It's a little bit out of the way
This teak structure bridge, about 1.2 km long across the Taungthaman Lake, was built when the capital of Innwa Kingdom was located in Amarapura. There are over a thousand of teak piles that support the walkway. The first time I arrived at this bridge it was too late for sunset. I had rented a motorbike with driver and we were visiting during the...more
AMARAPURA: I had heard so much about AMARAPURA with its many sights ..I decided to hire a small car and driver for the day and a little bartering provided a good price which was only a few dollars each for the three of us for the day..He then waited when we crossed the river and travelled by horse and cart..The car and driver were organised by the...more
THE TEAKWOOD BRIDGE AT AMAPURA I only found this bridge by accident when talking to a German traveller at the monks breakfast gathering in the town that morning. The U-Beins Bridge I do not know of the names origin but it is a strange one. This apparently is the longest "teak" bridge in the world, containing over a thousand teakwood piles...more
Guys, if you're into photography just like me. You probably feel the stress when yuo see U-Beign Brigde full with tourists. Just be a little patient and wait till they leave the area. Most travel group won't spend long time in U-Beign bridge, just wait a bit longer and you will have your very own masterpiece then.more
My guide took me to see this tmeple which is close by the U Bein bridge and lakeside restaurants (see seperate tips).This complex is primarily a place of religious study, and it was founded in 1914, although the actual temple temple is much more modern than that. It is dominated by a huge, and I mean huge, Buddha image. The main photo with the man...more
As you approach the beginning of the famous U Bein bridge there are several outsoor restaurants set up on what is effectively the foreshore of Lake Taungthaman. It makes for a beautiful setting with views of the stunning U Bein bridge (see seperate tip). I imagine it would be delightful at sunset, although I was there in mid afternoon.I was taken...more
In the dry season, which runs from November to April, there are many little stalls lakeside or on the floodplain. You can buy snacks, drinks, a beer or even have a sit-down meal.Note that if you buy a beverage they prefer it if you consume it there and give them back the can or bottle (for recycling). If you want to take it with you, they will tip...more
The food is nice and price is so reasonable. You can choose whatever you like. I've selected a dish of long bean, veges and chicken which cost less than USD3. I enjoyed my dinner at this La Shio Lay restaurant very much.It's a very famous restaurant in Mandalay. Simply ask the trishaw or taxi, they will direct you to this restaurant.more
If you decide to walk across the bridge amongst all the local villagers, to have a look around the little village of Taungthaman, you can get a small boat back with one of the many keen paddlers who will accost you on your arrival at the bridge. If you employ someone, he will eagerly await you across the other side. The old man who transported us...more
These guys drove us around Mandalay, and then out to Amarapura and surrounds, and then on to the airport at the end of the day. We employed them for US$25 per day, and received first class treatment for the 3 days we spent with them.We found them outside the Sedona Hotel, where we were staying, and both wore a bomber jacket monogrammed with the...more
All of the souvenir shopping in Amarapura is centered around the U Bein Bridge. There are two ways to buy souvenirs:
They haven't mastered the art of the hard sell here yet, but competition for your business is fierce. You can find these shops in the small huts at regular intervals along the bridge.
2. 'Wandering' salespeople
As soon as you exit the taxi, you'll be approached by many people wanting to sell you items directly.
What to buy: Postcards, ceramics, embroidered items, jade, books. There are also many Buddha figurines. In fact they have the 'Bo Bo Gyi Nat Festival' here, which celebrates the image of the Buddha. So this could be a good spot to buy one ;-)
What to pay: Seems to be around the same everywhere.
This is the most important festival at the pagoda on the shores of Lake Taungthaman next to U Bein bridge. This festival attracts large numbers of pilgrims and runs for ten days, traditionally from the 5th waning day of Tawthalin to the new moon. This occurs late in September and early in October. If you are in the area at this time, it would an...more
Basket-weaving is a commonly-practiced craft in Amarapura. The dominant market for baskets is local traders and householders.In recent years, many tourists have been attracted to U Bein bridge and the demand for local products has increased as more people move to the area seeking work.For the lady pictured here, the biggest time of the year for...more
This road is being made with hand-packed stone. The stones are sorted into similar sizes and then redistributed like a jigaw puzzle. The road in this village (at one end of U Bein bridge in Amarapura) had previously been an earth road, but a sturdier alternative was needed it seems.I was told this labor-intensive method is preferred to a gravel...more
MONEY Never travel anywhere here without sufficient cash money as there are no banks in so many places here.No ATM's no one accepts travellers cheques!!!.Also US Dollars are the money of choice although Burmese "kyiat" is the local currency..There are a few things to be aware of.. The Burmese currency is of no value outside of the country so make...more
AMARAPURA When travelling here especially in the really hot months (it's always hot) this country can be like a furnace...ALWAYS make sure when you set out for the day that you are carrying plenty of fresh water as there are many places that it is not readily available.. .Make sure also that the screw cap "seal" on purchased water bottles has not...more
If you plan to walk across the bridge, bear in mind that it will probably take about thirty minutes each way (I know, I know...it's possible to do it in fifteen but let's not make it a race ;-).There are long open stretches with no shelter so you should wear sunscreen. The temperature was only in the mid 20s when I was there but can imagine what it...more
As you walk along the U Bein bridge, there are sheltered huts every two hundred meters or so. These all provide welcome relief from the hot sun, but they are also full of souvenir vendors. Unfortunately the standard line "I'll come back later" (when you intend to never come back at all) doesn't work here because you'll have to walk back across the bridge the same way. Bear this in mind if you make any promises ;-)
Unique Suggestions: Just be honest and strong if you don't want anything. Don't make false promises. I myself had a tour guide with me (well, a kid selling jade anyway) so I was more or less immune because I was chatting to him.
I CARRY A SMALL BACKPACK FOR THE ESSENTIALS. ALAWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH BOTTLED WATER HERE IN THE TROPICS CARRY A SMALL ROLL UP PONCHO FOR THOSE FREQUENT TROPICAL RAINSTORMSALWAYS USE GOOD BOOTS/SHOES FOR HIKING I ALWAYS CARRY THESE ESSENTIAL ITEMSALWAYS CARRY AND USE A GOOD MOSQUITO AND INSECT REPELLANT:TUBE OF LIP BALM: A PACK OF WET ONES:A...more
Well, all your digicam batteries/memories cards or film need to be prepare before you set off your trip to U-Beign bridge and Mingun. As most people will spend the whole day outside of the hotel and might not return after these two highlights in Mandalay. So, get as many batteries/memories cards or your film for your camera as possible, otherwise...more
While I was at Pahtodawgyi I took a walk up to the shore of the lake to get a photo and discovered that the area is also a garbabe dump. It's too bad that the beach of the lake is chosen for the dump. I understand the fact that garbage has to go somewhere but it seemed sad that it had to be on the shore of the lake. It is a difficult situation to...more
After you cross U Bein's bridge you will come to the village of Taungtaman. Here it seemed like the main industry was cutting and drying palm leaves and bamboo. There are also a few boat drivers. I didn't see any weaving mills as the area has a lot of them but the people probably walk to Amarapura if they hold one of those jobs. There are some old...more
As my son and I were walking across U Beins Bridge and taking in the beautiful views we were approaching one of the covered rest stops that also had a big tree near it. There were some teenagers that I could see and they were acting like "teenagers" laughing, having fun, cat calling some of the pretty girls etc... There were others down in the...more
Even in rural Myanmar, people are interested in football. We saw this soccer field on the floodplain of Taungthaman Lake(!)
A few days prior to my visit, Myanmar had lost 4-2 to Singapore in the Tiger Cup semi-finals after having three players sent off (Singapore went on to win the tournament). I was impressed with how much the locals knew. They asked about my favorite team and told me their favorite players. it's a good talking point.