Mandalay Cultural Heritage Day Tour

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Mandalay Cultural Heritage Day Tour
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This full-day private tour gives you a chance to see all the best that Myanmar has to offer: from Maharmuni Pagoda, Golden Monastery, Royal Palace, to small gold-leaf workshops, colorful markets and gorgeous sunset and view from Mandalay Hill.
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In Brief

Location:
Mandalay, Myanmar
Country:
Myanmar
Duration:
10 hours
Operates:
See Availability
Highlights:
Family friendly
Lunch included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Excellent value for money
Romantic experience, perfect for couples
Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay Myanmar

Your trip will start visiting with Manamuni Pagoda, where the big Buddha image is venerated. The Mahamuni Buddha Temple (also called the Mahamuni Pagoda) is a Buddhist temple and major pilgrimage site. Ancient tradition refers to only five likenesses of the Buddha, made during his lifetime; two were in India, two in paradise, and the fifth is the Mahamuni Buddha image in Myanmar. According to the legend, the Buddha visited the Dhanyawadi city of Arakan in 554 B.C. After casting the Great Image, the Buddha breathed upon it, and after that, the image became the exact likeness of the Mahamuni. 

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: King Galon Gold Leaf Workshop, No 143 36th Street, Between 77th & 78th Street, Myet Parr Yart, Mandalay Myanmar

Then, continue to the gold-leaf workshop. It is one thing to see temples covered in gold, and another to see the hard labor behind this art and appreciate it after visiting the gold-leaf workshop. Men work long hours pounding gold ingots into micro-thin sheets of gold leaf.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Zegyo Market, 84th St At 26th Street, Mandalay Myanmar

After that, visit Zaycho market - the largest and most important market in upper Myanmar or another local market. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. 

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Mandalay Palace, Mandalay Myanmar

After the meal, continue your visit to Royal Palace. The Mandalay Palace is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy. The plan of Mandalay Palace mostly follows the traditional Burmese palace design, inside a walled fort surrounded by a moat. Mandalay Palace was the primary royal residence of King Mindon and King Thibaw, the last two kings of the country. Much of the palace compound was destroyed during World War II by allied bombing; only the royal mint and the watch tower survived. A replica of the palace was rebuilt in the 1990s with some modern materials.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Shwenandaw Monastery, Shwenandaw Golden Palace, Mandalay Myanmar

The last but not least, visit Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery. Shwenandaw Monastery is a historic Buddhist monastery, that was originally part of the royal palace at Amarapura before it was moved to Mandalay. The building was heavily gilt with gold and adorned with glass mosaic work. The monastery is known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths, which adorn its walls and roofs. It is built in the traditional Burmese architectural style. Shwenandaw Monastery is the single remaining major original structure of the original Royal Palace today.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book, Mandalay Myanmar

Next, proceed to Kuthodaw Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa, that contains the world's largest book. It lay at the foot of Mandalay Hill and was built during the reign of King Mindon. It houses 729 marble slabs sculptured the teaching of Buddha.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mandalay Hill, Mandalay Myanmar

Finally, before returning to your hotel, enjoy the sunset on top of Mandalay Hill and admire the beauty of Mandalay City.

Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions

  • Professional tour guide service
  • Transport by private vehicle with air-con
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch

Exclusions

  • Drinks & Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees & camera fees
  • Other services and charges not mentioned
  • Entry/Admission - Mahamuni Pagoda
  • Entry/Admission - Mandalay Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Shwenandaw Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book
  • Entry/Admission - Mandalay Hill

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel in Mandalay city area. You need to inform us hotel name and address in advance.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Infant is FOC but meals is not included
  • No shoes, No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter religious and pagoda area.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.6 out of 5 based on the last 5 recent reviews

Our tour guide Papa was friendly and very knowledgeable about her city. We could not have seen Mandalay without her. I couldn't believe we covered so much history in one day! She was an amazing guide. Thank you Papa.
• Submitted 26 Dec 2016
the local company used were great. The guide, Baba spoke excellent English and she was attentive and informative. Without doubt this was my best day trip and I cannot recommend them highly enough
• Submitted 14 Apr 2016
We met our guide Popa with a driver at the hotel at 8am as advised. She was friendly, well spoken and informative. She had taken on board our request to see the U-Bein bridge which was magnificent. We saw gold leaf crafting, temples, stupas, the Palace, lacquer ware, various areas of Mandalay and its markets. Popa explained about the way of life for local people. We had a good lunch at a local restaurant. We were extremely lucky to see a 'coming of age' celebration which was very colourful. Finally, we watched the sunset from Mandalay Hill. We arrived back at the hotel tired but well informed.
• Submitted 10 Mar 2016
Expert guide well donecut back on the usual tourist marketing stops however.
• Submitted 01 Feb 2018
The guide good but the tour was a little disappointed. My best advice, do not take a tour, hire a taxi and go to see the places you really want.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2018

In Brief

Location:
Mandalay, Myanmar
Country:
Myanmar
Duration:
10 hours
Operates:
See Availability
Highlights:
Family friendly
Lunch included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Excellent value for money
Romantic experience, perfect for couples
Informative, friendly and professional guide