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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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From Bagan: Mount Popa Day-Tour

3. From Bagan: Mount Popa Day-Tour

Start your tour from the convenience of your hotel room in Bagan. Your driver will be there to meet you at 8:00am and after a short meet and greet, you will set-off to your destination. Hop in your air-conditioned vehicle with your personal driver and take a 48km drive south east of Bagan. Along the way you will have the opportunity to take in the picturesque scenery en route to your destination.  Once you arrive at your destination, Mt. Popa, you will start your ascent to the top of the extinct volcanic mountain. The hike up the mountain allows for beautiful sightseeing, not to mention animal spotting as the area is inhabited by monkeys. Whilst also on your ascent you will witness old monasteries built into the mountain, shrines and places of worship. Once you have hit the top you will have beautiful views of Popa Oasis.  Enjoy a delicious lunch at Popa Mountain Resort whilst taking in the spectacular views. Then, start your relaxing drive back to your accomodation in Bagan. On the way, take a short break at toddy palm plantation, visit a local village and get the chance to meet some of the locals.

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Bagan: Guided Sunset Temple Day Tour and Traditional Lunch

4. Bagan: Guided Sunset Temple Day Tour and Traditional Lunch

Enjoy pick-up from your hotel in the center of Bagan around 8:00 am and head to a local market. Experience the lives of Burmese people, as they buy their daily produce, meats and fish. Take some photos and soak in the local atmosphere. Move on to the Shwezigon Pagoda, a breathtaking, ancient Buddhist pagoda. Continue your adventure as you visit Gubyaukgyi Temple. Admire the beautiful mural paintings depicting the life of Buddha, found within the mysterious walls of the temple. Find yourself in Ananda Temple, one of the most famous of its kind. Wander around, viewing stunning architecture and picturesque wall paintings. Stand in thought before four Buddhas, made of solid teak wood adorned with gold leaf. Stop for a delicious, traditional lunch at a local restaurant, before discovering Myinkaba Village. Learn about the culture and history of the village, while they show you their crafts and trades. Journey to Manuha and Dhammayangyi Temple, where you can take in the local landscape as you watch the sun set.

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Bagan: Sa Lay Mount Popa Day Tour

5. Bagan: Sa Lay Mount Popa Day Tour

Your tour will begin as you are collected from your accommodation in Bagan at around 8:00AM, from where you will journey to Sa Lay. Once there you can explore the Yoke Sone Monastery, which is the oldest surviving wooden monastery hall. The monastery is built on 154 teak posts, and features beautiful woodcarving decorating the outer walls. Whilst there, you can also visit the Hnee Phaya, as well as a local market in Salay. You will then drive to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano over 1,500 meters high which is about 48 kilometers south-east of Bagan. You will have lunch here, before climbing up to the top of the mountain. On the way to the top of the mountain you will see local monkeys running around, and once at the top you will discover a collection of monasteries and worship shrines. From the top of the mountain you will be able to view the beautiful green environment of Popa Oasis, which will create a 360-degree panorama around you. On your return to Bagan later that evening, you will make a short break at a toddy palm plantation.

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Myanmar: Three Ancient Capitals and Traditional Lunch

6. Myanmar: Three Ancient Capitals and Traditional Lunch

Take a trip back in time as you visit three of the ancient capitals of Myanmar: Inwa, Sagaing and Amarapura. Make use of pickup from your Mandalay hotel at 10:00 AM, to transfer to Inwa; Myanmar's most famous ancient capital. View the ruins of this kingdom, which date back to the 14th century and are still visible today. Travel around this fascinating town by horse-drawn cart, whilst your guide points out monasteries and Nan Myint Tower.  Experience the riverside city of Sagaing, famous for the white and gold pagodas that surround it. See the most famous shrine in the area, which was originally built in 1312. Take a break for a traditional lunch at the top of Sagaing Hill, with stunning views over the town.  Enjoy the final stop of the tour at Amarapura, the 'City of Immortality', famous for believing to have the oldest teakwood bridge in the world, U Bein Bridge. Explore the city before watching the sunset.

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Bagan: Full-Day Temple Tour

7. Bagan: Full-Day Temple Tour

After hotel pick-up at 8:00 AM, drive to Nyaung Oo and stroll through the colorful local market. Visit the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine. Look out for images of the 37 nats (spirits) housed in a small hall. Continue to Gubyaukgyi, another cave temple with fine frescoes of the Jataka Tales. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple. Enjoy various kinds of food from Myanmar at lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, watch craftsmen make Bagan handicrafts at a lacquerware factory. Continue to Damayangyi, a temple famous for its mortar-less brickwork. Next, visit Sulamani, one of Bagan’s great two-storied Bamar style temples. Then, visit Gubyaukgyi Temple admiring the fine decorative exterior. Stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Continue to Nanpaya Temple, with intricate stone carvings. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda. Transfer to jetty to board the local boat and enjoy a sunset boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River. Transfer back to your hotel.

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Bagan Day Tour with Horse Cart Riding

8. Bagan Day Tour with Horse Cart Riding

Begin your tour at a colorful local market. Continue with a visit to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including Shwezigone Pagoda, which was a prototype of the later Myanmar stupa, Wetkyi Inn Gubyaukgyi Temple. See the fine mural painting of Jataka scenes, Htilominlo, and Ananda four standing Buddha images.  After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the lacquer ware workshop. Visit Pyadatgyi, Manuha Temple, and Gu Pyauk Gyi Pagoda. In the evening, travel by horse cart to see the highest temple in Bagan Thatbyinnyu, the massive Dhammayangyi Temple, and Sulamani Temple. Complete your tour by viewing the sunset at Shwesandaw Pagoda. 

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Bagan: Temple, Market & Lacquerware Workshop Tour with Lunch

9. Bagan: Temple, Market & Lacquerware Workshop Tour with Lunch

Start your day-tour from the convenience of your accomodation where you driver will be to meet you. First stop on your Bagan adventure - the local markets. Once you arrive at the markets feel free to peruse the stores and watch the locals as they go about their daily shopping.  With your guide you will visit some of the most significant pagodas and temples in Bagan. Here you will be able to admire the architecture and learn a bit about the history of some of these spiritually important buildings. Visit places like Shwezigone Pagoda, Wetkyi Inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with it's murals of Jataka scenes, Ananda and Htilominlo. Take a break during your exciting schedule to stop for a bite to eat at a local restaurant. Try your hand at some of the local delicacies that make the food in this area so unique. After lunch, visit a lacquerware workshop where you will have the experience to learn the craft for 1 or 2-hours. Follow this with a visit to Manuha temple, Thatbyinnyu - the highest temple in Bagan and Dhamayangyi Temple. End your tour with a breathtaking view of the sunset from BuPhaya Pagoda. From here you will be transferred back to your hotel in Bagan. 

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From Mandalay: Full Day Trip to Sagaing, Inwa, Amarapura

10. From Mandalay: Full Day Trip to Sagaing, Inwa, Amarapura

Enjoy a guided full day tour of Myanmar’s three ancient capitals and learn about Buddhist life and architecture. Relax in comfort with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off in Mandalay included. Depart from your hotel and visit picturesque Sagaing Hill, considered the center of Buddhist life in Myanmar today. Take in Sun U Ponnyashin Pagoda, the most famous shrine in the area. Visit Umin Thonze Pagoda, a crescent-shaped temple which houses 45 sitting Buddhas. Stop by one of the monasteries to learn about the daily life of the Buddhist monks, then visit Ywatung silversmith. Discover local cuisine with lunch at a local restaurant in Sagaing, then drive to Inwa. Take a local ferry to the royal capital, located on an island between the Irrawaddy and Myitnge Rivers. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride through the ancient city, and visit the brick and stucco Maha Aungmye Bonzan monastery. See Nanmyint Tower and the wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. If time permits, visit local craft workshops producing silk, cane mats and alms bowls. Stroll over to the salvaged teak U Bein Bridge at Amarapura, then watch the sun set from the Ava Bridge. Finally, sit back and relax on the ride back to your hotel in Mandalay.

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What people are saying about Mandalay Region

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 guide, Min, and the driver, Mr Tin, were waiting for us from 8.30, despite the fact that in our information the pick-up time was 10. We started the tour twenty minutes before the hour and we finished it two hours later . It was great. Min was an exceptional guide and informed us about everything. Mr Tin was a great driver and very friendly. Recommended one hundred percent. The tour is definitely worth it.

We were delighted by getting to know a little bit of Bagan: market, temples and traditions. Our guide (Nwe Ni Win) was very kind and savvy. She answered all of our questions and took the time to explain everything to ua. Moreover she showed us how people in Bagan used to live and how they have been changing over the time by personal experiences. Plus we ate in a really good traditional place!

Our guide Fr. Ni and driver earn top marks. The beauty of the country was brought closer to us in a polite and reserved manner. The information was told in the correct dosage and special requests were catered for. Perfect English rounded the whole thing off. We recommend .

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