9 Things to do in Mandalay, Myanmar

9 Things to do in Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay, the former royal capital of Myanmar. The city is big, busy and somehow has its charm. Mandalay is a great 2-day stop on your Myanmar Route. Admire its unique architecture and pagoda’s or visit the world famous U-Bein Bridge. Read about the things to do in Mandalay.

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It can get quite cold at night so don’t forget your sweater. In Mandalay, you can notice the difference between poor and right. The outskirts of Mandalay are very poor and living between the garbage. That doesn’t take away that they are friendliest people you will meet.

1. Visit Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill is a must-do, this 240-meter high hill gives you an incredible view of the whole area because Mandalay is flat. Getting up there is easier than you would expect, they build an elevator and escalator on the foot of the highest of the temple. Note to cover yourself and take off your shoes.

The entrance fee to Mandalay Hill is K1000. ($0.75)

Don’t be surprised when Myanmese people ask you to take a photo with you. They just want to show this to their relatives.

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2. Back in time at the Mingun Pagoda

One place we wished we would have had more time to see is Mingun Pagoda. This is located across the Irrawaddy river, which is about a 90-minute drive out of town. The almost square shaped pagoda is one of a kind. It can be a bit crowded at the entrance but if you walk around it you will be the only one there.

When you’re here, have a lunch at the relaxed, river located ‘The Garden Cafe’.

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3. In the clouds at Hsinbyume Pagoda

Near to the Mingun Pagoda is the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda. You can walk up the stairs and explore every level of the pagoda. The Pagoda is not big shouldn’t be missed while visiting Mandalay.

Also see: Best temples in Bagan

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4. U-Bein Bridge

One of the main attractions of Mandalay is the U-Bein Bridge. The 1200 meter long wooden footbridge is known as the longest in the world. When visiting in February there was almost no water under the bridge so doing a boat tour is definitely not recommended.

From Mandalay, it is a small 20-min drive to U-Bein Bridge. Arrive 2-hours before sunset, see how the locals are relaxing here.

Tip: Most of the year there’s a big sunflower field next to the bridge where locals are taking photos.

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5. World’s largest book at Kuthodaw Pagoda

The size of this area is impressive. The Kuthodaw Pagoda holds world’s largest book and is surrounded by an insane amount of small white pagodas. Take at least 1 hour looking around in this area.

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6. A morning stroll through Zay Cho Market

This huge, partly covered, market open at 6 AM until 5 PM and offers anything from fresh fruits, fresh spices to kitchen tools. Go here in the early morning, wander around and see how these locals spend their morning.

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SaveThings to do Mandalay Myanmar Zay Cho Market spices

7. Mandalay Palace

Mandalay Palace is a huge fortress located near Mandalay Hill. It’s a cool area to walk around for some time but there isn’t really much to do or see.

The entrance is 10000 Kyat ($7.5). This is a Mandalay Combo tickets which also gives you entry to the Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and a few more.

Tip: Rent a bike if you are planning to explore the temples in Mandalay city. Distances are quite long and riding a bicycle in Mandalay is doable. :)

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SaveThings to do Mandalay Myanmar palace

8. Shwenandaw Monastery

The beautiful wooden details in the monastery are worth a visit. It small so you don’t need a lot of time and it’s a quick stop from Mandalay Palace.

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9. Dinner @ Mingalarbar

Close your Mandalay trip by having a Mandalay style food experience. A dinner at Mingalarbar is highly recommended to try some of their best dishes.

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Our tour around Mandalay was arranged by the guys of Golden Express Tours.

Best Hotels in Mandalay

Mandalay offers hotels for every kind of budget. See all hotels to stay in Mandalay.

Yadanarbon Mandalay
Yadanarbon Mandalay

Great hotel with rooftop pool. Starting at $28 per night.

ABC backpacker
ABC backpacker

Best hostel in the area. Starting at $10 a night!

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