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Mandalay
Union of Myanmar

The Burmese kings ruled from the Mandalay area for many centuries - their capitals included Ava (now Innwa), Sagaing and Amarapura. Mandalay, itself, was made capital only in 1857 by King Mindon. For centuries under royal patronage, Mandalay has been the center for Myanmar arts and crafts. The city is full if silk weavers, tapestry makers, wood carvers, stone masons, silversmiths and bronze casters - all of whom still follow the time-honored traditions of their forefathers. As the seat of Myanmar's last Kingdom, Mandalay remains an important spiritual center with numerous old monasteries and unique pagodas.

MANDALAY IN YOUR INTINARARY

Another highlight of Myanmar - all itineraries should include a minimum stay at one night. If possible, we prefer to include at lease 2 nights in Mandalay, as this allows time to visit the ancient capital cities of Amarapura, Sagaing, Innwa (Ava) and Mingun

OVERLAND TRIP FROM MANDALAY

SOUTH OF MANDALAY

Ava
Ava is located on an island which can be reached by local ferry, crossing the Myitnge River. Pass through the ancient city walls by horsecart and see the remains of the ancient city: the brick and stucco monastery "Maha Aungmye Bonzan", the renovated Nanmyin Watch Tower and the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung.

Amarapura
This former capital is situated a 30 minuets drive south of Mandalay. Though the royal palaces have been destroyed, the pagodas, temples and monasteries remain. The Mahagandayane Monastery in Amarapura is the religious center, where over 700 monks attend to their religious duties. Of particular interest is the three-quarter mile long wooden footbridge built by U Bein. Amarapura is visited on a day-trip from Mandalay, combined with Ava and Sagaing.

WEST OF MANDALAY

Sagaing
Across the river is another former capital, Sagaing. In the rolling hills beyond the modern town are situated countless hermitages, for both monks and nuns. The majority date from the turn of the century and are built in a delightful mix of colonial and old Myanmar styles. Sagaing can be visited on a day-trip together with Amarapura or Sagaing.

Mingun
A morning trip upriver from Mandalay, takes you to the great unfinished pagodas of Mingun, the Mantana Gyi Pagoda, as well as the world largest ringing bell. This memorable boat trip along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River will provide a fascinating insight into life on this famous waterway.

Monywa
North-west of Mandalay, on the banks of the Chindwin River, lies Monywa. A ferryboat will take you across the river to the cave pagodas of Schwebataung and Powintaung, where Buddha statues of all sizes can be found within their sandstone niches. It is advisable to stay overnight in Monywa, although the caves can be visited in a day from Mandalay.

EAST OF MANDALAY

Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
This delightful old British hill station sits on the foothills of the Shan Plateau, slightly north-east of Mandalay. The 1 hour drive from Mandalay offers breathtaking views across the Mandalay plain. Horse-down carriages are the primary means of transport for exploring this town which abounds with colonial atmosphere. Spectacular waterfalls and natural caves are also located in the vicinity. Pyin Oo Lwin can be visited on a day-trip from Mandalay or as a part of an overland trip to Lashio.

Lashio
Lashio is located at the southern end of the infamous "Burma Road", on the way to the Chinese border. The railway line from Maymyo to Lashio is considered an engineering masterpiece. The famous Goikteik Viaduct, built in 1903, traverses a 300 meter deep gorge in the Shan mountains. A trip to Lashio, which includes the scenic rail journey from Pyin Oo Lwin, needs a minimum of 3 nights.

NORTH OF MANDALAY

Mogok
The ruby-mines of Mogok, hidden in the depths of the hills, are unimaginable. Trips to Mogok can only be organized by one authorized agent and will take a full days drive, by car, from Mandalay. Currently the area is off-limits and cannot be visited.

TRAVELING FROM MANDALAY BY AIR

Myitkyina
The town Myitkyina has always been a trading center between Myanmar and China and, being the largest town in Kachin State, is the best base for visiting nearby Kachin villages. West of Myitkyina lies Indawgyi Lake - although somewhat inaccessible due to poor roads, the lake is huge and has unique natural beauty.

Only Myanmar Airways flies to Myitkyina from Mandalay. In order to include Indawgyi Lake in your itinerary, a minimum of 3 nights, preferably 4, is required. Flights are operated irregular and it is not always possible to visit this area. A train journey from Mandalay to Myitkyina will take 26 hours.

Bagan, Heho and Yangon
There are daily flight to Bagan, Inle Lake and Yangon.

TRAVELING BY RIVER

Mandalay is the northern terminus of the Road To Mandalay and RV Pandaw. There is also a daily ferry services from Mandalay to Bagan. Although less luxurious than a cruise ship, it is a great way trip to see life along the river. A ferry ride takes from 8 up to 12 hours.

 

 
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