Welcome to Amarapura

The wide roads and twisting alleyways make Amarapura feel less aggressively modern than Mandalay, and spending a day here is a pleasant undertaking. The main attraction is an iconic wooden footbridge that crosses the lake. Several other minor sights are widely scattered – you'll need a bike or taxi to see them all.

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$60 Day Trips & Excursions

Mandalay Cultural Heritage Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel at 8:30 am, and your visit will start 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.  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. After, visit Zaycho market - the largest and most important market in upper Myanmar. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.  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. Today, Mandalay Palace is a primary symbol of Mandalay and a major tourist destination.  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. 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, where it formed the northern section of the Hman-nan (Glass Palace) and part of the king's royal apartments. 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. Finally, before returning to your hotel, enjoy the sunset on top of Mandalay Hill and admire the beauty of Mandalay City.

$30 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Culture Show at Karaweik Palace Yangon with International Buffet Dinner

Karaweik Palace is not only a landmark of Yangon City but also the whole Myanmar Country. The image of Karaweik used for Royal places as Myanmar Cultural brand, you could see it on the former Myanmar currency 10 kyats note and also use this image as brand loo by local companies.Karaweik Palace building was built in the form of Royal Barge, right in the heart of the Yangon City and facing to the magnificent Shwe Dagon Pagoda, this place meant to the people who take their leisure time to be joyful with the natural scenery, enchanted view of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and to be seen the 10 Arts of Myanmar Culture. Karaweik Palace offers International Buffet dinner with Cultural Show and delightful A la Carte lunch during lunchtime. The costumes and decorations at Karaweik Palace look so real you may even feel like you are time traveling. In Karaweik Palace, one may find some of the periods such as Pyu, Inwa, Kone Baung, Amarapura, Sitt Kyo (Pre War Period) and Sitt Pii (Post War Period). International buffet dinner with cultural show starts from 6pm to 9pm.

$75 Private & Custom Tours

Private Full-Day Sagaing-Ava-Amarapuya Tour from Mandalay

Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and heading out to Mandalay’s outskirts; the city of Amarapura also known as city of immortality. Then, we visit Mahagandaryon Monastery (Buddhistic University), followed by Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda which brings some serious panoramic views from the top of the Sagaing hill, U Min Thonze or 30 Caves with a crescent shaped colonnade of arches and Buddha statues.We continue our tour to Ava area which the three main attractions including Bagaya Kyaung (Teak Monastery), the Ava Palace site (Watch Tower) and Me Nu’s Brick Monastery (Me Nu Ok Kyaung). On the return journey we again pass through Amarapura just in time for sunset at the iconic U Bein Bridge that was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teak-wood bridge in the world. After sightseeing, our driver will transfer you back to hotel.

$27.50 Private & Custom Tours

Private Half-Day Ava Tour from Mandalay

Your guide and driver will be waiting for you in your Mandalay hotel for a 20 kilometer drive to Ava (around a 45 minutes’ drive). Go to the former Royal Capital at Ava (Inwa), we include a short boat trip, where further exploration by horse-cart offers the opportunity to discover the picturesque ruins and surrounding countryside at a relaxed and more tranquil pace. Sightseeing will include the teak monastery of Bagaya Kyaung (famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts) and the former royal monastery temple known as Maha Aungmye Bonzan, completely built of brick and stucco. Also the top of Nanmyin (Inwa tower) will be part of this visit, affording great views of the surrounding area. Also called ‘the Leaning tower of Ava’, this important relic from centuries ago remains the only remains of the old palace building and remains standing up until today. On your way back to Mandalay, we of course cannot skip to make a stop in Amarapura to see the iconic U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 when Amarapura was Royal Capital. Spanning the Taungthaman Lake, this 1.2 kilometer long bridge is the longest teak footbridge in the world. It is often busy with locals ‘commuting’ back and forth which makes for an attractive photo opportunity.As the region is well-known for its handicraft industry, particularly for silk and cotton weaving and bronze casting, optional stops (time permitting) can be organized to witness the skills of these artisans on the way back to Mandalay and your hotel.

$72 Cultural & Theme Tours

Marvelous Mandalay Tour

We will be greeted by our friendly guide at the hotel lobby in the morning (09:00 am). Today, we will drive to Amarapura which is an ancient royal capital full with heritage. Take a short walk at U Pain Bridge which is built of teak logs and planks over 200 years ago by Mayor U Pain. After that, we will pay a visit to Mahagandayon Monastery which is located near Taungthama Lake and learn about monastic education, life and experience. Next, we will visit Aung Nan tapestry workshop, bronze casting statue workshop and learn about Myanmar traditional arts and crafts. Next, we will visit to a stone carving workshop and see skillful craftsmen who drill to create the most artistic Buddha images. We will also visit to a famous and huge statue of Mandalay Mahamuni Pagoda with the multiple layers of gold leaf at the bottom of statue. Then, we will enjoy our lunch somewhere in Mandalay City. Take a break after having lunch. Continue sightseeing with Ku Tho Daw Pagoda, known as the world’s biggest book; Golden Monastery, famous for its wood carving. At the end of the tour, we will explore the major destination, Mandalay Hill and take a glance from the hill and enjoy the panoramic sunset view of Mandalay.  Then we will transfer to our hotel, relax and take a review on our today’s activities, write it down on our travel diaries.

$51.50 Walking & Biking Tours

Full Day Amayapura-AVA-Sagaing Cycling Tour

                 Our Cycling tour Guide will meet you at your hotel with bikes at 7:30AM. As there will be plenty of photos options, it is good to bring your camera to capture your memories along the tour. Check your bike and start Cycling to Amayapura City which was the capital of Burmese Kingdom in the Early 19 Centuries. The Main Business of Amarapura is (silk, Cotton) Weaving. Out excursion will include Weaving Work Shop and their show room where you can explore Myanmar Traditional Wedding Dress, famous Amarapura hand waving silk and many different kinds of Items which are made from Silk and cotton. After that, we will cycle to Mahagandayon Monastery which is the biggest in Upper Myanmar. The Monastery was first established by Agatithuka Sayadaw, a Thudhamma- affiliated monk around 1908, as a meditation monastery for forest-dwelling monks. The Monastery gained further prominence under the leadership of Ashin Janakabhiva sa who began living there in 1914. We will see about 1200 Monks studying about Buddhist Teaching in the monastery. We can also see their living Room and Dinning Room.                To explore the historical sites, we will then continue Cycling to AVA old city which was Capital of Burmese Kingdom between 14th to 18th Centuries. We need to take a short ferry boat to get AVA and probably will have lunch there.[Note: Lunch arrangement location will be differ depends on the speed of your biking]. After Lunch, take a short rest and continue Cycling around AVA. Firstly we will Visit Bagayar Teak Wood Monastery, stop at Yadanar Sime Pagoda, leaning Tower and Mae Nu Oak monastery. Then we bike back to Jetty and take ferry boat again. We continue Cycling and cross Ayawaddy Bridge to Sagaing City. Visit Sagaing Hill, Umin Thone Sae (30 cave temple). Bike back to Amarapura and enjoy Sunset at U Bein Bridge (World longest teak wood Bridge). After Sunset view, we’ll meet our car and drive back to Mandalay City.Note :Cycling Distance 40km to 45Km. Good Road.