9 Things to do in Mandalay, Myanmar

9 Things to do in Mandalay, Myanmar

9 Things to do in Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay, the former royal capital of Myanmar. The city is big, busy and somehow has its charm. Mandalay is a great 2-day stop on your Myanmar Route. Admire its unique architecture and pagoda’s or visit the world-famous U-Bein Bridge. Read about the things to do in Mandalay.

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It can get quite cold at night so don’t forget your sweater. In Mandalay, you can notice the difference between poor and right. The outskirts of Mandalay are very poor and living between the garbage. That doesn’t take away that they are friendliest people you will meet.

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1. Visit Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill is a must-do, this 240-meter high hill gives you an incredible view of the whole area. Getting up there is easier than you would expect, they build an elevator and escalator on the foot of the highest of the temple. Note to cover yourself and take off your shoes. The entrance fee to Mandalay Hill is K1000. ($0.75)

Don’t be surprised when Myanmese people ask you to take a photo with you. They just want to show this to their relatives.

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2. Back in time at the Mingun Pagoda

One place we wished we would have had more time to see is Mingun Pagoda. This is located across the Irrawaddy river, which is about a 90-minute drive out of town. The almost square-shaped pagoda is one of a kind. It can be a bit crowded at the entrance but if you walk around it you will be the only one there.

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When you’re here, have lunch at the relaxed, river located ‘The Garden Cafe’.

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Things to do Mandalay Myanmar Mingun Pagoda

3. In the clouds at Hsinbyume Pagoda

Near to the Mingun Pagoda is the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda. You can walk up the stairs and explore every level of the pagoda. The Pagoda is not big shouldn’t be missed while visiting Mandalay. This is one of the reasons why you must visit Myanmar.

Also see: Best temples in Bagan

Things to do Mandalay Myanmar Hsinbyume Pagoda

4. U-Bein Bridge

One of the main attractions of Mandalay is the U-Bein Bridge. The 1200 meter long wooden footbridge is known as the longest in the world. When visiting in February there was almost no water under the bridge so doing a boat tour is definitely not recommended.

From Mandalay, it is a small 20-min drive to U-Bein Bridge. Arrive two hours before sunset, see how the locals are relaxing here.
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Tip: Most of the year there’s a big sunflower field next to the bridge where locals are taking photos.

5. World’s largest book at Kuthodaw Pagoda

The size of this area is impressive. The Kuthodaw Pagoda holds the world’s largest book and is surrounded by an insane amount of small white pagodas. Take at least 1 hour looking around in this area and is included in a Myanmar Temples tour.

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Things to do Mandalay Myanmar Kuthodaw Pagoda

6. A morning stroll through Zay Cho Market

This huge, partly covered, market open from 6 AM until 5 PM and offers anything from fresh fruits, fresh spices to kitchen tools. Go here in the early morning, wander around and see how these locals spend their morning.

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7. Mandalay Palace

Mandalay Palace is a huge fortress located near the Hill. It’s a cool area to walk around for some time but there isn’t really much to do or see.
The entrance is 10000 Kyat ($7.5). This is a combo ticket that also gives you entry to the Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and a few more.

Tip: Rent a bike if you are planning to explore the temples in Mandalay city. Distances are quite long and riding a bicycle is doable. :)

8. Shwenandaw Monastery

The beautiful wooden details in the monastery are worth a visit. It small so you don’t need a lot of time and it’s a quick stop from Mandalay Palace.

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Things to do Mandalay Myanmar Shwenandaw Monastery

9. Dinner @ Mingalarbar

Close your trip by having a Mandalay style food experience. A dinner at Mingalarbar is highly recommended to try some of their best dishes.

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Things to do Mandalay Myanmar Mingalarbar dinner

Best Hotels in Mandalay

Mandalay offers hotels for every kind of budget. See all hotels to stay in Mandalay.

17/07/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/myanmar/things-to-do-mandalay/
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  • Shawn Goertzen

    Thats an untrue statement, im currently in myanmar with a drone and have flown all over. In the airports, they ask about the drone and where im going, thats it, then they let me go to my flight and move on to the next stop.

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Shawn, Thanks for the update! It’s hard to know what the rules are for sure unless you can get in touch with someone official, but we’re glad you managed to use yours!

  • hello,

    We are a couple that want to go to Mandalay at the end of december. Do you recommende some guide or driver that can show us around the city.

    We have a drone and we would like to take it with us… there is any contact from autorities that i can ask authorization to fly with drone?

    best regards,

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Bruno, unfortunately, I cannot help you with both questions. We don’t have a driver contact in Mandalay and the drone rules are a little bit confusing although we know it’s officially not allowed in Myanmar. We were able to take it with us because we worked with the Ministry of Tourism. I guess you can take the risk of taking it as long as you fly safe and not near any people or Unesco or government buildings.

  • I am from Pakistan. I applied for viza .Myanmar embassy rejected. I want to visit myanmat .its so beautiful.

  • Harri Oliver

    You might want to make and edit that you can’t go up most of these temples anymore. Nearly all have been closed now, except for the odd ones which have had the door pushed in. X

  • Welcome to Myanmar.

  • Pete Rojwongsuriya

    Really loving the vibe on your photos! One thing I didn’t see in Mandalay was Mingun Pagoda and now I feel like I should have! It looks amazing!

  • Is it posible to do this all in two days?

  • I was looking for the best hotels in Mandalay, thank you for the informative article. I will surely visit the same in coming days.

  • A very good information and article on Mandalay Hill, in fact after reading this article I would be planning to visit the same. Thank you and please keep posted.

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