We transfer to the airport for our early morning flight to Mandalay.
Mandalay is relatively young at just 150 years old when compared with the ancient treasures surrounding it. Founded as capital of the Burmese empire in 1861, Mandalay saw the swansong of the last kings of Burma. Poetic though the name may be, Mandalay is a thoroughly modern city, the second largest in the country. It's impossible not to be impressed by the golden Buddha of Mahamuni Pagoda. However, the real attractions lie beyond in the ancient cities These are spiritual centers and a couple of Myanmar’s Buddhist monks reside here.
Upon arriving in Mandalay airport, we take a 45-minute drive to Amarapura. We first visit the U Bein Bridge by a short walking tour along this 200 year-old teak bridge which was built in 1782 when Amarapura was Royal Capital. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace. At 1.2 kilometers in length, it is the world’s longest teak span.
We continue visiting the Mahagandayon Monastery, a famous Buddhist monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study. Time permitting will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence.
Following, we visit the traditional hand – woven silk workshop before continuing our drive to Mandalay city. Enjoy our lunch today at the local Restaurant before arriving in our hotel; checking in and leisure. Later in the afternoon, we visit the beautiful teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery or Golden Palace Monastery- which is noted for its intricate wood carvings , the only Royal Palace building to survive World War II bombing.
We next visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to ‘the world’s largest book’, a collection of more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Heading back to our hotel. Leisure and overnight.