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  • Sculptures on the staircase
  • U bein bridge at Amarapura is a popular photo stop on your Myanmar tour.

Located on the east bank of the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River, Mandalay is Myanmar’s second-largest city, and capital city of the Mandalay region, an interesting destination on a Myanmar tour.

Mandalay is the economic hub of Upper Burma, acting as its commercial, educational, and health centre.

A fairly new city, Mandalay was founded in 1857 by King Mindon, at the foot of Mandalay Hill, and acted as the Burmese royal capital until British rule.

During the colonial era, in spite of the British delegating Yangon as the new Burmese commercial and political hub, Mandalay became the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist teachings and was regarded by the Burmese as a primary symbol of sovereignty and identity.

Before and during Burmese independence, which came in 1948, Mandalay had gone through a process of deterioration. With a high population of Chinese immigrating from Yunnan and Sichuan Province in the 1980s, the city began rebuilding and has become a major trade centre for Lower Burma, Upper Burma, China and India.

Featuring various historical buildings, temples, and pagodas, as well as Mandalay Palace and Hill, Mandalay offers excursions outside the city on a Myanmar vacation including the monastery and pagoda-covered hills of Sagaing, former ancient capitals of Amarapura and Ava, as well as the scenic trip upriver to Mingun, with its vast unfinished pagoda and world's largest bronze bell.

As the centre for silk and cotton weaving, marble carving, bronze and silver crafts and kalaga tapestries, Mandalay offers a vast array of Burmese culture.



Myanmar Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to a Myanmar tour.

Learn about the history and culture of Myanmar, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Myanmar's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Myanmar for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Myanmar tours today!


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After your Myanmar tour considers taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages, India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.


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