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The Sites and Landmarks of Mandalay

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Mandalay, Myanmar
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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the jewels of Mandalay on this private guided sightseeing tour of the city. Visit must-see sights such as the Mahamuni Pagoda, Golden Palace Monastery, and Kuthodaw Pagoda—billed as the home of the World's Largest Book—all with the comfort and convenience of a private guide who can customize the itinerary to suit your interests.
  • Private Mandalay sightseeing tour
  • Get to know Mandalay highlights in just one day
  • Discover a mix of religious and cultural sites
  • All transportation included with hotel pickup and drop-off
A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
All applicable taxes and service charges
All entrance fees (to be paid on spot by the clients)
Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Transfers from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Mandalay hotels. Transfer outside these areas, supplements apply.

Your private tour begins when your guide picks you up from your Mandalay hotel at your selected morning or afternoon departure time. Begin to drive through the city in a comfortable private vehicle en route to Mandalay's top monuments.

Stop by the Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a Buddha image famous for its adornment of gold foil and crown made of rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and jade. Also visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda and Golden Palace Monastery, two Buddhist complexes that illustrate Mandalay’s unique architectural heritage.

Throughout the tour, your guide provides a local perspective on the attractions and answers any questions.

Finish your Mandalay tour with a drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Shwedagon Pagoda
Pick up from your hotel in the morning (or early afternoon, when opting for the afternoon exploration of Mandalay) with your guide and driver. Stops during this half-day tour include one of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar, a guided journey commences with a landmark of invaluable proportions. Said to rival Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon in terms of religious importance, Mandalay’s Mahamuni Pagoda is a blissful example of the importance of Buddhism in the country. Constructed during the 18th century, its gilded interior and exterior are among the finest examples around. The complex's centrepiece is a Buddha image that was made originally out of alloy but now layered with thin foils of gold. It is now is expected to weigh over a ton.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Shwe In Bin Kyaung
Further in this tour, we include the Shwe Inbin Monastery and the Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), an imposing teak monastery-temple that was built within the palace complex but subsequently dismantled and rebuilt some years later. Nowadays, although still called a monastery, the complex is one of the finer, well-preserved examples of a bygone era.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Shwenandaw Monastery
Next, the Golden Palace Monastery is a superb example of a traditional wooden building. Locally known as Shwenandaw, it once was home to hundreds of monks
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book
Home to the world's largest book, the Kuthodaw Pagoda is a religious landmark in its own right and is marked next on our route. A total of 729 marble slabs, on which the entire Theravada Buddhist Pali Canon are inscribed are on display at this primarily white example of its connection with Buddhism.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Mandalay
A visit a traditional handloom silk workshop as well as a Kalaga tapestries craftsman’s shop brings forward a more traditional side of Mandalay.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mandalay Hill
Ending at the highest point of Mandalay for superb views over the city and surrounding plains marks the end of exploring the beauty of the country's 2nd largest city.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Mandalay. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Sagaing, Amarapura, river cruise ports and Mandalay’s International airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during The Sites and Landmarks of Mandalay?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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Excellent tour of sights in Mandalay
heatherandbrian2018
, Dec 2019
Hlaing Hlaing Yo was an excellent guide and was happy to answer all our questions. We went to two teak temples, a wood carving shop, the gold beating shop, the world’s largest book and finished in Mandalay Hill. It was very informative tour and we would recommend it.
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The tour was satisfactory. It was a...
ggonzalez
, Apr 2017
The tour was satisfactory. It was a hot, muggy and dusty day so that probably made it a 4 star. The guide, Mr. Aung Naing Win, was excellent, he and the driver were atentive and very accommodating.
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Amazing private tour. Our tour guide...
Eric V
, Mar 2017
Amazing private tour. Our tour guide May was very knowledgeable, spoke clearly and took all our needs into account. We visited the most amazing sights in just 4 hours, which even our child could enjoy. Tour was also very flexible as we could go pretty anywhere we wanted and stay as long or short as we wanted. At the end we even took a detour to a central mall, had lunch there at our own cost, and they took us back to the hotel afterwards. Thanks guys!
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This was a fantastic tour of the...
Michael M
, Jan 2017
This was a fantastic tour of the cultural aspects of Mandalay. Our guide was very knowledgable and gave us a really in depth understanding of the religious and cultural values here. His name was Da Da That's what it sounded like. You took us from a simple monestary to the golden palace monestary which at one time had been completely covered in gold leaf. A tour well worth taking. You really can't do it by yourself. You need a guide who can explain what you are seeing.

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