This tour takes you to see Mandalay, Burma’s last royal capital. This is where the Burmese surrendered to the British at the end of the 19th century, ushering in a difficult colonial era. Today, Mandalay’s artisans work hard to preserve Myanmar’s traditional crafts. You’ll also visit the nearby royal city of Amarapura and then continue to see Mandalay’s most iconic landmarks.
- 8 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 8:30 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English,Burmese
Besides its many temples, Amarapura is best known for having the longest teak bridge in the world, the U Bein Bridge. While you’re here you’ll visit the Mahagandayone Monastery, which serves as a home to over 1,000 monks. This stop offers an educational look at the monks’ daily routine.
Next, you'll return to Mandalay to see the city’s incredible Buddhist monuments. One of the most famous is the Mahamuni, a reclining statue of Buddha. The Buddha is cast from bronze, but over the year supplicants have covered the image in a thick layer of gold leaf. The tour continues to Shwenandaw Monastery, which used to be part of the royal complex. It is called the "Golden Monastery" because it used to be covered in gold, although today you’ll see an elaborate structure made of carved wood. This tour also takes you to Kuthodaw Pagoda, which has 729 marble slabs that are carved with the Buddhist scriptures.
Depending on how you feel, you have the option to climb to the top of Mandalay Hill for a gorgeous view of the city below. If you don’t feel like walking, the hill also has an elevator.
An impressive structure over the Taungthaman Lake, U Bein Bridge has become an iconic destination for visitors to Mandalay region. Just a short drive from the city in the Amarapura area, the bridge was built in 1850 and is about three-quarters of a mile long. It is believed to be the oldest and longest bridge of its kind in the world.
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What to Bring
Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, light clothes, bug spray, and comfortable shoes that are easy to take on and off.
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This two-day tour brings you to some of the area’s scenic riverside destinations. You’ll get to travel by boat part of the way, which is a lovely opportunity to take in the countryside. You’ll stop at some beautiful pagodas and monasteries and explore a richly decorated cave.
This half-day tour takes you from Mandalay to see the famous sites of the nearby city of Amarapura. Amarapura was Myanmar’s royal capital from 1783 until 1857 when King Mingdon had many of its buildings dismantled and moved to Mandalay. This tour takes you to Amarapura’s most famous landmarks: U Bein Bridge and the Mahagandayone Monastery.