Sagaing is on the opposite side of the river to Ava. Set on a hill it has hundreds of Buddhist temples and monasteries and thousands of monks and nuns.
The setting has plenty of trees and shade. Walking around on the interconnection paths and trails can be a relaxing way to observe Burmese life. The position on the hill gives good perspective of the surrounding area.
The months of October and November can be busy. This is when Buddhists from around the country come to offer their respects and robes to Sagaing’s monks. This occurs during the the full moon of Tazaungmon.
Getting to Sagaing and Inwa,
The cost of hiring a driver is about $25 from Mandalay. After Sagaing, your driver can take you to the ferry. From there you can visit the Inwa (Ava) area. There a horse and cart will take you for a three hour tour of the Inwa area. This can cost 3,000 – 5,000 kyat – prices are fixed amongst the drivers so there is not a lot of bargaining. On the return drive you can ask your driver to stop at U Bein’s Bridge. Sunset is an ideal time to be in this area.
Inwa was formerly known as Ava and once reigned as the capital of Burma for 400 years. Not much remains of the glory days but what is there is a real glimpse of living Burma. A tour will take you past a series of sites.
This a a teak monastery in it’s original unrestored state. The entire building of the monastery is highly decorated with carvings and ornamentation
There is also a government restoration of Bagaya Kyaunag
This stone water tower acquired it’s tilt in the 1838 earthquake. You can climb the stirs of this leaning tower of Inwa.
This is another monastery but built with brick, dating from about 1822. It was damaged in the big 1838 earthquake but was later restored in the 1870s