After many years isolated from the rest of the world, Burma retains the aura of a bygone age and it's no different when it comes to some of the accommodation options.
From imposing teak mansions built in the colonial style, to stilted chalets above water, we look at the appeal of staying in a character property in Burma.
Start planning your trip to Burma
Although accommodation options in Burma are limited, there is still a range available in most key locations, with simple facilities and functional rooms. However, if you want to stay in a character property then it's important to book at least 9 to 12 months in advance of travel, as those properties are extremely popular.
If you're travelling off the beaten track, accommodation is restricted to locally run guesthouses and hotels.
To go or not to go
There have always been conflicting views about whether tour operators should offer travel to Burma because of the political controversy surrounding the country under its government.
We actively try to use hotels and services that have no connection with the government, including our local partner in Burma, a family-run business employing over 200 staff.
Read more on our policy on Burma.
Character properties in Burma
Hotel by the Red Canal
Situated on a quiet residential side street just a five minute drive from the downtown areas of Mandalay, this charming boutique property provides a very calm backdrop in this busy city.
The Savoy Hotel has a good standard of accommodation with adequate facilities. It is also noted for its character and relaxed, informal atmosphere.
Bagan Thande Hotel
The Bagan Thande is one of the oldest hotels in the area having opened in 1922 for the visit of King Edward VIII. The simple accommodation that has an air of faded grandeur.
Belmond Governor's Residence
The Belmond Governor’s residence is a charming oasis among the otherwise busy streets of Yangon. The property oozes character and charm, providing guests with a relaxing base from which to explore the city.