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
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.
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.
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
Escape Mandalay’s bustle in teak guestrooms that combine boutique traditionalism with resort amenities.
Relax in luxury in this city centre oasis that brings fine dining, an indulgent spa and heaps of character to its busy surrounds.
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.
When to go to Mandalay
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