Festive Mandalay | Oct 22-26, 2018 | Myanmar

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Visit Kyauk Se in Mandalay and join the locals in celebrating 'Swun Daw Gyi Pwe' or the 'Food Offering Festival' at one of the city's most festive times during the year. Explore the former capital with a visit to its most revered pagodas, Shwenandaw Monastery and Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views across the city.

Highlights

Join the Kyauk Se (Dummy Elephant Dance) Festival
Watch as locals don life-size paper mache elephant costumes and perform dances in the streets of Kyauk Se.

Attend a Swun (Food) Offering Festival
Witness white-clad devotees making offerings to hundreds of monks at the Daw Gyi Pwe Festival near Sagaing.

Celebrate at Mandalay Hill
Join the Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda festival, a lively night market full of food stalls, carnival games and dancing.

5 Nights
From SGD 446Per Person

Festive Mandalay

Upon arrival in Mandalay, meet/greet by our English-speaking guide and you will begin your sightseeing tour of Mandalay, beginning with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda is home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years, has been covered with so much gold leaf by revellers, that it now has a distinctive ‘lumpy’ texture. Observe this sacred Buddha image, and bear witness to the unique cultural vibes of this temple.

Afterwards, head on a tour of some of the city’s traditional workshops. Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and while touring these workshops, learn more about the city’s bustling cottage industries. Observe the production of wood carvings, kalaga tapestries and gold-leaf where techniques remained unchanged from those used centuries ago when craftsmen created items for the Royal Court.

Optional activity
Make a marionette! Visit a local craft shop, choose a marionette’s design (clothes, face and body) and make a personal unique souvenir. The entire process takes around 1 hour and is suitable for adults and children.

Take a midday break for lunch (client’s account). It is recommend to join locals for lunch at Too Too or Daw Lay May, two fabulous Burmese restaurants that are teeming with businessmen, students and locals.

Head back to the hotel where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Today you will drive to Kyauk Se, located 42 kilometres south of Mandalay to see one of the most famous festivals in Myanmar. Every year, a dancing team from each of the 33 villages of the Kyauk Se area is involved in the competition.

Elephant figures are formed by bamboo frames and cloth and decorated with colourful, shining paper. A team includes 2 men that climb into the elephant figure to perform the “elephant dance”. Oo zi (master of working with real elephants in the forest) are common to see performing with the elephant dancers.

The festival starts at about 09.00 and ends around 18.00. There is also a short break from 13.30 to 15.00. Explore the town to see a myriad of dance performances and interact with locals who come from remote villages near and far.

Return to Mandalay in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Meals: Breakfast.

This morning you will cross the Irrawaddy River to the ancient capital of Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres, and you will visit Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Paya and U Min Thone Sae (30 caves).

Then proceed to Kaung Mu Daw Pagoda to see a Swun (food) Offering Festival. You will see the procession with lay devotees; most of them dressed in white costumes and walking barefoot.

We then continue to Ava, once the royal capital from 14th to 18th centuries. Travel by horse and carriage through the area stopping to visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort.

On the way back to Mandalay, we stop to visit Amarapura and finish the day at U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200-year-old teak bridge. The bridge spans over 1.2 kilometres in length and offers fabulous views of the surrounding lake and farmlands. U Bein is widely considered to be one of the most photogenic places in Asia. It is best known for the spectacular sunsets that take place here. Be sure to find a good place to sit and watch. As the sun dips below the horizon, the entire area becomes bathed in an unforgettable golden light -it’s sure to be one of the trip’s highlights.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Meals: Breakfast.

After breakfast, we visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’.

Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19thcentury Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving.

Head to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River.

At the foot of Mandalay Hill is Kyauk Taw Gyi Paya, which will be celebrating its annual festival today. The festival is very entertaining with hundreds of locals gathering to make offerings, dance and eat local treats. Spend time here interacting with the visitors and sampling some dishes.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Meals: Breakfast.

After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay International Airport for your departure flight.

Land Cost

Price per person in SGD

5D4N Festive Mandalay

Valid from Oct 01-30, 2018.
Hotel in MandalayHotel / Room02 Persons03-04 PaxSGL Supp.
Hotel My WorldStandard / Superior44639388
Mandalay City First Class / Superior488434123
Mandalay Hill ResortSuperior / Superior685632290
Mandalay Hill Resort
Superior / Corner Deluxe828775411
Land Cost does not include air passage to/from Mandalay. Please check with us for attractive airfare between Singapore and Mandalay.
3NMCMFMDID137TT18030

Inclusions

  • All transfers and excursions in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • 03 nights in a choice of accommodation in Mandalay in a shared twin or double room with daily breakfast
  • Services of an English-speaking station guide
  • Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the programme
  • Horse cart tour in Ava
  • Water and refreshing towels
  • Porter fees at airport

Exclusions

  • Air passage to/from Mandalay. Please check with us for attractive airfare between Singapore and Mandalay.
  • Myanmar Visa and application fee, where required
  • Visits not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance covering missed flights, trip curtailment and emergency medical evacuation, etc.
  • Camera and video cameras fees, where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities for guides & drivers, and porters in hotels
  • Personal expenses like hard/soft drinks at meal times, phone bills, internet access, laundry, etc.