4-Day Royal Mandalay Stopover

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 4 Days

English    Mandalay

tour highlights

  • Visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive WWII bombing
  • See local artisans as they weave silk, make alms bowls, and carve Buddha images
  • Explore the ancient capitals of Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura
  • Enjoy the authentic horse cart ride in Ava
  • Take a stroll on the famous teak bridge, U Bein

tour details

See the best that Mandalay has to offer in authentic regal culture, architecture, and local life patterns. Start off with a visit to the Mahumi Pagoda, followed by a look at artisans carving marble Buddha images. Next up is the teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery and the Kuthadow Pagoda, with its 729 marble slabs of Theravada scripture. The next day, you’ll travel on the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun, which houses the largest brass bell in the world. Make a stop at the Mingun Pagoda before visiting the market and cottage industries. Your journey continues on an island, where horse cart is the main form of transportation. Visit an ancient city, admire a stucco monastery, and end your day watching silk weavers. Finally, enjoy a sunset walk over U Bein Bridge, the largest teak bridge in the world.

Why choose this tour?

  • A private tour to uncover all the stunning and must-see destinaitons in Mandalay and its countryside areas
  • Observing authentic culture, tradition and unique local inspirations in Mingun, Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura
  • A charming stroll on the world's longest majestic teak bridge U Bein
You arrive at Mandalay airport and are driven to the city, a journey of about one hour. From the airport, start your sightseeing tour with a visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Stop at local workshops to see marble being carved into Buddha images, and gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces, stone carving and bronze casting. Lunch will be served at Daung Lann Gyi Typical Myanmar Restaurant.
Next visit beautiful teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive World War II bombing, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname 'the world's largest book'. Visit Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda to see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Atop Mandalay Hill lie glittering glass-studded temple walls which reflect the evening glow as you watch the sunset.
Accommodation at Hotel Sakura Princess (Superior Room) or similar, Mandalay.
Board your boat and travel upstream on the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay to Mingun (11 Km, about one hour). The river is always busy - small longtail boats, bamboo rafts and ferries carry goods up and down the river. Visit the Mingun Bell, which at 87 tons is the world's largest intact bronze bell. Continue to the beautiful Hsinbyume (Ma Thein Tan) Paya and the unfinished, mighty Mingun Pagoda (built to be the worlds biggest) before returning downriver to Mandalay for lunch. Lunch will be served at Golden Duck Restaurant.
Afternoon sightseeing includes a visit to Zegyo market (if open) and some of Mandalay's cottage industries, such as weaving and kalaga tapestry-making, Burmese sweet-making, and bamboo fan-making near Eindaw Yar Pagoda.
Accommodation at Hotel Sakura Princess (Superior Room) or similar, Mandalay.
In the morning, visit the former royal capital of Innwa (Ava) located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers. A local ferry carries you to the island where your horse cart and driver await you. Pass through the ancient city walls to visit the brick and stucco monastery of Maha Aungmye Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung) before continuing to the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. If time permits, visit some village homes to see local handicrafts such as silk weaving, cane mats and alms bowls. Lunch will be served at Small River Restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit picturesque Sagaing Hill which is perhaps the living centre of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. The hills here are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Enjoy a magnificent view over the surrounding area. Continue to Amarapura via the Ava Bridge, built by British engineers. Walk over U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometre in span is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world. It was reportedly built by local headman U Bein of teak salvaged from the former royal palace after the capital moved to Mandalay in 1859. Whilst the bridge has been repaired from time to time, the pillars are still original. After relaxing in the last light of the day, drive back to Mandalay and check into your hotel.
Accommodation at Hotel Sakura Princess (Superior Room) or similar, Mandalay.
Morning at leisure until transfer to Mandalay Airport.

customise the tour

  • Enjoy sunset boat tour in Taungthaman lake near U Bein bridge (seasonal)
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast and L=Lunch)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Boat fees to Mingun and return
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking. (Peak season in general is between 15 December-15 January and 13-17 April)
  • Drinks with meals
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
Tour code: PKMMRMSB

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