After breakfast, set out for full-day Mandalay local sightseeing. First head out towards Mandalay Hill (entrance fee to be paid directly), which is at a height of 240 meters (790 feet high). The route up the hill is a one-way road and you will be taken up to the summit by local open-roof tempo type vehicles (which seats about 6-8 people).
Mandalay Hill (entrance fee to be paid directly) has been a Buddhist pilgrimage site for many centuries and the city itself gets its name from the Mandalay Hill. At the top of the hill is the Sutaungpyei (literally meaning wish-fulfilling) Pagoda which presents a panoramic view of the entire Mandalay city and the nearby Irrawaddy river basin. You will then be able to visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda which is said to contain the largest book in the form of inscriptions on marble kept inside 1774 smaller kyauksa-gu (stone-inscription caves). After this, visit the Mandalay Palace (entrance fee to be paid directly) - the last royal palace of the Burmese monarchy and built around 1857-1859. The palace is surrounded by a large moat and the buildings inside the fort wall have been well preserved for tourists viewing. You will now visit the majestic wooden Shwenendaw Monastery-built around 1878. The monastery is known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths which adorn its walls and roofs. The monastery is built in the traditional Burmese architectural style.
After this head out for lunch at a local restaurant in Mandalay (on direct payment basis). You will then visit Mahamuni Pagoda (entrance fee to be paid directly) which contains a large deified image of Lord Gautama Buddha himself.
You will then directly travel to U Bein Bridge in the late afternoon. With a length of about 1.2 Kms and built around 1850 AD this teakwood bridge crosses the entire span of the Taungthaman Lake and is considered one of the oldest such bridges in the world which is still surviving. Tourists can walk-over the bridge on foot and get a lovely view of the sunset. Guests will also be able to check the local market nearby for gifts andor souvenirs.
In the evening return to hotel and stay overnight.
After breakfast drive to Yangon. On arrival at Yangon travel to visit the amazing Shwedagon Pagoda believed to be the most sacred Pagoda in all of Myanmar is a 326 feet structure gilded with gold plates. This amazing structure built by the Mon people of ancient Myanmar was initially built around the 6th-10th AD is now one of the most important landmarks in the city of Yangon.Check-in the hotel and stay overnigh
This 65-meter-long reclining Buddha is another popular tourist spot in Yangon. Make sure to pay special attention to Buddha’s feet when you visit this pagoda, as there are 108 unique symbols that represent the former lives of Buddha before attaining the Enlightenment. You can also visit the Ngar Htet Gyi Pagoda which is located across to see the statue of the sitting Buddha.
In the late afternoon after lunch visit Scott Market . Bogyoke Aung San Market (Note : the market is closed on Mondays and public holidays) is situated in the heart of Yangon on Bogyoke Aung San Road. The name of this road was also named after the market. The Bogyoke Aung San Market is the most popular market and a great tourist destination in Yangon. It is one of the precious colonial buildings you can find in Yangon.
In the late evening check in to the hotel and stay overnight at Yangon.
After an early breakfasthead out to Yangon. It will take around 6 hours to travel a total distance of 375 km.
After reaching visit Chauk Htet Kyi Pagoda and Ngar Htet Gyi (time permitting).
Check in to the hotel in the evening and stay overnight.
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