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
Burma Culture Holiday

    Burma Cultural Holiday

    14 Days

      Visit Mandalay and around | Exploring temples in archaeological Bagan | Experience of Inle Lake | home to the famous Kayan’ long-necked’ women in Loikaw | visit Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon   Departure Time Pick up place Your arrival…

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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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          Trekking in Shan State

            Trip to Inle Lake by Kalaw Trekking

            5 days

            Visit to Inle Lake from Mandalay for 5 days with tour guide. Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake to learn local life at the villages and explore Inle lake by boat.   Departure Time Pick up place 7:00 am Hotel…

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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.   Departure Time Pick up place As flight time…

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              Gokehteik Viaduct,Northern Shan State

                Visit Hsipaw via Gokehteik Viaduct

                4 days

                A visit from Mandalay to Hsipaw for 4 days via famous Gokehteik bridge. Explore Pyin Oo Lwin for full day and a unique experience of crossing Gikehteik bridge by train.   Departure Time Pick up place 8:00 am Hotel in…

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                  Visit Moegoke (ruby land) from Mandalay

                  3 days

                  Visiting to Moegoke, Ruby Land where famous Ruby stones are produced and visit there for 3 days with tour guide. You can also visit ruby markets and learn about local people there.   Departure Time Pick up place 8:00 am…

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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.   Departure Time Pick up place 8:00 am Hotel in Mandalay Duration…

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                    Irrawaddy Dolphin

                      Irrawaddy Dolphin and Community Travel

                      2 Days

                      This is unique experience of Watching Irrawaddy Dolphin interacting with the fisherman in the river. Boat excursion trip to Irrawaddy river and a chance to see village life.   Departure Time Pick up place 8:00 am Hotel in Mandalay Duration…

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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.   Departure Time Pick up place…

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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.   Departure…

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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. Departure Time Pick up…

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                              Myanmar Experience

                                Myanmar Experience: 7 days

                                8 Days

                                A week’s experience in Myanmar during your holiday to explore the culture and nature, and to know the true essence of the graceful Mandalay, Inle Lake, and Bagan decently.   Departure Time Pick up place Your arrival time Mandalay airport…

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                                Charming Pyin Oo Lwin, Maymyo

                                  Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin day return trip

                                  1 Day

                                  Enjoy day return trip to Pyin Oo Lwin known as Flower city, pleasant hill town from Mandalay. We will visit with tour guide to the charming hill station township where many colonial buildings located. Departure Time Pick up place 8:00 am Hotel in Mandalay Duration…

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                                  Culture & Beach in Myanmar

                                    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. Departure Time Pick up place Your arrival time Mandalay Airport Duration Tour End…

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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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