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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay March 28th 2017

Mandalay...the name evokes an exotic, almost mythical time and place; of a paradise far away, thanks mostly to the words of the poet Rudyard Kipling and his famous poem. Songs by Sinatra and er, Robbie Williams, add to the air of Western intrigue about the place and the famous Vegas hotel, the Mandalay Bay, ensconces the idea of Mandalay being a haven of Oriental luxury. Mandalay was also the last royal capital of Burma before the country was annexed by the British; the idea of Mandalay being the residence of 'the last emperor' also adds to its aura. In modern times, the place is merely a sprawling, mainly non-descript city and I certainly got this impression as I arrived in Mandalay. The amazing thing about my journey here from Bagan however was the fact that it ... read more
Shwenandaw Kyaung
Monks Lined Up For Breakfast
Sagaing Hill

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay December 13th 2016

So our last day in Mandalay and we decided to have a bit of a mooch about locally. This of course involved the customary dice with death walking the streets, we only walked about a mile and a half and it took a good couple of hours, every step you are watching your feet, dodging potholes, dodging motorbikes, cars, large tuk tuks, bicycles, stray dogs and people - it's mental! We found the local market with thousands of stalls side by side selling every kind of fruit and veg imaginable and plenty I have never imagined before. All manner of dried fish, prawns and other smelly creations and pieces of wood that we couldn't work out what they were for and plenty of blankets and plastic toys. All the while motorbikes and other vehicles were honking ... read more
The Zay Cho Market Mandalay
The Zay Cho Market Mandalay
The Zay Cho Market Mandalay

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay December 7th 2016

Today we booked to do one of the tours available in the Mandalay area - The 3 Cities, which are three of the former royal capitals of the region and a visit to the famous U Bein Bridge. We did this by private taxi which was great as we didn't have to hang around waiting at all and could miss out the things like the silk weaving which we weren't interested in (only twigged this after having seen the wood carving!). Our driver was a lovely young guy called Si Thu but prefers to be called Peter much to the amusement of his other driver friends who kept taking the Micky out of him whenever we encountered them. As with most of the men here he was wearing the traditional longyi, a kind of sarong and ... read more
Mahamoon Pagoda
Mahamoon Pagoda

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay December 1st 2016

Suzanne here... There are three sensible ways to get from Bagan to Mandalay - train, bus or boat. The train was tempting, but it is slow and unreliable in Myanmar. Bus was the most sensible option, cheapest and quickest, but nothing special. Boat was by far the most expensive and the longest journey. So naturally that's the one we went for. In the end we decided to make a day trip of it, with the drop off at Mandalay almost an added bonus at the end. After all, how often were we going to get the opportunity to sail along the Irrawaddy river? We arranged a taxi to the jetty with our hotel (5000 kyat) for 4.45am. Another early start which naturally I struggled with. We'd picked RV Panorama, booking online as it wasn't the company ... read more
Boat to Mandalay - sunrise
Boat to Mandalay - sunrise
Boat to Mandalay - sunrise

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay November 28th 2016

Those midnight flights are a killer, Thai Airways 12.30a.m. to Bangkok 8 1/2 hrs, then 4 1/2hr layover and then the Thai budget line Smile up to Mandalay which was only 1 hr 45 mins, all worked like clockwork Insider Journeys rep there to meet us and 14 others. All on the bus and it took about an hour to get to the Mandalay Hills Resort which is the best hotel in town, quite a majestic place big and sprawling over a lot of land, huge pool area and lovely manicured gardens. Got into hotel about 11.30a.m. then time for a wander and a couple of beers before meeting our group leader at 7.00p.m. for briefing, drinks and snacks and then cultural show and outdoor dinner in the gardens with lots of yummy curries and local ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay November 14th 2016

.... and a very twisty road it is in places, with hairpin bends and impatient drivers. Anyway we continued to be blown away by the scenery, and now we are seeing pineapples and chrysanthemums growing and for sale in the markets. It is really interesting to see the changes in the food produced, and also the methods. China was very ordered in their crops, with neat patterns of fields, whereas here it is more casual. We have had a couple of days in Mandalay which gave us time to explore. Day one I went to the Shwe In Bin Kyang monastery whitch is a late 19th century teak monastery. It was so peaceful there, in the middle of a bustling city. Today I walked to Mandalay Fort and found a temple enjoying celebrations for the Festival ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay September 12th 2016

Onze busrit naar Mandalay duurt ongeveer vier uur. Net als twee dagen geleden rijden we over de verlaten snelweg. Het is vandaag ploegdag, de boeren ploegen met behulp van twee ossen hun akkers. Later wordt het landschap vlakker en zien we veel palmbomen tussen de rijstvelden staan. We passeren eerst het vliegveld, wat op een uur rijden van de stad ligt. Het busstation is een grote puinzooi, de bussen staan op een vlakte tussen de hopen afval. We vinden al snel een taxi die ons door de stoffige straten naar ons hotel brengt. Mandalay oogt als een typische Aziatische stad met lange, rechte wegen, lelijke gebouwen, vuil en stoffig. Ons hotel ligt aan de buitenrand van de stad en kijkt uit over de rijstvelden en daarachter gelegen bergen. Waar ze in Indonesie bezeten zijn van vouchers ... read more
Het wagenpark bij de markt
Teakhouten klooster
Oude boom in de Kuthoda Pagode

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay February 25th 2016

We arrived about six in the morning to another chaotic scene but on a smaller scale given the hour and size of the city. We easily found a taxi and off to the Hotel A1 ( through the awakening streets. A warm reception by smiling staff. Even if check-in time wasn't until the afternoon, we were shown to our room. Unfortunately, it overlooks the street and proved to be quite noisy from 7am to 8 in the evening. After a shower (cold water only) and a chance to be horizontal for a while, we went to the rooftop restaurant for breakfast. There is a wide selection of Asian and western menu items offered in a buffet style. The vegetable omelettes are particularly good. We planned our strategy and left in search of a taxi. First stop, ... read more
Royal Palace
Wedding Couple
Royal Palace

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay February 24th 2016

We just couldn't face another day of the madness of downtown so decided to look for something quiet to do. The public park of Lake Ina was close by. The inn-keeper suggested a couple of restaurants. We checked out and left our bags in storage for the day. The trek to the lake was mostly through quiet lanes except for one busy road. Even with a crosswalk painted on the pavement, it was completely ignored by the motorists. We got half-way across but just couldn't catch a break in the traffic for a good 5 minutes. Even the local with it was becoming a bit impatient. Finally on the other side, we had view of the lake. It is a reservoir for Yangon but I could see bits of raw sewage floating near shore. There was ... read more
Inya Lake, yangon
Hanging Out with the Donald

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay February 4th 2016

Apparently Kipling never went to Mandalay but as my Dad said before we came it's one of the 3 exotic sounding places people had heard of. I've been to Kathmandu and now we are going to Mandalay, I think I'll give Timbuktu a miss. The taxi picks us up at 4.30am and it's not until we are ready for getting on the ferry from Bagan that we realise the travel agent has given us tickets for the previous day, thankfully they take the tickets from us without even looking at them. The ferry is large but there are only 20 of us on board so we have space to spread out both inside and out on deck. The boat swaps pilots at various points along the river, it's dry season and the river is at its ... read more
Another sunset over the Irrawaddy

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