TOUR NAME: Mahamuni Face Washing Ceremony DEPARTURE: Daily TIMING: 03:30 – 05:30 a.m ENTRANCE FEES: Included NOTES: English language guide and other language guides with supplement
Wake up early in the morning before the sun rises, meet with our Asia E.Z guide and driver at 3:30 a.m and head Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most important religious sites in Mandalay. The Mahamuni Buddha image is more than 3.5 meters tall and has been covered with gold leaf beatings.
Every morning at 04:00 a.m, monks and local people (note: men only) together to wash the Mahamuni Statue’s face. This beautiful ceremony is worth getting out of bed in the early morning and it has also opportunity for taking an amazing photo. The ritual takes around one hour and it is a unique insight into Buddhism.
After this unique ceremony, return to the hotel for breakfast around 5:30 am.
TOUR NAME: Full day Ava & Amarapura, city of Immortality FREQUENCY: Daily TIMING: 09:00 – 18:00 ENTRANCE FEES: Included NOTES: English language guide and other language guides with supplement
Pick you up by Asia EZ guide at hotel and you will be transferred to Ava (Inwa), an ancient capital of Myanmar from the 14th to 18th centuries. Board by small boat to cross over the Myint Nge River. Then, start exploring to narrow bumpy roads by horse cart.
Proceed sightseeing such as the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort and from there, head to the Bargayar Teak Monastery, famous for its impressive woodcarvings and teak over three hundred years old. Continue to see the standing architecture of Nan Myint Watch Tower, Maha Aung Myae Bon Zan Monastery (Mae Nu Oak Kyaung) which was built by Queen Mae Nu.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in AVA.
After lunch, continue excursion to Amarapura which takes 1 hr drives from Mandalay and situated on the left line of Ayeyarwaddy River. Visit to see the Maha Gandayone Monastery, you will observe the monastic life of monks. Then you will have a look at the silk and cotton weaving workshops, learn how to make the colorful longyis (Myanmar cultural clothing). Continue touring to the magnificent Bagayar Monastery, also known as Maha Waiyan Bontha Bagayar Monastery.
Finally, you will reach at the teak U Bein Bridge which was built by Mayor U Bein in 200 years ago. Stroll along the bridge to enjoy panoramic sunset views over the Taungthaman Lake and the surrounding area. Return to hotel in Mandalay.
TOUR NAME: Full Day Mandalay City Tour DEPARTURE: Daily TIMING: 09:00 – 18:00 ENTRANCE FEES: Included GUIDE: English language guide and other language guides with supplement
Pick you up by Asia EZ guide at hotel and we begin the tour of Mandalay city. As the last city of the Myanmar Kingdom, Mandalay is steeped in Myanmar culture. Below are some of the sites we will be visiting on our trip in Mandalay.
The scared Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the famous and a giant glittering golden Buddha statue in Mandalay. The Shwe Inbin Monastery, Golden Palace Monastery (Shwe Kyaung) is the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak wood building is known for its exquisite woodcarving and is a superb example of a traditional Myanmar wooden structure. Kuthodaw Pagoda houses the world’s largest book, make up of 729 marble slabs onto which Buddha’s teachings are carved in ancient Pali scripts.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Mandalay.
Mandalay is famous for its skilled craftsmen, who were historically commissioned by the royal families. We will visit a selection of these shops, wood carving, gold leaf making and kalaga tapestry sewing. Then end with your day with sunset views from the Mandalay Hill, the highest point of the city. Return to hotel.
TOUR NAME: Full Day Mingun & Sagaing Sightseeing DEPARTURE: Daily TIMING: 09:00 – 18:00 ENTRANCE FEES: Included GUIDE: English language guide and other language guides with supplement
Pick you up by Asia EZ guide at hotel and transfer to the jetty to start an excursion by boat to Mingun which located on the Ayerwaddy River. It takes about 11 km (1 hour) up river from Mandalay. Upon arrival, start visiting to the Unfinished Pagoda, also called as Mingun Pahtodawgyi built by King Bodawpaya in 1790. Proceed to visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda (known as Myatheindan Pagoda), the white coloring style built by King Bagyidawin 1816. From there, continue to see the Mingun bell, weighing 90 tons and the third world’s largest bell in the earth. Return to Mandalay by boat.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Mandalay.
Afterward, we head to Sagaing Hill, over 600 white painted pagodas, monasteries, and nunnery. It is a home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers, visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Ponya Shin, U Min Thone Sae and Kaung Mu Taw Pagoda.
If time permits, stop visiting the small pottery village to observe the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar. Return to Mandalay by car.
TOUR NAME: Full Day Excursions to Pyin Oo Lwin DEPARTURE: Daily TIMING: 09:00 – 18:00 ENTRANCE FEES: Included GUIDE: English language guide and other language guides with supplement
Pick you up by Asia E.Z guide at hotel and we take a scenic drive (80 km – 2 hrs) to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo). This is a town not only known for its charming colonial-style buildings, but also its rich and diverse collection of flora at National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens. The town is built by Captain May in 1896 and which located on 1000 m above the sea level.
First, you will take a decorated horse cart and explore around the charming town. From there, proceed visiting to the National Kandawgyi Garden. This botanical garden is about 50 acre in size and contains more than 5,000 trees, 575 different floral species and various rare species of bird.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
After lunch, we will visit the Peik Chin Myaung Cave, located behind a waterfall. As common with most famous caves of Myanmar, here you will also see a lot of Buddha statues and shrines inside the cave. Continue to visit the Pwe Kauk Water Falls, known as Hampshire Falls during British times. It is 8 km away from town and a favourite picnic spot of the local people to take a dip during the hot seasons.
After visit, you will drive back hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin.