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12 Days Cultural Immersion and Yoga Retreat in Burma

  • Samyama Yoga, Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Ngapali, Burma

Burma Yoga Retreat and Tours

Join this magnificent yoga retreat to enjoy a tour around Burma. You will have the chance to see a country where the 21st century world has barely intruded. Discover some wondrous sights like 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 and discover a place where Buddhism is still a way of life.


  • Wonderful yoga sessions
  • Excursions for to beautiful sites
  • Service of English speaking guide
  • Private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights to scheduled locations
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • 10 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a single or a shared twin room. Confortable hotel accommodations will be provided at the four different locations in Burma.

Yoga practices

During this retreat, various styles of yoga styles will be offered throughout, either a flowing Vinyasa sequence to wake up before breakfast, or a Restorative or Yin yoga at sunset to cap the day, and guided pranayama and meditation to complement the practice. All levels and abilities are welcome and you can practice yoga as little or as much as you like.

Day 1 - Yangon arrival

The tour guide and driver will welcome you at the Yangon International Airport (RNG) 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 will be served with fine Burmese food and an amazing cultural show.

Day 2 - Yangon city tour

During the second day, you will be transferred 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 the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people. You will disembark after one hour in Insein township. One of the city's best fresh markets is here, filled with vendors and piles of colorful items for sale.

You will spend time walking amid the stalls examining the fruits, produce, and meats on sale as well as chatting with the friendly locals. You will then be transferred by car back to the city centre of Yangon. You will take a short walking tour through Chinatown and Little India, two fabulously diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of Yangon. There, you will see street markets, snack vendors and many places of worship as you walk along the street.

During the afternoon, you will continue to Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, to browse through the dozens of stalls and shops. This is Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods. From there, you will continue to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.

Day 3 - Fly to Bagan

During the third day, you will 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. You will 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.

You will then continue the tour with a visit to Ananda Temple, stopping along the way on the Bagan plains to admire some of the surrounding temples. During the afternoon, you will take a tour to a local lacquer ware workshop and learn how this traditional piece of art is made.

Day 4 - Bagan sightseeing

During the fourth day, after breakfast, you will start with an exotic horse cart ride to one of the biggest temples in Bagan; Nan Paya Pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby. You will continue with sightseeing to Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple to take note of the architectural difference in MyaZedi Pagoda before heading to Manuha Temple. The highlight of will be the panoramic sunset view from the second highest pagoda of Bagan, the ShweSandaw Pagoda.

Day 5 - Fly to Mandalay, Sagaing, and Amarapura

During the fifth day, you will head to the airport for a flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will drive to Amarapura. Amarapura is famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery and is the best place to experience the monk life in Mandalay. Every day at mid-morning the monks and novices line up silently to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists.

Then, you will head to Sagaing, where you will discover the monk education, visit the Budda cave, the Uminthonze pagoda, and the Sunooponnyashin pagoda.

There, you will enjoy the panoramic view of Mandalay. You will 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. You will 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.

By the end of the day, you will walk over the Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type to Mahamuni Image; a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself. You will enjoy a great sunset view there.

Day 6 - Mandalay, Migun, and Mandalay Hill

During the sixth day, after breakfast, you will 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, you will visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carving and gold leaf beating workshop. Kuthodaw Pagoda is known as the world biggest book. You will finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sun set and the panoramic view of the city.

Day 7 - Fly to Inle Lake

During the seventh day, you will leave Mandalay for Heho. Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar, located 900 meters above the sea level and is home to the unique one leg rower Intha people. Upon arrival, you will 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. The next visit will be Ngaphechaung monastery, known as jumping cat pagoda. As you travel further to Nam Pan village; cotton and lotus weaving factory and cigar making houses will impress you with a sense of traditional Intha life.

Day 8 - Inle Lake and Indein

During the eighth day, you will visit the five days market which is held in different villages around 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 a 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.

Day 9 - Inle Lake and Ngapali beach

During the ninth day, after breakfast, you will catch a flight from Heho to Thandwe. It will be time to immerse in the pristine waters of Ngapali beach and the beautiful green coconut groves. It will be time to relax and enjoy.

Day 10 - Ngapali beach

During the tenth day, you will be free to visit Treasure island or relax on the sandy beach of Ngapali.

Day 11 - Ngapali Beach and Yangon

During the eleventh day, after breakfast, you will return to Yangon and check in at the hotel and relax

Day 12 - Yangon departure

During departure day, after breakfast, you will enjoy free time until your departure time. You will be driven to Yangon International Airport (RNG) for the flight home.

  • Excursion around Bagan
  • Excursion around Mandalay
  • Excursion to Inle Lake and Indein
  • Excursion to Ngapali beach
  • Yangon city tour
  • Patricia Olabre

    Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Patricia has been a full-time yoga teacher since she completed her 500-hour teacher training course with the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation under Marc Beuvain in London. She is also a certified British Wheel of Yoga teacher. She finished the perinatal yoga foundation course with Birthlight in 2010 and a year later, the mother and baby yoga integrated course with Yogacampus and Sitaram Partnership. She is qualified as a children's yoga teacher through YogaBugs and Yoga'd Up when she first started teaching in 2008. She has recently been certified to share the benefits of Yin yoga.

This retreat will be held at four different places around Burma; Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake, and Ngapali.

During this retreat, you will be served a daily locally sourced delicious breakfast and one welcome dinner during arrival day.

  • 1 daily breakfast
  • 1 yoga session per day, either a morning or afternoon session
  • 1 welcome dinner
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Private tours, transfers, and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Service of English speaking guide in every locations (except for Ngapali)
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Additional meals
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • International flights
  • Myanmar visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Yoga sessions on arrival and departure day

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Yangon International Airport (RNG). The organizer will pick you up from the airport, the pick-up is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Liza Waller from United Kingdom

    Perfect weekend retreat for healing and renewal

    CONS Cons: Nothing not to like!!

    PROS Pros: Patricia led the weekend sensitively and skilfully. I enjoyed her gentle presence and light touches of humour aswell as clarity in instructions. The weekend was full of variety and catered for all levels of experience. Felt very nourishing and the food was wonderful and wholesome.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jul-17 12:55:51

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    Review by Dana Stroh from United States


    CONS Cons: Wished for one more day in Cayo Santa Maria....heaven on earth!

    PROS Pros: The cultural retreat provided a wonderful overview of the country, and I chance to really experience the culture, due to staying at the Casa Particulars. The yoga practice was perfect. I am a beginner's beginner, and the level was perfect. Patricia Olabre was an absolutely awesome instructor.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-12 18:36:15

  • Review by Sue Arndt
    9 out of 10

    "The Samyama Yoga tour of Burma (Myanmar) was quite simply, extraordinary."

    "Patricia Olabre, our lovely, gentle leader, ensured we were well cared for and also ran regular yoga sessions of different styles. I can’t speak highly enough of Patricia – she was always 100% organised, always there to offer support and ran classes to suit every age and ability."

    "There were no hitches during the trip at all and the group got on like old friends."

    "Burma is amazing – there was so much to do and see; we flopped into bed happily exhausted at the end of each day. If you are keen to see interesting places and keep up with your yoga practice – this is the perfect solution. Look out for more tours with Patricia during 2017.", edited

  • Review by Sue from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga and meditation were excellent. Pitched at the right level." website, edited

  • Review by Judith from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga was as usual very good, demanding but with the option to take an easier option. I found the meditation was not too long except when I was sitting on the chair. I liked the structure of the weekend and generally the ethos of quiet, ease and silence." website, edited

  • Review by Margarita from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "That was my best yoga practice ever, great experience, love your calming voice. " website, edited

  • Review by Alex from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga was brilliant, tailored to our individual level. Patricia is so accommodating and always happy to help achieve your aims. It was a perfect balance of meditation, yoga and free time. Would recommend a silent retreat to anyone." website, edited

  • Review by Irene from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Two weeks of yoga holiday with Patricia in Philippines was one of my best yoga holidays so far. The three days of island hopping was full of fun with lots of swimming and kayaking in the clear blue South China Sea. We were on the go all the time watching sunset one evening and having dinner on the beach front. Never a dull moment .Patricia is a wonderful and a very caring yoga teacher and a tour organizer. Patricia always made sure we have plenty of food and she had brought us to some fantastic restaurants. This is a holiday whereby yoga is not the main focus compared to a yoga retreat. Thanks Patricia for inviting me to your beautiful country with such beautiful people that serve us with an open heart and smile." website, edited

  • Review by Harpal from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Overall, I found Philippines to be an absolutely an amazing and wonderful experience. Beautiful country and beautiful people. I believe it was a well balanced trip. Very action packed! Island hopping was so much fun. Exquisite beaches. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for organising such an amazing trip. You worked so hard to make it a successful and memorable trip. I will always be in gratitude to you and carry forward fond memories of this trip." website, edited

  • Review by Dave from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "From my general tourist perspective, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and gained a lot from it. I am very grateful to you for the experience in adding the Philippines to my collection of countries visited that I would probably not have done otherwise." website, edited


  • Review by Janine from London, United Kingdom

    "Cuba for me was an amazing experience. An eye opener to a dignified, hospitable and generous people despite the lack of resources they/ we at times had to manage without like soap, light bulbs, toilet seats. It is not a real problem for us to manage with less services than you might expect; its part of an authentic introduction to a country that is so locked into its socio - economic /political reality. Yoga with Pat I always find to be a special experience, translated onto the rooftop of Havana, the surreal beauty of the beach at Cayo Levisa, I'm speechless. The wonderful fresh food and yoga provided the grounding for what was at times a pressing travel schedule. The outstanding highlights were the visit to Che Memorial and Buena Vista Social Club, not to mention the rickshaw ride there - i will remember that as long as I live. The salsa classes were brilliant fun/ learning, a new passion in the making. I cannot thank you enough Pat for your guidance and commitment into this beautiful eclectic world of yoga and travel."

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  • Review by Wendy from London, United Kingdom

    "I had a fantastic time in Cuba. It was well organised. There was no hiccup. The guides are good and well informed. The warm and balmy night at the Hotel Nacional was not to be missed. The last night at Buena Vista was a good wrap up altogether with the classic Cuban salsa music. Oh the salsa classes were enjoyable. It was lovely. Patricia is a very good teacher and she corrects our pose when it is incorrect and she has the patience to teach. I really loved the yoga session by the beach at Cayo Levisa when the sun was about to set. Of places of interest, they were all nice and memorable, each has it own charm. Vinales has beautiful views of mountains and fields, Cayo Levisa has beautiful and warm waters and clean beaches and Trinidad has lovely live music everywhere and not forgetting Havana, the beautiful old vintage American cars. On the whole, I would really love to go back again."

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  • Review by Irene from London, United Kingdom

    "Another great holiday with Patricia and Cuba is one of the best with live music in every corner. Thanks a million for organizing this Cuban trip."

    Samyama Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Jennie
    10 out of 10

    "I love coming to Patricia's class. She always gives you opportunities to grow within a posture by setting different levels and to grow within a class by building up to challenging positions."

    Samyama Yoga Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Alison Goldie from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Patricia is an excellent yoga teacher who strikes the right balance between exercise and spirituality. She gauges the needs of her class very well, and is a warm, sympathetic, and highly skilled facilitator."

    Samyama Yoga Facebook page, edited