We will meet at 8am and take a drive through Mandalay, an attractive, low-rise centre that still feels like more of a big village than a city. Our first stop will be the old teak monastery of Shwe Inn Pin, which stands out in this area unusually because it is NOT made from gold. Housing over 30 monks, here you will admire impressive works of Burmese art and intricate wood carvings.
After viewing images of Buddha at Shwe Inn Pin, prepare to meet the God himself. Well, almost. Mahanyatmuni is the grandest pagoda in town and home to one of only five Buddha likenesses that were made during his lifetime. The Buddha statue is covered in gold and locals are encouraged to add a gold leaf for luck. He is now so overloaded with the stuff that he is starting to lose his shape. Once you’re done covering the deity in gold, we will head off to a gold leaf making factory to find out how it is made.
There are lots of kiosks leading up to the main shrine, where you can stop for souvenirs like incense and rosary beads and sample some of the tasty street food snacks before we leave for the factory.
More incredible architecture and scenery abounds as we take you to the royal palace sitting in the middle of a lake. Then it’s on to famous Kuthodaw, where you can gaze in wonder at a series of stunning stupas built to house a vast library of tablets inscribed with the sacred scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. You will feel like a 21st-century Indiana Jones, solving ancient riddles on the marble tablets.
Then it’s back to the city, where your guide can recommend the very best places in town to sample scented broths and spicy noodles.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, transportation, tea and water.
Exclusions: Food and additional drinks, entrance fees, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: As we will visit a religious pagoda, please wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.