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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the tenth day, you will be free to visit Treasure island or relax on the sandy beach of Ngapali.
During the eleventh day, after breakfast, you will return to Yangon and check in at the hotel and relax
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.
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.
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.