5 Things You Shouldn't Miss Doing while in Mandalay Region, Upper Myanmar
From a tourists point of view, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is a country with loads of potential. The country is very rich in natural and cultural attractions and is an amazing destination to discover. Here are 5 things you shouldn’t miss doing while in Mandalay region of Upper Myanmar.
Explore the Temples of Bagan.
One of the most amazing attractions of the country is the old city of Bagan. Located along the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady River, it is an archaeological site with thousands of old Buddhist monuments and pagodas. It is a popular place to visit because of its amazing views and incredible atmosphere. For a full day in Bagan, wake up early for some jaw dropping views of the sunrise and discover the entire area on an motorbike. Hot air balloon rides are also available to do while in the area.
Climb to the Popa Taungkalat Monastery.
Mount Popa is an extinct volcanic mountain located in central Myanmar. On the foot of this mountain lies a monastery perched dramatically atop a huge rocky cliff. The views across the surrounding plains and the Mount Popa itself are truly amazing. You can climb both the hill to reach the monastery and go hiking around Mount Popa as well, depending on how much time and stamina you have.
Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda.
The Mahamuni Pagoda is another major pilgrimage site of the Burmese people. It’s located southwest of the city of Mandalay. What makes this pagoda so unique is that it houses the Mahamuni Buddha image, which is the most highly revered Buddha image in the country. The image is almost 4 meters high and weighs over 6.5 tons. To show respect to the Buddha, men devotees place small leaves of gold onto it. As a result, the image is now fully covered in a thick layer of pure gold. An amazing site to see and truly a must-go attraction if you are in Mandalay.
Walk over the U-Bein Bridge.
The U-Bein bridge is a very famous landmark not only in its home town of Mandalay, but across the entire country. It is a perfect spot to take iconic pictures and is well-known for its stunning sunsets. The bridge is the longest existing teakwood bridge in the world and a truly beautiful spot to visit when in Myanmar. Walk across the bridge, enjoy the nice sunset and take some pictures of monks walking across with their umbrellas – a very iconic scene to featured in many magazines across the world.
Enjoy the View from Mandalay Hill.
Located in the north-eastern part of Mandalay lies the famous Mandalay hill. It is the landmark of the city and a must-go place if you are visiting. Walk up the covered stairways on the southern side of the hill where the entrance is marked by two large lion statues. On your way up, you will pass by several Buddha statues and pagodas. The views on the summit are amazing, especially during sunset.