Begin this Myanmar royal capital experience in the spiritual hub of the country: Sagaing. Visit its monasteries, meditation centres and markets before continuing to Ava. Explore this former capital by horse cart, visiting a number of its colonial ruins. Top off the experience with a walk along Amarapura’s iconic U Bein Bridge.
Mandalay’s Royal Capitals - Full Day
Meet the guide at 8:00 and depart for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura.
This morning, cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar, home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres. During the visit, explore pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae.
Continue on to Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Discover a range of items for sale including locally-produced pottery, silver and other handicrafts. There will also be a stop made at small pottery village to see the process of making the water pots found throughout Myanmar.
Continue south to the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries. Take a short ferry ride across the river where a horse and carriage awaits. Traveling by horse cart, discover small villages scattered amidst Ava’s ruins, offering a unique glimpse into local life. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. Before returning to the vehicle, stop in Ava for a local lunch.
Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, another former capital. First, visit a silk weaving workshop, before continuing to U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace. At 1.2 kilometers in length, it is the world’s longest teak span. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.
Return to Mandalay late this afternoon. (L)
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