My first touch down into Myanmar is Mandalay. Mandalay is the second largest city in the country towards the north. While it doesn’t really have any beautiful landscapes or cosmopolitan city life, it does have plenty of pagodas.
Mandalay isn’t a favourite city of mine. I arrived smack in the middle of dry season and the whole city seemed to be under construction. The dust and heat made it near impossible to explore the city by foot.
Luckily, I met someone at my hostel that rented a driver for the day, so I tagged along to hit up some sights. Most fellow travellers I met did the same thing, as it was just too hot and dusty to rent a scooter to drive around. Push bikes were also out of the question, as most sights are far apart.
Of all the sights I explored, here are the few I thought were worth while:
About 20km south-west of Mandalay itself, this pagoda sits at the top of the hill. It’s a pretty nice view and there’s more than just a pagoda at the top.
Possibly the longest teak-wood bridge in the world, this old bridge was a nice change from all the modern ones I’ve been seeing. I had the idea of going to see the sunset, like many other tourists, which made the experience a bit crowded.
But meeting a couple monks on the bridge looking for tourists to practice their English on was a surprising highlight of the visit.