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Louise C
Dublin, Ireland151 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
So we were on a day trip around the outskirts of Mandalay.
We had to pay for the boat then pay for a horse and cart.

Not sure about the whole horse and cart routine however I have seen it being done where I live in Ireland.The horses do not look like they are treated bad from what I could see

We were HOUNDED by vendors trying to sell the same cheap goods you see everywhere. we were harassed. It did not end!
We got there on a bad day. The horse and cart trip was slow and unnecessary but I understand the locals can make money from it. the monasteries did look lovely but it was raining horribly so it really put a damper on our experience
Written 28 September 2020
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Cherry
Mandalay, Myanmar29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Queen Menui built this monastery. It is a fine example of Myanmar monastery architecture during 18th century. During those century, it was very difficult to see the brick buildings. Most were built by wooden monasteries and Palaces. In 1838, the front part of the monastery and half of the building wall were destroyed by the earthquake. And it was renovated by daughter of Queen Menu in 1872. Entrance fee is 10$ include Mandalay.
Written 11 March 2020
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,771 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There I was in the horse cart. Not sure who was more disconcerted actually; me or the horse. It was a very jiggly experience and has nothing Jane Austen about it! Our horse got frightened at one crowded site and bolted, with us in it!. The driver had to run and leap over the edge of the furiously moving cart to take the reins. Yikes! I'm not sure what spooked him but both he and we could have been quite seriously hurt. Having said that, there truly are many lovely things to see here, including the most beautiful and peaceful teak monastery. If I ever get to return,I think I would make a different transport arrangement, although the cars on the little narrow lanes were equally hazardous and dust creating. Can't win. Maybe don't go?
Written 6 February 2020
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shweeyoo
Antwerp, Belgium57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
For more then 20 years I am coming to Myanmar and each time I had a very bad feeling when making the tour to Ava.
Year by year I saw more and more tourists coming to Ava. So local people had to bring in manyhorse carts and they stryggle and fight each other for a client.

Prices went up - horsecarts are poorly maintained so that we regularly see carts with a broken wheel and tourist with broken arms and/of legs. Horsedrivers - often women are trying to make as much rides as they can and the poor clients are praying to survive the trip.
As they are so in large number we are loosing time and so we arrive too late at U Bein bridge for the sunset. My recommendation as many other tourguides do: don't visit Ava . You can spend more time in Mingun and Amayapura.
Written 8 December 2019
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Bjorn M
Brussels3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Nice architecture. Horrible experience.
Being driven around on horse carriages, with the animals clearly suffering, is just not done.
Make a statement by NOT doing this tour.
Written 2 November 2019
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glennvissenaekens
Brussels, Belgium15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
First of all I must start by saying that Innwa is very beautifull. It exists out of a few different historical areas with leftovers. It gives you a variety of temples, pagoda’s, stuppa’s.. in different styles and shapes.

To get to Innwa you have to cross the river with a boat. The ladies of the villages at that area are very aggressive and do not accept NO for an answer when they try to sell you all kind of little jewelry and other stuff. This to me is not a real problem. I can be as stubborn as them if it comes to saying ‘NO THANK YOU’.

BUT.... and this is a very huge BUT...

To explore the different sites, all local men are waiting for you with their horse carts. Horses are skinny, not well cared for. They are tired and exhausted, taking all the tourists around in the burning sun. When you are waiting they do not provide good rest facilities for the horses with shadow, water or some fresh grass.

The horse carts do not bring any added-value, hopefully they will discover e-bikes, e-scooters,... for tourist, so that the horses can graze in the surrounding meadows.

So this being said, it really is the most interesting thing you can do when visiting Mandalay. Together with the sunset at U-beinn bridge.

BUT say ‘NO’ to the awfull experience of the horse carts!
Written 2 November 2019
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Ray R
Gold Coast, Australia76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A barge ride across the Myintge River to Inn Wa and then a horse and cart ride around the historic site to see the Bagaya Monastery built entirely of teak, the riverside fort built to repel the British in the early 19th century, and the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery. Found a very talented artist creating exquisite black and white paintings with his own mixture of oils and ochres at the ruins of an undated pagoda. Finished with a delightful lunch at the Riverside Cafe on the way back to the boat. Worth the trip.
Written 28 October 2019
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AungMyo S
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Innwa ( originally Ava in English) is a old capital of Ava dynasty therefore visitors can seen old building and architecture of old Myanmar from that era.
Bagayar Monastery is the one of the largest teak building all over the world which was built in 1782 by using over 200 teak pillars and still strong enough.
Moat and city wall are still standing as historical value, covered road way is one the the interested place to see in the Ava(Innwa). There are still remaining ancient pagodas and monastery from 18th century and native people are rather different other Myanmar.
Written 17 September 2019
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Kanokkaan
Bangkok, Thailand318 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
My Friends and I bought a full day tour by a taxi and it included Innwa.
A friend of mine wanted to ride a horse cart here which turned out to be a tragic and disappointing thing ever in my trip.

The taxi driver took us to the jetty and we had to pay 1500Ks each for the ferry. It took about two minutes crossing the river.

Then, at the other side of the river a lot of hawkers approached us. They were persistent.
Two women followed my friend's cart and other two followed mine all along the trip (they rode motorcycles) and tried to sell trinkets to us, but I politely kept refusing until the end.

As for the horse carts, they said that only two passengers and one driver are allowed on each cart which is already too heavy compared with the size of the horses. And, I even saw some carts took more than two passengers, so there were, like, five people on a cart! That's terrible! Moreover, I could not see they treat their horses properly: no food, no water. I felt so sorry for them. I will not do it again.

As for the attractions, the horse cart will bring you to four historical places. They were not "wow!" things after you'd seen many things in Mandalay and other cities. Plus, the hawkers, who had been following, just didn't let us have a good look at anything.
After that, the hawkers and cart drivers tried to sell tour to additional places with 5000Ks at each place, and I refused.

During this Innwa trip, in my head was like: I wanna go back.

I was not impressed at all!
You can skip this place, really, It's alright.
Written 8 May 2019
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KhanKhai K
Penang, Malaysia68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Is not really a tourist trap if you ho by motorbike like us, using highway to skip the boat and horse cart ride. A small village with lots of temple and monastery.

Buy a combine ticket cost 10000 Kyat, but non of the staff do the ticket checking.

We spent 3 hours in In Wa.
Written 12 March 2019
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