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Five things to do in Mandalay

Myanmar is a great travel destination for families. Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and is home to many important Buddhist temples and ruins that are an important part of Myanmar culture which makes it a great place to put on your itinerary. Here are five things to do in Mandalay.

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Mandalay is famous for being home to the world’s largest book which can be found at Kuthodaw pagoda at the base of Mandalay Hill.  The “book” is written on large slabs of rock and are on display to the public. Kuthodaw Pagoda is also very beautiful with a large dome covered in glittering gold paint and there are lots of vendors selling tasty snacks, trinkets and souvenirs.

kuthodaw-pagoda

After visiting Kuthodaw pagoda, go to the top of Mandalay Hill to see the sunset. We can arrange a driver to take you the top and once there, you can either opt to climb the steps to the very top of the pagoda or take an elevator.  While the elevator is convenient, if you take the steps you will have an opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views and explore the nooks and crannies of the temple.

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A must-see is U-Bein Bridge which is located several kilometers outside of Mandalay and is one of the most iconic places in Myanmar. This bridge is made of teak wood and is believed to be the oldest and longest teak wood bridge in the world. The best time to visit U-Bein is at sunset as it is absolutely stunning and very peaceful. We can arrange a boat ride along the river which will take you around and under the bridge giving a different perspective…along with a cool breeze! If you prefer to experience U-Bein Bridge by foot, you can walk the length of the bridge while mingling with the locals and savoring a tasty snack sold by the vendors along the way. Afterward, sit and enjoy the sunset with a fresh coconut at one of the restaurants set up along the river.

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If you’re interested in exploring the countryside of Mandalay, then the nearby villages of Mingun and Innwa on the opposite side of the Irrawaddy River are great places to check out! In Mingun, there is a large bell that is famous for being the heaviest functioning bell several times in history.  We can arrange transport there by taxi which will take you along a winding road that is parallel to the Irrawaddy.  In Innwa, you can hire a horse-drawn carriage to take you around to all the different pagoda ruins and Buddhist temples.  Cool down at one of the local tea shops and try the traditional tea leaf salad…some of the best ones can be found in this area!

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