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HELP one day and half in Mandalay

Ostend, Belgium
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HELP one day and half in Mandalay


We are coming in the morning from Pyin Oo Lwin to Mandalay. Then the next day a full day Mandalay. The third day we are going to Bagan.

We are thinking about hire of a driver.

How would you propose we divide it over the day and half? Can we do everything?

PS: We want to enjoy things, but will not be spending hours watching a temple.

These are some things we want to do:

Royal Palace

Mahagandayon Monastery

Amarapura/ U Bein Bridge --> sunrise (less tourists)

Snake Pagoda (Hmwe Paya)

Ava (Inwa ancient city)

Mingun Pagoda and Bell


Hsinbyume Pagoda

Umin Thonse Pagoda – 30 caves pagoda

Kuthodaw Pagoda

Mandalay hill --> sunset

Shwe In Bin Kyaung

Are there some things we need to skip?

Thank you very much :)


4 replies to this topic
Den Haag
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1. Re: HELP one day and half in Mandalay

No, you can't do everything, Mingun Pagoda and Bell ferry leaves at 9am and returns at about 2pm. Skip the Mahagandayon Monastery and the snake monastery, which is quite far away. So better think about what you want to really see.

The Mahagandayon Monastery is too many tourists bothering the monks for photo's, better avoided.

My must see suggestions for must-see would be Mingun, Mahamuni pagoda, Sagaing/Umin Thonse Pagoda, Mandalay hill & Shwenandaw teak monastery. So quite different from your list ;-)

Mandalay, Myanmar
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2. Re: HELP one day and half in Mandalay

Even it's a bit rush to do everything in one & half day , it's doable! First day , Only Mandalay city tour & On Second day , Visit to Mingun ( by car ) , Innwa ( by car , usually tourists visit Innwa by horse cart , but , not much time to do horse ride! ) , Amarapura , Sagaing & Paleik.

Sunrise at U Bein Bridge , then Explore Amarapura Area including Mahagandayon Monastery ( Lunch procession ceremony starts at 10:15 AM ) , then Drive to Paleik Snake Pagoda ( Snake Shower time is 11:00 AM ) & Paleik Pagoda Ruins , then Proceed to Innwa Ancient City , Lunch break at Sagaing , Visit to Sagaing Hill ( Soon U Pon Nya Shin Pagoda at Summit & U Min Thone Ze Pagoda at natural cave ) , then Drive to Mingun Village , Sunset at Shwe Kyet Kya Pagoda at River bank!

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3. Re: HELP one day and half in Mandalay

just reading that potential list has me exhausted.

some ideas here--


i also enjoyed a marionette show in the evening. It's a traditional art of mandalay and survived the military junta years.

Yangon (Rangoon...
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4. Re: HELP one day and half in Mandalay


You can't do everything.Because you have many trip ways. When I look your itinerary, they are four part of places. Be the first you should travel around Sagaing and attractions like Palace, Kuthodaw and Mandalay hill for sunset. Next half day, before you go to Bagan, you can stop by Mahagandayon monastery in Amarapura nad Inwa as it is on the same way to Bagan.

Have a nice trip.

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