Explore the architecture and local culture of Mandalay on two feet, by trishaw and private vehicle. The city’s historic past will be brought to life with visits to monasteries and pagodas. Experience the local life of the city’s dwellers today as you learn about the city that generations before used to live in.
Mandalay: Architecture and Local Life
Who would love this tour?
- Wander along the former Royal Palace’s iconic moat
- Discover a range of architectural styles around the city
- Enjoy the sunset from a village on the banks of the Irrawaddy River
Extension Tours you would love:
We preferred to provide the extraordinary 4 days experiential trips together with historical sight seen of Mandalay and around that are on offer to every day individually but in a responsible way to respect the cultural traditions of our destinations and aim to improve the quality of life for our visitors and the local people.
- Local Station Bazaar & Three Ancient Cities
- Cycling along the east and west edges of Mandalay
- Local Art in Mandalay and River journey to Mingun
Destinations in this tour
Walking tour and cultural heritage sights
Today’s tour starts with a short walk along the southern edge of Mandalay’s former Royal Palace. On one side of the outer walkway is the wide moat and brick structure which serve as a reminder of the past. On the other is the Mandalay of today with its buzzing motorbikes. As you reach the east gate of the Royal Palace trishaws will be waiting to take you to the next stop.
These traditional pedal-powered vehicles are a unique way of getting around the city and a brilliant way of putting money directly into the hands of their drivers who are seeing a reduction in business as motorbike ownership becomes more widespread. The trishaw will slowly meander through the maze of tiny lanes of eastern Mandalay before arriving at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Here, ascend to the top at a height of 790 feet for a magnificent view over Myanmar’s second-largest city and former capital.
Afterward, it is a short journey to the Golden Palace Monastery, the beautiful wooden structure that is the last remaining part of the original Royal Palace construction. After admiring the architecture head to Kuthodaw Pagoda, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, renowned for being home to the world’s largest book. Spend some time here learning about the story and scriptures from your knowledgeable guide.
Learn ancient Architecture and Local life
Our private car will then be waiting to take you for a taste of local life at lunchtime with a simple meal at a tea shop where Mandalay residents often come for a bite to eat.
Having absorbed the local culture, the afternoon takes on a spiritual note with visits to two distinctive Mandalay monasteries. Begin with Shwe In Bin Monastery, the construction of which conforms to the traditional style of Myanmar monastic architecture with its multi-roofed pavilion. Then visit Kinn Wun Min Gyi Monastery which is completely different in style. The main building here is an excellent example of European-style architecture in Myanmar. Not many travelers have the opportunity to explore these two relatively unknown, but well-maintained sites.
End the day by discovering Shan Kalay Khun village on the banks of the Irrawaddy River to learn first-hand about the lives of local people here. Visit workshops producing wood carvings and casting bronze before relaxing by the river for a magnificent sunset with views over the Irrawaddy to Sagaing and Mingun Hill on the west bank.
include & exclude
What is included in this tour?
Items that are included in the tour price.
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Tour guide service
- Transportation by private air-con vehicle
- Explore cultural heritage sights of Mandalay
- Arrangement for Trishaw ride experience (pay directly to its driver )
- Lunch at the local tea shop
What is not included in this tour?
Items that are not included in the tour price.
- Archaeological Zone fees/Entrance fees for Royal palace, Golden Monastery, Kuthodaw pagoda, Sandarmuni paya, (10,000 Ks)
- Camera fees at the pagodas
- Fees for Trishaw ride (5000 Ks) per / person
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 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 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 (email@example.com). 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.