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
See Myanmar (Burma) through the lens of its colonial past as you visit key destinations from the days of British India.
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
Bagan Thande Hotel (Bagan)
The Bagan Thande Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding pagodas and temples .
The hotel is located just behind the Archaeological Muesum. The rooms are simple and spacious and the swimming pool and garden area provide a great space for relaxing. It is a pleasant 20 minute walk or horsecart ride to a restaurant filled junction, in the evening you will see the temples lit up, glowing in the pitch black of the late evening.
Sule Shangri-La (Yangon)
The recently renovated Sule Shangri-La (formerly known as the Trader's Hotel) provides an excellent standard of accommodation in one of Yangon's most central and convenient locations, close to the Sule Pagoda and Scott Market. Rooms are comfortable and thoughtfully furnished, and other facilities include a pleasant outdoor pool, spa and a couple of good restaurants. The Sunday brunch is a particular favourite with the Yangon expat community!
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.
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.
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!
Bagan King Hotel (Mandalay)
This delightful boutique hotel is a great choice for your stay in Mandalay.
Situated a short walk from the Royal Palace and some of InsideAsia's favourite restaurants, this hotel is well located and a welcome oasis in the middle of the city. The hotel is situated on the corner of two roads and rooms are bright and airy, offering interesting views of city life. The hotel takes inspiration from the ancient temples of Bagan, with beautiful exposed brickwork in the ensuite bathrooms, large mirrors, and dark wood furniture. Rooms have TV's with English channels and Air conditioning is standard throughout the hotel. The reception is full of statues, gold, brick and terracotta vases, mimicking the stunning views of the temples on the Bagan plains. The top floor restaurant offers a mix of either a la carte or buffet breakfast depending on availability and it is a fantastic choice for dinner with great views over the city.