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
Best of Myanmar (Burma) explores the country's key destinations in a fast-paced introduction to Myanmar's fascinating history and glorious scenery.
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
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!
Rupar Mandalar Resort (Mandalay)
Rupar Mandalar Resort is a delightful addition to the Mandalay hotel scene. An oasis of cool and calm, the boutique property is tucked amidst landscaped gardens in the eastern outskirts of Mandalay, Myanmar, a short 15 minutes away from the city centre.
Hotel by the Red Canal (Mandalay)
The Hotel by The Red Canal breathes fresh life in to the Mandalay accommodation scene, offering a small, boutique property in the heart of the city. Utilizing the local culture as its inspiration, each of the property's 25 suites are custom designed with elements such as mother-of-pearl, marble and hilltribe textiles. A gourmet bistro, swimming pool and holistic spa provide guests with a delightful sense of elegance and refinement.
ViewPoint Lodge (Inle Lake)
Located in the heart of Nyaung Shwe, the main town at the northern end of Inle Lake, the ViewPoint Lodge is a charming property with a strong eco-friendly ethos, and a great choice for those who prefer to be surrounded by a little more life in the evenings. The thirty modern, spacious and smartly-furnished villas are constructed on stilts over a small lake, accessed by wooden walkways. The hotel restaurant is well-regarded, with the Shan taster menu particularly worth a try.
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.
Mandalay Hill Resort (Mandalay)
Set at the foot of the legendary Mandalay Hill and facing the majestic Royal Palace, the Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel is a stylish base from which to explore the city. The hotel has a large swimming pool, a spa and a number of restaurants and bars to choose from as well as an ATM machine in the reception for your convenience. Rooms are bright and airy and the higher floors offer wonderful views across the city. This hotel is popular for families and couples alike and makes a great choice for travellers looking for a comfortable stay here in Mandalay.