Beyond Mandalay

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Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

10 hours    English    Mandalay, Innwa (Ava), Sagaing, Amarapura

tour highlights

  • Enjoy sunset on the U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world
  • View the beautiful monasteries of Maha Aungmye Bonzan and Bagaya Kyaung
  • See silk weaving and cane mat production
  • Visit Sagaing, the centre of Buddhist faith in Myanmar

tour details

The tour takes you across a side river of the Ayearwady River to Innwa (Ava) – the ancient imperial capital of Burma from 14th to 19th century. You visit the sites by horse carts. Then, visit picturesque Sagaing known for its many monasteries and monastic schools. Later stroll at sunset time over the wooden U Bein Bridge in Amarapura.

Why choose this tour?

  • Sightseeing in the stunning former royal cities just beyond Mandalay with unique cultures and traditions
  • Monasteries of fine stucco and wood carving works in Ava
  • Visit to the living centre of Buddhist faith in Sagaing Hill, sprinkled with pagodas and monasteries
  • Notorious sunset near the world's longest majestic teak bridge U Bein

tour description

Drive towards 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 at Small River Restaurant

In the afternoon, visit picturesque Sagaing, perhaps the living centre of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. The hills here are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Return across the Ayeyarwady River to the third former capital, Amarapura, via the Ava Bridge, built by British engineers. Take a sunset stroll on U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometre is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world. After that, return back to Mandalay and transfer to your hotel.

customise the tour

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


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Lunch
  • Boat fees
  • Horse cart fees
  • Truck charges (for groups)
  • Entrance fee for Sagaing only
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Please note there will be supplement during the water festival period from 13-17 April. Price to be advised on request.
Tour code: EXMFBYMB

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