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.
Travel through Myanmar (Burma) in style, with beautiful colonial hotels, delicious Burmese cuisine, and a range of exclusive cultural experiences.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Myanmar
Attran Hotel (Mawlemyine)
The riverside Attran Hotel makes a pleasant base from which to explore the city of Mawlemyine. Located at the north end of the colonial Strand road, the hotel has a number of comfortable suite rooms and friendly staff. Facilities are limited in keeping with the nature of a region which sees few international visitors, and guests should be aware that power and hot water may be intermittent.
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!
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 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.
Areindmar Hotel (Bagan)
The recently renovated Areindmar is a delightfully peaceful and shady retreat from which to explore the temples and pagodas of Bagan. Rooms are located in a two-storey building around a spacious central courtyard which boasts a splendid old Tamarind tree. A small swimming pool is set in a leafy spot close to the reception and hotel restaurant, and spa facilities are also available for those in need of relaxation after a day of exploration. The hotel is located on the edge of the small town of New Bagan, where a number of small local restaurants offer a choice of dining options.