May Flower Hotel

No.425, Maha Aung Mye Township, Mandalay, Myanmar
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On the hunt !

by DCtrekker1

Planning a trip to Burma and Thailand next Feb. Just starting to plan the lodging part. Are there any special ***** or notable places to stay near Mandalay? Also, will be attempting to to find a replacement stone for a jadeite ring which I've worn for 25 years.. Imperial green. The stone popped out of the setting so can't think of a better way to replace it then with a memorable trip! Any ideas from the experts on either or both parts of this post.
Many Thanks,

Re: On the hunt !

by planxty


there are not so many places near Mandalay that are "notable". Mandalay is a good base. The one place I would suggest is Hsipaw, a wonderful sleepy little town away up in the mountains. It is popular with backpackers and a lovely place to spend a few days relaxing. You can reach it by bus or taxi from Mandalay but my preferred method of getting there (or back) is the train which takes quite a while but is absolutely wonderful. It crosses the Gongtiek Bridge, which you don't want to even think about if you suffer from vertigo but it is a really memorable trip. Here is a link about Hsipaw.

The towns of Maymyo and Pyin Oo Lwin lie between Mandalay and Hsipaw. I had a brief wander round the latter but did not stay there. It looks pretty quiet to me, but you may want to research it further.

As for the ring, I know nothing about gemstones. I know there are some wonderful stones in Burma but I have heard far too many travellers horror stories about gem ripoffs so unless you really know your stuff I would advise against it.

You don't say whether you have travelled to Thailand or Burma before but if you have not, you are in for a real treat. They are two stunningly beautiful countries, and I know you will enjoy them.

If you have any more specific enquiries, please VT mail me.

Hope this assists,


Re: On the hunt !

by asiafeel

to buy one new jade stone,you have two options:

nawarat market stones,in the first floor in bogoyke market in yangon

or more better in JADE MARKET in mandalay,more cheap from yangoon,and you need

to cutt stone its posible in 24 hours....

to setting your stone in your ring more better 27 street in yangon,near sule

pagoda,here very good setting workers,iggy and cheap.

Re: On the hunt !

by Mique

Actually MayMyo and Pyin OO Lwin are the same place. Kyaukme and Pyin OO Lwin are in between Mandalay and Hsipaw ;-) Both are fun to visit with Pyin Oo Lwin having more of a lure since it was the old hillstation for the British. They have some very nice buildings up there and you can wander around nicely too. kyaukme is quite a bit harder to enjoy since there are is very little 'tourist' infrastructure there yet.

Mandaly is a great base to explore Mandalay, Sagain,Inwaa, Paleik and those places. A nice guesthouse is Royal Guesthouse. I'll check up on the address.

About the gemstones.. of course there are scams. Like everywhere. But you can get the best jade here (they even export it to China and Thailand). Just be careful. A good guide can help you there if you need some extra help.

Re: On the hunt !

by planxty

Sorry Sandra, I got confused there.

I only had less than an hour for a very quick wander whilst the train stopped for a food break.

Travel Tips for Mandalay


by DennyP

Here in Myanmar the electricity is turned off anytime day or night for whatever period of time the local government decides..during this time it is essential to have a small reliable torch with you at night at all times..
The large Hotels and Hostels all have large backup generating systems but the smaller and poorer establishments don' when out at night DON'T be without your torch as streets are not very well lit if at all..ALSO when visiting lots of Temples ..Chedis etc...have your torch handy..mine is a small self charging type so as the batteries will not let me down...

Mandalay Fort Museum

by herzog63

There are some interesting pieces inside the Mandalay Fort Museum. It's all included for the same price and worth a few minutes (It wouldn't take more than 15 minutes) unless you're really into Burmese history.

Not a whole lot of cars around

by herzog63

I didn't see a whole lot of cars but mostly small motorcycles,bicycles,pedestrians,buses, trishaws. Getting on the buses is real tricky if you have even a small backpack as they are usually packed with people.

Fortune tellers

by hydronetta

Find out what your future hides from you by visiting astro-palmist experts. Expect a scientific hand analysis as they advertise!! I was almost intending to try my luck and see if I am soon going to get married, but limited time we had for sightseeing Mandalay prevented me. We found them by the entrance of Kyauktawgyi pagoda.
So if anyone tries it, just tell me whether this "scientific" has any meaning or not!!

Keeping the streets clean

by herzog63

In the mornings I always would see people sweeping the streets. I'm not sure if all of them were city employees are just locals that wanted to make the street look nice. I didn't see a whole lot of litter in the areas where I walked. I love the old building in this photo. You can see the orange tint of the sunrise coming up against it.


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