We spent three days in Mandalay visiting temples, old monasteries, and small villages. The time went by quickly in our sightseeing marathons but we were able to see and enjoy most things that the city has to offer. From a 4 meter golden Buddha statue to the longest teak bridge in the world, Mandalay offered us impressive sights but it was nevertheless slightly underwhelming.
Hundreds of monks line up every day at around 11am in one of the biggest monasteries in the world to receive their daily meals. Even though the sight of myriads of saffron robes made Simon very excited, the place has been overrun with tourists who all want to take the same photo. The sight is nevertheless astonishing to see.
All Burmese try to apply gold leaf on the Buddha at least once in their lives, the second most holy pilgrimage site in the country
U Bein Bridge, the oldest and longest teak bridge in the world, was built to connect villages to the imperial city. The bridge was built in the 1800’s, measures at 1.2 Km (0.75 mi) long, and is still used by many people. Watching the commute of hundreds of locals during sunset was easily one of the most photogenic times in Mandalay.
A Burmese teaching Simon how to properly tie his longyi, a traditional male skirt
After enjoying the ancient sights of Mandalay, it was time to head north for some well deserved honk-free environment and adventure. Next stop: Pyin Oo Lwin!