Teatime at a Monastery in Bagan

Teatime at a Monastery
in Bagan

An insight into the solitary lifestyle of Buddhist monks in Bagan. This exclusive view into their
routines, hardly shown to the outside world has now become accessible for outsiders.
Our afternoon encounter with the secretive lives of Burmese faithful.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Burmese boys are from a young age introduced to Buddhism; protecting the family honour and duty as faithful Buddhists sees young lads from the age of seven and up entering a monastery under the protection of a senior monk. Ordained and shaven bold from head to toe and dressed in their ubiquitous, saffron-red robes, their bonds turn into tightly-knitted brotherhoods with a guaranteed education.

Going backstage in a monastery and see a ‘Kappiya’ a work from up close and gaining an insight into the daily lives of Burmese monks is no longer a dream. We can turn such dreams now into reality for the selected few, drawn towards the solitary side of being a monk. Guided by the philosophy of reaching nirvana when the time is right, guests will respectfully watch, join and get an explanation once one of the few monasteries open their doors for outsiders.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Teatime at a Monastery in Bagan

13:00 - 16:00

At around 1 pm, your guide for this extraordinary afternoon waits for you at your resort in either Old or New Bagan. For this tour, we drive to one of the main monasteries around Bagan, exclusively picked for this close encounter of the Buddhist kind and reserved just for experiencing the work done by a Kappiya.

You are welcomed by the monks who are eager to answer your questions or have a chat with – your guide will be standing by for essential translations and explain how to approach the monks respectfully. Bound by over 200 rules and regulations according to the scriptures of the Lord Buddha, the practices forbids monks and novices to i.e. touching money for which Kappiyas are used to acknowledge and handle these basic needs.

It is the silence, the solitude and the seclusion of their daily practices that will remain forever with each visitor. At the end of casting a glimpse in the lives of Burmese monkhood, you are brought to a shaded spot nearby the monastery for coffee, tea and a selection of dry snacks. It makes the end of an afternoon that has moved and touched those guests witnessing a backstage entrance to a monastery. Return to your accommodation, where you will return at around 4 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Coffee, tea and dry snacks at the end of the monastery visit

EXCLUSIONS

  • Bagan Archaeological Site entrance fees
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Old and New Bagan.
  • Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Mount Popa, river cruise ports and Bagan’s Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • It is of the greatest importance to follow the guide’s instructions during this event in paying respect to the local customs.
  • This includes approaching the monks, taking photographs and obeying the unwritten rules and regulations of this deeply-spiritual encounter.
  • During this tour, we will enter a monastery where a dress code may be applicable. Please dress respectfully by wearing clothing that cover the knees and shoulders, avoid wearing clothing with bright, fluorescent colours of any kind, obscene prints or pictures or beach wear.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Certain parts in this excursion may not be photographed for specific reasons. We kindly ask for your understanding by following local regulations.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour is only operated in the afternoon.

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