Discover ancient cities, pagodas and more on this spectacular tour to Sagaing that allows for perfect bucket list-inspired photography. Head 20kms southwest of Mandalay and arrive at pagoda nirvana – Sagaing, an important religious centre that’s home to dozens of monasteries and hundreds of monks. On your itinerary is a visit to Myasetkyar Monastery, famous for its giant (truly, it is huge!) standing Buddha statue. Here you observe the monk’s lunchtime parade and rituals before being whisked off on the public ferry and into a horse-drawn cart to Inwa, the ancient capital of Myanmar on the other side of the Irrawaddy river.
If you’re feeling hungry, stop by a riverside restaurant and tuck into some local dishes such as mohinga (rice noodle and fish soup) and laphet thohk (pickled tea leaf salad). After that it’s time to feast your eyes on some stunning monasteries and pagoda complexes including the Yadana Hsimi Pagodas, a little tumbledown roofless collection of several stupas and three Buddhas. Much of the former royal city has been reclaimed by mother nature and agriculture, so weave your way around crumbling architectural gems and enjoy walking through luscious fields of banana trees and see rice being sown in one of the paddies. Feel just like Indie Jones on an expedition through the lush green ancient lands!
Your lost stop of the day is Amarapura, another former capital known for its silk and cotton-weaving industry. Be sure to take selfies at the Ubein Bridge — an impressive teak structure that claims to be the longest wooden bridge in the world at 1.2 kilometres. The monks who use the bridge to cross Lake Taungthaman every day often take time to talk to visitors in order to practise their language skills. Finally, a brilliant orange sunset awaits you. Take the time to reflect on your day, gazing at the antiquated bridge with the sun setting behind it.
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12 hoursStart time
Make you way to the Oway Grand Hotel, No.624, 78th Street. Between 30th & 31st Streets, Central Mandalay.
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So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 mins early.
As we will visit a religious pagoda, please wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip — though not compulsory — is appropriate.
Our supplier can allow maximum of 12 people on the tour to go ahead.
Please mention in the special request section at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
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