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It' a complete wastage of my own if I have to go back to Mandalay.
From Mandalay to Hsipaw
Mandalay is the second biggest town in Myanmar and was the last imperial capitol of the kingdom of Burma. Established in 1857 by Mindon at the foot of the city's eponym, Mandalay Hill, the British took over the town in 1885. Only very few of the King's immediate descendants have ever come back to Burma, but their former home, the Mandalay Palace, is still standing.
In the old town, the Palast is a favourite excursion destination and the epicentre of Mandalayism. Mandalay, 716 km from Yangon, is a major traffic junction on many routes. It is easy to reach from some of the most frequented places in the countryside by various means of transport.
There are a number of reasonably prized accommodation establishments, guesthouses and lodges that are used to welcoming guests from abroad. Most of the accommodation in Mandalay, especially in the vicinity of the Royal Palace, will have English-speaking employees who often act as tour agencies and book trips, rail and bus connections, making it very simple to explore the town and its surroundings.
It is probably best known for its elaborate Buddhist convents and historic places such as the former royal residence. In essence, the Palast is the actual centre of the town and its epicentre of the tourist industry. Much of Mandalay's most interesting attractions are located in the Mandalay Archaeological Zone.
As well as the Royal Palace and Mandalay Cultural Museum, there are a number of attractions in the area, such as Myanmar's second most sacred site, the Mahamuniagoda, the Shwenandaw Monastery, the Kuthodawagoda, and the Kyauktawgyiagoda. Mandalay Hill, overgrown with pagodas, is also located in the Archaeological Area.
It is an important place of worship for the Buddhist fellowship of Myanmar. It is also often used as a starting point to discover the antique towns outside the city. Although Mandalay can be accessed by air, rail, bus or sea, the quickest and simplest way to get around Myanmar's main towns is by air.
People travelling on budgets will find that travelling by bus or rail is far more cost-effective than air transport, but can be very time-consuming. Domestic services from Bagan, Bhamo, Heho, Kengtung, Lashio, Myitkyina, Naypyitaw, Putao, Tachileik and Yangon. Several of the renowned carriers serving this international destination are Air Bagan, Air Mandalay and Asian Wings.
It is 35 km southwards of the town and can be accessed by cab for about 4000 Myanmar Kyat (MMK). Mandalay Central Railway Terminal is easily accessible from the centre of the town, making it simple to get to the train and ticket office. It is the final stop on the route from Yangon to Mandalay; three trams a train a day make the 622 km journey in about 13 to 15h.
Northeastern Railway Line is a favourite travel lane between Mandalay and Lashio. From Mandalay to the former Pyin Oo Lwin mountain terminal, number 131 runs every mornings. We continue from Pyin Oo Lwin over the Gokteik Viaduct to the famous Kyaukme, Hsipaw and Lashio hiking spots.
There is only one daily Mandalay departure at 04:00 and arrival in Lashio at 19:35. From Lashio the boat leaves at 05:00 and reaches Mandalay at 22:40. There are two daily services between Mandalay and Bagan (Nyaung Oo). There is an 8-hour ride on the 120 "Express" for 179 km, while the 118 is a 12-hour ride to all the stations on this part.
Though this is not the quickest way to Bagan, it is certainly the cheapest; normal regular ticket prices are 1,300 MMK or about $1.30 US. Nyaung Oo railway is about 9 km from Old Bagan. Mandalay's Northern Railway Line operates five daily services to Shwebo, Kawlin, Naba and Myitkyina.
There is one Western Railway Line per rail per night to Monywa. The departure at 05:30 o'clock lasts 6 hrs and is 700 MMK. Mandalay is an important bus junction with three bus stops. Most of Myanmar's most interesting and beloved tourist attractions can be accessed from Mandalay.
Buying bus and collective taxis from a hotel or tourist agent in Mandalay (and Yangon) is much cheaper and simpler. We purchased our Mandalay ticket from an agent specialising in coach tours. Your offices are situated at Thirtyth Street, about 300 ft eastwards of Mandalay train terminal.
Minibuses (vans) or even an SUV transport travellers between Mandalay and places like Pyin Oo Lwin, Kalaw, Nyaungshwe. Pyin Oo Lwin, a former UK mountain resort, is located 44 km (70 km) eastwards of Mandalay. More than 1067 meters above sealevel, this city is much colder than Mandalay or Yangon and provides a nice variety.
Anybody who has ever been to Yangon can confirm the high temperature and moisture of the area. In order to avoid the suffocating circumstances in the capitol before the climate change era, the former Colonies relocated their administration to Pyin Oo Lwin every year. A major reason to come to Pyin Oo Lwin is the area just down Mandalay-Lashio Street towards the entry of Kandawgyi National Park.
Pyin Oo Lwin can be accessed by rail, bus, cab or cab from Yangon, Mandalay, Hsipaw and Lashio, according to your point of depart. A very frequent itinerary, however, is to take a collective cab from Mandalay and stay a days or two in Pyin Oo Lwin before taking the rail over the Gokteik viaduct.
An equity tax is a very convenient choice; the journey takes less than an hours and a half and cost about $7. Travelling by rail over the Gokteik viaduct is a great adventure. A lot of travellers come to this part of Myanmar to make this one section of the railroad line from Mandalay to Lashio.
On the way from Mandalay to Lashio there are a number of cities where travellers often stop and get on the trains. Cities on the southern side of the Viaduct are Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin and Gokteik. Favourite places of interest are Nawngpeng, Kyaukme, Hsipaw and Lashio to the NW. Hsipaw is an interesting city along the Mandalay-Lashio line.
The ride by rail lasts about 7-8 hrs and is 142 km from Pyin Oo Lwin in Shan State. Trains depart at 08:22 from Pyin Oo Lwin Railway Terminal; you can buy your Pyin Oo Lwin Q1 bus pass for less than $3.
For the best visibility when you cross the viaduct, ask for an "A" position on the turnkey. If you are driving in the other way, towards Mandalay, select a seating area on the right, seating "B" and "C". Hsipaw is a bustling city on the bank of the Myitinge River.
Hsipaw centre is the centre of Hsipaw where Kachin and Shan from the nearby towns buy and buy all kinds of household goods, clothes, rices and packed foods. Just drive along the highway southwards, past the Hsipaw shore to the city's biggest pit stop, the Maha Muni (Mahamyatmuni) Paya.
Further sights are the Shan Palace and the small Bagan Floors next to Maha Nanda Kanata Kyaung Monastery. From Hsipaw to Lashio by rail lasts at least 4.5 hours, so many travellers who have already travelled the Viaduc route decide to take the bus or cab.
Wisely, many will do the same when they go back to Mandalay in the opposite of that. From Hsipaw to Mandalay, the stock taxes are actually MPVs or minibuses. From Hsipaw to Mandalay it will take about six hour and cost about $7 US dollars and can be purchased through guesthouses or bus tickets.