Mandalay Morning Scenes

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: Morning

3 hours    English    Mandalay

tour highlights

  • Participate in a great Theravada Buddhist tradition
  • Witness one of the most powerful aspects of daily life in Myanmar
  • Wake up before dawn to experience something unique to Buddhist culture
  • Visit a local tea shop for delicacies

tour details

Get a first-hand look at the powerful local tradition of alms giving. In Theravada Buddhism, monks go out every morning to collect alms between the hours of 6 and 7am, walking in a single-file line past locals who put rice and other food items into the bowls. You’ll wake up just before dawn to observe, and possibly participate in, the practice of donating food and other daily necessities in the hopes of earning merit and supporting the religious community.

Why choose this tour?

  • An inspiring ritual of alms offering to the monks in the early morning
  • Admiring the age-old tradition and culture of Buddhists; their powerful belief on Karma and doing merits
  • Authentic Myanmar tea shop culture

tour description

Witness the traditional daily Theravada Buddhist ritual of hundreds of monks collecting their alms. This age-old tradition of donating food and other daily necessities to monks is believed to be an opportunity for lay people to 'earn merit' - in this life or the hereafter. Monks typically leave their temples at dawn with their empty alms bowls, and walk in single file past locals who spoon rice or other food items into the bowls. You may also wish to participate in this activity.
Afterwards, stop at Min Thiha, a popular tea shop where locals enjoy their breakfast. You can taste some of its famous tea, snacks, or Mandalay noodle "Monte". Then transfer back to your hotel.

customise the tour

  • Participate in the alms offering ceremony
  • Combine with full day Mandalay city tour
  • Proceed to Sagaing, Mingun or Ava and Amarapura
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Breakfast at local tea shop
  • 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: EXMHMMSB

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