mawlemyine Strand is modern construction overlooking the Thanlyin River at the northern tip of the Strand Road, the erstwhile colonial riverside promenade. Rooms are simple and somewhat lacking in character but are clean and acceptable in a city with little choice for foreign visitors, and the hotel is well-located for strolling through the streets of Mawlemyine soaking up the atmosphere of this once-prosperous city.
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.
Chatrium Hotel (Yangon)
Located across the road from Kandawgyi Lake, the Thai-owned Chatrium Hotel is one of Yangon's finest international-standard properties. Set around a pleasant, palm-fringed swimming pool, the comfortable guest rooms are spacious and well-designed. A range of pleasant dining options are available, with a great buffet breakfast on offer each morning.
Hotel Zwekabin (Hpa An)
In the remote Hpa An region the Hotel Zwekabin appears somewhat of an anomaly, resembling an upmarket resort set amongst the rice paddies and limestone peaks. Service and finish leave something to be desired, with power and hot water a little unpredictable, but this is comfortably the best option in the area, just a short drive from downtown Hpa An.
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.