Mystic Mingun and Ancient Ava

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

10 hours    English    Mandalay, Mingun, Innwa (Ava)

tour highlights

  • Visit famous Zeycho vegetable market
  • Take a local boat ride across river to Mingun
  • Visit Mingun Bell, the world biggest bronze bell
  • Drive to Ancient royal capital of Innwa (Ava)

tour details

A boat trip to see Mingun and then AVA, two former capitals of Myanma. This full day tour takes you across the Ayearwady River to Mingun and Innwa (Ava) – the ancient imperial capital of Burma from 14th to 19th century. Take boat ride on the river, visit impressive temples, monasteries and have a glimpse of local life.

Why choose this tour?

  • A picturesque boat trip to uncover the myth and ancient story of Mingun and Ava, two former capitals of Myanmar
  • Traditional horse cart ride in Ava

tour description

Pick up from your hotel and drive until you make a stop at the Zeycho vegetable market. 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 long tail 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 (Mya Thein Tan) Pagoda and the unfinished, mighty Mingun Pagoda (built to be the world's biggest) before returning downriver to Mandalay.

Lunch at Bistro 82 Restaurant

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. After that, transfer back to your hotel in Mandalay.

customise the tour

  • Shop for souvenirs at local artisans' workshps
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fee in Mingun
  • Private boat to Mingun
  • Ferry boat to Innwa (Ava)
  • Horse cart in Innwa (Ava)
  • 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: EXMFMMAB

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