Your Mandalay tour will begin with a relaxing cruise up the Irrawaddy river, past sprawling reed banks and fishermen’s huts. After braving the whirlwind of a throbbing city, this is your opportunity to relax and unwind and take in the epic scenery of one of the world’s most spectacular rivers.
After an hour of sailing, we’ll arrive at Mingun, where you can boast to all your friends on social media that you can now tick “world’s biggest bell” off your bucket list. It is also the site of the Pathodaw temple, a massive stupa that remains unfinished because the king who built it was told that he would die when the last stone was cast. It would have rivalled the great pyramid at Giza in scale had he had the nerve to complete it.
Only two minutes away is one of the most stunning and unusual pagodas in the whole of Myanmar: Myatheindan. This magnificent structure is pure white and has some robust-looking lions guarding the grand entrance.
We will then check out a nearby tiny village and meet some local people who will tell you more about life on the sleepy river banks. We’ll stop somewhere where you can fuel up with drinks and snacks (not included in tour price) before returning to the boat and the final leg of our Mandalay tour.
Then, welcome to one of the best sunset cruises you’ll ever experience. Life has not changed much on the river; stilt villages, old pagodas, and ox ploughing the fields are some of the enduring sights you will see. Serene doesn’t even begin to cover it! Sail into the sunset like it’s the 19th century again with our local guide showing you the way.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, transportation and boat fare, entrance fees, water.
Exclusions: Food and drinks, 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.