After breakfast, you will take a short flight from Bagan to Mandalay this morning! On arrival the second largest city of Myanmar, you will be transferred to the city center, (1 hour)
Your next will across the Irrawaddy River in to Sagaing, where 600 ivories colored pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is generally seen as the spiritual hub of Myanmar and claims residence to more than 3,000 monks and almost 100 meditation shrines.
After that, visit pagodas such as Swan OoPonNya Shin, U Min ThoneSae and Shin Pin Nan Gyaing. Then trolling to Sagaing’s local market, where you will have a great local experience, it’s also a less visited tourist site. Your trip will continue to a small pottery village which is recognized for manufacturing ubiquitous water pots to observe the tradesmen here applying their traditional methods for producing their goods.
Next it’s on to Ava which was the standing capital from the 14th through the 18th centuries. Taking a ferry to cross the small river and then you will discover villages in a traditional horse and carriage to the wooden Bagaya Monastery renowned for its extraordinarily elaborate woodcarvings. Be sure to check out the Nanmyint Watch Tower - also called “the leaning tower of Ava“ - which is what’s left from the remnants of the ancient palace and MahaAungmyeBonzanMonastery. On return, take a drive to Amarapura, Myanmar’s penultimate royal capital.
Visit Mahagandayon monastery, this is a home of more than 1000 young monks, it was renowned as a center for monastic study and strict religious discipline. From here you can take a walk to the legendary U Bein Bridge, it’s built in 1782 when the Amarapura was the Royal Center of attention.
The bridge is one of the longest teakwood bridge in the world with 1,2 km across the shallow Taungthaman Lake. This is also the best destination for sunset with great pictures.
Evening today, return to the hotel in the city center.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay.