• Mandalay

The last capital of Myanmar Kings, 668km north of Yangon. Built in 1857 by King Mindon. Now the second Large city, rich in cultural heritage.Mandalay has rail, road, river and air links to all parts of the country. Only 1.5hour flight from Yangon, it is served by a new international airport 50km outside the city. The leisurely train or coach ride takes about 14 hours and 12 hours respectively.Mandalay is the place where one could get closet to the real Myanmar. The Mahamuni Buddha Image is the second most revered monument in Myanmar. You may climb up the steps to the top of the Mandalay Hill (elevation 230 m) or reach it by road, escalators or a lift. Among numerous pagodas of renown is Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble stabs ( " the world biggest book " ) on which are inscribed the entire Buddhist canon. Mandalay is also a mecca for lovers of arts and crafts.

How to get there

Just over an hour’s daily flight from Yangon to Mandalay International Airport. About 14 hours by train, 12 hours by express or by car.

Where to stay and where to dine

Mandalay Swan Hotel, Silver Swan Hotel, Nadi Myanmar Hotel, Sedona Hotel, Mandalay Hill Resort. Meals: Chinese food , Thai food, Shan food and Myanmar food.

Why so Special

Mandalay Hill, 230 meters in elevation, commands a panoramic view of the city. Mandalay Palace with its brick walls, gates and moat; Shwenandaw Monastery, a magnificent building dating back to 1879, Mahamuni Pagoda built by King Bodawpaya in 1784 has the Great Buddha Image.Kuthodaw Pagoda (built in 1868) where there is the “World’s biggest Book” in 729 marble slabs with the Buddha’s Teachings inscribed on them.Mandalay Museum, Zegyo Market and Silk Weaving Cottage Industry are among other places worth visiting.


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