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

Yangon Karaweik Palace Royal Culture Show plus 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.

$70 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.

$32.50 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.

$1200 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Myanmar at a Glance 7 days

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Yangon Yangon, Yangon (Rangoon), Yangon RegionDay 1: Arrive Yangon(-,-,)After pick up from the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. First you will visit the Bothahtaung Jetty and Bothahtaung Pagoda, which is an ancient arrival port of entry to Yangon. Then Proceed the Historical Hotel named Strand Hotel which was built since 1901 and is a hotel on the list of the Yangon City Heritage. Start a short walking tour around the historical buildings till you get to Sule Pagoda. Then you will see the City Hall and the Independence Monument which is standing in the middle of Beautiful Mahabandula Park. After lunch visit the Kandaw Gyi Lake together with the Karaweik Park. Then visit the reclining Buddha in Mega Size and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda decorated with Gold Leaf and Gold Plates.Day 2: Mandalay - Sagaing – Ava- Amarapura – Mandalay (B)Upon arrival you start an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura. You will first drive to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. Travel by horse and cart you’ll get a glimpse of local lifestyle. Then cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing, visit Sagaing’s market, for a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. Then, continue on for a stroll across the 200 year old, teak U Bein Bridge.Day 3: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake (B)After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Heho where a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe. Stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery. Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat for a river cruise past Intha villages built on stilts over the lake and floating garden. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.Day 4: Inle Lake – In Dein – Inle Lake (B)After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. Travel by boat to the Pa-oh Ethnic village of In Dein. Climb the covered to the top of a hill which is filled with ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below.Day 5: Inle Lake – Heho – Bagan(B)Free and easy till departure to Bagan. Upon arrival, guide will be welcoming you at the airport.Day 6: Bagan (B)After breakfast stroll through the colorful market of Nyaung U and explore the archaeological fields of Bagan. Visit Shwezigon Pagoda kubyaukgyi temple. In the afternoon continue to the well-known Ananda temple which once set the architectural benchmark in Asia. Later see the holy Manuha, Nanpaya and Myinkabar Gubyaukgyi. Enjoy the romantic sunset at one of the many pagodas.Day 7: Bagan – Yangon (B)After breakfast , transfer to Yangon by flight.Duration: 7 days

$900 Tours & Sightseeing

Private the Wonderful Myanmar in 5 Days

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Yangon YangonDay 1: Yangon Arrival & sightseeing On arrival to Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by a tourist guide. Visit to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a 65m long reclining Buddha Image and 2500-years old Shwedagon Pagoda, the landmark of Yangon. Walk around city center of Yangon where Sule Pagoda, Mahabandoola Park, Independence Monument and the City Hall are located. Shopping at Bogyoke Aung San Market is the famous bazaar with hundreds of shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, clothes and jewellery. If time permits, you will also visit Botahtaung Pagoda, where Buddha's tooth relic is enshrined, and Nanthida Jetty, to watch the busy lives across the Yangon River and beautiful sunset. Overnight in Yangon. Day 2: Yangon – Mandalay by Flight & Amarapura – Mandalay sightseeing (B) On arrival to Mandalay Airport, you will be welcomed by a tourist guide. Travel to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Monastery where over 1000 monks are studying and 1.2 km long U Bein Teak Bridge, known to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the World’s largest book with 729 inscriptions on marble stabs, which is listed on UNESCO's the Memory of the World Register. Continue to Mandalay Hill to see beautiful sunset. Overnight in Mandalay. Day 3: Mandalay & Innwa sightseeing (B) After Breakfast at Hotel, visit to Maha Muni Pagoda, Mandalay Palace and Shwenandaw Monastery. Continue visit to Innwa (Ava) with its attractions: Ruins of Innwa Palace, Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, Me Nu Oak Kyaung and Bagaya Kyaung. Overnight in Mandalay. Day 4: Mandalay to Heho by flight & Inle lake Sightseeing (B) Transfer to Mandalay airport for flight to Heho. A tourist guide will welcome you at Heho Airport. Enroute to Inle Lake, visit Shwe Yan Pyay monastery in Nyaung Shwe. Excursion in Inle Lake by boat to workshops of silver smith, cheroot production, boat building carpentry and silk weaving. Visit the Inle Heritage to see the Burmese cats, and the Paungdaw Oo Pagoda, where five small Buddha images are all covered with gold leaf so thick that their original forms can no longer be seen. Inside the lake, you will see floating gardens and may see unique Intha one leg-rowers with fishing canoes. You will visit well known Nga Pe Chaung monastery. Overnight in Nyaung Shwe/Inle Lake. Day 5: Heho – Yangon by flight, Yangon sightseeing & Departure (B) Transfer to Heho airport for flight to Yangon. Depending on your international departure flight time, you will visit Kyauk Taw Gyi sitting Buddha made of single marble stone, Royal White Elephant Park, and Kabar Aye Pagoda and Maha Pasana Cave where 6th Great Buddhist Synod was hosted. Transfer to Yangon international airport for departure.Duration: 5 days