This monastery, known for its strict religious discipline was established in 1914. This is a popular stop in Amarapura to photograph the monks who line up for their lunch at around 1030 every morning. After photographing the monastery and exploring the backstreets most visitors take lunch themselves at nearby restaurants before continuing to Inwa.
U Bein Bridge.
When visiting Inwa, your car will leave you at the ferry point from where you cross the river to the island. On the far bank, hire a horse cart for a leisurely trot around the fields, villages and ruins that make up this fascinating ancient site. After leaving the village you pass the best preserved section of old city wall, facing the Ayeyarwady River. Following are some of the main sites but you can ask your horse cart driver to take you to any accessible part of the city.
Maha Aungmyay Bonzan.
On the riverbank next to Pondaw Pagoda, this photogenic whitewashed shrine was built in 1811 by King Bodawpaya. The vaulted shrine contains a footprint of the Buddha.
Mr Myanmar Travel organises private boat hire to take you on the one-hour scenic ride from Mandalay, past Ayeyarwady trading boats upstream to Mingun. If you are touring for a full day, your car and driver will meet you after the return journey to take you onto some of the major sights of Mandalay City with sunset from Mandalay Hill.
Hpo Win Daung and Shwe Ba Taung Caves.
Mr Myanmar Travel can arrange day trips to Monywa from Mandalay by air-conditioned car; the journey time is around 3 hours each way. We recommend taking a guide who knows the area and can explain the history behind the Hpo Win Daung Caves and help with translation. If you would like to stay overnight, comfortable two and three star standard accommodation can be arranged in Monywa town.