is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. It is located about 649 km from Yangon and can be reached by bus, by plane and by train from other cities. Mandalay was founded in 1857 as the capital by King Mindon and remained the capital city of the Konboung, Myanmar’s last dynasty. Accordingly, it is the richest historical landmark next to Bagan. The Mandalay Palace boasts finely built palace walls and a beautiful moat surrounding this fortress. Moreover, Mandalay is not only an important city for Myanmar culture, but also the principle centre for Buddhism studies in Myanmar. Mandalay’s monasteries and pagodas are of great religious significance to all Myanmar people. Mandalay is a gateway to Amarapura, Sagaing, Inwa (Ava), Mingun, Monywa and PyinOoLwin (Maymyo).

    The most interesting places are MAHAMUNI PAGODA, famous for its life like Buddha image; colorful ZEGYO MARKET, KU THO DAW PAGODA, known as the world’s biggest book; SHWE NAN DAW MONASTERY(Golden Monastery), famous for its wood carving; & KYAUK TAW GYI PAGODA, with a huge image of Buddha carved out of a single marble boulder. Mandalay Hill is also worth visiting for enjoying sunset.


    The-famous-U-Bein-Bridge-near-MandalayAmarapura the “City of Immortals”, was the capital of upper Burma until 1850. It is located about 10.3 km drive by car (about 20 mins) from Mandalay and can be reached by car. It is bounded by the Irrawaddy river in the west, Chanmyathazi township in the north and the ancient capital site of Ava (Inwa) in the south. It is historically referred to as Taungmyo (Southern City) in relation to Mandalay. Amarapura today is part of Mandalay, as a result of urban sprawl. It is well known today for its traditional silk and cottonweaving and bronze casting and U Bein Bridge, 1.2 km long wooden bridge of teak logs and planks built two centuries ago by the Mayor U Bein. It is a popular tourist day-trip destination from Mandalay.



    1273811_10151785937400139_115756550_oSagaing is the capital of Sagaing Region (formerly Sagaing Division). It is located about 20 km (1 hour) to the southwest of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the river and can be reached by car. Sagaing, with numerous Buddhist monasteries, is an important religious and monastic center. The pagodas and monasteries crowd the numerous hills along the ridge running parallel to the river. THE CENTRAL PAGODA, SOON U PONYA SHIN PAGODA, connected by a set of covered staircases that run up the 240 m hill; U MIN THONEZEL Pagoda, The SAGAING HILLS, a religious retreat and a center of Buddhist studies and meditation, KAUNGHMUDAW PAGODA, an enormous dome shaped pagoda and YWAHTAUNG VILLAGE, home of silversmiths are places of interest. The city is a frequent tourist destination of day trippers.
  • INWA

    mandalayInwa (Ava), a historical capital founded by King ThadoeMinbya in 1364, is situated at the confluence of the Irrawaddy River and MyitNge rivers. First, you have to go to Sagaing by car (1 hr drive) and cross Irrawaddy River by boat (10 mins) to get to Inwa. It has been the seat of Myanmar Kingdom for over four centuries. The impressive MAHA AUNG MYE BON ZAN MONASTERY(ME NU OAK KYAUNG OR THE BRICK MONASTERY),built in 1818, is a fine specimen of Myanmar masonry and architecture. Other interesting places are BARGAYA MONASTERY made by teak wood and THE LEANING TOWER OF INWA.

    Throughout history, it was sacked and rebuilt numerous times. The capital city was finally abandoned after it was completely destroyed by a series of major earthquakes in March 1839. Though only a few traces of its former grandeur remain today, the former capital is a popular day-trip tourist destination from Mandalay.


    128662-50-m-high-base-of-the-Mingun-Pagoda-5Mingun is located about 11 km upriver from Mandalay, on the west bank of the Ayeyawaddy River. It can be reached either by boat or by car (50 minutes) from Mandalay. Boat trip to Mingun is a very pleasant way to see the real life on the river. The major sites are Mingun Temple (a gigantic unfinished pagoda, 50 meter high, overlooking the river) and Mingun Bell weighing 90 tons (today the largest ringing bell in the world) and HSINBYUMEOR MYATHEINDAN Pagoda well known for a distinctive architectural style modelled after the mythical Mount Meru (MYINMOTAUNG).


  • Monywa

    best-tour-myanmar-monywa-overviewMonywa, the commercial center of Chindwin Velly, is located about 136 km northwest of Mandalay and on the eastern bank of the River Chindwin. Monywa is best reached by car as the road from Mandalay is in reasonably good shape. The village of KYAUKKA is well known for its lacquerware utensils for everyday use. The major tourist attraction in Monywa are MOHNYIN THAMBUDDHEIPAYA, with over 500,000 Buddha Images famous for its magnificent architecture and BODHI TATAUNG LAY KYUN SET KYAR STANDING BUDDHA STATUE, the second-tallest statue in the world.

    Another attraction is the PHO WIN TAUNG cave complex. It is located across the Chindwin River, approximately 25 kilometres (16 mile) west of Monywa. There are more than 450,000 sandstone Buddha’s were carved in the hillsides in caves, alcoves, or tiny niches.


    Pyin-Oo-LwinPyin Oo Lwin (formerly known as Maymyo) is a scenic hill station in Mandalay Division and located in the Shan Highland about 69 kilometers east of Mandalay and at an altitude of 1070 meters (3510 ft). It is located about 69 km (about 1 hour) drive by car from Mandalay. The uphill road from Mandalay is noted for it’s glimpse of scenic beauty. The town itself is noted for its pleasant cool climate comparatively different from the hot climate of Mandalay and lower Myanmar. Tourist attractions are 142 hectare Botanical Garden with a BEAUTIFUL LAKE, PWEKAUK WATERFALLand PEIKCHINMYAUNG CAVE. Unique horse carriages and British colonial houses make PYIN OO LWIN stand out from the rest of the towns in Myanmar. Sweater knitting, flower and vegetable gardens, strawberry and pineapple orchards, coffee plantations and cow rearing are the main local businesses. The city is a resort town for visitors from Myanmar’s major cities during the summertime and a popular stop for foreign tourists during the winter season.

  • Mogkok

    17367522776_71a7b48818Mogok, the Ruby Land, is located 200 km north of Mandalay and 148 km northeast of Shwe Bo and 3580 ft above sea level. It is situated in a valley surrounded by a large number of mountains. It has been famous since ancient times for its gemstones, especially ruby and sapphire. Permission from Ministry of Hotel and Tourism is needed to visit Mogkok. It can be reached by car about 7 hour drive from Mandalay. Main tourist sites are CHANTHAGYI PAGODA, MOGOK GEM MARKET, KYEENITAUNG and KYATPYIN, about 7 miles from Mogok is also worth visiting.