Astonishing Mingun by Boat

Astonishing Mingun
by Boat

A speck along the Ayeyarwaddy yet of immense importance for the royal stature of nearby Mandalay
during the bygone days, seeing Mingun and its well-preserved marvels will remain
forever etched in your mind. Only a few hours are enough to be awestruck.

WHY THIS TOUR?

History prevails when talking about Mingun. A leisurely boat ride away from nearby Mandalay, the site of what once as the epicentre of a massive earthquake lies now peacefully hugging the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River.

The journey over one of the leading transportation routes in northern Myanmar brings forward the nimble surroundings Mingun is located. Carefully navigating the Ayeyarwaddy will take visitors to Mingun, the site of an unfinished temple dating back to the 18th century.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Astonishing Mingun by Boat

08:00 - 12:30
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13:30 - 18:00

We will pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay by your guide and driver and transfer to the boat jetty for a one-hour boat ride upriver over the Ayeyarwaddy River (the distance is approximately 11 kilometres). Ancient Mingun is located on the western bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and is part of one of the protected zones in Myanmar. To protect the cultural heritage and natural sites around Mingun, a zone fee is levied for all visitors entering the borders of this tourism destination. The fees are used for conservation projects and ensure the region remains attractive for generations to come.

Upon arrival, we start with a visit to the Mingun Bell, a striking sight of the world’s largest un-cracked bell. Gazetted in the record books as the largest and 2nd heaviest (90 tons) bell in the world, the bronze Mingun Bell is considered a highlight for every visit to Mingun.

After admiring this bell, we continue to the Hsinbyume Paya as well as the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the largest stupas on the planet. Sprawling across the Mingun horizon, the white-painted Hsinbyume Paya Pagoda is the largest in Sagaing region. The pagoda lies around 10 kilometres outside Mandalay, built in 1816 by Prince Bagyidaw and has a stunning location along the Irrawaddy River. The nearby Mingun Paya is an incomplete monument that was said to be a place of prayer when the foundation was laid at the end of the 18th century. Had it been completed, the Mingun Paya would have held the record as the planet’s biggest temple.

Ravaged after an earthquake destroyed parts of this pagoda, sources say that it was projected to reach 150 metres up in the sky. The present 50-metre high religious shrine simple is a must-see when heading over to Mingun.

We return by boat for a smooth sailing downstream the Ayeyarwaddy River back to Mandalay, passing picturesque villages along the way and our guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • Return boat ride from and to Mingun
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • 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.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • 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.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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