My Trip to Mandalay, Myanmar

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Just arrived in Mandalay International Airport by Mandalay airline

My friend and I rented a car for few days to explore the sights within Mandalay City Center and surroundings like the Royal Palace, Mandalay Hills, temples around Sagaing hills, U-Bein’s bridge, road trip to Inle Lake, Taunggyi tour and at the end of our journey dropping off at Heho Airport to catch a flight to Nyaung-U (Bagan).

Our first stop was Mandalay Grand Palace, weather was perfect In the month of May beautiful and sunny but very hot.

The Grand Place is one of Mandalay’s major tourist attractions. King Mindon moved his capita from Amarapura in 1857 to Mandalay. Our driver parked the car right in front of the palace, and we walked in. 

The palace area was contained within a fort (citadel) and surrounded by a wide moat. The fort has 24 foot hight walls and 12 watch towers – the watch gates designed with multi-tiered wooden carved roofs. The moat is 210 feet wide and there are 4 bridges to cross them a huge area of 2.5 sq Km.

Most of the building inside the palace was built with teak wood, I saw statue of King Mindon and Chef Queen Satkyardavi at the entrance to the Great Audience Hall (AD 1853 – 1878). Consultations on important matters were usually held in this room called Hall of Victory.

Kyauktawgyi Paya Temple with colored glass artwork, Mandalay, Myanmar
  The Central Palace of the King’s living chamber was situated in the center of ‘Palace City’. We also saw statue of King Thibaw the last king of the Konbaung Dynasty of Burma and Queen Suphayalat. The watchtower was interesting, we went all the way to the top tower floor from where The Watch Tower from there you get a complete view of the Palace grounds and the Mandalay city.

Visiting to Mandalay Royal Palace was a great experience gave me the great memory of Myanmar Kingdom that it had already finished after British occupied the country. Old Palace was burnt out by fire during Second World War that Mandalay was battle field between British troops & Japanese. It’s amazing reconstructed in 1996 by military Government.

Visit Mandalay Hill and the Su Taung Pyi Pagoda

I highly recommand this place, from here you get the beautiful view of Mandaly city as well as the Grand Palace.

He is trying to get back home as It's getting dark in Taungthaman Lake
It just outside the North of downtown, Mandalay Hill which summit is 750 feet (230 M) above he surrounding plain is the natureal watch-tower for the visitors to watch Sunrise or Sunset over the city plains. I know no one who come to Mandalay and did not visit this magnacient place.

Day trip to Sagaing Hill Monasteries, U-Bein’s Bridge, Taung Tha Man Lake and Kyauktawgyi Temple

I am two days into my first ever visit to beautiful Mandalay the city with dynamic and vibrant atmosphere. Today we decided to visit Sagaing Hill Monasteries, U-Bain Bridge, Taung Tha Man Lake and Kyauktawgyi Temple – the places that I have long wanted to visit

Sagaing Hill:

From Mandalay to Sagaing Hill Monasteries was about 24 km crossing Irrawaddy river and by a private car it took us about 45 mins.

U Bein Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar
 Sagaing was the capital for only three years before nearby Inwa took over in 1764, looks like it still remains an important spiritual town attracting many people to meditate in it’s monasteries. From the top of the hill I could see hundreds of stupas peek out of the greenery of the hillside. It was a great view of the town, the Irrawaddy river and Ava (Inwa) bridge. 

I have visited one of the temple called Soon U Ponya Shin Paya on one of the southern hilltops of Sagaing Hill. It was build early 1300s, beautifully decorated with glass tiles, interesting paintings and statues. what a great view from there I could see many temples, Buddhist University, pagodas as well. 

By the time we reached the base of the hill it was already hot like crazy. I could not even walk on the temple floor bear footed.

By the way i got blister doing so but did not even care about it. 

U-Bein’s Bridge

Next stop U-Bein’s bridge which crosses Taung Tha Man Lake at Amarapura, not so far away from Sagaing but narrow winding local roads took us 30+ minutes to cover 20 km. It was afternoon when we arrived west side of the lake, not a good time for pictures so we decided to relax and have our lunch at one of the beach side restaurant. 

I always had a great fascination to visit and take a walk on U Bein’s bridge which goes across the lake. It’s around 1.2kms long and is the largest teakwood bridge – It is supported by 1000 mostly wooden piles. Along the bridge there are several shaded sitting areas and also there are several tea stalls. The best time to visit is late afternoon. I enjoyed crossing the bridge in the evening, the view, the sunset and the boats in the lake was picturesque.

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda by the lake

There were boats for hire so rented a small boat run by the locals for a relaxing ride and experience the bridge and the beautiful scenery in all its glory. We crossed and walked through the woods to get to the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda. The Pagoda is situated opposite to the south stairway entrance to Mandalay Hill. From outside it looks like a replica of the Ananda Temple at Bagan. It is famous for an 8 m, 900 tons Buddha statue placed at the center. I had to climb up to stick some golden sticker on top of it. A great place to visit specially during the Kyauktawgyi Paya’s festival, normally held for seven days in October.

TB_Weet says:
Hasan, I have a sensitive question for you. May I know approximately how much in USD will one need to travel from Mandalay to Yangon like you did? Thank you.
Posted on: Dec 19, 2016
Cho says:
Hasan, I've been to Mandalay many times although it's not my favorite destination, too hot and dusty! However, Sagaing is beautiful, especially the rows and rows of pagodas on the hills!
Posted on: Nov 21, 2016
Cho says:
May, you and your hubby will find Myanmar to be one of the most exotic countries in the world. Many Filipinos are going there nowadays. In fact, there is a sizable Filipino community over there, most of them working in NGOs and entertainers.
Posted on: Nov 21, 2016
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U Bein Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar
U Bein Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar
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