Myanmar - Amarapura - U Bein Bridge at sunset


In the morning, drive to Amarapura and visit Mahagandayon Monastery; every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists.Next, head to Sagaing: the spiritual centre of Myanmar. Hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries are to be found on Sagaing Hill, which is also known as a living Bagan. Thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and contemplation. Stop at some of the most famous temples, such as Sun U Ponya Shin Paya, U Min Thonsei Paya and Kaung Hmu Daw Paya.

Cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa (Ava) is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a leisurely horse and cart ride around the peaceful countryside, visiting Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, Nan Myint Tower and Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery. On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make the famous alms bowls out of iron.

Finally, return to Amarapura to end the day at U Bein’s Bridge, a picturesque teak bridge which extends one kilometre across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge teems with monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colours of the sunset.