Welcome to Mandalay Region

And one of the world’s biggest bells, its longest teak footbridge and an enormous, failed monument to royal hubris are just around the corner. Throw in Upper Burmese cuisine, friendly locals and sunsets over the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, and you have a region worthy of careful exploration.

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$68.72 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Transfer: Mandalay to Bagan

Pre-book your private arrival transfer will ensure you stay relaxed and to avoid the long queue for a taxi after a tiring holiday.Our driver will collect you from your hotel lobby in Mandalay at agreed time and transfer you to your hotel or destination in Bagan. For travelers who arrive at Mandalay Airport or Port, you will meet our driver at the exit gates holding a signboard with your name on it. He will greet you before taking you to the coach and transport you to your hotel or destination in Bagan. Please contact our service line if you are not able to find our representative at the agreed meeting location.Please note that each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable. Infant seat is not available.

$57 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mandalay Private Full-Day Tour

We will depart from your hotel at 8:30am after breakfast. First, we will go to Mahamuni Buddha, a spectacular and attractive statue of Lord Buddha, completely made of Gold. As one of the most significant sites of Buddhist pilgrimage in Myanmar, it is a place of devotion and meditation. Women are not allowed to enter the innermost chamber (and consequently, to apply gold leaves on the statue).Next, you will visit to a stone carving workshops and see a skilled craftsmen who attack pure white marble or stone with angle grinders and drills to create the most enigmatic Buddha images. From here, we will move on to the puppet workshop and wood carving. Since the gold-leaf is commonly use in Myanmar, it is fascinating to see the traditional way of gold-leaf is produced at Gold Leaf Workshop. You will then enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant with variety of traditional food. A short free and easy time after lunch. After a short break, we will move on to Mandalay Royal Palace followed by Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Monastery). The Monastery is small and atmospheric and was moved from the old Royal Palace grounds. It gave an idea of what the inside of the old Palace would have looked like in entirety originally and the beauty of the wood cravings from the glory period if Mandalay.Finally, we will explore Kuthodaw Pagoda (the world’s largest book), is a lovely place to visit and really interesting for the history and cultural facts. It's a great place to walk around and soak up the sights and experience of this beautiful place. Before heading back to your hotel, you will enjoy the sun setting at the top of Mandalay Hill.

$45.21 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Full-Day Mandalay Heritage Tour

Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel at 8am to drive to a promenade U Bein teak bridge, the world's longest teak structure at 1.2 km / 3.4 miles long.Next, you will visit to Mahar Gandar Yone monastery, where you can see a thousand Buddhist monks and novices line up every morning, at 10:30am, to receive their meal of the day at Mahar Gandar Yone Monastery.Then, go to a “must visit in Mandalay” Mahamuni Buddha Temple.  Learn more about the craft work for which Mandalay is famous by visiting workshops and cottage industries. You’ll see gold-leaf techniques, wood carving and kalaga tapestry weaving.For lunch, we’ll go to a popular tea house. Tea houses are centre of social and commercial life in Myanmar. You can see all kinds of people here, from business people and brokers to students and families all doing their daily business or just relaxing and socializing.  Try the Mandalay Monte or Khotaung Monte there. After lunch, continue your visit to Mandalay Palace. This Mandalay Palace is the last royal kingdom of Myanmar.We will visit to the famous Golden Palace monastery and the ‘World’s Biggest Book’; the 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scripture at Kuthodaw Pagoda. Finally, enjoy panoramic views of the city from the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set.Your tour will end at around 6pm and your will be transported back to your hotel.

$60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mandalay Cultural Heritage Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionYour 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: 30 minutesStop At: King Galon Gold Leaf Workshop, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionThen, 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: 30 minutesStop At: Zegyo Market, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionAfter 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 minutesStop At: Mandalay Palace, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionAfter 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: 30 minutesStop At: Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung), Mandalay, Mandalay RegionThe 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: 30 minutesStop At: Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionNext, 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: 45 minutesStop At: Mandalay Hill, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionFinally, before returning to your hotel, enjoy the sunset on top of Mandalay Hill and admire the beauty of Mandalay City.Duration: 45 minutes

$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.

$18.80 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Half-Day Mandalay City Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionThe Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses a Buddha image originally made out of alloy until fine foils of gold were gilded on; it now weighs more than a ton (900 kg). See the golden crown decorated in diamonds, jade, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionKuthodaw Pagoda, consisting of 729 marble slabs in which the entire Buddhist canon is inscribed.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung), Mandalay, Mandalay RegionThe Shwe Inbin Monastery and Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), an imposing teak temple that was originally built within the palace complex but subsequently dismantled and reconstructed some years later. Duration: 1 hour