We used Mandalay as a base to visit Amarapura, Sagaing and Mingun, all former capitals of the Burmese kings. Because we used public transport and did not want to be rushed, we dedicated one day to each site, which gave us plenty of time to discover a bit more beyond the usual sights. However, if you're pressed for time, it is quite feasible to visit Amarapura and Sagaing in one day, even with pick-up.
- Amarapura was our preferred site: after touring the touristy musts (the monastery and the bridge), we wandered around the village and discovered a very industrious place full with weaving workshops and busy temples.
- Sagaing was our second favourite: we enjoyed exploring the hill and following the paths which led from one monastery to the other. Unfortunately, the skies were hazy again but the whole scenery was nevertheless quite impressive. We also had plenty of time to visit other pagodas on the banks of the river.
- We kept Mingun for the last day and were a bit disappointed: we found the boat crossing quite boring and it was expensive! Compared to the two other sites, we had the feeling of having landed into a tourist trap, everybody channeled at the same time through the same place.
$updated from: Photos.htxt Fri 15 May 2020 14:57:27 trvl2 (By Vero and Thomas Lauer)$