Find out why the Burmese love to adorn their Buddha statues in gold leaves as you embark on a shopping trip through artisan workshops, craft stores and more in Mandalay. Your tour will start bright and early at 8am and the first stop of the day brings you to a gold leaf-making workshop. Watch the master craftsmen at work as they hammer the gold down into paper-thin gold leaf and later visit the famous statue that’s become known as ‘lumpy Buddha’ because locals and tourists have added so much gold leaf to it over the years that it has become misshapen!
Follow up the bling education with a visit to a nearby showroom for a bamboo paper-making demonstration, which is still done all by hand by local experts. At each stop there will be time to make any purchases that you wish to make. Then you head to a stone carving workshop where you’ll observe how Buddha images are expertly carved from stone and concrete. Follow this up with a carving and tapestry studio where you can shop for a vast array of colourful and traditional handicrafts and intricate tapestries. They also sell some gorgeous jade products here, as well as traditional puppets, elaborate Buddha statues and animal statues that make for fabulously authentic souvenirs and unique gifts for loved ones back home.
After all that shopping, it’s time to grab a mid-morning snack at a delightful local tea shop where you’ll try local tea and our famous Mandalay tea leaf salad. Your last stop of the day will be Myint Myint Khin Htoe Mont, where you can taste many kinds of traditional snacks and treats from the region. On the way, you visit an awesome slipper-making factory owned by a local family where you will have a chance to make your own slippers to take away. Your guide will then take you back to where we started, shopping bags in-hand!
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3.5 hoursStart time
Make you way to the Oway Grand Hotel, No.624, 78th Street. Between 30th & 31st Streets, Central Mandalay.
Same as starting point
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The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Pick up times are approximate. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.
So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 mins early.
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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