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!
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Classic Cultural Journeys itineraries
Travel through Myanmar (Burma) in style, with beautiful colonial hotels, delicious Burmese cuisine, and a range of exclusive cultural experiences.
Best of Myanmar (Burma) explores the country's key destinations in a fast-paced introduction to Myanmar's fascinating history and glorious scenery.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Myanmar
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.
Mawlemyine Strand Hotel (Mawlamyine)
Part of the Aureum group which operates hotels across Myanmar, the Mawlemyine Strand is modern construction overlooking the Thanlyin River at the northern tip of the Strand Road, the erstwhile colonial riverside promenade. Rooms are simple and somewhat lacking in character but are clean and acceptable in a city with little choice for foreign visitors, and the hotel is well-located for strolling through the streets of Mawlemyine soaking up the atmosphere of this once-prosperous city.
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.
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.
The Strand (Yangon)
The Strand is a Yangon icon, the grand dame of colonial hotels close to the British Embassy and Yangon River.
Built in 1901 the hotel has hosted dignitaries and celebrities for many decades. The great high-ceilinged guest suites are decorated in original colonial style, bringing an elegance and refinement to any stay in Yangon. The delightful restaurant and café are open throughout the day, with the celebrated Strand High Tea a lovely option for residents and visitors alike.
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.