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1 Day Mandalay Ancient Cities, Pagodas & Sunset Tour

An action-packed day, south of the river, full of golden pagodas and ancient cities, designed to show you the best that the Mandalay region has to offer.

Itinerary

We’ll start our Mandalay tour by travelling 20 kilometres southwest of the city to arrive at pagoda nirvana, or Sagaing as it’s known on the map. Sagaing is an important religious centre that’s home to dozens of monasteries and hundreds of monks. Pagoda towers dot the pretty landscape to make for picture-perfect, bucket list-inspired photography.

We will visit the University of Sitagu to learn more about Buddhism and the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, before making a stop at Myasetkyar Monastery, famous for its giant standing Buddha statue. Here we will observe the monk’s lunchtime parade and rituals. Then we’ll whisk you off on the public ferry and into a horse-drawn cart, which will take us to Inwa, the ancient capital of Myanmar on the other side of the Irrawaddy river. By now you will have worked up an appetite so we will stop at a riverside restaurant to sample some local dishes such as mohinga or rice noodle and fish soup and laphet thohk pickled tea leaf salad.

Inwa used to be the capital of Myanmar, so it is rich in history. There are some stunning monasteries and pagoda complexes to explore, including the Yadana Hsimi Pagodas, a little tumbledown roofless collection of several stupas and three Buddhas. Much of the former royal city has been reclaimed by mother nature and agriculture, so as well as weaving our way around crumbling architectural gems, we will also walk through luscious fields of banana trees and see rice being sown in one of the paddies.

Our lost stop of the day is Amarapura, another former capital known for its silk and cotton-weaving industry. Here we will navigate one of the most photographed sites in Myanmar, the Ubein Bridge — an impressive teak structure that claims to be the longest wooden bridge in the world at 1.2 kilometres. The monks who use the bridge to cross Lake Taungthaman every day often take time to talk to visitors in order to practise their language skills. Then, a brilliant orange sunset awaits you. This is the time to reflect on your day, gazing at the antiquated bridge with the sun setting behind it. One of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism is to develop the mind. Take this Mandalay tour with our amazing local guide and give your mind the workout it deserves.

Highlights

  •  Admire the many monasteries and golden pagodas of Sagaing
  •  Learn more about the quest for spiritual enlightenment at a famous Buddhist university
  •  Visit the ancient city of Inwa and its iconic sites such as the Barayar Monastery and Yadana Hsimi pagodas
  •  Explore the Immortal City of Amarapura and watch the sunset from the longest wooden bridge in the world

Details

Confirmation
48 Hours
Duration
Full Day
Transport
N/A
Voucher Type
E-Voucher
Amendment
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Refund
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Operating Hours

Tour Starts Time: 08:00hrs

What You Get

Includes

  •  Local English speaking guide
  •  Transportation
  •  Lunch, tea and water

Excludes

  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping,
  • Tips or gratuities for your guide.

Additional Information

  • What to wear: As we will visit a religious pagoda, please wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. 
  • Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.
  • Child Price: Age 6-11 years old
  • Meeting Point: Oway Grand Hotel, No.624, 78th Street. Between 30th and 31st St, Central Mandalay.

How To Use 

  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher for this activity
  • This voucher is only valid on the date and time specified

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Amendment Policy:

  • All amendments are subject to availability
  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
Per Person
$97.00
$90.00
Age: 6 & above

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