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  • Great photography spots
    4 stars

    Most travellers rush through Mandalay, and rightfully so for those with a tight schedule. But spending two to three days in the Burmese cultural capital provides not only an important Myanmar (Burma) history lesson, it also offers some of the most iconic photography spots in the country. U Bein ... read more

  • U Bein Bridge
    4 stars

    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 Bridge. Outside Mandalay’s city centre, and stretching across Taungthaman Lake, U Bein Bridge leads the way to the ... read more

  • Kuthodaw Pagoda and Sandamuni Pagoda
    4 stars

    When you think about what the world’s largest book may look like, you’re likely to imagine a massive leather tome tucked away in some library. In actuality, the world’s largest "book" is in Mandalay at Kuthodaw Pagoda. It consists of 729 standing stone "pages", each with their own private ... read more

  • Markets
    4 stars

    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 diverse (and cheap!) selections of markets there is, offering everything from gems and jade to local foodstuffs not even found in Yangon. The name ... 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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