After breakfast at the hotel, board a private boat trip up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun, home to many Buddhist temples, monasteries, and meditation centers. As you reach Mingun, head to Hsinbyume Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar. Built-in 1816 by Bagyidaw as a way to show his love to his first wife, Queen Hsinbyume, who lost her life during childbirth. Take a leisure walk to Mingun Bell, the world’s second-largest ringing bell. Follow your guide to Mingun Paya, which was intended to build as the largest pagoda in the world but then left unfinished due to a prophecy. Nowadays, it holds the record for the biggest pile of bricks.
Afterward, stroll around the village where you will have a chance to explore the crafting of traditional basketry and several artistic items. Take this chance to interact with the local craftsmen and friendly locals to share your own cultural experience. After returning to Mandalay, head to Mandalay Palace, the residence of the last Burmese Royal. In the late afternoon, head up to Mandalay Hill where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Overnight in Mandalay.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
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