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Myanmar's second biggest town, Mandalay was founded in 1857. Situated on the eastern shore of the Ayeyarwaddy River and in the higher part of Myanmar. The Mandalay has the royal palace of the last Konbaung dynasty. The Mandalay area is rich in Myanmar's old kingdoms and wonderful places to visit.
The Mandalay consists of five major communities: Aung Myay Thar Zan, Chan Aye Thar Zan, Mahar Aung Myay, Chan Mya Tharzi and Pyigyi Tagun communities. The Mandalay hills are a favourite excursion spot in Mandalay. From the top of the mountain you can see the nice scenery of the whole town.
The Royal Palace, Sanda Muni and Shwenandaw Monastery are a few more. The U Bein Bridge in Amarapura is a touristic place near Mandalay. The Great Mingun Pahtodawgyi and the Mingun Bell lie across the Ayeyarwaddy River, on the western side. The crossing of the Ayeyarwaddy River is another thrilling feat. The city of floral life with unique floral varieties.
Luxurious hotels, moderate hotels and economy hotels are available for your Mandalay accommodations. Myanmar, Chinese, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine are available. The Coffeeshops and Snackbars are mainly located in Mandalay. andalay is the most important town in the area.
Sights in Mandalay, Myanmar: Pt. 1 - Ride Free | Ride Small
Like Thailand or in recent years Vietnam and Cambodia, Myanmar has not been flooded with tourists. Although the Myanmar authorities have allegedly been promoting the tourist industry since 1992, they have not really taken off for some reason I do not know. Myanmar is described by tourist guidebooks as "the most untouched tourist resort in Southeast Asia".
Actually, we were unbelievably amazed how few visitors we saw in Myanmar. I' ve made sure that there was no advice not to go to Myanmar, and I have not seen any except for frontier areas and certain cities - which we have all shunned and are not the typical areas we visit.
Mandalay was our first target in Myanmar. As I met my mother in Shanghai, we agreed to go from Shanghai to Chiang Mai (Thailand), to Mandalay. Mandalay is the second biggest town in Myanmar, but we found the ideal place to see everything we wanted.
The Mahamuni is an important place of worship and is regarded as the second most sacred place in Myanmar after the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Mahamuni Buddha in the sanctuary is the most venerated picture of Buddha in Myanmar because it is thought to be one of only five Buddha pictures from his life - two are in India, two in paradise and the last one here in Mandalay.
The Buddha picture is said to come from the old empire of Arakan, where today's Mrauk U was once a city. At 3:30 am we stood in front of our motel and waited for our trip. Buddha wash at 4:40 a.m. (although we thought it was 4 a.m.), where a very elderly Buddhist friar of the monastery, along with a number of assistants, cleans the Buddha's face and brush his mouth with sand-wood brush.
First the Buddha picture is offered nourishment and cathedrals that follow each day; a large scarf of yellow around the picture's throat; then his face is thoroughly cleaned and his teeths brushed; it is dryed with clean hand cloths and then sprayed with fragrant mist.
Mahamuni Buddha is often worn on golden leaf by males ( "only men are permitted in this room"). This is one of the most sacred places in the world. Even though the folks who sell flower and groceries are purchased and sold to the Buddha were outside the pit when the crowd arrived around 4:30am.
It is considered the oldest and longest teak wooden footbridge in the worid, which comes from the former king castle in Inwa. He' one of the too many strays in Mandalay. The Sandamuni Pagoda is situated at the bottom of Mandalay Hill and only a few minutes walk from our Mandalay Hill Resort accommodation.
Our second outing in the city we walked to this pit stop together with the next two. There are several roofed paths leading from the entry to the large gold cheddi in the centre. Every Dhamma ceiling (Dhamma is the doctrine of Buddha and Cei is the Myanmar term for Chi or stupa-shaped structure) is crowned with a chti (an decorative tower formed like an umbrella) and preserves a 5.5 feet x 3.5 feet labeled flagstone with Buddha's ciphers.
Series of Dhamma Cei in the Sandamuni Pagoda. This is one of the many pages from the biggest page in the Kuthodaw Pagoda. The Kuthodaw Pagoda is situated next to the Sandamuni Pagoda and is similar to each other. The Kuthodaw Pagoda is known for containing the greatest pagoda ever. Shvenandaw was initially part of the former Amarapura palatial estate before being transferred to Mandalay (when the capitol of Amarapura relocated to Mandalay).
So Thibaw had it mined and taken out of the royal city. There are two nuns there. The Mandalay Palace is almost invisible as it is enclosed by four 2km long ramparts, with golden towers at each of its 48 bastions and of course its own ditch.
It was once home to King Mindon and King Thibaw, the last two Myanmarites. Mandalay, the town, takes its name from the 790 foot high hills. Mandalay has been an important place of worship for Burmese Buddhists for over two hundred years. Four roofed stairs lead to the top, which lead into different cloisters.
Access is most favoured from the north, near Mandalay Hill Resort, where two huge half lion-half drag ons guard the door. A view of Mandalay Hill from the ditch of Mandalay Palace. Between the two lower gold towers you can see the roofed staircase that takes the visitor to the top of Mandalay Hill.
So I decided to take the 1,700 stairs on foot instead of taking a cab that goes up the one-way street and drops off the visitor by an escalator and lift to get to the top. I originally planned to go upstairs and take a cab (to make it easy for my mother), but we learnt that there would be no empty cabs at the top because it makes no logistical and financial sense up there.
In the end, my mother wasn't very interested, a cab or no cab. A further possibility to reach the top is one of the many motorcycle taxes that drive through the city. It' probably less expensive than a cab, but it can only take one person. As boots are not permitted in any temple in Myanmar, I made the trip up and down the steps barefooted.
When I walked barefooted in and around the temple and Mandalay Hill, I was expecting the floor of my legs to be really filthy, but I was really amazed at how pure they stayed (germs aside). Duan, a city student I bumped into, said that cycling is a favorite Mandalay activity and showed me Facebook video of racing during our cab trip from the city.
There is even a MTB races on Mandalay Hill, the trail winds down through the woods. It took me 30 min to reach the top at a slow speed and with a stop to take a few pictures. Mandalay can be seen from the top and patio of the Su Taung Pyai Pagoda.
Although it is a favourite place to observe the sundown and many guests and guests are awaiting the sundown, it was not nearly as full as anticipated. Walking up Mandalay Hill just to see the sundown is not really rewarding, nor is the prospect of Mandalay.
However, the Su Taung Pyai pit (literally: wish fulfilment) is definitely something for you. All of the floor is lined with elaborate tiling. Tiling in the Su Taung Pyai Cave. A view of the top through which I passed. The ditch of Mandalay Palace mirrors the sundown.
From Mandalay International Airport we took a collective taxicab to our urban hotels. I' ve come across a website that talked about a less expensive coach service, but allegedly it stopped in the city centre and then you'd have to take a cab to take you to your accommodation. Disadvantage of driving a collective cab is that it only leaves when it has 6 people.
Whereas a commute from the city to the city is about 45 min., a collective taxicab lasts at least oneh. However you do, do not have your hotels co-ordinate an airfield pickup (unless its polite) because their rates are exorbitant. What do you do?
We' ve chosen to rent a vehicle for one night to visit the sites in and around Mandalay. When we got to our motel, he helped us to co-ordinate with our cabbie to show us around the next touring. That was a really good prize for the number of seats he got us and how long we were away.
In fact, I suggest renting a personal vehicle to visit the places of interest around Mandalay, although I do not particularly suggest our drivers. But the disadvantage of this was the small amount of English he could speak.
I' ll tell you this in case you want to get things coordinated before you arrive in Mandalay. While we were in the city taking a cab, it was less expensive to remain with the same chauffeur and take us to a local restaurante, waiting, visiting Mandalay Palace, waiting and then taking us back to ours.
I had a great time, and unfortunately I never found this sap in Myanmar again. Mandalay has many different types of hotel to suit all tastes. At the Mandalay Hill Resort, only a few minutes walk from the "entrance" of Mandalay Hill and the above named crucifix. You will also find many small regional eateries near the foot of Mandalay Hill.
The Mandalay Hill Resort's swimming pool. A Mandalay Archaeological Zone pass is necessary to visit many of the historic and sacred sites: The Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Kyuang Temple, Kuthadow Pagoda, Mandalay Cultural Museum and certain places in Inwa and Sagaing Hill. Evidently, some examine some places, while others that don't call for it, have no one to examine at all.
Big denominations, crunchy and unfolded notes get the best rates; but Myanmar is especially anally over the notes, which are also the newest designs. Further contributions from Myanmar will follow! From January 4 to 7, 2018 we were in Mandalay.