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Travelling to Mandalay, Myanmar

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Mandalay is the second largest city in Burma, and a former capital of Myanmar. The city is the economic and religious hub of upper Myanmar and is centered on the Royal Palace. It has wide lanes filled with bicycles and motorcycles and is known for its cultural diversity. Half of Burma's monks reside in Mandalay and the surrounding areas. There are so many things to do at Mandalay.

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Mandalay Travel Tips & Guide

How to Get Tickets?

There is a convenient Mandalay Archeological Sites ticket, which costs 10,000 Kyat (10 USD). The ticket is valid for five days, and includes tickets to all sites in Mandalay, Sagaing, Inwa, Amarapura plus some. However, many places will not even ask for the ticket when you enter. A separate fee of 5,000 Kyat is due for visiting Mingun. Some of the temples ask for a Photography Fee of 300 to 1,000 Kyat.

How To Get Around?

Since this is one of the few tourist sites in Myanmar where foreigners are allowed to ride scooters/motorcycles, it's better to rent a motorcycle to explore the city. There are other options such as trains that leave a few times a day and tickets cost a few cents. The main sights are in walking distance from the train stations. Most hotels also offer bicycles to rent.

What Should I Wear?

If you are visiting religious sites then it is important to dress conservatively, covering your shoulder and knees. However, for exploring the city, a pair of comfortable regular shorts and a tee will be perfect for the weather. Always wear comfortable shoes if you plan to sightseeing for one day. Sunscreen is a must in Mandalay's weather.

Mandalay Tourism Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Burma, therefore, is during the drier winter months of October to March. It's hot during the daytime, and lowland temperatures remain pleasant at night – although bring much warmer layers for the highlands and hill stations as they are chilly in the evenings.


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Will I Need a Guide?

No, getting around is easy and you will find everything you need to know on this website. Self-guided tour is also a better way to meet the locals.

How To Get There?

There are domestic and international flights to Mandalay and it takes up to one hour drive to downtown Mandalay from Mandalay International Airport. You can get taxi from the airport to your hotel. There are also several trains from some big cities in Myanmar. There are at least three bus stations in Mandalay, you can take a bus from the big nearest cities to get to Mandalay.

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