Full-day Excursion day trip to three ancient cities of Ava, Sagaing, and Amarapura in and around Mandalay. This is a private guided tour and includes hotel pickup, air-con car, Tour guide service, and boat & horse cart fees at Ava.
Who would love this tour?
The highlights of Ava, Sagaing, and Amarapura
- 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
You will be picked up from your hotel by our guide, and private car at 8:30 am and drive towards Sagaing, located 20km south-west of Mandalay. On the way there stop at a riverside village to learn about the local community’s daily agricultural lifestyle, and to visit wood carving and bronze casting workshops. Then, cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to arrive in Sagaing, widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar and home to more than 3,000 monks. This former royal capital’s nuns, on the other hand, are less talked about and today you will have the opportunity to observe the daily life of Buddhist nuns at That Kya Di Tha Nunnery. We will arrive by 10:30 to spend some time with them before they sit down for lunch at 11:00. Following this unique cultural insight head to Swan Oo Ponnya Shin Pagoda which offers beautiful views of the surrounding nature, and U Min Thounzeh Pagoda, a cave temple with 45 Buddha images arranged in a curved format, an ideal spot to take a group photo.
Having worked up, an appetite continues to Ava by a combination of a car and a small boat. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant there, after which a horse cart will be waiting to take you around the capital city from the 14th to the 18th century. This traditional form of transportation allows you to directly support the horse cart owners who have been dealing with decreasing income over recent years.
At Ava explore Bargayar Monastery with its beautiful teak wood structure and stunning carvings. Then your horse cart driver will lead you to Yadana Semi Pagoda, before the final stop at MahaAungmyae Bonzan Monastery, an imposing brick monastery dating back to the 19th century.
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 sun sets before transferring back to your hotel.
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).
include & exclude
What is included in this tour?
Items that are included in the tour price.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (Mandalay city area)
- 1 bottle of water and towel
- Air-conditioned coach (from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm)
- The ferry boat, horse cart fees at Innwa
- English Speaking Guide
What is not included in this tour?
Items that are not included in the tour price.
- Entrance fees / Zone fees
- Lunch is optional
- Camera fees and personal expenses
What is the cancellation policy for this tour?
This tour can be canceled up to 2 days (48 hrs) before the travel start date for a 90% refund and if you cancel less than 2 days before the travel start date or no-show there are no refunds. The Government Tax (5%) is non-refundable.
Does the entry fee include 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 last minute?
We say yes, and but it is subject to 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 carry slipper and something to protect from the sun and the dust. Shorts or sleeveless tops and shoes are not allowed to enter the place of Pagodas and Religious area.
I am a solo traveler, can I book this tour?
We operate this tour privately as we, MUL considered to the privacy of the travelers and not sharing with other travelers. But solo travelers can still book for this tour if you choose 2 pax in the booking. In a certain condition, you may also request for the (solo) price by email.
Is a vegetarian option available for this tour?
Yes, Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.