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Half day Tour A Morning in the Life of A Monk

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What to Expect
Labelled as the unofficial capital for Buddhism in Myanmar, Mandalay is drenched with samples of witnessing the faithful in their daily lives. In addition, the cultural and administrative capital of upper Myanmar, its strategic location along the Ayarwaddy, it has playing a crucial role in how the country has emerged as a spiritual destination. As the last seat of the former Kingdom, it was primarily King Mindon who has set the tone for turning Mandalay into the place it is now. Aside from Mandalay itself with is temples and pagodas, the neighbouring towns of Amarapura and Sagaing are still considered important centres of Buddhism, with many great pagodas and monasteries. We are following in the bare footsteps of the life of a monk during this early morning tour option, where all the steps of what entails monkhood are captured.

Before breakfast and with the sun rising above the horizon, your English speaking guide and driver welcome you at your hotel. To witness the life of a monk, one has to wake up early in the morning as the day commences with the Soon Offering, better known as the morning ritual of giving alms. We head out to a local region of Mandalay where you will witness and partake in this daily ritual. The slow pace of these saffron-clad representatives of the Lord Buddha is a true testament on how deeply rooted Buddhism is embedded in society. Return back to your hotel.

After breakfast at your hotel, we continue our path towards monkhood. The due diligence of becoming a monk includes a visit to a monk accessory shop. Aside from giving up some of society’s privileges, a monk is obliged to purchase 8 essential elements before making its way into a monastery. Besides these must-haves, choosing the exact date to enter the monkhood play an importance part in the decision making – a visit to an astrologer is part of the preparation work for a prospect monk. During our morning explorations, the philosophy behind picking the right date will pass the revue. Finally, we make our way into a monastery. For many Burmese boys, monasteries are the sole option to get some education and we may witness seeing novices and monks gaining knowledge. The day end with seeing the final meal of the day passed on, taken in total silence. The almost palatable serenity that hangs around the compound after their final meal marks the end of this interesting morning excursion. Your guide and driver bring you back to your hotel where you will arrive at around 11:00 hrs.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Your booked Hotel in Mandalay (conditions apply)
Departure Time
6:00 AM
Duration
5h
Return Details
Your booked Hotel in Mandalay (conditions apply)
Inclusions
  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
Exclusions
  • Any donation fees
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Mandalay. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Sagaing, Amarapura, Monywa, Pyin Oo Lwin river cruise ports and Mandalay’s International airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • It is of the greatest importance to follow the guide’s instructions during this event in paying respect to the local customs. This includes approaching the monks, taking photographs and obeying the unwritten rules and regulations of this deeply-spiritual encounter.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.
  • Note that the astrologer may ask for a small donation for provided services – this is not included in the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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