U Bein Bridge + Ganayon Kyaung Monastry

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Mandalay, Myanmar

U Bein Bridge + Ganayon Kyaung Monastry Mandalay Reviews

DAO DAO
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People Watching at Sunset Feb 04, 2017
The simple U Bein Bridge has gone from being a simple transport structure for local people and turned into the best open-air photography studio in Burma. When I say simple, it really is just a long series of teak poles with planks in between. Its scale is amazing though. It is 1200 meters (.75 miles) across and has over 1000 large teak posts planted into the ground and Taungthaman Lake. It is reportedly the longest such teak structure in the world. The best, and busiest time, is at sunset. Any taxi will drop you off at the western side and you can walk across and back and snap away. The bridge is used for local people and monks to get back and forth. The eastern side is a quiet residential area. Along the sometimes precarious rout are wide, covered, rest points.

The western side does have (polite) souvenir sellers should you wish to buy. There are always police posted here so there is absolutely no hassle across and around the bridge area. On the far side is a simple restaurant.

This is a wonderful place to see monks, local women with traditional make-up, fisherman and workmen travelling home at the end of the day. The star of the show is the sunset over the bridge, but get here much earlier if you want some great people photos. Tourists with cameras are a part of life at this location and everyone is happy to let you take a photo. If you ask or smile, you will get smiles back every time.

The bridge was started in 1849 and took 2 years to fully erect. At the time is served the Capital of Burma, Amarapura. It was overtaken as the capital of Burma by Mandalay in 1859. Today Amarapura is a township of Mandalay and lies just 11 kms (6.8 miles) from central Mandalay.

During the dry season there is virtually no water under the bridge, but it is always worth the visit.

Taxis will try and charge you an amazing amount of money to come here. A motorcycle taxi will give you change from $5 and a taxi can be haggled down to about that or just a little more.
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davejo says:
loved it here, wish i could see it when the water is high
Posted on: Feb 04, 2017
HORSCHECK says:
Dao, great review with brilliant photos.
Posted on: Feb 04, 2017
sim1 says:
Really enjoyed your review and going through all your photos. It instandly brought me back here with all the memories I have! I was here during a sunrise :-)
Posted on: Feb 04, 2017
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sepilokfui sepilokf…
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A MUST Jul 20, 2012
Out of the 4 tourist attractions in Mandalay, the Amarapura aka 'City of Immortality' is one that should not be missed. Normally, you could get a bargain with motorbike, but I aimed for the classic - the blue taxi. The blue taxi will be eliminated soon since it is over 40 year old. I took it, expensive, but for the experience. My driver is another nicest guy, he suggested me to go there at 5am. I realized why when I arrived there. There are practically only 2 visitors - me and another guy, with all the rest of the locals. It was so nice, to catch the sunrise before all the tourists arrived.

For the monastry, to see >1000 of monks offering, it was one of kind of experience. There are monks and nuns that as young as 5 year old to any age. I don't like Mandalay, but I love U Bein bridge.
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