Mandalay Region
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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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Bagan: Guided Sunset Temple Day Tour and Traditional Lunch

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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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Mandalay: Sagaing, Innwa, and Amarapura Sightseeing Tour

7. Mandalay: Sagaing, Innwa, and Amarapura Sightseeing Tour

Your day will begin as you are picked up from your Mandalay City hotel at 08:00AM. You will begin with some discovery of the Shwenandaw Monastery, a fine-teak monastery and temple which is known for its carving, particularly the interior gilded Jakarta scenes. You will then move on to the Atumashi Monastery, which was built in 1857 by King Mindon and was one of the king's last great religious construction projects. Kuthodaw Pagoda is next, and is comprised of a gilded pagoda, hundreds of shrines housing inscribed marble slabs, and several pavilions. You will then move on to the Sandarmuni Pagoda, a statue which reportedly weights 40,924.8 pounds. Some exploration of Mandalay Hill will follow, which is a 760-foot hill. After Mandalay Hill, you will explore the Royal Palace. The Royal Palace complex is of glittering 1990s reconstruction and is impressive for its scale, with more than 40 timber buildings inside it. The Mahamuni Pagoda is a 13-foot-tall seated Buddha, a nationally celebrated image that's popularly believed to be some 2,000 years old. Following these explorations it will be time for lunch, after which you will start exploring Sagaing City. Following Sagaing City, you will Continue to Innwa/Ava City where you will rent both a boat and a horse and carriage to best discover the area. After exploring for the day, it will be time to see the sunset at U Bein Bridge. Once the sun has set, you will depart from Innwa/Ava City to be returned to your hotel in Mandalay.

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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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Mandalay: Private 3-Day Mandelay and Bagan Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Mandalay Region

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 5 reviews

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 didn't want a fully guided tour, just transport and light information and this booking fulfilled that brief. It was quick and easy to book online although I did have to download the app as well. The driver, Joshua, turned up on time, spoke good English and gave us a safe drive to all the places we wanted to visit, gave a bit of advice about each place and then dropped us off back at the hotel.

The tour was well put together, you can see a lot on that day. The driver was reliable and friendly. The information in the brochure received is very scarce, so it is advisable to have your own literature with you. I would book it again.

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

My tour guide Yen Lay was very helpful. He is knowledgeable and caring. I enjoy this tour very much as I managed to see so many things in one day. Highly recommended!!