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.

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

    Mandalay: Architecture and Local Life

    1 Day

    Explore the architecture and local culture of Mandalay on two feet, by trishaw and private vehicle. The city’s historic past will be brought to life with visits to monasteries and pagodas. Experience the local life of the city’s dwellers today…

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    Kayan lady

      Cultural Journey Through Myanmar

      14 Days

      Visit Mandalay and the former Royal capitals | Explore the ancient temples of Bagan | Meet Kayan ‘long-necked’ women in Loikaw | Discover the stunning scenery of Inle Lake | Experience the splendor of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon   Departure…

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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

              Trekking Through Shan State: Kalaw to Inle Lake

              5 days

              Visit to Inle Lake from Mandalay for 5 days with tour guide. Traverse the rolling Shan hills on this trekking adventure from colonial Kalaw to awe-inspiring Inle Lake. Along the way wander through villages of welcoming local people from various ethnic…

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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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                  Mogok Ruby

                    Magnificent Mogok – The Valley of Rubies

                    3 days

                    For decades, Mogok was closed to foreign visitors. Only recently has the ‘Ruby Land’ of Myanmar opened up for you to explore its beautiful scenery and unique gem-mining history. Get first-hand knowledge about how some of the most precious gems…

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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

                            4WD Adventure Through Wild Chin State

                            7 Days

                            This 7-day 4WD tour takes you from the ancient pagodas of Bagan to the rugged terrain of Chin State where Mount Victoria towers over areas of natural beauty. Along the way meet people from various tribes and ethnic groups to…

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                            Myanmar Upper Land

                              Myanmar Discovery

                              18 Days

                              This 18-day journey through Myanmar will take you from the cultural highlights of the central region to the natural delights further south. You will explore the country’s most popular destinations such as Bagan and Inle Lake, while also having the…

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                              U Bein Bridge

                                Myanmar on a Shoestring

                                11 Days

                                An affordable group tour which brings you to the cultural hotspots of Myanmar, including Mandalay, Bagan, Kayah State and Inle Lake.   Departure Time Pick up place Your arrival time Mandalay airport Duration Tour End 11 Days Mandalay Departure Grantee…

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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 & Coast in Myanmar

                                      14 Days

                                      This is the perfect holiday for first-time visitors to Myanmar who want to experience the Golden Land’s authentic culture and the idyllic coastline of Ngapali Beach. Interactions with local people throughout make this tour one of the most immersive offers…

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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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