Mandalay is the second largest city as well as the cultural center of Myanmar, famous for the longest U Bein wooden bridge in the world and many other attractive destinations. If you are planning to visit Mandalay, here is the suggested itinerary for 2 days to discover this city.
Day 01: Explore Mandalay’s center
3h30: Arrive Kywe Se Kan station
If you travel in groups, you can take a taxi to visit 4 locations: Mahamuni Temple, U Bein Bridge, Sagaing Hill and ancient capital Inwa from early morning to noon, costing only about 50 USD.
4h – 5h30: Visit Mahamuni Temple
Mahamuni Temple was built in 1785 under Konbaung Empror, King Bodawapaya. The Mahamuni Image is the main attraction of the temple and holds religious importance in Burmese Buddhism. It is enshrined on 1,8 meters high pedestal and this image is 3,8 meters high and weight more than 6 tons. However, women are prohibited from approaching the Buddha statue, only pray outside. Visiting here, you will have chance to see a traditional ritual “daily morning ritual of face cleansing of Mahamuni Buddha Image”.
6h – 6h30: Watch sunrise at U Bein Bridge
U Bein Bridge was built in 1800 by thousands of teak planks, crossing Taungthaman Lake. It is not only the longest teak bridge in the world but also the best spot to see sunrise and sunset.
7h – 8h30: Enjoy panoramic view of Sagaing Hill – “residence of the saints”
Sagaing is located about 20km from the Southwest of Mandalay. From the top of Sagaing Hill, you can see the longest river in Myanmar – Irrawady and many towers nestled in the green forests. There is no people living in here but the monks living in the temple. Sagaing Hill is very peaceful like its nickname “residence of the saints”.
9h -12h: Inwa – 400-year-old ancient capital of Myanmar
Inwa is the ancient capital of Myanmar, located at the confluence of Ayeyarwaddy and Myitnge River. The only way to get there is taking a boat, price about 1 USD. Coming to the other side, you can rent a carriage to go around the capital. One carriage can carry up to 3 passengers that will take you to visit some famous sites such as Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Brick Monastery, Shwedigon Pagoda, leaning tower Nanmyin, …
12h30 – 13h30: have lunch at Inwa’s riverside restaurant
14h – 16h: Back to Mandalay to check-in hotel and rest
16h – 17h: Eat cream at Nylon Ice Cream shop
18h – 19h: Have dinner “All you can eat” buffet restaurant
20h – 21h: Walk around the river and visit the old Palace of Myanmar
21h – 22h: Drink cocktail at V Café.
Day 02: Discover Mingun
9h – 10h: Depart from Mandalay wharf to Mingun village
The boat going to Mingun often departs at 9ham and returns at 13:00pm, but if you want to go early, you also can rent a private boat, of course, the price is more expensive. Two sides of the river are covered with golden sand and ancient temples. At Mingun, you can hire a bullock (cow taxi) costing $5 to go around the temples.
10h – 11h: Visit Mingun Ruins (Mingun Pahtodawgyi)
It is an incomplete monument stupa in Mingun. The unfinished pagoda rises up to a height of 50 meters which is just one third of its proposed desired height. The width of the construction is about 450 square feet. An earthquake in 1839 has resulted in the appearance of huge cracks on its facade.
11h – 12h: Mingun Bell
The world’s largest bell weighted 90 tons was casted for Myatheindan temple but never used.
12h – 13h: Hsinbyume Temple
Hsinbyume Pagoda is a beautiful all white structure on the banks of the Irrawaddy river just North of Mandalay. It is possible to climb the stairway to the top of the structure. From the top you will have great views of of the Irrawaddy river and the nearby Mingun Pagoda.
13h – 14h: Back to Mandalay
14h30 – 15h30: Have lunch at V Café and back to hotel to take a rest
17h: Go to Kywe Se Kan Station to visit other places in Myanmar.
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