Mandalay: Local Station Bazaar & Three Ancient Cities
Exploring the authentic social life of local morning Bazaar and get a chance to sit at the local tea shop, one of the exotic cultures in Mandalay while taking the breakfast before leaving to three ancient cities named Sagaing, Aarapura (U Bein Bridge) and Innwa (Ava).
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCulture, Private tour
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
- Explore the local morning market near the train station and learn more about the natives
- The experience of Mandalay’s tea shop and having breakfast there
- Discover about Buddhist Nuns’ life impression in Sagaing Hill
- Ava (Innwa), ancient architectural destinations and wooden bridge, prestigious U Being.
|Departure Time||Pick up place|
|6:30 am||Hotel in Mandalay city area|
|12 hrs||6:30 pm|
Who would love this tour?
Family, Friends, Couple, Senior
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|Explore more Experiences|
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Local breakfast at the tea shop
- Professional Tour guide service
- Transport by private air-con vehicle
- Ferry boat and horse ride at Ava
- Archaeological Zone fees/Entrance fees for Ava area, U Bein bridge, and Sagaing
- Camera fees at the pagodas
- Personal expenses
Morning life and village
Spend your morning at local Station Bazaar to explore the social life of Ordinary people from Mandalay. Launch this activity at early morning 7:00 by transferring to the local Bazaar call ”Thaye Zay”, less touristic site, near the train station where located the north of Mandalay royal palace.
Local vendors are selling their goods like fruits, vegetables and some food products on both sides of the railroad. Vendors at the bazaar are sometimes needed to pick their product off the track to make way for an incoming train, especially during business rush hours when a train pulls up with local travelers and vendors from nearby villages.
Continue to the traditional tea shop, different social life to see many Mandalay’s natives and to judge the local meals, also avoiding the daily routine of the traveler’s breakfast. Sitting at the tea shop is one of the cultures in Mandalay. It is a place of business, politics and also serves as the social gathering place of the people in Mandalay. Spend some time watching people and communicating with locals at Mandalay teahouses is an experience, especially when staying for breakfast.
The next attraction, Sagaing, is located the Irrawaddy River, 20 km to the south-west of Mandalay. On the way to Sagaing, we will stop at the local village, where located beside the Irrawaddy river, to learn more about the social circumstances and experience their daily works and crafts such as agriculture works, wood carving, bronze casting, making beads and others.
When crossing the bridge to Sagaing, a scenic view of the hill with a forest of pagodas, and the river beside. It’s a city of Buddhist monks, but rarely have a chance to explore the life and living situations of Buddhist Nuns, so That Kya Di Tha Nunnery is the best choice to discover how these women and young girls are at the Nunnery in Sagaing. You should be there before 10:30 because their lunch time is from 11:00 am.
Sagaing hill is a religious locality since centuries ago, and it was the royal capital for a short time. A highlight to be there is stepping the sometimes steep covered stairways that traverse preceding monasteries and nunneries to the hilltop from which you can view the river and an evolving landscape of greenish hills and stupas. The holy hill itself has many monasteries and golden pagodas. Explore Swan Oo Ponnya Shin pagoda where there is a viewing platform for the panoramic view of Sagaing city beside Irrawaddy River. Then continue to U Min Thounzeh pagoda, which is a cave temple with 45 Buddha images arranged in a curved formation and behind them decorated with sparkling glass-works and enchanting. The outer look was elegant too. Explore more in Sagaing city, a religious pilgrimage center before we continue to Innwa (Ava).
At the Ava (Innwa), jetty take a ferry boat ride to Ava and have your lunch there at the restaurant.
Typical horsecart ride, unique commuting experience, still, a vital means of transportation in rural Ana, while you discover more about ancient architectural destinations, the nation’s capital, from the 14th to the 19th centuries. The Bargayar monastery is a beautiful monastery made of teak wood with amazing carvings. Nice to walk around, avoiding the splinters and protruding nails. The whole structure is thoroughly wet with a creosote essence to protect the wood. Should take about 30 mins there and it is very much enjoyed the atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Next to stop is Yadana Semi pagoda which enchanting greenish view around the pagoda and perfect for the photo. Then we continue to MahaAungmyae Bonzan monastery, imposing brick Monastery in Inwa dated by the early 19th century nearby 30 M high of Innwa leaning Tower.
We transfer to Amarapura, and this is the last but not least to enjoy the sunset at prestigious U Being wooden bridge locates at the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Mandalay. There may be very crowded with locals & tourists so be prepared for that and but security is ok.
As an option for a socially responsible traveler and to escape crowded people on the olden bridge, taking a boat ride to put money directly into the hand of local boat drivers (5000 Kyat) as MUL provided for a once unique commuting experience while enjoying a stunning sunset on the water level.
You have time until the sun is set to enjoy there before transfer back to your hotel.
Walking U Bein bridge
Usually, the Combo tickets for Mandalay (Zone fees/ Entrance fees) are not included in our price in case you already bought a Combo ticket before your tour. If so, we recommend you to take your Combo ticket with you at all times during your visit (or) our guide will assist you to buy this.
We operate this tour in privately as we, MUL considered to the privacy of the traveler and not sharing with other travelers. But solo traveler can still book for this tour with reasonable (solo) price by choosing 1 pax.
We suggest you to carry slipper and something to protect from the sun and the dusts. Wearing shoes/slipper and a short dress is not allowed when entering the religious area.
This tour can not be booked in the same day of departure and need to book in advance. We recommend you to book this tour at least 15 hrs in advance to have secure arrangements especially in high season (October to March).
Yes Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.