Mandalay City, A center of Myanmar Culture

Mandalay is the second largest city and the last royal capital, founded at the foot of Mandalay Hill in 1857 by King Mindon as his royal capital surrounded by a moat. King Mindon of the Konbaung Dynasty, created this capital out of the wild woodlands at the foot of Mandalay Hill. King Mindon was a deeply religious monarch who made Mandalay and the neighboring town of Sagaing important centres of Buddhism, with many great pagodas and hundreds of beautiful monasteries and nunneries.

The original building of palace was bombed flat in WWII and the palace was rebuilt in the 1990s. With its royal palace and impressive moat sitting at the foot of a high, pagoda-topped hill, Mandalay still evokes images of a romantic, bygone era. It remains the principal cultural and economic city of upper Myanmar. Located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, Mandalay also lies within easy striking distance of former colonial hill stations, ancient cities and other cultural attractions.

How to get there:  As Mandalay is the second commercial city after Yangon; there are rail station, International airport, river jetty and a hub of road transportation. We can reach Mandalay by train, by flight, by road and by river.

Top Attraction:  Royal palace, Kuthodaw pagoda, Golden monastery, Mandalay hill and Maharmuni pagoda

Things to do:  Unique experience of trishaw ride, Full day sightseeing tour, Visiting local handicraft workshops, exploring community and meet artists, Walking tour

Lifestyle & people:  An ever-growing number of motorbikes and cars clog the roads, too, making for a sometimes smoggy city. But Mandalay has its own charm since there are splendid markets, traditional old monasteries, Indian temples, mosques, gold workshops, teahouse and traditional culture and music troops. People are friendly and hospitably.

Foods:  There are many restaurants and available Burmese foods, Thai foods, Chinese foods, Indian foods, and other. Local foods can be easily bought on the road side. Mohinga and Moti are famous foods of Mandalay.

Festival: Pagoda festivals and seasonable fesitvals (see more)

Souvenir to buy: As Mandalay is center of culture, various types of handicrafts are the popular products of the city. Traveler can learn at the workshops and buy souvenir for their family.

Climate: Tropical Wet and Dry climate

Region Size:      37,024 sq km / 14,295 sq miles

Population:  1.7 million (2014)

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Best Season:All year round
Popular Location: Kuthodaw Pagoda, Golden Palace, Mahamuni Pagoda, U Bein, Mandalay Hill

Tour and sightseeing in Mandalay and around

Enjoy your holiday in Mandalay
Innwa-Mae-Nu Bridge Monastery

    Burma Cultural Holiday

    14 Days

        It’s a harmonious holiday for newcomers who want to feel the incredible culture of the great destinations in Myanmar; moreover, getting to know the local people will be one of the best travel experiences.

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    South east Corner Mandalay Palace

      Mandalay Cultural Heritage Tour

      1 Days

      This Mandalay city tour gives you a chance to see all the best finding what to do in Mandalay city including Mandalay sightseeing tour and beautiful Mandalay hill sunset from top of the Hill. Your tour guide will lead you…

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      Evening River view

        Evening visit in Mandalay

        4 hrs

        Evening visit of the Mandalay tour is an enthralling local experience which will originate with you covering up the night markets atmosphere at various spots throughout the Mandalay City. Feel the sunset at the bank of the famous Irrawaddy River before BBQ dinner and visit nightlife…

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          Morning visit in Mandalay

          4 hrs

          This morning tour is to explore the fantastic view of face watching ceremony of the Mahamuni Buddha image and the ways of life of the monk. Experience the morning unique view of the famous U Bein bridge. Departure Time Pick up place 3:45 am Hotel…

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          Pahtodawgyi Pagoda

            Boat excursion to Mingun from Mandalay

            1 Day

            This is full day private tour with tour guide. You will have experiences with the boat excursion to Mingun,11 km up the Ayeyarwady River on the west bank from Mandalay. This is a private tour and you will experience culture,…

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            Inlay Lake, Shan State

              Pindaya Trekking and Inle Lake

              5 days

              5 days trip to Inle lake via Pindaya with overnight trekking and to explore Pindaya cave and unique style of Inle lake. The tour include flight, transport and tour guide service.

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              BalditaHtaung, Monwyar

                Visit Monywar from Mandalay

                2 days

                2 days 1 night visit to Monywar from Mandalay. Visit Thanboddhay pagoda, Standing buddha image and Phoe Win Taung cave where you can learn history and architecture styles.

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                Oo Hmin Thone Sal

                  Stater Package when Land in Mandalay

                  2 full days

                  This 2 full days 2 nights tour package is for newer who come to Myanmar first time. We include all necessary arrangement led by tour guide and meals is not include in the price  and that is optional.

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                  Bridge to Bontalar Water Fall

                    The Trip with Chin State

                    10 Days

                    10 days visit to the Chin State where Mt. Victoria is located and have a chance to learn the local tribe villages. Chin state is non tourist area and uniquely own amazing natural beauty.

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                    Myanmar Upper Land

                      Visiting Throughout Burma

                      18 Days

                      Enjoy this private tour of 18 days trip throughout the country if you have long holiday and intend to visit Myanmar. This tour will take you all most highlight destinations in Myanmar and learn Myanmar culture and history.

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                      U Bein Bridge

                        Explore Myanmar on a Budget

                        12 Days

                        12 days 11 nights Budget Tour Throughout Myanmar (Burma) for your trip. This tour will lead you to explore the highlight of Myanmar including Mandalay, Bagan, Kalaw, Inle lake. Short trekking is included in this tour.

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                          Culture & Beach in Myanmar

                          14 Days

                          It’s a harmonious holiday for newcomers who want to feel Myanmar’s authentic culture and nature of Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Yangon and idyllic turquoise Ngapali beach finally.

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                            Exploring throughout Myanmar

                            12 Days

                            This 12 days Group Sharing Tour is recommended for travelers who want to travel with other people. Travelers can save the budget as we arrange by bus for intercity transfer of the tour. This tour will cover Mandalay, Pyin Oo…

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