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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Hpa An Lodge (Hpa An)
Situated in southern Burma's green highlands in the shadows of the limestone peaks
The newly opened hotel features beautiful wooden cottages and scenic views within well cared for gardens, making it comfortable the best choice in this town with little to offer the accommodation scene. Rooms are simply furnished with dark wood floors and white linen and the property also boasts a small pool, as well as wonderful service from the young staff. The onsite restaurant offers a range of meals and cocktails and, as the hotel is outside the town itself, is not only a sensible but also an enjoyable dinner choice.
Hotel Amazing Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)
Located in the heart of Nyaung Shwe, the main town at the northern end of Inle Lake, the Amazing Nyaung Shwe provides a great value base from which to explore the area. With only twelve clean and comfortable rooms, and a pleasant restaurant, the hotel is a perfect option for those who prefer to be surrounded by a little more life in the evenings.
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.