Mandalay Region attractions

Top Choice Landmark in Mandalay

Mandalay Hill

To get a sense of Mandalay’s pancake-flat sprawl, climb the 760ft hill that breaks it. The walk up covered stairways on the hill's southern slope is a major part of the experience; note that you'll need to go barefo…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Inwa

Bagaya Kyaung

This lovely 1834 teak monastery is Inwa’s most memorable individual attraction. It's supported on 267 teak posts, the largest 60ft high and 9ft in circumference, creating a cool and dark prayer hall that feels genui…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Mandalay

Shwe In Bin Kyaung

A meditative departure from the usual Burmese 'douse-it-all-in-gold-and-pastels' aesthetic, this gorgeously carved teak monastery is beloved by tourists and locals. Commissioned in 1895 by a pair of wealthy Chinese …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Mandalay

Mahamuni Paya

Every day, thousands of colourfully dressed faithful venerate Mahamuni's 13ft-tall seated buddha, a nationally celebrated image that’s popularly believed to be some 2000 years old. Centuries of votary gold leaf appl…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Sagaing

Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya

This ‘early offering shrine’ is the most important of the temples on Sagaing Hill’s southern crown and the first you’ll come to on climbing the One Lion stairway. Notice the bronze frogs that serve as a collection b…
Top Choice Area in Mandalay

Yankin Hill

Staring distantly towards Mandalay Palace, temple-topped Yankin Hill is worth climbing for views of greater Mandalay's rice-field setting and of the Shan foothills behind. After a 10-minute climb via the obvious cov…
Top Choice Bridge in Amarapura

U-Bein Bridge

The world’s longest teak footbridge gently curves 1300yd across shallow Taungthaman Lake, creating one of Myanmar’s most photographed sites. In dry season it feels surreally high and mostly crosses seasonal vegetabl…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Sagaing

Tilawkaguru

At the foot of the great temple-studded hills of Saigang, you’ll find this little-visited cave monastery. Supposedly built around the 1670s, Tilawkaguru is filled with some of the most impressive preserved cave pain…
Ruins in Mandalay

Ta Moke Shwe Gu Gyi

Located west of Kyaukse, this enormous temple complex is one of the finest archaeological sites in the country outside Bagan or Mrauk-U, but its remoteness and on-site lack of English signage make a visit challengin…
Market in Mandalay

Jade Market

Rock dust and cheroot smoke fill the air in this heaving grid of cramped walkways, where you'll find a mass of jade traders haggling, hawking and polishing their wares. There's a K2500 entry fee (not always collecte…