Whether you have heard of ‘’Mandalay’’ from the song ‘’The road to Mandalay’’ of Frank Sinatra or from a novel of Rudyard Kipling, you will not easily forget this melodic name. The city now is quite different by a strange combination of old and new things than any other city of Myanmar. Streets are more crowded, noise is worse. From low-paced Yangon and Bagan coming up here seems to be a back step to the modern world you have escaped recently. Mandalay consists of a community of Chinese, a community of Muslim, and only these factors make the city not only more exciting, more industrious, more business-looking, but also more gourmet from various nations. The conversations with people are full of emotion and assistance like anywhere in Myanmar but give you more feelings of the town’s business-like trend. Yet, Mandalay is still a golden treasure of the country, when you find real golden-plated pagodas and statues, the longest teakwood in the world with incredible sunset, wonderful hills with horizon line made by temples and shrines. You will also find here the local-made Jeeps and sport motorbikes for a longer trip to hilly Pyin Oo Lin or Hsipaw. This city is also a stopover for shopping at well-qualified silver or craft shops after numerous cultural visits. In a word, Mandalay gives you the feelings of a growing Myanmar, whilst protecting its ancient values amazingly.
Like general food characteristics in Myanmar, Mandalay cuisine is under the influence of Chinese, Thai and Indian cuisines owing to Myanmar’s proximate geographical location with the three other countries. Upon your visit to Mandalay, make sure you do not skip the street food heaven available there.
Mandalay is the second largest city in the country, which reached its peak under the reign of King Mindon. It is located in Northern Myanmar, directly on the Ayeyarwady River and has a major river port. It is estimated that up to 50,000 monks live in a variety of monasteries in Mandalay. The city is also a center of arts and crafts, discovered through the fine traditional buildings and remnants from the glorious past.
Our pick: Visits to Amarapura to contemplate incomparable sunset at long U-bein teakwood bridge and monastery; taking a boat trip to view U-bein bridge and fields from another side.
Meditation at Mahamuni Paya pagoda; visiting Sagaing and Mandalay Hills with great temples and panorama over the surrounding.
Departure to Pyin Oo Lin hill resort then taking the sitting train to go by a viaduct built in 1901 to Hsipaw with great view of deep valley and abyss.
Explore the modern corner of the city, tasting different street foods, enjoy night entertainment at bar and discotheque
Taking boat trip from Mandalay to Mingun within a day, and from Mandalay to Bagan and Yangon.