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Thread your way through Myanmar

9th - 24th February 2021

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There’s something truly magical about Myanmar! Join Karin Hellaby on this special tour that explores the textile heritage, rich colours and cultural treasures of an extraordinary country.

  • Hand stitching workshops with Karin Hellaby
  • Lotus silk weaving workshop
  • Visit to the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda 
  • Meet inspiring local craftspeople
  • Boat trip along the floating village of Inle Lake 
  • Visit Pann Nann Ein workshop
 

Perfect for Textile Lovers

Uniquely created for textile lovers, this Stitchtopia textile holiday is the perfect way to discover fascinating fabrics and cultures, whilst travelling to some of the world’s most inspiring places. Our talented stitching expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host creative workshops with beautifully designed projects inspired by your travels.

Thread your way through Myanmar 

As you thread your way through Myanmar, you’ll discover a rich tapestry of glittering pagodas and ancient Buddhas juxtaposed with simplistic rural lifestyles. It’s a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in this unique culture and meet remarkable craftsmen and women whose skill, often using timeless techniques, creates such beauty in Myanmar’s traditional arts and crafts.

A message from our expert:

We first went to Myanmar last November and it was one of the best tours I have ever done. The places we saw were amazing, the hotels excellent, the food very enjoyable and varied, the restaurants delightful and often very sophisticated, and the people happy, smiling and very welcoming. All the four areas we are visiting have wonderful history and culture. One of our favourites was Inle Lake where each day we would board private boats to be taken to villages built on water and looking like an unspoilt, uncrowded Asian Venice. The temple landscape of Bagan was extraordinary and the gold stupas in the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda was a sight that will be with me forever. Everywhere we saw crafts, often using centuries old techniques and textiles galore. I came home with beautiful paper umbrellas, silver earrings, wooden puppets, shawls, paintings and silk/cottons, having watched them being made. I am delighted to be returning to this country where tourists are still few and very much appreciated. Now is the time to visit before Myanmar changes. - Karin Hellaby

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Sule Shangri La, Yangon

★★★★

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Yangon, the 4.5 star Sule Shangri-La Yangon promises a touch of luxury in one of Asia’s most exciting cities. Each of the contemporary en-suite guest rooms has WIFI, satellite TV, electronic safe, coffee/tea making facilities, mini-bar, hair dryer, and iron and ironing board. The hotel has 2 restaurants, a lounge, Gallery Bar, gift shop, an outdoor pool with pool bar, and fully-equipped fitness and recreation centre.

 

Myanmar Treasure Resort, Bagan

★★★★

Surrounded by swaying palms and landscaped gardens, the Myanmar Treasure Resort in Bagan is a graceful blend of traditional and contemporary elegance. The design and simple furnishings of each of its comfortable rooms is influenced by Bagan’s art and architecture. En-suite guest rooms have individually controlled air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary internet access, satellite/cable TV and mini-bar. Hotel facilities include the Treasure Restaurant serving Asian, Myanmar and Western cuisine, the Treasure Bar, and a pool and terrace bar.

Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay

★★★★★

Set at the foot of Mandalay Hill, the 5-star Mandalay Hill Resort is ideally situated for exploring the city’s remarkable sites. Rooms in the grand, contemporary main building offer panoramic views of the city with one side looking across the pagodas and sacred ground of Mandalay Hill, the other side looking to the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. En-suite guest rooms have individual temperature control, tea/coffee making facilities, WIFI, satellite TV and a mini-bar.

Pristine Lotus Spa Resort, Inle Lake

★★★★★

Gracefully laid out over a lush, tropical, landscaped hillside that gently slopes down to the lake, the Pristine Lotus Spa Resort is a delight. The new boat-shaped Floating Cottages promise high-quality, comfortable accommodation with wonderful views of Inle Lake. En-suite guest rooms have individual temperature control, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV, mini-bar and private balcony.