Today we arrive in Mandalay, a royal city built by the last of the Burmese kings. Upon arrival, we visit Mahamuni Pagoda, a major pilgrimage site where it is believed that only one of five likenesses of Buddha presides. We also visit the temple-strewn Mandalay Hill, upon which the city was founded. Cultural Discoveries:
We also experience Amarapura, the last Burmese royal capital, where we embark a small sampan on the lake just in time to catch the sunset as it washes over the famous U-Bein bridge. We also take time to see some local artisan workshops to learn about gold leaf and tapestry making, wood and marble carving, and bronze casting. We’ll watch the craftsmen and women at work and have a chance to talk with them about their skill.
Later, we head to the banks of the mystical Irrawaddy River, where the all-suite RV Irrawaddy Explorer waits. Once onboard, we set sail for nine nights of cruising on as the fascinating tempo of river life keeps time on its shores. Enjoy our first meal on board this evening.