Mandalay Travel Guide

  • Mandalay Hill
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  • Amarapura / U Bein bridge
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  • Kuthodaw Paya main stupa
    Kuthodaw Paya main stupa
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Mandalay Things to Do

  • Mandalay Hill

    4 out of 5 stars

    Just outside the North of downtown, Mandalay Hill summit is 230 m above the surrounding plain, so you can enjoy the panoramic views of Mandalay and its environs from there. Apparently you can climb the 1,729 steps of the covered southern stairway to reach the top. We were had not much time and it was very hot, so we did the lazy way: by taxi and...

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  • Shwenandaw Kyaung (Teak Temple)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Known locally as the Teak Monastery, this interesting building once served as the royal apartments for King Mindon, later it was converted into a Buddhist Monastery. One of the few original buildings that survived the destruction of the city. The central building was built on tail poles and was constructed with teak wood, it´s surrounded by a...

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  • Amarapura / U Bein bridge

    From what we could see, many tourists do not walk the full length of the bridge, and they stay just for the sunset. If you have time enough and like walking (we had a very short holiday in Myanmar, but this was well worth a full afternoon) I do really recommend crossing all the bridge and explore a bit "the other side". It is just a regular...

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Mandalay Hotels

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  • Hotel Yadanarbon

    We were traveling for only 8 days around Myanmar and our first and last stop was Mandalay. We did...

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  • Hotel By The Red Canal, Mandalay

    Great hotel, arguably our favorite in Myanmar. You can tell the owners put a lot of thought into...

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  • Amara Resort

    No.(10/182), Wingabar Street, (10) Quarter, Westen Bogone, Kalaw, Mandalay, Myanmar

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Mandalay Restaurants

  • Lashio Lay restaurant.

    4 out of 5 stars

    After the dissapointing experience of Green Elephant, we dicided to try something local and highly recommended in our LP guidebook. It is a Shan cuisine restaurant where all cooked food is presented to the customers. You just ask what is this and that , place your order by pointing what you like and then enjoy your meal (at least you know what you...

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  • Green Elephant

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Green Elephant in Mandalay has a lovely, atmospheric garden setting. It offers traditional Myanmar food, as well as Thai, Chinese Indian and Western dishes. The same company has restaurants in Yangon and Bagan as well. Our driver recommended it and drive us there. We found it “a bit too posh” and obviously like a place catering mainly for...

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  • A little bit of Mandalay

    Very friendly and hospitable... So green and quiet place.. Rat`s tails with bat`s wing-webs , Steamed tiger`s whiskers with minced rhino`s balls under Mandragora sauce , Stewed proboscis , Hippopotamus` bladder , Drinks: Viper`s saliva

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Mandalay Nightlife

  • Mandalay for marionettes

    If you are bored and want to do something different you might consider going to see this puppet show.We did not go to the show but one night we stood outside and it looked OK. We took a brochure (see photo).It is very close to the Sedona and the Green Elephant Restaurant. You could walk it if you are staying close to either.It starts at 8.30 pm and...

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  • Interesting Theatre

    I enjoyed the MarionettesTheatre in Mandalay.Mandalay is famous for this type of art performance.Although the kind of music is something you have to get used to it, I love the history and the story behind marionettes theatre. Burmese people often use marionettes to show people the real world. But because they cannot do it straight away they use...

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  • Visit the Moustache Brothers

    Ok they are a bit corny and I am sure making a mint (they ask for a donation of US$5.00) but it is a night out and a bit different!However, I did learn a bit about Burmese dancing and the various costumes worn by the Burmese.You also have to admire their courage and resilience after being imprisoned and still making slight criticisms against the...

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Mandalay Transportation

  • Taxis

    We paid about US$25 per day for the services of 2 guys and this old Corolla. Neither had any training, but were excellent guides in and around Mandalay. They tried really hard to provide us with all the services of a good driver and guide team. These guys were actually unofficially attached to our hotel, The Sedona, and it was quite comical to be...

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  • River Travel

    At my hotel I was informed about a public and a private company linking Mandaly to Mingun. When I arrived at the port, I have found only the private company. Timetable Mandalay- Mingun 09:00 - 09:55 Mingun-Mandaly 13:00 - 13:45 Fare 5000 Ks The public company is supposed to leave from Mandaly at 08:30 and the fare should be between 3000 and 4000...

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  • Rickshaws / Trishaws

    You need to try this at least once. Trishaw travel in Mandalay is great. More than affordable, but with one drawback. Many (or most) of the trishaw drivers are limited in their education and cannot read a map or english. You really need your hotel to tell them where you want to go, and in this situation you have no hassle. BUT, if you pick one...

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Mandalay Shopping

  • Zegyo Market (IV) - the food market area

    A few years ago I could not understand the obsession of my friend with the Asian food markets. But at that time I had not seen one yet. Now I'm hooked too... the area around Zegyo Market did not disappoint.

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  • Zegyo Market (III) - the dressmakers

    There are hundreds of colorful stalls selling fabrics in the first and second floor of the main building of Zegyo Market, and a few shops/stalls selling ready to wear clothing. But if you take the escalator to the upper floor, you will enter the area were the dressmakers work. it was like stepping back in time. And again (and at this point we...

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  • Zegyo Market (II) - traditional...

    In the basement of the main building there is an area devoted to the Burmese traditional medicines ingredients. We would never had know about this if not for our wonderful driver Ko Nay! Being both of us physicians it was very interesting, even we couldn't recognize most of the ingredients, but seeing them preparing and mixing the ingredients was...

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Mandalay Local Customs

  • Carrying goods on their heads

    The ladies here carry goods on their heads, It looks so graceful but I would bet there is an art to it

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  • Local Buses

    These are used for transporting not only passengers but goods.You see people sitting on the roof and hanging off the back

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  • Chinlone - Burmese type football

    This game is played by the men all over the country. A ball made of woven rattan is used, and it is played by the participants head, feet, knees and legs.Its very skillful and interesting to watch.I got to se it played close to the local bar which was by my hotel. The players joined and left the game intermittently.

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Mandalay Warnings and Dangers

  • MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FINANCES ARE COVERED

    MANDALAY When travelling to and within Myanmar..it is extremely IMPORTANT that you currency is US Dollars as this is the only currencey that The Myanmar Government will accept for Arrival and Departure Taxes when entering and leaving ALL diferent regions..Make sure that ALL your notes are in crisp new condition otherwise they WILL NOT be...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH WATER

    DONT FORGET TO CARRY WATER I found travelling through Myanmar (Burma) the weather to be extremely hot and here in the tropics the humidity and heat can have a dire effect unless you drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration,especially when walking/hiking a lot. When setting off for the day I always carried a couple of bottles of fresh water with me...

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  • Uneven Footpaths and Holes.....

    You do need to watch where you tread in Mandalay, similar to observations in Yangon. There were rather large, litter and putrid liquid filled holes in the footpaths, which would, no doubt, result in a rather nasty injury in the dark or for less safe footed pedestrians. There are fairly shallow drains beneath the footpath.Another experience we had,...

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Mandalay Tourist Traps

  • WHEN FLYING IN ALWAYS TRY AND SHARE A...

    MANDALAY Because the airports are such a long way from the city centres ALWAYS try and share the taxi to the town center. Most airports are some 50 to 80 kilometers out from the cities and the Taxi drivers know that there is no alternative and charge appropriately.The taxi tariffs for these distances are high.. I learned very early to ask any...

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  • Fake Monks

    When we visited the Mahamuni paya, we were immediately accosted by a very friendly "monk", who grabbed us and took us to the front of the queue to see the procession of young people participating in some coming of age ceremony, and my husband was taken up to place some gold leaf on the Buddha image I was disallowed to go near. After the unsolicited...

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  • "Sharing" a taxi from the airport.......

    Proved to be an expensive experience. I suspect that we not only subsidised the Kiwi's long trip to his country home, and his wife's imminent accommodation cost at the recommended hotel. I didn't see it coming.After landing in Mandalay, we were approached by a Kiwi expat while we waited for our luggage. Mundane chatter later, he suggested that we...

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Mandalay What to Pack

  • PACK A GOOD MOSQUITO REPELLANT WITH...

    I ALWAYS CARRY A SMALL BACKPACK...HANDY IF HIRING A BICYCLE AS IT PREVENTS THEFT..IN THE EXTREME HEAT OF THE TROPICS ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH BOTTLED WATER. HERE IN THE HEAT IS NECCESARY TO HAVE A GOOD WIDE BRIMMED HAT AS YOU WILL DO A LOT OF WALKING/HIKING ALWAYS WEAR A GOOD PAIR OF WALKING/HIKING BOOTS/SHOESA GOOD PAIR OF SUNGLASSES MY...

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  • MONEY!!!!!!

    There are NO ATM's in Myanmar. Take plenty of preferably US$$$ - to get you through your holiday. We met people who didn't know this, or ran out of money, and they had no choice but to pay up to 30% commission in hotels which took cards - if you could find one. It is a CASH country.

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  • Packing List

    Backpack Mandalay is cool in January, especially first thing in the morning and when the sun has left the sky. Take a couple of sweaters. Take as much as you can with you.Malaria tablets, sunblock and insect repellants are a necessity. You will be able to get what you need from the larger towns such as Yangon and Mandalay.

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Mandalay Off The Beaten Path

  • Hmwe Paya - Snake Pagoda

    On the Mandalay-Meiktila road, is Paleik, the home of this snake pagoda. There are 2 pythons which reside in the recess with the gold Buddha image, curled around and with it. They have carers, who feed and wash them daily at 11am, and look over them throughout the day. This is not a much visited pagoda by tourists, but there are many Myanma people...

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  • U Bein's Bridge

    Stretching across the Taungthaman Lake is a teak bridge, which, at 1.2km long, is said to be the longest in the world. It joins the Maha Ganayon Kyaung, where there is a large monastery, and the village of Pahtodawgyi. The bridge is named after the mayor of Amarapura, and this footbridge is constructed from salvaged material from Inwa Palace. Its...

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  • Walk around Pyin U Lwin

    Organise a taxi and go to Pyin U Lwin/Maymyo and visit a town that is still locked into the late 50s. The central point is Purcell Tower (erected in 1936)but from here you can explore the main streets and visit some of the major buildings which are great examples of British colonial history such as the Hospital, the government schools, the cemetry,...

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Mandalay Sports & Outdoors

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    by Hewer Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    There are football pitches everywhere in Mandalay. The interest seems to be higher there than in Yangon. We saw quite a few impromptu games too.

    We saw this huge crowd gathered by a pagoda on the outskirts of the city and went to take a look. It was a group of about 10 high school kids playing soccer and there were about 500 people watching

    If you are interested in football, it's a good talking point with the locals (especially Premier League).

    Soccer match in Mandalay

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Mandalay Favorites

  • ALWAYS CARRY A TORCH IN YOUR LUGGAGE

    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't..so when...

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  • Interacting with the locals

    We met up with these children at a temple at Taung Thaman village across the U Bein's bridge. They were enjoying their lunch in a cool spot at the temple. We circled and finally went in and spoke to the children and their teacher, took some pictured, showed them the photographs (which is always a hit!), and gave the teacher the equivalent of about...

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  • True Mandalay

    Rudyard Kipling started his ` Mandalay ` poem with the words ` By the old Moulmein Pagoda , lookin` lazy at the sea...`This is Kyaikthanlan Pagoda in Mawlamyine city ... Mon state...Sea and Thanlwin river kiss there.But it is not main thing.The point is that there is the Ward in Mawlamyine city , called " Mandalay "...Kipling was referring to...

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