Ayearawaddy River, Mandalay
Our map showed two viewing points over the river. We visited one on a Burmese style taxi. There was a little cafe at the top. On the river there were huts, wooden platforms, boats, horses and endless bustling activity. It was fascinating and great for photos.
If you are not at the top of Mandalay Hill watching the sunset (see seperate tip), you could do worse in the evening than go down to Strand Road on the banks of the Ayearawaddy and watch the sun dipping over the hills, reflected on the calm waters of the river.
Whilst the river may be calm, the banks are certainly not. As the day draws to a close, many people tie up their boats, come ashore to do domestic chores (washing etc.) and there is great bustle and activity on the riverbank (see second photo). I was told by a local that the three larger boats you can see in the third picture were once British naval vessels, although I'm not sure how true that is.
There are several beer stations along the riverbank and a cool Myanmar on a shady river terrace is an extremely pleasant way to round off a hard days sightseeing.