Royal Capitals DiscoveryMandalay, Central Myanmar
Service:Mingun, Inwa & Amarapura, Ayeyarwaddy River Cruise & Ubein Bridge sunset
Time:08.30-18.30. Pick up from you hotel and drop off to your hotel.
- Tour is with English speaking local guide
- Entrance & permit fees are included
- Lunch box on the boat
- Ubein Bridge rowing boat is not included. Price must negotiated on the spot.
Explore the Ancient Kingdoms near Mandalay, enjoy a boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River, end the day at Ubein Bridge, site of spectacular sunsets. After brakfast at your hotel, we embark on a journey to Ancient Kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay.
The day starts with a 1-hour cruise across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy) to the quaint village of Mingun, known for a massive unfinished pagoda dramatically cracked in half by an earthquake in the 1800s; another attraction is Mingun’s bronze bell, believed to be largest uncracked one in the world.
We continue leisurely 2hr/20 km cruise downstream to Ava (Inwa), the ancient capital of Shan and Burmese Kingdoms for over four centuries and disembark at Myint Nge River by jetty to explore the small roads of Ava by horse cart.
We visit the Bagaya teak monastery, over 300 years old yet well preserved and still in use by local monks; the Nanmyin watch tower, the last standing structure of the Ava dynastic palace compound also known as the “Leaning Tower of Ava”, and the Maha Aungmye Bonzan monastery, a 300-year old architectural wonder with graceful archways.
Late afternoon we cross over the Myint Nge river by small ferry boat and meet our driver and transfer to Amarapura one of the ancient capitals and enjoy spectacular sunset by Ubein bridge. (weather permitting) Amarapura is famous for its textiles.
Should you wish we can visit one of the family owned cottage industry workshops and boutiques on our way back to Mandalay.