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  • Great photography spots
    4 stars

    Spending a few days in Mandalay gives you time to explore some of the most iconic photography spots in the country. Here's our selection of the best spots to head for the best snaps. Most travellers rush through Mandalay, and rightfully so for those with a tight schedule. But spending two to three ... read more

  • U Bein Bridge
    4 stars

    Ageing U Bein Bridge stretches 1.2 kilometres across Taungthaman Lake, making it the longest teak bridge in the world. Mandalay and its surrounding ancient cities have an abundance of attractions and sunset views, but if you only had time for one sight while in Mandalay, it would have to be U Bein ... read more

  • Kuthodaw Pagoda and Sandamuni Pagoda
    4 stars

    Kuthodaw Pagoda is known as the world’s largest "book", consisting of 729 standing stone "pages", each with their own private stupa, while Sandamuni Pagoda just down the street contains even more -- but as commentary on the first. When you think about what the world’s largest book may look ... read more

  • Markets
    4 stars

    Mandalay offers an array of diverse (and cheap!) markets, offering everything from gems and jade to local foodstuffs not even found in Yangon. With Mandalay being centrally located in Burma (Myanmar), items from all over the country are trucked in and sold here, giving the city one of the most ... read more

  • Cycling around Mandalay
    4 stars

    For those who enjoy the wind in their hair and don't mind getting a little sweaty, cycling Mandalay and its surrounds is a great way to explore. Several companies offer bicycle tours in the Mandalay area, with Grasshopper Adventures and Bike World two of the more popular ones; they employ local ... read more

  • Artisan workshops and showrooms
    3.5 stars

    Known as a centre for many of Burma's traditional artisan crafts -- working in marble, stone, gold and teak wood, creating tapestries or making puppets, for instance -- Mandalay’s workshops and showrooms display a huge variety of handmade artefacts. For a day of shopping and seeing how these ... read more

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