You are staying in a great city of culture in Myanmar. After breakfast in the hotel, your guide will take you to U Bein Bridge, the most beautiful bridge in Myanmar across the Taungthaman Lake. Spend your time walking on the bridge and breath the fresh cool air of the morning. Then continue cycling to Mahagandayon Monastery to explore the biggest monastery in the region where 1500 monks live and study under strict religious discipline. If you are interested in the teaching of Buddha, this is a great chance to learn in the monastery. Gain more local experiences as you head to a silk weaving workshop to interact with the local artisan and see the most fantastic fabrics from that people create their longyi.
Next, make your way to Ava (or Inwa) the ancient capital city of Burma from the 14th to the 19th century. Upon here, visit Bagaya monastery, a magnificent wooden monastery noted for its 267 giant teak ports which were the University of the Ava dynasty. Your sightseeing in Ava also includes a visit to the watchtower, a remnant of the old Ava Palace which gives you a glimpse into the glorious past of Ava. A trip to Ava cannot be completed without visiting Maha Aung Myay Bonzan Monastery, an impressive brick monastery famous for its intricated stuccoed sculptures.
In the afternoon, head to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the holiest pagodas in Myanmar where you can marvel at the glittering golden Buddha image. Male visitors coming to the pagoda can join in washing the Buddhist statue. Head to a local workshop nearby the pagoda to explore the production of gold leaves, woodcarving, tapestries, and marionette. Highlight your afternoon sightseeing with a visit to the Golden Palace Monastery (or Shwesandaw Monastery) where you will witness a fantastic masterpiece of intricated wooden architecture that once was a part of the Mandalay royal palace. Continue looking for the world’s largest Buddhist book that is carved on 729 marble slabs in Kuthodaw Pagoda before fulfilling your trip to the top of Mandalay Hill to marvel at the best sunset over the city. Overnight in Mandalay.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay