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
Our Classic Myanmar (Burma) tour is the perfect introduction to the country; exploring its cultural, historical and scenic highlights.
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
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.
Best Western Green Hill (Yangon)
The Best Western Green Hill is a wonderfully located hotel in the middle of bustling Yangon
The rooms are clean and bright and the friendly staff will welcome you both at the reception and in the restaurant, which offers a range of international meals. All rooms have air conditioning as well as a TV and the ensuite bathrooms are all equipped with a bath.
Taw Win Garden Hotel (Yangon)
This interesting accommodation choice in Yangon has a suprise around every corner. Situated above a shopping mall in the downtown area, the seemingly endless corridors lead to smartly decorated rooms, multiple restaurant choices and a small spa. All rooms have a small balcony, compliemtary wifi and air conditioning and there is an atrium on every level containing a quirky and kitsch artificial garden, lit with purple lighting. Head up to the top floor for a real garden experience. The famous Shwedagon Pagoda can be seen from certain points throughout the hotel. If you don't want to eat in your hotel in the evening, the mall has some great food choices just an elevator ride away!
Han Thar Gardens (Bago)
Han Thar Gardens is a colonial-style boutique hotel in the countryside outside the historic town of Bago.
Anybody who says Burmese food isn't delicious hasn't stayed at Han Thar Gardens. The service is impeccable, the staff extremely friendly, and the restaurant meals – cooked with produce from the hotel garden, no less – are fantastic. The hotel owner, Mimi, will pull out every stop to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible and give you recommendations for your time in Bago.
Though it's conveniently located for Bago, Han Thar Gardens lives up to its name in its lovely, leafy, rural setting. There is a garden area overlooking the surrounding fields in which to relax with a nice cold drink, the guest rooms are all beautifully decorated and comfortable, and there is complimentary wifi available. This is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and appreciate the Burmese countryside.
Belmond Governor's Residence (Yangon)
The Belmond (formerly Orient Express)-operated Governor's Residence provides a delightfully shady retreat from the heat and throng of Yangon city life. As the name implies the property was once a colonial residence, and retains a charm and character that sets it apart from the other hotels in town. The main residence building, which houses the restaurant and bar, is accessed on a walkway over a lily pond, adjacent to the swimming pool. The spacious and elegant guest rooms are located beyond in a thoughtfully designed annex, overlooking the gardens. The quiet and leafy Diplomatic Quarter in which Governor's is located is not far from the Shwedagon, and within a short drive of all the city's main attractions.
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.