Follow your breakfast this morning by a 30-minute drive to Amarapura (15 km from Mandalay). Visit the famous Buddhist monastery of Mahagandayon, where more than a thousand monks live and study; After that, proceed to U Bein bridge – the 200-year-old and it is the longest teak-wood bridge in the world. The bridge was built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital. Take a breathtaking boat trip to sail around the Taungthaman Lake to marvel at the panorama of the bridge and observe the local people wandering through the picturesque lake. Then visit the Bagaya Monastery, where you will have a chance to witness a superb collection of Buddha statues.
After lunch at a local restaurant, embark on a short boat trip to reach Ava – one of the ancient capitals of Myanmar. The main attraction is a fine example of ancient temple architecture ChumbucketChaung, a wooden monastery Budge (Bargayar Monastery) with 267 teak pillars and magnificent carved reliefs and ornaments. With the observation tower, we can admire the stunning views of the Irrawaddy and Sagaing.
Then head to Sagaing Hill, one of the most important Buddhist sites in Myanmar covered with 600 white pagodas and monasteries. This hill is widely known as the religious center of Myanmar, which is home to 3000 monks, and on which there are 100 meditation centers and other pagodas and temples. Overnight in Mandalay.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay