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  • 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
The Ancient Cities, Pagodas, and Sunset Tour tour starts and ends in Mandalay. The Ancient Cities, Pagodas, and Sunset Tour is a City Sightseeing tour that takes 12 hours.

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. Your local guide will take the hassle out of ticking off those must-see sights, introducing you to local people along the way and showing you the best spots for Instagrammable vistas and fascinating Burmese history.
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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 (and we mean huge!) 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 (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
what’s included
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Others
  • Tea and water
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  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide.
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Duration 12 hours
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Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Mandalay, Myanmar/ Mandalay, Myanmar
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Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : Oway Grand Hotel, No.624, 78th Street. Between 30th & 31st Streets, Central Mandalay. Phone: +95 2 72395 Meeting end point : Oway Grand Hotel, No. 624, 78th Street, between 30th and 31st streets, Central Mandalay. Phone: +95 2 72395  
CancellationCancellation for this Ancient Cities, Pagodas, and Sunset Tour tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
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