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Mandalay

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Introduction

Founded in 1857, Mandalay was the last royal capital of Burma, built by King Mindon at the foot of Mandalay Hill, another of Burma's important Buddhist sites.

The Royal Palace at the heart of the city is home to sweeping temples and rising pagodas, elaborately decorated with wooden carvings and broad, sweeping rooftops.

The city has become one of Burma's most commercially significant cities. Taking the path to the top of Mandalay Hill - up 1,729 steps - offers great views across it.

Top itineraries in Mandalay

Classic Waterways of Myanmar on Sanctuary

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,645 pp incl. flights

After private tours and luxury stays among Yangon’s colonial charm, Inle Lake’s floating villages and Mandalay’s royal palaces, a luxury river cruise showcases the Irrawaddy’s charm, from Bagan’s wonders to rural villages.

Best of Burma

14-day tailor-made journey from £4,015 pp incl. flights

Showcase Myanmar’s rich heritage, world-wonder sights and fascinating culture on this fortnight-long itinerary that spans a hand-picked collection of unique experiences.

Chindwin River Explorer

18-day tailor-made journey from £4,485 pp incl. flights

This itinerary is very much a chance to head along the river less travelled as you visit cultures unchanged and landscapes pristine on a luxury cruise along the Chindwin River. In between, tours of Inle, Yangon and Bagan will showcase Myanmar's golden highlights.

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Top places to stay in Mandalay

Rupar Mandalar Resort, Mandalay

Traditional hotel

Escape Mandalay’s bustle in teak guestrooms that combine boutique traditionalism with resort amenities.

Hotel by the Red Canal, Mandalay

Small & intimate hotel

Relax in luxury in this city centre oasis that brings fine dining, an indulgent spa and heaps of character to its busy surrounds.

Belmond Orcaella, Myanmar

Luxury cruise ship

Whether you’re experiencing Myanmar’s highlights on the Irrawaddy or its off-the-beaten track beauty on the Chindwin, you’ll enjoy fine dining and poolside luxury.

Belmond Road to Mandalay, Myanmar

Luxury cruise ship

Settle into the artisan-crafted furniture of your cabin or the pool, bar and sun loungers of the Observation Deck as on-shore excursions bring the Irrawaddy to life.

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Mandalay articles

Myanmar (Burma) – A Traveller’s Guide

Regularly topping people's lists of dream destinations, Myanmar (Burma) is one of the world's most exciting destinations. It has recently opened its doors to more accessible forms of tourism, meaning you can enjoy this evocative, mysterious country easier than before.

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