The lure of Sagaing, 21 kilometres south west of Mandalay, on the west bank of Ayeyarwady, is the Sagaing Hills - a spiritual recluse for Buddhist studies and meditation. The Kaunghmudaw - a gigantic dome-shaped pagoda and the Ywahtaung Village - home of silver craftsman are other points of interest.
The 11-kilometre boat ride up the famous Ayeyarwady river from Mandalay to Mingun promises a pleasant adventure. Boatmen in their gliding vessels on mirror-like waters, the lively chatter of womenfolk on floating platforms with their laundry, mighty boat-pullers, smiling carefree children and bamboo homes in green fields - all these sights make it a shutterbug’s dream voyage.
At the end of this picturesque trip, you will come face to face with the "World’s Biggest Ringing Bell" - The Mingun Bell. Another principal sight is the colossal ruined base of the Mingun pagoda- an unfinished work of King Bodawpaya, which if it had been completed, would have supported the largest pagoda in the world.