Experience an organized, full-day tour to Ava, Sagaing, Amarapura and famous Mingun villages by private car from Mandalay. Explore charming historical monuments, religious sites, traditional handicrafts, and lifestyle of the rural communities in Upper Myanmar (Burma) and get a clearer picture of Mandalay’s ancient past.
Ava, Sagaing, Amarapura and Mingun Day Tour
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What to expect in Mingun, Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura
– Mingun, the place of diverse and unique localities.
– Sagaing, topping of green hills crowned with white and gold pagodas marks and place of monasteries and nunneries.
– Innwa, once known as Ava, surviving with its rich history, is a remarkable country site with ruins, monastic buildings and stupas.
– U Being bridge from Amarapura, famous for the world’s longest teak footbridge and local traditional weaving workshops nearby.
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Destinations in this tour
Mingun – Sagaing
This morning at 08:00 you will be picked up from your hotel by our guide and private car. Then drive towards Sagaing by crossing a bridge over the Irrawaddy River and continue to Mingun village along the banks of the Irrawaddy River. After a 1½ hour scenic drive along the riverside in a whole, you will arrive at Mingun village. Upon arrival in this village, the first monument that will attract your attention is the awe-inspiring Mingun Pahtodawgyi, an enormous stupa which would have been the biggest in the world if it was completed. Take some time to look around this magnificent site and then walk to the Mingun Bell, the world’s largest ringing bell, which is believed to weigh some 200,000 pounds. Then continue by foot to the white-washed Hsinphymae Pagoda with its notable architecture and history. A visit to Mingun’s unique pagodas and historical relics will surely be one of the highlights of your time in Mandalay.
After discovering Mingun return on the same way back to Sagaing for a tour of the three ancient royal capitals surrounding Mandalay: Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura.
Sagaing is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar, and this is evident upon observing the hundreds of white and gold Stupas covering the green of Sagaing hill – a truly enthralling representation of the importance of religion in this country. Sagaing is also home to more than 3,000 monks and over 100 meditation centres.
Lunch will be enjoyed along the way (client’s own account), either in Sagaing or Ava, depending on your preference.
Then drive towards Ava where you will take a short boat ride across the river and board a horse-cart for a leisurely ride around the capital city from the 14th to the 18th century. Stop off for visits to the remains of the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the famous Maenu’ brick monastery.
Later in the afternoon, visit Amarapura, the royal capital from 1783 until 1859. Highlights here include a visit to a traditional silk-weaving workshop and the world’s longest teak footbridge – U Bein Bridge, which crosses the shallow Taungthaman Lake. This is a fantastic place to take beautiful photos and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the bridge as the sunsets.
Optional activity: For a truly memorable sunset, take a short boat ride on Taungthaman Lake with a local boat driver (15000 Kyats per boat – maximum 2 passengers per boat).
Then at around 18:00, you will be taken back to your hotel in Mandalay.
include & exclude
What is included in this tour?
Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
- Air conditioned coach (from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (Mandalay city area)
- one bottle of water and towel
- English Speaking Guide
- Ferry boat, horse cart at Innwa
What is not included in this tour?
Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
- Camera fees and personal expenses
- Entrance fees and zone fees
- Lunch is optional
Does entrance fees include in the price?
Usually, the Combo tickets (Zone fees/ Entrance fees) for this tour are not included in our price in case you already bought a Combo ticket before your tour. If so, we recommend you to bring your Combo ticket with you at all times during your visit (or) our guide will assist you to buy this.
Can I book this tour in last minute?
We say yes, and but it is subject to the availability. We have set up the booking cut off time in 2 days and if you want to book less than 2 days please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) . Then we can get back to you with the information to help you book the tour.
What do I need to bring with me to do this tour?
We suggest you to carry slipper and something to protect from the sun and the dusts. Shorts or sleeveless tops and shoes are not allowed to enter place of Pagodas and Religious area.
I am solo traveler, can I book this tour?
We operate this tour in privately as we, MUL considered to the privacy of the travellers and not sharing with other travelers. But solo traveler can still book for this tour if you choose 2 pax in the booking. In a certain condition you may also request for (solo) price by email.
Is vegetarian option available for this tour?
Yes Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.