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Mandalay's Royal Capitals: Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura
Explore the remnants of Sagaing, Ava, Amarapura, three former royal capitals just outside the city of Mandalay. Travel by ferry, foot and horse cart as you explore small villages, ancient monasteries and the iconic U Bein Bridge.
The first stop will be Sagaing, Burma’s spiritual centre on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. As you arrive, the first thing you will see is Sagaing Hill, a verdant hillside dotted with 600 white-painted monasteries and pagodas, while the surrounding area is home to more than 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres. Visit a couple of the most striking pagodas, Sagaing’s bustling local market and a small pottery village.
Leave Sagaing with a short ferry ride south to the next ancient capital of Ava. As you alight the ferry, a horse and carriage will be waiting to take you through a number of small local villages to visit the wooden Bagaya Monastery, and the remains of the Royal Palace.
On the way back to Mandalay, stop at the final former royal capital of Amarapura, primarily known for the U Bein Bridge. Visit a small silk weaving workshop before heading to the iconic bridge. Constructed from almost 1,000 teak posts that span just over a kilometre in length, the U Bein Bridge is the world’s longest teakwood construction. After walking along the bridge, taking in the magnificent views of the surrounding lake and farms, you will be taken back to Mandalay in the late afternoon.
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