THE LAST ROYAL CAPITAL

A city known for its grandeur and splendor, Mandalay, is the second largest city of Myanmar. A culturally diverse place relatively prosperous as a centre for trade with China and as a centre for the growing trade with India. It is also a religious hub for half of Burma’s monks reside in Mandalay. Experience a short cruise  and a horse carriage ride as you discover the city together with its neighboring towns: Ava, Sagaing and Mingun.

  • 2x nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, service charge and tax included in twin/double sharing room
  • All transfers by comfortable air-conditioned cars as per itinerary with mineral water and cold towels (2 bottles of 500ml water per person/day)
  • English speaking guides (other languages available with surchage)
  • Meals as per itinerary (daily Breakfast; 0 x Lunch; 0 x Dinner)
  • All entrance fees as per program, tours and sightseeings including special activities:
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Mandalay
  • Ava Boat and Horse Carriage
  • Mingun Boat

DAY 1  – MANDALAY (B/-/-)

Experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including of the most revered religious monument in Myanmar – “Mahamuni Pagoda & Mahamuni Buddha Image”. In the afternoon we are going to visit Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda which is also called “the world’s largest book”, named after the 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Proceed  to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the the panoramic view of the city. At the top, you will be welcomed by clusters of pagoda and monasteries. Drive to Amarapura – famous for its weaving and the most beautiful and expensive clothes are hand embroidered. Continue to 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge for sunset viewing, built in 1782 and the oldest teak bridge in the world is made from the remains of a royal palace.

 

DAY 2: MANDALAY- AVA- SAGAING (B/-/-)

Visit Mahagandayon – a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study- watch the monks queue up for their main meal of the day. Continue drive to Ava – also known as “Inwa” is Myanmar’s most famous old capital, and is situated 20 kilometres south of Mandalay.  Upon arrival, transfer to a boat ride to explore Ava (Mouth of the lake) and visit the teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery while riding on a Horse Carriage. Visit of the Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery – also known as the Brick Monastery. Then, go for a drive going to Sagaing, a religious pilgrimage centre afterwards visit KyaukMyaung Village, which is a famous pottery village.

 

DAY 3:  MANDALAY – MINGUN  (B/-/-)

Relax on a 1hr cruise going to Mingun, once you reached Mingun, you will be welcomed by the sheer size of Pahtodawgyi Pagoda– well known for being the world’s largest unfinished pagoda. Then just a short walk from it, go to Hsinbyume Pagoda, this may be a lot smaller than the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda but it is just as impressive because of its pure white color which makes it absolutely stunning. Next, you might want to snap a photo with the heaviest functioning non-cracked bell in the world the Mingun Bell. This afternoon, transfer to Mandalay Airport for your flight back to Yangon. 

 

  • All International & domestic flight tickets to/from/within Myanmar
  • Visa to Myanmar @ USD 50 per person, can be applied online at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
  • Individual expenses of guests not mentioned in the itinerary (laundry, minibar, extra
  • food and beverage out of formed menus or not mentioned in the INCLUSIONS.)
  • Tip for guides & drivers, bellboys, boats, restaurants (suggested at USD 6/pax/day)
  • Personal travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
  • Any other cost not mentioned in the Inclusions

A Tourist Visa is required for Myanmar. You can process it online for an e-visa prior to travel. (Cost US$50)

Low Season (May–Sep)

The southwest monsoon starts mid-May and peaks from July to September. The dry zone between Mandalay and Pyay gets the least rain. Rain can make roads impassable anywhere (especially in the delta region).

Shoulder Season (Oct–Nov, Mar–Apr)

March to May Yangon often reaches 104ºF (40ºC). Areas around Bagan and Mandalay are hotter. Cooler in the hill towns of Shan State. All forms of transport booked solid during Thingyan in April.

High Season (Dec–Feb)

Rains least (if at all, in some places) and is not so hot. Book accommodation and transport well ahead for this busy travel season.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  1. Ask before taking a photo; the Burmese can be very shy.
  2. Locals love a good smile, so make sure you return it as often as you can.
  3. Don’t point at things (ie. in a market place) with your foot. This is considered very disrespectful.
  4. Cover your head, shoulders and knees. when visiting religious sites. Visitors must also remove shoes and socks before entering temples.
  5. The people of Myanmar really appreciate it when tourists take part in their local traditions.

Simple Phrases:

Hello = Min ga la ba

Thank you= Je zu tin ba deh

Sorry= Sorry ba (There is no Burmese word for an apology)

Yes, Answer in the positive = Ho deh

I don’t understand = na ma le bu

Please wait = Kan na leh

It’s Ok, No Worries = Ya ba deh

It is good = Kaung deh