Land of the Rising Dragon

Discover Mandalay

Private Tour

Starting from $789 pp


Mandalay - Moat

Mandalay and the surrounding areas have more sights and points of interest than anywhere else in Myanmar. Even though the city of Mandalay is not the most beautiful, the surrounding areas offer fabulous and varied day trips. You’ll have three magnificent sunsets to look forward to at the Shwedagon Pagoda, Mandalay Hill and U Bein Bridge.

Arriving in Yangon, visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda as the sun goes down and then enjoying a city walking tour is the perfect introduction to Myanmar before catching the afternoon flight to Mandalay. Once in Mandalay (your base for this trip) you enjoy a day trip to Mingun to explore a number of beautiful pagodas and the incredible site of the uncompleted Mingun Pahtodawgyi. Another highlight is a day trip to Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of white and gold pagodas and a boat trip to Ava. Which was Burma’s former capital, worth to explore by a traditional horse drawn cart.


Day 1: Arrive Yangon & Shwedagon Pagoda

On arrival in Yangon you will be met by an Asia for Expats representative and transferred to your hotel. In the late afternoon you will enjoy an introduction to Myanmar by visiting the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, a stunning gold stupa which symbolises the heart of Buddhist Myanmar.

Day 2: Yangon to Mandalay

This morning you will enjoy a half day city tour starting at Sule Pagoda in Mahabandolla Park. Your walking tour will take you to the cities best sights, including the Independent Monument, Central Telegraph Office, High Court, Custom House and the Strand Hotel. Your tour ends with a visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market to see Myanmar’s wide range of handicrafts.  If time allows it before your flight to Mandalay, you can stop off at the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image and then Lake Kandawgyi (Royal) to take photographs over the lake towards Shwedagon.


Day 3: Mingun and Mandalay

Start by exploring Mingun located up the Ayeyarwaddy River. Sights include the uncompleted Mingun Pahtodawgyi, the 90-ton Mingun Bell and Myatheindan Pagoda. After a local lunch you will visit the Maha Myatmuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay’s holiest Buddha statue and the Shwenandaw Monastery. Visit the ‘world’s largest book’ at Kuthodaw Pagoda as well as the large Budhha statue at Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda. The day ends with a drive up to Mandalay hill to enjoy the spectacular views of the city and surrounding area.


Day 4: Sagaing and Ava

Travel to Sagaing, one of the most important religious and monastic centres in the country, before venturing out to Ava Island (Burma’s former royal capital). Explore the sites of this ‘lost city’ by traditional horse cart, visit the 1818 royal brick monastery of Aungmye Bonzan and the teak monastery of Bagaya Kyanung. Lastly you can discover Nanmyin, a 90ft leaning tower offering wide views of the area. Before driving to Amarapura to enjoy the sunset from the 140-year-old teak-stilted U Bein Bridge, which spans across Lake Thaungthaman.


Day 5: Depart Mandalay

Today you are free to enjoy your last day as you wish before your departure. We will then pick you up in plenty of time and transfer you to the airport for your departing flight.


*Extend your holidays by adding an extra day


Mandalay Cooking ClassMandalay Cooking Class
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 8 hours
Start with a brief trip to the local markets shopping for ingredients and observing the daily life of Mandalay.  Enjoy the famous Myanmar tea culture in a tea shop before cooking some Burmese favorites for lunch.  Take a short bicycle tour to see a nearby Burmese village before heading to the historic Yan Kin Hill at sunset.

Mandalay Half & Full Day City TourMandalay Half Day City Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 4 hours
Starting at Mahamuni Pagoda you’ll visit some handicraft and gold leaf workshops before heading to Shwenandaw Monastery and the ‘world’s largest book’, where the Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on huge marble slabs. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda and Mandalay Hill by sunset.

Mandalay Full Day City TourMandalay Full Day City Tour
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: 8 hours
Explore Mandalay Palace Fort before heading to the local Jade Market. Visit the Shwe In Bin Monastery, the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Kyaung and the pagodas of Kuthodaw and  Kyaukdawgyi before enjoying the sunset at Mandalay Hill.

Maymyo Day TourMaymyo Day Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 8 hours
Start by driving to Pyin Oo Lwin (former Maymyo) and visit National Kandawgyi Gardens before arriving at Pwaye Gauk Waterfall, a famous recreation centre in Myanmar.  The day ends with a visit to the Mahar Ant Htoo Kanthar Buddha Statue where you can enjoy some incredible panoramic views of the area.

Mingun Day TourMingun Day Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 8 hours
Navigate up the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun. Visit the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, and the 90-ton Mingun Bell. Explore the Myatheindan Pagoda and the Maha Myat Muni Pagoda.  Continue to the Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw and Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda before enjoying the sunset in Mandalay Hill.

Ava Lost Kingdom Day TourAva Lost Kingdom Day Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 8 hours
Start the day by visiting Sagaing, the U Min Thoneze Pagoda (Thirty Caves), the central pagoda of Soon U Pon Nya Shin and Kaungmudaw.  In the afternoon you will drive to Amarapura and board a local ferry to sail down to Ava. Visit the Buddhist Maha Aungmyae Bonzan Monastery and the teak-stilted U Bein Bridge.

Expat Tips

Top Expat Tips

  • Take some time to explore some of Mandalay’s traditional artisan craft workshops.
  • Enjoy lunch at the Sagaing Hill Restaurant.


  • Enjoy a samosas and some tea at a local tea house and get chatting to the locals

For Families:

  • Ask your horse cart driver if they will let you hold the reins
  • Take a picture of yourself banging the 90 ton Mingun bell

Tour Includes:

  • Land transportation within Myanmar by private vehicles.
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation listed
  • Breakfasts each morning on the tour
  • Excursions as mentioned
  • All admission fees at activities mentioned in the itinerary, temples and attractions.
  • All taxes

Tour Excludes:

  • Flights to/from Asia. (Our team can help you arrange flights if requested)
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Meals, unless otherwise mentioned
  • Beverages and personal expenses
  • Other excursions and entrance fees
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation and evacuation in the event of accident of illness).
  • All other services not listed in “Tour Includes”.


We will arrange all flights and transportation within Asia as mentioned in the itinerary. Our team can arrange bonded ATOL flights to/from Asia upon request. Please complete the enquiry form with the necessary information to issue a quote for your international flights.


A visa is required to enter Myanmar. Our team will happily advise you on visa requirements.


Please ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months beyond stay. Also at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting and 4 passport-size photos are needed.


Please make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance adequate for your holidays and the activities you want to undertake. Your insurance must cover medical costs related to hospitalisation, repatriation and emergency travel.


Please consult your doctor, clinic or your national Department of Health for recommended vaccinations and medication when travelling to Southeast Asia. It is important to arrange the necessary appointments well in advance of your trip.


US Dollars (USD) are accepted in some places in Myanmar. You can exchange US Dollars for the local currency Burmese Kyat (MMK) once you arrive. For currency conversion please click here.

How to Book

Only once you are fully happy with your tailor-made itinerary you will receive an invoice. In order to secure availability for your booking, tour, activities and accommodation we require a 20% deposit.

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