Mandalay and Mingun Day Tour

Mingun Hsinbyume Pagoda near Mandalay
The white waves of Mingun’s Hsinbyume Pagoda near Mandalay

Mingun by Boat, Mandalay City Workshops & U Bein Bridge Sunset

Htike is your local guide on our Mandalay-Mingun day tours.

Personalise your Mandalay and Mingun day tour for your perfect Myanmar holiday! Our experienced local guides bring you to the most significant sites of the Mandalay, the last royal capital city of Myanmar. From the astonishing scale of the temples of Mingun and the Mingun Bell to the fascinating family-own artisanal workshops of Mandalay, this tour covers the most iconic and color sites in Mandalay. Round out the day with an amazing sunset at U Bein Bridge and your Mandalay-Mingun day tour is complete!

Mandalay and Mingun Day Tour Highlights

Early boat to Mingun for best light and avoid crowds

Mingun Pagoda (also Mingun Pahtodawgyi or Mingun Paya), had it been finished, would have measured a whopping 150 m. This height would have made it the largest pagoda in the world. But after construction began in 1790, astronomers foretold King Bodawpaya that the kingdom would end if it were ever completed. So construction was abandoned when the project had reached a third of the intended size. Some say, this, at least, secures Mingun Paya the title of “largest pile of bricks in the World.”

The Mingun Bell weighs 90 tons and for a long time was the largest suspended bell in the World (the “Bell of Good Luck” in Henan, China, surpassed it in 2000).

Hsinbyume Pagoda

Hsinbyume Pagoda
Built by Bagyidaw in 1816, it is commemorates his favorite consort, Hsinbyume (Lady of the White Elephant), who died in childbirth. The crisp white waves leading up to a platform are modelled after descriptions of mythical Sulamani Pagoda on Mount Meru, part of Buddhist cosmology inherited from the Hindu tradition. The seven concentric terraces represent the mountain ranges leading to Mount Meru itself. In this way pilgrims can ascend from earth into the heavens. Truly a remarkable sight not to be missed when visiting Mandalay! 

Return to Mandalay city by boat for lunch

Artisans carve Buddha images from stone in Mandalay
A woman prepares a stone Buddha image in Mandalay

Mandalay’s Artisinal Workshops

  • slipper making
  • gold leaf beating
  • bronze casting
  • Buddha stone carving
  • paper toy making
  • wood carving
  • alms-bowls making

Sunset at U Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge sunset
A boatman at sunset under U Bein Bridge

Duration: 12+ hours

Mandalay Private Tour Pricing:

$169USD per person, based on 2 guests

Mandalay Small Group Tour Pricing:

$139USD per person, min 4 guests

Price includes:

  • Air-conditioned private taxi and driver
  • Experienced English-speaking licensed tour guide
  • Entry fees
  • Chilled water all day

Price excludes:

  • Lunch

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