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
Best of Myanmar (Burma) explores the country's key destinations in a fast-paced introduction to Myanmar's fascinating history and glorious scenery.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Popa Mountain Resort (Mt Popa)
Perched on a mountainside on the outskirts of Bagan, Popa Mountain Resort is an inviting eco-friendly hotel in one of the country's most enviable settings. The property overlooks Mount Popa, an important pilgrimage destination for the Burmese people, and its teak wood villas blend in harmoniously with the natural surroundings. With an onsite golf course, and swimming pool the Popa Mountain Resort is an ideal location for a relaxing night or two.
Savoy Hotel (Yangon)
The Savoy is a lovely classic colonial property dating back to the 1930s, with thirty spacious and elegant guest rooms and suites, many overlooking the compact but pleasant swimming pool. The hotel is conveniently located in central Yangon within walking distance of People's Park and the Shwedagon Pagoda. For the less energetic the Shwedagon provides a spectacular backdrop for the excellent Kipling Restaurant, breathtaking in the evening when floodlit.