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Mandalay: Full-Day Guided Excursion

1. Mandalay: Full-Day Guided Excursion

You will depart at 8:30AM from your hotel, at which point you will travel to Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda houses one of Myanmar’s most sacred Buddha images, which is covered with thick layers of gold leaves. You will then continue to a local artisan’s workshop of gold leaf making, woodcarving, and kalaga tapestries. Next, you will browse through the Zaycho Market, the oldest, largest, and the most important market in upper Myanmar. In the afternoon you will visit the magnificent Royal Palace complex, with an impressive wooden pavilion and surrounding moat. You will then continue to the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and teak wood construction. The renovated Atumashi Monastery, which is referred to as an incomparable monastery, features the "world’s largest book", which consists of Buddhist scriptures inscribed on marble slabs. You can go up to the top of Mandalay Hill, which is a vantage point for panoramic views of the city and spectacular sunset views. Your tour will eventually end at approximately 5:30PM.

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Mandalay: Full-Day Mandalay Culture Tour

2. Mandalay: Full-Day Mandalay Culture Tour

Start with a pick-up from your hotel in Mandalay at 08:00 and drive to Amarapura 15 kilometers from Mandalay. Visit a 200-year-old U Bein Teak Bridge built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was a royal capital. Visit a traditional handwoven silk workshop. At 09:30, visit Maha-Gandayon Monastery, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study and watch the monks for their alms round at 10:00. Lunch will be served at one of local Myanmar restaurants. After lunch, visit one of the most revered religious monuments in the Mahamuni Pagoda. Since Mandalay is also a major crafts center, you will also be able to visit a kalaga tapestries craftsmen's shop. Visit the Shwe In Bin Monastery and Golden Palace Monastery (Shwe Nandaw / Shwe Kyaung), a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world’s largest book made of marble. Drive to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic beauty of Mandalay at sunset. Time permitting, you will then pay a visit to Shwe Kyin Monastery to watch the evening prayers of the monks. Return to your hotel.

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Mandalay: Private 3-Day Mandelay and Bagan Tour

3. Mandalay: Private 3-Day Mandelay and Bagan Tour

Day 1: Yangon Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will drive to the Mawtin Jetty where you will take a rickshaw for a short trip along the Yangon River. Next, you will visit the Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha), Karaweik Hall, and a royal floating barge on the royal lake for a photo stop. Late in the afternoon, you will visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. You can wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. At the conclusion of your day, you can enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda, before spending the night in Yangon. Day 2: Yangon, Mandalay and Amarapura Your day will begin with a flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will proceed to the Mahamuni Pagoda, with its spectacular Buddha image covered in thick layers of gold leaf. Next you will visit the Shwenandaw Monastery (noted for its exquisite wood carvings), the Atumashi Monastery, the “Incomparable Monastery”, and the Kuthodaw Pagoda (known as the world’s Biggest Book and for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures). Finally you will drive up to Mandalay Hill, a vantage-point for panoramic views of the city. In the afternoon, you will drive to Amarapura, the “City of Immortals”. Here you can have a glimpse into a private house of hand weaving looms, where they produce silk and cotton textiles. You can then take a leisurely sunset walk on the U Bein teak wood bridge, which is over 150 years old, before spending the night in Mandalay. Day 3: Mandalay and Paleik Early in the morning, you will cruise to the little town of Paleik located 24 kilometers from Mandalay. A scenic drive will take you to this typical Burmese rural village, which is very popular among the locals because of its "snake temple". A statue of Buddha is surrounded by 2 pythons, which are believed that this image brings good luck. You can enjoy a rural walking tour around the town with its 16th century Ava-style abandoned temples, covered in ivy and connected by dirt paths. There is a small village and two monasteries in the vicinity, which you will walk through to gain a taste of local life. Finally, you will take a small break at a local tea shop before heading to the international airport.

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Mandalay: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4. Mandalay: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel in the morning or evening. From there, your half-day tour of Mandalay begins. As you travel, learn how this city is the last royal capital city of Myanmar. Visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, a fine-teak monastery-temple known for its carvings, particularly in its interior. From there, advance to the Atumashi Monastery and the Kuthodaw Pagoda. This gilded pagoda is comprised of hundreds of shrines, all housing inscribed marble slabs and several pavilions. Following that, visit the Sandarmuni Pagoda, and the Kyautkawgyi Pagoda. If your tour has been booked in the afternoon, drop by Mandalay Hill to observe the sunset. Mandalay Hill is renowned for providing a stunning spot for sunsets, and allows its visitors to take in panoramic views of the entire city. At the conclusion of your activity, your tour concludes with you heading back to your hotel.

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Full Day Excursion to Monywa from Mandalay

5. Full Day Excursion to Monywa from Mandalay

In the early morning at 07:00 AM, your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Mandalay, and then drive you to Monywa (150 kilometers, about 2 hours). Arrive in Monywa and continue to visit a sandstone cave system in the Pho Win Hills, named after a famous 'zawgyi' (alchemist) who once lived here. The Caves of Pho Win Taung, numbering more than one hundred, are full of Buddhist statues and murals. Most exhibit the Innwa style but some may date all the way back to the 14th century. Nearby, visit Shwe Ba Taung which features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with Buddha images. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Then visit Moenyin Thanboddhay Pagoda, which is about 20 kilometers from Monywa. The richly decorated central stupa has no less than 845 smaller stupas around it. Inside the patio, you will see thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 500.000) decorating every wall, archway and niche. The buildings in the compound have interesting jataka relieves and there is a huge Reclining Buddha (Shwe Thar Lyaung Pagoda) nearby. You will also visit Aungset Kya Pagoda, Bodhitahtaung Pagoda, where you will see 1000 Bo trees with sitting Buddha images and Laykyun Sakkya Yattawmu Pagoda, famous for the world’s tallest standing Buddha image. After that enjoy the ride back to your hotel in Mandalay.

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What people are saying about Mandalay

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Amazing trip to myanmar

Myanmar is a thrilling adventure full of the most generous and warm hearted people i've met in SE asia.this trip will take you to all main sights but also the countryside and small interesting stops along the way.our guide myo win was an absolute star .highlight were bagan if you want to do ballon ride you must prebook well in advence .the community lodge .great example of respondible tourism and kalaw hike .plus the 1000 's of pagodas of course.Shwedagon in yangon is stunning.highly recommended

From the first minutes of our meeting with our guide (Sai) for our day of visiting Mandalay the agreement was very good. He clearly explained each of our visits to us in great detail and during the journeys between 2 visits he gave us explanations on the history of the country and these inhabitants. A wonderful day with a very qualified guide who speaks French very well. an experience to highly recommend. Thank you again Sai Pyi Nyein.

The best private trip in Myanmar

We hired this services in Mandalay ( Mr. Tin Aung Lwin. Our guides were born and raised in each location with very deep knowledge of the city, culture, past and present. Perfect English and introduced us to Myanmar as locals. Great Experience. Extremely recommended. Everything was very smooth when hiring this services. Great Experience.... Best way to visit Myanmar...

I had an amazing day provided by Royal Gold Myanmar. My guide picked me at my hotel in Mandalay and took me to all the main attractions. Along the way he could explain a bit more of Myanmar habits and culture. WE

Guide was professional , knowleganle, courteous and his English explanations and commentaries were informative and easily understood.