Mandalay travel Guide
Many people bypass the city of Mandalay on their rush to get to Bagan, heres some reasons why you should add it to your itinerary, and some others why you might not!
Here’s our itinerary of main attractions, the numbers refer to coordinates via MapsWithMe.
- U-Bein Bridge on Taungthaman Lake (21.891682 96.055523)
This is the longest teak bridge in the world as well as the oldest. It is 1.2KM long and crosses the Taungthaman Lake. We found the bridge to be very touristy for sunset, we arrived by bike and parked up and new to the area were unknowingly sold a fake parking ticket for an unticketed area with a 2-day-old date stamp out the back of a ticket book. Lots of tour busses were there, as well as lots of tourists on boats to watchthe sunset behind the bridge. We found a spot about 1/3rd down by the seated canteens where you could get close to the edge and still look across the lake and bridge. Sunset was impressive but maybe sunrise would be less busy, it kind of made us think the bridge may have had its day with the floods of people. Entry is currently free of charge.
- Mandalay Palace (21.994828 96.094319) The palace falls under the Archeological Zone of Mandalay, constructed between 1857 and 1859. It has been more than 100 years since the last Burmese king has lived in the palace. The palace is surrounded by a moat and tourists may only enter through the gate on the East of the Palace. At the time of writing, the week long pass was 10,000 Kyat including Anwar and other places around the city.
Mandalay Hill for sunrise or sunset (22.015222 96.107518) Mandalay Hill was our highlight of the city. We went for sunrise to enjoy the early morning fog. We sound our location the day before so we knew where we would go, and saw the very hungry looking dogs. They were grateful of our return the next day with vitamin rich dog food, so if you go please do the same! The view was stunning and the fog lasted for an hour, we arrived in the dark when the lights were still on on the streets and on the temples, a great contrast to when the sun peeked over the mountains.
Others sights in Mandalay
Pa Hto Taw Gyi in Mingun (22.050784 96.018254) This stupa is incomplete and created in 1790, featuring a large crack from an earthquake in 1838.
Flower City Pyin U Lwin (22.03332 96.466646) Located in Shan highland founded by the british in 1876. This town is still a good 60k out of the city bus accessable by train or taxi.
Inwa area (21.855406 95.979094) consisting of many old and crumbling temples, Inwa is the Angkor Watt of Myanmar. You can cycle around or go by moped, you can also hire a car but it would not get you to all areas, maybe two or three temples, avoid horse and cart as horses are not properly cared for and appear too small for the weight of passengers they drag around. It is possible to see all the Inwa temples in Half a day or less.
Other areas to consider which we didn’t visit this time around:
- Naypidaw the capital city of Myanmar
- Bagan (See Blogs)
- Inle Lake (see blog here)
for our comprehensive guide to Bagan and to download our pins with advice and guidance following the earthquake in Bagan August 2016, follow the link Here for our blog post.