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Activities & Transport
- City Tour
- Meet the Locals
- Car with driver
Main travel focus
8-Day Highlights Of Royal Mandalay
- Soft trek to Shan Village in Hsipaw and enjoy the scenery of Dotthawaddy river
- Stay at cost-effective Boutique Style Hotels
- Train across the second largest Goktheik Viaduct in the world
Embark on a 8-Day gateway to the Golden Land. Visit Mandalay and its surroundings, a major capital of traditional Buddhism and culture of Upper Myanmar. Visit dazzling pagodas, ancient cities, spiritual monasteries. Get an insight into the daily lives of the many monks and nuns and learn about their daily rituals. Cross the famous Goktheik Viaduct to reach the city of Hsipaw, one of the oldest of the northern Shan cities. Go trekking through seasonal vegetable crops and rice paddies. This trip will take you on a authentic cultural adventure with deep insights into Myanmar history and culture.
- Accommodation at the hotels in double/ twin or single occupancy include (ABF) breakfast
- Transportation for excursions and sightseeing with a private car, driver and air conditioning (as mentioned in above programme)
- Horse cart & ferry fee in Ava
- Train to Pyin Oo Lwin to Nawng Peng
- Trek in Hsipaw
- Admission fees and zone fees
- English speaking station guides
- Government tax
- Complimentary mineral water and refreshments on excursion days
- International flight ticket to and from Yangon
- Visa arrangements for Myanmar
- Any personal expenses for souvenirs, lunch, dinner, tips, etc.
- Meals not mentioned in the program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Optional Activity: Ballooning in Mandalay
- Morning hot-air balloon ride over the Royal Capital (Note: Available from mid November to end of January)
Example Trip to customize
Mingalabar in Myanmar!
Your journey begins at Mandalay airport. Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide and accompanied to your hotel in the city of Mandalay. On the way to the city center you will already get your first impressions of the area and the daily routines of the Burmese. Once checked in, you are free to choose yourself how your day will look like - relaxing in the hotel? Strolling through the streets of Mandalay? Having a first Shan Noodle soup? You can decide!
In the Streets of Mandalay
After breakfast you will depart for a full day sightseeing programme in Mandalay. There are a lot of different things to see and visit in this bustling city and the surrounding ancient cities. To just name a few:
Mahamuni Pagoda: The four-meter-high image is cast in bronze, but over the years it has been covered with a thick layer of gold leafs. In the courtyard, there are six bronze Khmer figures that were brought back from Mrauk U and have their actual origins in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Shwe Inbin Monastery: This monastery, dating 1895, features exquisite wooden carvings along the balustrades and roof cornices.
Rich Culture in the Ancient Capital of the Mandalay Region
Today will be all about ancient cultures of Myanmar. On a full day excursion you will visit the ancient capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing. First visit Mahagandayon Monastery in Amarapura, a typical place to witness over thousand monks attending the daily meal at the country’s largest monastery. Continue your visit to Ava, the capital between the 14th and 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take visitors across the river to an awaiting horse and carriage. Explore the centuries old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. In the afternoon, cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River and continue to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hills is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar. After, you will be driven back to Amarapura to enjoy sunset over the 200-year-old U Bein Bridge.
Visit the "City of Flowers"
This morning, meet your guide and driver at the hotel and embark on a one hour scenic drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (May Myo). Pyin Oo Lwin is a former British hill station, located in the Shan hills east of Mandalay. It features many examples of colonial architecture, transport in traditional stagecoaches and a beautiful botanical garden. Pyin Oo Lwin is also called the “city of flowers” which bloom here all year around. Its forested country lanes provide a welcome respite from the heat of the plains.
Cross the Gokteik Viaduct to reach Hsipaw
In the morning, head to the railway station and drive together with your guide by train from Pyin Oo Lwin to Nawngpeng. On the way, cross the Gokteik Viaduct, the second highest railway bridge in the world and the scenic cross from the bridge is a spectacular view. Upon arrival of Nawngpeng Station, you will be picked up by your diver and proceed to Hsipaw by car.
Hsipaw, or Thibaw, as it is called in Myanmar, is one of the oldest of the northern Shan cities and throughout history, the Sawbwa or Shan Chief of Hsipaw had close relations with the Myanmar kings. You will have some time to explore this charming town partly on foot, partly by car. Then drive to your hotel in the city and overnight in Hispaw.
Trekking through Shan villages and rice paddies
Today will be sportive. Take a soft Trek for a couple of hours through seasonal vegetable crops and rice paddies, as well as local Shan villages. The way back you will do by boat from one of the river side villages. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the idyllic Dotthawaddy river!
Visit the Market & Back to Mandalay
After breakfast at the hotel, you are going to visit the morning market. Visiting the market is a fantastic thing to do as a little morning activity in Hsipaw. The villagers around Hsipaw come to this market to sell all the vegetables from their gardens - a great opportunity to explore the local daily life. Enjoy some sightseeing around the city with its fruit farms and Shan Palace. Then, you will drive back to Mandalay and the rest of the day is on your own leisure. Overnight in Mandalay.
Bye Bye Mandalay!
Sadly, the last day of your journey has started. After breakfast at the hotel, you will still have time to explore the last bits of Mandalay before your flight home. Then it’s time to say Goodbye and you will be transferred to the airport. With many memories, experiences and new insights into the culture and traditions of Myanmar, you will head home or to your next destination.