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
Travel through Myanmar (Burma) in style, with beautiful colonial hotels, delicious Burmese cuisine, and a range of exclusive cultural experiences.
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
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.
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.
Thazin Garden (Bagan)
Located on the edge of New Bagan Town, the Thazin Garden is a great value resort-style property set in spacious grounds and boasting its own ancient pagoda. The property has a choice of villa-style accommodation overlooking the gardens, or pagoda-view rooms in the new annex building. In either option rooms have a pleasant local feel, with comfortable furnishings and a small outdoor seating area to absorb the atmosphere. The resort's pool, shaded by bougainvillea, provides a welcome spot to relax and cool down after a day of exploring.
Han Thar Gardens (Bago)
Han Thar Gardens is a colonial-style boutique hotel in the countryside outside the historic town of Bago.
Anybody who says Burmese food isn't delicious hasn't stayed at Han Thar Gardens. The service is impeccable, the staff extremely friendly, and the restaurant meals – cooked with produce from the hotel garden, no less – are fantastic. The hotel owner, Mimi, will pull out every stop to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible and give you recommendations for your time in Bago.
Though it's conveniently located for Bago, Han Thar Gardens lives up to its name in its lovely, leafy, rural setting. There is a garden area overlooking the surrounding fields in which to relax with a nice cold drink, the guest rooms are all beautifully decorated and comfortable, and there is complimentary wifi available. This is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and appreciate the Burmese countryside.
Sanctum Inle Resort (Inle Lake)
Recently opened in May 2015, Sanctum Inle Resort has been finished to a high standard.
This lakeside property takes inspiration from not only the surrounding countryside but also the quiet, peaceful feel of a monastery thanks to the influence of its French architect. The rooms are spacious and finished with teak floors and furniture with the furnishings adding a splash of colour - a real space for relaxation after a day out on the lake. The hotel has a small spa as well as a restaurant serving both local and western dishes and a bar, both with outdoor seating.
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.