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Address: Amarapura, Myanmar
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Private Tour: Sagaing and Inwa from Mandalay including Lunch
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Very nice to see but terrible for the horses

When we got to inwa our driver told us we had to cross the water by boat and then get in a horse cart, which we did without thinking. Only when we were well underway did we note... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 September 2016
Sabine R
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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808 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 453 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

After a short boat ride (1200ks per person) you have to take a horse buggy ride. The road is extremely bumpy. They stop at a few old sites. Five minutes for each place is sufficient. Total time can be 1.5 to 2 hours. Whether there is 1, 2 or 4 of you, they charge per person. So no point sharing.... More 

Thank JPDeM
Zurich, Switzerland
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223 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Going to Inwa by ferry can be a nice trip into a slower, less developed past. Or it is a show of mediocre sightseeing points you are to shuffled around by horse cart. Poverty and indifference everywhere, the people treat themselves not better than their horses, cows or children. Disappointing.

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Lyon, France
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146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

You need to take a boat (10 mns) to cross the river, then take a horse carriage (do not think of walking!) to go to the Monastery. Bargain the price for the horse and when asked, take one hour to go to the monastery (two ways).

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Ignoring the charioteers and their skinny horses, I went on foot to the yellow-and-white stucco monastery (I have a hard time remembering names, sorry!), on the way I was invited by a grandmother and granddaughter to have tea in their garden: nice house and great portraits! Then on to another pagoda where I met a group of young monks and... More 

1 Thank Bernard B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

When we got to inwa our driver told us we had to cross the water by boat and then get in a horse cart, which we did without thinking. Only when we were well underway did we note that our driver kept hitting the horse with a whip rather hard and how thin and sad the horse was. We felt... More 

Thank Sabine R
Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

For anyone who has ethical concerns about the treatment of horses (who pull carriages for tourists): I generally try to avoid anything involving a horse and carriage in south east Asia, as they are inevitably those tiny Icelandic/Norwegian horses, not big work horses, often being made to drag way too many tourists for an animal of that size. Arriving in... More 

Thank Ann2412
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Myanmar and Mandalay have been most amazing to us, that was until we stepped off the pleasant ferry ride at Inwa. From the pier we were met with a 200M gauntlet of horse manure and overly aggressive cart drivers who insisted that we couldn't walk the 10km out and back to the sites. (It's actually a 5km circuit that we... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

As said before the ride price is fixed, the ferry trip I thought would be longer, it was barely a few minutes across the river. The cart was bumpy so hang on. Insight into the local farming as well as the ruins and monastery. The place we stopped for lunch before the ferry point was good for food and drink.... More 

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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

We paid 10000Ks (chat) for a horse and cart to take us around Inwa site. It was actually more comfortable than I thought it would be despite the condition of the roads. My wife has a bad back that is easily aggravated and she was fine. No individual sites stand out particularly but the pleasure is in spending a couple... More 

2 Thank webme
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

I went in May, when there were very, very few tourists so could have each place to myself completely. The usual rate was 10,000 but as we were on way, the girl insisted if the time taken was more than 1 hour, it would be 11,000 and would not budge. There was no way the horse-cart could even reach all... More 

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