This morning, transfer by car about 4 hours to Mandalay.
Myanmar’s last royal capital, Mandalay, is considered the nation’s spiritual hub. On the city’s outskirts, explore two former capitals of ancient Burmese kingdoms. At Myanmar’s penultimate royal capital, Amarapura (‘City of Immortality’), we visit Myanmar’s largest monastery and most prominent monastic college, Mahagandayon, where over a thousand monks live and study. Continue to Ava (or Inwa), which preceded Amarapura as Myanmar’s royal capital from the 14th to the 19th centuries. We take a traditional horse-drawn carriage to Bagaya Kyaung, a teak wood monastery originally built in 1834, which still serves as a monastic school; the Burmese royals were educated here. Our day concludes watching the sunset from 200-year-old U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, originally constructed in 1782.
Stay overnight in Mandalay.