Breakfast at the hotel.Embark at Mandalay jetty at 09:30. You will enjoy the slow boat trip up the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay, offering a peaceful glimpse of everyday life in the Burmese countryside. We then set sail to Mingun. You will be able to visit the beautiful ancient city of Mingun before the hoard of visitors arrives from Mandalay. Visit Pondawphaya, Settawya, Pahtodawgyi pagodas and the legendary Mingun Bell, one of the giant intact ringing bells in the world.
We suggest having lunch under the beautiful frangipani trees. Then, drive up to Sagaing Hill and more particularly to Umin Thonzeh. The name translates as ’30 Caves Pagoda,’ but in reality, the temple is one long hallway built alongside a hill with thirty recessed entrances giving it the appearance of being filled with caves. Inside the building, you will find 45 Buddha images, an auspicious number 45 reflecting the number of years that Gautama Buddha lived as an enlightened being.
You may have a chance to meet the nuns and chat with them. It is so tranquil, and the abbess is charming and makes one feel genuinely welcome. The youngsters are heart stealers. ‘’You can observe the daily life of Burmese nuns, and it will give you some thoughts about Burmese religion.
You will continue towards the former royal capital of Innwa (Ava) located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers. You will visit the Island of Ava by horse cart, including stops at famous Bagaya Kyaung & Me Nu Oak Kyaung Monasteries. After a thrilling long day of visits, relax, and we drive back to Mandalay for a beautiful evening.
Optional Motorbike Ride: You will ride through the busy streets of Mandalay, as you experience what its nightlife has to offer. Enjoy the warm breeze as you ride on the back seat with your local driver.
Your motorbike driver will pick you up from your hotel, and you will speed off into frantic streets of Mandalay until you reach the vibrant vegetable market. After exploring the colorful vendor spreads, hop back onto your private motorbike to grab some of Mandalay's most infamous street food. Savor some of the best crispy duck the city has to offer and wash it down with a chilled Myanmar beer or soft drink. After satisfying your appetite, head off to enjoy the cultural performance, a traditional Daw Ma Ma Naing Marionette show.
Finally, before being transferred back to your hotel, stop at a district beer station to sip on some cold drinks, enjoy snacks, and dance to the roaring music. (Drinks on own account)