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!
Our Classic Myanmar (Burma) tour is the perfect introduction to the country; exploring its cultural, historical and scenic highlights.
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!
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.
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 InsideBurma'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.
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.
The Loft Hotel (Yangon)
Situated a 2 minute walk from the central railway station and Bogyoke Market, the Loft Hotel is a modern boutique property and a sanctuary from the busy city surrounding it. The small 32 room hotel has a small western restaurant and is also within walking distance of several good options. Rooms are furnished in a modern design with exposed brickwork, dark walls, large photographs and waterfall showers in the bathrooms.
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.