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OFF TO MANDALAY

MANDALAY, MYANMAR (AUG 2014)

After my trip to Bagan, I went to my Burmese colleague’s hometown, Mandalay. To be honest, I didn’t research about Mandalay and I have no idea what to see in this city. Luckily, she volunteered to take me around. So I just let her decide wherever she wanted to take me. She also let me stay in their house which allowed me to save on accommodation.

For a few days, I experienced Burmese hospitality and culture by letting me meet her family and friends. Although, they cannot speak to me in English, they still made me feel welcome which I really appreciate. And oh, they also made sure I eat a lot of local food. ๐Ÿ™‚

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One of those meals – Burmese style buffet. We just went in, got a table, then they started filling our table with food. If you want more of something, ask for a refill.

TIPS

  • I took the flight from Bagan (Nyaung-U) to Mandalay via Golden Myanmar Airlines. It is a fairly new airline ย ฬถ ย nice and clean. My one-way ticket to Mandalay only costs S$30.24 with free check-in luggage.
  • The entrance to the Mandalay Archaeological Zone costs $10.
  • Like any other religious sites in Southeast Asia, observe proper clothing and take off your shoes upon entering the temples or pagodas.
  • Only few can speak English in Mandalay which can be a challenge for most visitors. I was lucky to have a local friend to translate for me.
  • Mandalay is a motorbike city! Expect to see motorbikes everywhere.

WHAT TO SEE IN MANDALAY

Mandalay may not be as enchanting as Bagan but it has its own charm. Here are some of the places I’ve visited in two days.

Maha Aung Mye Bonzan

Bagaya Monastery

U Bein Bridge

Mandalay Hill

Kuthodaw Pagoda

Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery)

Maha Atulawaiyan Kyaungdawgyi (Atumashi)

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