Overview

Unlike Yangon, Myanmar’s second-largest city and the northern hub feels much peaceful and laid-back. with relatively uncrowded, wide streets along the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy, Mandalay houses more than half of the country’s monks. However, the place is dusty and doesn’t have many attractions, so many visitors stay just long enough to move on elsewhere in northern Myanmar. But, if you move outside the traditional center, you will see lots of areas where the dirt roads swarm with Burmese shoppers browsing chaotic, local markets. Few of the attraction that this place has includes the Mandalay Hill where you will see many pagodas, temples, and nice views of the city. You can also watch the enchanting sunset view from the top of the hill. The way to the top of the hill takes you past souvenir stalls, Buddha statues, and cute romantic photo backdrops where you can have your picture taken. There is also the Royal Palace which is a large walled city in the center of Mandalay. Then, the most popular one is Mingun, an interesting village where you should take a boat ride from Mandalay and takes about an hour. At MIngun you will get to see a gigantic structure of brick and the largest uncracked bell in the world. Mandalay also contains world’s largest book, Kuthodaw Pagoda where the central golden pagoda is surrounded by 729 smaller white pagodas, each containing a marble tablet inscribed with text. If these texts are printed on paper on paper, they would fill over 15000 pages.

The Made in Mandalay Shopping tour begins and concludes in Mandalay. This tour is a sightseeing tour of Mandalay that takes about four hours. Mandalay is the home of the Burmese craft movement, with workshops all over the city that produce everything from god leaf and Buddha statues to tapestries and slippers. You might be struggling with the place to the street. Take the stress out of shopping and join us for a morning walk to some of the best and often hidden craft stores and artisan workshops of the city while stopping off for a few delightful snacks along the way.

Best time to visit

The temperatures are much bearable during the time of November to February, so this is an ideal time for many travelers to visit Mandalay. The summers are stifling, so it is best avoided. Rany seasons are also fine if you don’t mind getting wet while traveling as there won’t be as much rain as other parts of the country. however, many people feel that this season is also not right to visit due to the dirt roads and all of those things.  

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Transportation in air-conditioned private vehicle
  • A highly skilled, experienced, English speaking local guide
  • Local tea/water
  • Tea leaf salad and traditional sweet snacks

What's excluded?

  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
  • Camera fees at the Mahamyatmuni pagoda.

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Shopping Tour

Your trip to Mandalay begins in the morning. A friendly guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the first stop for the day, a gold leaf-making workshop, the Burmese love gold. From here, we visit the renowned stature which came to know as ‘lumpy Buddha’ because there is so much gold leaf that locals and tourist added that over the years the statue have a lump on it. in the workshop, you get to watch skilled artisans at work as they hammer the gold down into paper-thin gold leaf; this process takes as long as eight to nine hours, however, we won’t be staying that long, you don’t have to worry. Then, we visit a nearby showroom where we will see a bamboo paper-making demonstration which local experts still do completely by hand. At each stop, you will have enough time to make purchase for things that catches your eye. Then, we drive through the city in our air-conditioned van for about 15minute to our next stop, a stone carving workshop. Here, you can observe the way of making Buddha images with stone and concrete carving. Then, we make our way to a wood carving and tapestry studio where you can see a wide range of beautiful traditional handicrafts and intricate tapestries, you can even purchase these if you like. They also have some gorgeous jade products here, traditional puppets, elaborate Buddha statues, and animal statues for sell that make for spectacularly authentic souvenirs and unique gifts for loved ones back home. 

From here, we head to the gorgeous Mahamyatmuni Pagoda where you can see the lumpy Buddha and you may add a flake of gold leaf yourself. After all the shopping, we will stop at a pleasant local tea shop to grab a mid-morning snack. Here, you can try local tea and our famous Mandalay tea leaf salad. The last stop for the day will be Myint Myint Khin Htoe Mont, where you can taste variety of traditional snacks and delicacies of the region. On the way, we will also visit an impressive slipper factory, owned by a local family. Here, you can make your own pair of slippers and take them away.

Then, your guide will return you to the point of beginning with shopping bags in-hand. Before leaving, don’t forget to ask for suggestions for places to visit, what else to see and do during your stay in magical Mandalay. 

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