Photo: An overview of Mandalay.

Two-day Mandalay itinerary

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With a range of sights to see in Mandalay and its surrounds, some accessible by bicycle, others by boat, and some requiring motorised transport, it can be tricky at first glance to arrange your time here into a coherent programme. Our two-day itinerary will help optimise your time and money in Mandalay, without rushing too much.





One day could be done by bicycle but for the other you’ll need a motorbike or taxi. The two days are interchangeable.

Morning cruise upriver to Mingun. Photo taken in or around Two-day Mandalay itinerary, Mandalay, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

Morning cruise upriver to Mingun. Photo: Mark Ord

Day 1 Head down to the 26th Street and Strand Road jetty to catch the 09:00 Mingunboat, but leave early to take in a couple of markets on the way down there. Heading down 26th Street you’ll pass Zay Cho—the main city market—as well as the fish market just opposite the jetty itself. Both are good at early mornings and make interesting diversions but don’t be late, since if you miss the scheduled 5,000 kyat ferry at 09:00 you’ll have to pay $25 for a private hire.

Leave your bike at the jetty or pay a few extra kyat to take it on the boat. The boat ride upriver won’t take more than an hour and we’d allow another hour or 90 minutes to explore Mingun, including a coffee and snack break, so waiting for the scheduled return boat, which leaves at 12:30, isn’t quite going to work. Since a lot of other visitors are going to be in the same boat (sorry!), it shouldn’t be a problem to find other people to split the cost of a private return boat, otherwise you’ll have quite a bit to squeeze into the afternoon.

Lunch at Shwe Pyi Meo makes a fine stop. Photo taken in or around Two-day Mandalay itinerary, Mandalay, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

Lunch at Shwe Pyi Meo makes a fine stop. Photo: Mark Ord

Aim to get back to town by 12:30 at the latest. For the afternoon you’ll explore the temples northeast of the palace, so Shwe Pyi Moe at the corner of 26 and 66th Streets is on the way and makes an excellent spot for lunch. It’s approximately four kilometres from ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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