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Mandalay

Bustling Mandalay is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of everyday life in Myanmar. Formerly the royal capital of Myanmar, Mandalay may not be as scenic as other cities in South East Asia, but there are some fascinating spots to explore. Hire a bike and cycle round the city for the real experience.

Top things to do in Mandalay

  • Mandalay Hill
    For the best view of the city, climb up Mandalay Hill for sunset and take in the view over the palaces and surroundings.
  • Mandalay Palace
    Explore the last royal palace of the Burmese monarchy.
  • U Bein Bridge
    Cross over the world's longest teak footbridge. This is one of Myanmar's most photographed settings.
  • Cycle trips
    Exploring Mandalay's surrounding countryside by bike and get a glimpse of the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's famous poem.
  • Shwenandaw
    Shwenandaw Monastery is a beautiful teak Buddhist monastery located near Mandalay Hill.
  • Kuthodaw Pagoda
    This Buddhist stupa houses the world's largest book, made out of 729 marble pages. Confused? Go see for yourself!

How to get to Mandalay

Mandalay does have an airport which is ever expanding its domestic and international routes. You can also to Mandalay by bus, train and boat along the Ayeyarwady River.