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Ava’s Royal and Cultural Landmarks

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Mandalay, Myanmar
Ava’s Royal and Cultural Landmarks

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the former Burmese royal capital of Inwa (Ava), reached by a short ferry trip across the Myintge River. Today, little remains but segments of the old city walls and a handful of well-preserved monasteries peering from tree roots and cultivated fields. You'll visit the teak wood monastery of Bagaya Kyaung and make a photo stop in Amarapura, with personalized commentary and private transport from Mandalay.
  • 4-hour tour of Inwa (Ava) with a personal guide
  • Visit Bagaya Kyaung Monastery and the Leaning Tower of Inwa
  • Travel by boat and horse cart
  • Photo stop at U Bein Bridge near Amarapura
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Mandalay
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
All applicable taxes and service charges
Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
Personal expenses as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours.
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Transfers To/from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Mandalay hotels. Transfer outside these areas, supplements apply.

Upon morning or afternoon pickup from your hotel lobby in Mandalay, depart by private vehicle for the 45-minute drive to Inwa, aka Ava. Following a short boat ride, you'll further explore the former royal capital by horse-drawn cart with your personal guide.

Discover the picturesque ruins and tranquil countryside while you sightsee at a relaxed pace. Visit the Bagaya Monastery of Kyaung, renowned for its ornate woodcarvings and teak posts, and see Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan, a former royal temple built of brick and stucco. From atop the centuries-old palace remains of Nanmyin (the Leaning Tower of Inwa), you'll find splendid views. 

On the return drive to Mandalay, stop for photo ops of locals strolling across the U Bein Bridge, an 18th-century teak footbridge that spans Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura. If time permits before hotel drop-off, ask your guide to accompany you to meet local artisans that weave silk and cotton or cast bronze in this region known for its handicraft industry.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Inn Wa
Your guide and driver will be waiting for you in your Mandalay hotel for a 20-kilometre drive to Ava (a decent 45 minutes’ drive). This 4-hour sightseeing tour is operated both in the morning and in the afternoon. Going from here to the former Royal Capital at Ava (Inwa), we include a short ferry trip, where further exploration by horse-cart offers the opportunity to discover the picturesque ruins and surrounding countryside at a relaxed and more tranquil pace.
Stop At:  
Bagaya Monastery
Sightseeing will include the teak monastery of Bagaya Kyaung (famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery
The former royal monastery temple known as Maha Aungmye Bonzan, built completely of brick and stucco. The impressive Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery is one of Ava’s landmarks within its town borders. Commonly known as the Me Nu Brick Monastery and constructed in the 19th century, the historical importance and its well-kept structure will certainly leave visitors in awe.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Nanmyin Watch Tower
The Nan Myint Watch Tower has been aptly nicknamed ‘The Leaning Tower of Ava’. It is one of the few remaining parts of the former palace grounds while entrance to the top is unfortunately not permitted it has taken its place as an important historical landmark. Preservation work continues to see this old palace building remain as a testimony to what was once seen as the centre of the country.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
U Bein Bridge
On your way back to Mandalay, we, of course, cannot skip making a stop in Amarapura to see the iconic U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 when Amarapura was Royal Capital. Spanning the Taungthaman Lake, this 1.2-kilometre long bridge is the longest teak footbridge in the world. It is often busy with locals ‘commuting’ back and forth, which makes for an attractive photo opportunity. Time to leave this charming side of Myanmar behind is not easy, yet the drive back to Mandalay will commence shortly after leaving Amarapura behind and head towards the lobby of your booked accommodation
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Mandalay. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Sagaing, Amarapura, river cruise ports and Mandalay’s International airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs.
  • When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ava’s Royal and Cultural Landmarks ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Ava’s Royal and Cultural Landmarks .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ava’s Royal and Cultural Landmarks ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ava’s Royal and Cultural Landmarks .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ava’s Royal and Cultural Landmarks ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Ava’s Royal and Cultural Landmarks .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ava’s Royal and Cultural Landmarks ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Ava’s Royal and Cultural Landmarks .

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The guide good but the tour was a...
Paula Andrea S
, Jan 2018
The guide good but the tour was a little disappointed. My best advice, do not take a tour, hire a taxi and go to see the places you really want.

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