Enjoy a great introduction to the sights, sounds, and people of Mandalay as you feast your eyes on remarkable monasteries, incredible art collections, pagodas and more. Get an early start to the day and take a drive through Mandalay, an attractive, low-rise centre that still feels like more of a big village than a city. Your first stop will be the old teak monastery of Shwe Inn Pin, which stands out in this area unusually because it is NOT made from gold!
Housing over 30 monks, here you will admire impressive works of Burmese art and intricate wood carvings. After viewing images of Buddha at Shwe Inn Pin, head next to Mahanyatmuni - the grandest pagoda in town and home to one of only five Buddha likenesses that were made during his lifetime. The Buddha statue is covered in gold and locals are encouraged to add a gold leaf for luck! Here you can add more bling to Buddha and place your gold leaf on his body and see if it turns your luck around! Find out where all these leaves are made as you head off to a gold leaf making factory!
Thereafter, more incredible architecture and scenery abounds as you head to the royal palace sitting in the middle of a lake. Then it’s on to famous Kuthodaw, where you can gaze in wonder at a series of stunning stupas built to house a vast library of tablets inscribed with the sacred scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. Channel the spirit of the Da Vinci Code as you try to read the ancient scriptures of Theravada. Then it’s back to the city, where your guide can recommend the very best places in town to sample scented broths and spicy noodles.
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Urban Adventures are a handpicked network of 150+ global destinations, locally owned and operated by professional and passionate urban explorers. Collectively they create and run 1000's of fun and unique day tour itineraries that support local communities and help travelers uncover the local side of a city. Urban Adventures has a team of passionate guides who are the heart and soul of the tours and guarantee a great time.
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.
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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