After breakfast start to drive to Mandalay about 4,5 hours. Welcome to Mandalay! Mandalay, the second largest city of Myanmar and one of the ancient royal capitals is often perceived and described in literature as Asia at its most traditional, timeless and alluring but those who go meet a booming and
vibrant city located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. However, despite the energy and thriving business it's where the cultural heart of Myanmar lies and tradition of music, dance and drama are still alive. Upon arrival in you’ll be transferred (1 hour) to Mandalay city and check in at your hotel.
Directly south of Mandalay Hill stands the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, known as the pagoda of the Great Marble Image. Admire the huge Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. It’s said that the colossal marble block took 10,000 men almost two weeks to transport it from the riverside to its current location. Proceed to Kuthodaw Pagoda, frequently dubbed as “The World’s Biggest Book” for its collection of 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Then it’s off to the Shwenandaw Monastery, the Golden Monastery which is the only enduring structure from the Royal Palace of the 19th century. This impressive structure is celebrated for its remarkable woodcarvings. Your Mandalay guided tour continues this afternoon with a visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda houses one of the country’s most honored Buddha images, completely covered in gold leaves that are every day applied to the statue by male devotees. There are also many craft workshops in Mandalay and, should you wish, we can stop for a visit to one making gold leaf, tapestries, wood carvings or marionettes if you are interested and if time allows.
Late in the afternoon, go to the top of Mandalay Hill overlooking the city at 240 meters high that offers a wonderful panoramic view of the surroundings. From here you will be able to admire a beautiful sunset over the city, the Irrawaddy River and the rural surroundings of Mandalay.
OPTION: MYANMAR TRADITIONAL MARIONNETE PERFORMANCE
Transfer to the Mandalay Marionette Theatre in the evening and settle in at this small theatre for the 20.30 performance. Over the next hour, you will be treated to various aspects of Myanmar traditional theatre commencing with local music and dance and then followed by a selection of marionette shows. Each mini skit tells a tale or legend of the local culture and the skilled puppeteers make this ‘come to life’ with their life like movements of the marionettes.
Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Mandalay
MANDALAY, 2 NIGHTS