Myanmar Yoga Holiday

Myanmar Yoga Holiday

Why go?

"Following the lifting of Western sanctions, Burma - also known as Myanmar - has become a magnet for tourists. It has some wondrous sights: a thousand temples scattered across the countryside in Bagan; the leg-rowers and floating gardens of Inle Lake, and majestic rivers - the Ayeyarwady and

the Chindwin - navigable into the furthest reaches of the country. But the big draw is the chance to see a country where the 21st-century world has barely intruded. This is changing but there is still a strong sense of the old Orient here. It's a place where Buddhism is still a way of life." - Telegraph Travel

Dates: 22 January - 2 February 2019
Price: £1800 twin sharing / £2200 single occupancy

What is Included?
• Domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary
• Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
• Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
• Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
• Service of English speaking guide in every locations (except for Ngapali)
• Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
• All yoga sessions - you can do as little and as much as you like. You also DO NOT have to do any yoga at all.

• International flights
Please wait for my confirmation before you book as we need a minimum number of participants.
• Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
• Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
• Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
• Tips for guides and drivers
• Personal travel insurance
• Myanmar Visa fees

Day 1 Yangon Arrival
Day 2 Yangon City Tour
Day 3 Yangon – Fly to Bagan – Discovery
Day 4 Bagan Sightseeing
Day 5 Bagan – Fly to Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura
Day 6 Mandalay – Migun – Mandalay Hill
Day 7 Mandalay – Fly to Inle Lake – Discovery
Day 8 Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake
Day 9 Inle Lake – Ngapali
Day 10 Ngapali Beach Free Time
Day 11 Ngapali Beach Free Time
Day 12 Ngapali – Yangon
Day 13 Yangon Departure

Day 1: Yangon Arrival
Our tour guide & driver will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Your highlight for this evening is the dinner in Karaweik Palace, overlooking to the Royal Lake and Shwedagon tower. The dinner is served with fine Burmese food and amazing cultural show.
Accommodations: Hotel in Yangon
Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Yangon city tour
This morning, transfer to Yangon Railways station to take a unique ride on the city’s circular train ride through the outskirts of town. The slowly traveling train gives you unique opportunity to enjoy observing the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people. Disembark after 45 minutes – 1 hour in Insein township. One of the city's best fresh markets is here, filled with vendors and piles of colorful items for sale. Spend time walking amid the stalls examining the fruits, produce and meats on sale as well as chatting with the friendly locals.
Transfer by car back to the city centre of Yangon. Take a short walking tour through Chinatown and Little India, two fabulously diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of Yangon. You'll see street markets, snack vendors and many places of worship as you walk along the street.
From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
Accommodations: Hotel in Yangon
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Yangon – Fly to Bagan – Discovery
Today we have an early morning flight to Bagan, in fact, the only direct flight. Bagan is Myanmar’s archaeological wonderland, where over 3,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside. Start your tour with a trip to the bustling Nyang U Market in Old Bagan then explore the beautiful, gold leaf Shwezigon Pagoda and learn about Burmese Buddhist traditions. We continue our tour with a visit to Ananda Temple, stopping along the way on the Bagan plains to admire some of the surrounding temples. In the afternoon, take a tour of a local lacquer ware workshop and learn how this traditional piece of art is made.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Bagan Sightseeing
After breakfast, start with an exotic horse cart ride to one of the biggest temples in Bagan: Nan Paya Pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby, continue with sightseeing to Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple, take note of the architectural difference in MyaZedi Pagoda before heading to Manuha Temple. The highlight of today is the panoramic sunset view from the second highest pagoda of Bagan, the ShweSandaw Pagoda.
Accommodations: Hotel in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Bagan – Fly to Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura
Head to the airport for a flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, we drive to Amarapura. Being famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery Amarapura is the best place to experience the
monk life in Mandalay. Every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up silently to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists.
Next, head to Sagaing, discover the monk education, visit Budda cave, Uminthonze pagoda and Sunooponnyashin pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay. We then cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a horse cart ride around the peaceful countryside, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, and Nan Myint tower.
End of the day, walk over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type to Mahamuni Image – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself. Enjoy great sunset view here.
Accommodations: Hotel in Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Mandalay – Migun – Mandalay Hill
After breakfast, we drive to Mandalay pier, embarking on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell the 90 tons ringing bell.
In the afternoon, visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery - noted for its exquisite wood carvings, gold leaf beating workshop, Kuthodaw Pagoda - known as the world biggest book and finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sun-set and the panoramic view of the city.
Accommodations: Hotel in Mandalay.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Mandalay – Fly to Inle Lake – Discovery
Leave Mandalay for Heho. Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar, located 900m above sea level and is home to unique one leg rower Intha people.
Upon arrival, board on motorboat for a sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images, also is believed the holiest in Inle Lake. Our next visit is Ngaphechaung monastery, known as jumping cat pagoda. As you travel further to Nam Pan village; cotton and lotus weaving factory, cigar making houses will impress you with a sense of traditional Intha life.
Accommodations: Hotel in Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake
This morning, you will visit the 5 days market which is held in different villages surround the lake. This is definitely a fascinating place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and exotic market atmosphere.
After lunch, the boat will take you to beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will be definitely relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns which have been left to the nature for centuries.
Accommodations: Hotel in Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Inle Lake – Ngapali Beach
After breakfast, you will catch a flight from Heho to Thandwe. It is time to immerse in the pristine waters of Ngapali Beach and the beautiful green coconut groves. It’s your time to relax and enjoy.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ngapali
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Ngapali Beach
Today you are free to visit Treasure Island or relax on the sandy beach of Ngapali.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ngapali
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Ngapali Beach – Yangon
Another day to relax on the beach.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ngapali
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Ngapali Beach – Yangon
After breakfast, return to Yangon. Check in hotel and relax
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 13: Yangon departure
After breakfast, you are free until your departure time. You will be driven to Yangon International Airport for the flight home.
Accommodation: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

Various styles of yoga styles will be offered throughout, either a flowing vinyasa sequence to wake us up before breakfast or yin yoga at sunset to cap the day. Guided pranayama and meditation complement our practice. All levels and abilities are welcome. Please bring your own mats and props.

About the teacher and facilitator:
Patricia is a London-based, qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher having finished her 500-hour teacher training in 2009 with Marc Beuvain in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Her classes are geared towards all levels, especially for beginners, and she is certified to teach baby, kids, family, prenatal/postnatal and most recently, yin yoga. Group classes offer three variations to suit each individual's needs and capabilities.

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