Mandalay is one of the best charm city journey in myanmar you should get to when you come this country. Like many things, you should do include: eating road foods, visit pretty sites, find out unique traditions, etc. To build a “to do list Burma” is a have to not miss any interesting things on your journey. Let’s notice some wonderful “candidates” for your list.
1. Relax the road food of Mandalay
The best way to uncover Mandalay road foods is going on two wheels that you be able to stop wherever you such as. I love to wandering around and stop whenever I realize some things catch my eyes. One of the best things about Burma’s cuisine is that after enjoying the food, you will relax a free tea, Mandalay’s mouth-watering dishes that will make you unforgettable during your trip. It could be a broad waste if you don’t put this activity on your “to do list Burma”
2. Explore Amarapura and U Bein Bridge
Amarapura used to be the capital of burma in the past in burma adventure map. Today, the ancient capital is best popular its silk products, Maha Gandhayon Kyaung Monastery and U Bein – the longest teakwood bridge in the world.
Wishing to realize the sunset on the U Bein bridge, I came to this bridge in the afternoon. But unfortunately, it rained heavily; the sky is too gray to realize the sunset and no one came to this bridge in that bad weather. However, this is perhaps the moment you are not easy to find, so I decided to go over the bridge, and it was a truly nice experience.
Back in Amarapura, my stop was Maha Gandhayon Kyaung Monastery. At about 10 am every day, numerous young monks from Maha Gandhayon Kyaung monastery stand in line to beg for alms. This activity was seen in Luang Prabang, Laos. However, each place gives me different emotions. If you are silent wondering “what to do in Myanmar”, you should give this destination a try.
3. Enjoy the view from Sagaing Hill
Sagaing is the outer part of Mandalay; you have to cross the Ayeyarwady River to come there. Sagaing is especially well known for its hill called Sagaing Hill – one of the main Buddhist centers in myanmar, which houses over 600 monasteries and towers, and 6,000 monks and nuns. It is one of the most known for sites that put on “to do list Burma” of many tourists.
On the way to the top of the hill, you have to overcome numerous small stupas and also bring quite long time as the myanmar go to guide. However, when you visit the top, you will take a great view down below.
4. Take a boat trip to go to Inwa
Inwa, along with Amarapura and Sagaing are the three oldest cities in burma AKA the best places to go to in burma. You have to sail from the banks of the Ayeyarwady River to get there. The road through the river is quite rough, so most tourists go to by carriage. Just like most other ancient cities of myanmar, you will be attracted by the majestic temples, with special architecture and charming spectacle here.
5. Visiting Mingun ancient village
The final but not least fancy site in “to do list Burma” is Mingun ancient village. It is about 11km from Mandalay, you could get there by road but most of you get to by river. Ferries to Mingun each day only one trip, departing 8h30 and return at 13h for a fare of 4,500 kyat/person (about 2 USD). If you want more flexible time, you be able to rent a own ferry for about $ 30.
It is the best places to find in burma, as it houses tremendous of Burma’s most important historical monuments, most notably the Mingun Pahtodawgyi ruins built of red brick which if completed will be the largest brick Buddhist architecture in the world with a planned height of 150m. It was started building between 1790 and 1797 under King Bodawpaya, but due to economic weakness, this good work was halted and was left unfinished after the king’s death in 1813.