Breathing in the Buddha
Need a respite from the daily grind? This is the trip for you! You’ll learn about traditional Burmese medicine, meditate with monks, take a sunrise hot air balloon over Bagan and enjoy a yoga retreat. You’ll also see some of the main attractions in Myanmar; you’ll spend a night on the famous Inle Lake, tour Yangon in a luxury converted bus and chill at Ngapali Beach. Our Breathing in the Buddha trip is perfect for those who want to adventure and live well while doing so.
Take part in a sunset yoga session
Relax on Ngapali Beach
Learn about traditional medicine
Stay for a night on the beautiful Inle Lake
Receive a special blessing from a monk
Spend time at a yoga retreat
See the revered temples of Bagan by hot air balloon
Learn how to meditate with monks
Tour the city of Yangon in a luxury converted Chevrolet bus
This exciting trip to Myanmar includes international flights, transfers, accommodation, most meals, a balloon tour, receiving a special blessing from a monk, a full body massage and selected excursions.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.
All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
The day has arrived at last – you’re off to Myanmar! Once you touch down in Yangon you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. This charming city is fairly quiet by Southeast Asia standards and its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage make it a fascinating introduction to the country. You’ll learn all about the ancient practices of traditional medicine in Myanmar; visit a herb market and swing by the nearby shops selling everything from famous tea leaf salad to thanaka paste. Afterwards you’ll visit either the U Shein clinic or Sayagyi U Nyan where you’ll learn more about traditional medicine practices. After lunch you’ll enjoy a guided tour onboard the Elephant Coach which has been painstakingly restored into a luxurious coach with elegant wood and hand-woven fabrics decorating the interior - and there's ice cool drinks on offer! You’ll finish the day with a trip to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda – one of Yangon’s most famous sites.
Places to Stay
Before you head to Bagan you’ll visit Mahasi Meditation Centre where you’ll discuss meditation with a monk, learn centuries old techniques and enjoy your own practice. Afterwards you’ll fly into Bagan where you’ll check into your hotel before enjoying a yoga class in the heart of the city. The next day you’ll wake up nice and early (and feeling zen) for a balloon tour over the largest collection of Buddhist temples, ruins and sites in the world all lit up by the rising sun. Upon landing you’ll raise a glass of sparkling wine to toast the flight before heading back to your hotel. In the afternoon you’ll visit a monastery where you’ll receive a special blessing from a monk.
Places to Stay
Get ready to downward dog – today you’re off on a yoga treat in Kalaw! Upon arrival at the yoga retreat you’ll enjoy a welcome drink and vegetarian lunch, followed by a full body massage and a yoga and meditation session. You’ll spend your time on this retreat practicing yoga, feeding animals at the onsite working farm, walking through the beautiful scenery and meeting the local community over green tea.
After a vegetarian breakfast you’ll head to the beautiful Inle Lake. You’ll visit the lake’s main sanctuary which contains five sacred Buddha images in gold leaf before exploring the local lake crafts at the weaving factory and cheroot factory. Take in the typical sights of Inle Lake – from the floating gardens and stilt houses to the iconic one leg rowing fishermen.
Places to Stay
Today you’re off to the beach! Ngapali Beach is a 3km stretch of white sands, fringed with coconut palms and lapped by clear waters. You can spend your time here as you like; exploring the island by bike, visiting nearby islands by boat or discovering a new watery world by snorkelling.
Places to Stay
After breakfast and a bit more beachside relaxing you’ll head back to Yangon for one night. Stop by any sights you missed the first time round, and enjoy reminiscing about the amazing experiences you've had in Myanmar.
On day 15 you’ll leave Myanmar and head home feeling totally blissed out.