Here are the top 17 tourist attractions to see in Mandalay:

1. U Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge

1 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

U Bein Bridge is a crossing across Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura, close to Mandalay city in Myanmar. Stretching for about 1.2km, it is the longest teakwood bridge in the world. U Bein is one of the most popular attractions in Mandalay for tourists who come here to witness the magical sunset over the bridge.

2. Mandalay palace

Mandalay palace

2 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Mandalay Palace is the royal residence of the of the last Burmese kingdom located close to the city of Mandalay in Myanmar. Called as the Great Golden Royal Palace, the building is one of the famous landmarks and among top attractions for tourists visiting the city. The ancient watchtower and the Throne room are among the places of interest in the palace.

3. Kuthodaw pagoda

Kuthodaw pagoda

3 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Kuthodaw Pagoda is a Buddhist temple located in the city of Mandalay in Myanmar. Situated at the foot of Mandalay Hill, it is home to the most massive book in the world. The pagoda has 57-meters high Golden stupa and is inspired by temples in Bagan. It is one of the must-visit attractions for tourists to witness the book. The book consists of 729 stone pillars, which includes verses from Tripitaka or the scriptures of Theravada Buddhism inscribed on both sides.

4. Jade Market

Jade Market

4 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Jade Market, locally called Mahar Aung Myay Market, is located close to the city centre of Mandalay in Myanmar. It is the oldest centre for Jade trading in the country, where rare hand-made jewellery and other precious stones are sold.

5. Kandawgyi Lake

Kandawgyi Lake

5 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Kandawgyi is an artificial Lake located at the city centre of Yangon in Myanmar. It is a popular attraction for locals as well as tourists who come to enjoy a quiet stroll along the walkways and beautiful sunset views across the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, which is located next to the lake.

6. Cultural Museum

Cultural Museum

6 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

The Cultural Museum in Mandalay is located close to the city centre in Myanmar. It contains exhibits that showcase the history of the city, during the times of Kings Mindon and Thibaw of the Pagan dynasty. Tourists interested in history should visit this museum for witnessing rare collections from the 14th century.

7. Shwenandaw Monastery

Shwenandaw Monastery

7 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Shwenandaw Monastery, also called Golden Palace Monastery, is a Buddhist pagoda located close to Mandalay hill in Myanmar. This teak wood structure was a part of the royal palace at Amarapura. It is one of the major historic attractions for tourists visiting Mandalay.

8. Dee Doke Waterfalls

Dee Doke Waterfalls

8 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Dee Doke Waterfalls are located on the outskirts of Mandalay city in Myanmar. It is known for the gorgeous location amidst hills and mineral-rich turquoise blue waters. Dee Doke is a popular picnic spot for the locals and among the top attractions in Mandalay for tourists. The blue lagoon close to the waterfalls is a must-stop for tourists wanting to take a swim.

9. Sandamuni Pagoda

Sandamuni Pagoda

9 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

The Sandamuni Pagoda or Paya is located to the south of Mandalay Hill in Myanmar. It is known for the large image of Buddha made of iron built by King Bodawpaya in the early 18th century. Unlike other pagodas closeby, it is not well known among tourists exploring Mandalay hill, but worth checking out.

10. Irrawaddy River Cruise

Irrawaddy River Cruise

10 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Irrawaddy is a prominent river around which the city of Mandalay is located in Myanmar. It runs for over 1300 miles, and the town offers the best ways to experience river life. Irrawaddy river cruise is among the top attractions for tourists where they can spend between a few days to a month on the river.

11. Mahamuni Paya

Mahamuni Paya

11 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Mahamuni Paya is an ancient Buddhist temple located in the city of Mandalay in Myanmar. Home to the 13-feet-high statue of seated Buddha, it is a major pilgrimage site for the Burmese, known for over 8 tons of gold leaves surrounding the image for about 6 inches. It is among the famous attractions for people visiting the city who come to witness the sacred morning bathing ritual at 4:30 AM every day.

12. Zay Cho Market

Zay Cho Market

12 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Zay Cho, also known as Zego, is a market located in the heart of Mandalay city in Myanmar. A five-storeyed building houses the market, and it is unlike the traditional Burmese outdoor street markets. It is recommended to visit the market if you plan on buying some cheap souvenirs.

13. Pahtodawgyi

Pahtodawgyi

13 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Phowintaung is a Buddhist cave complex located close to the town of Monywa in Sagaing Region in Myanmar. It is situated on the banks of the River Chindwin and is a popular attraction among tourists interested in Buddhist caves. Phowintaung is known for the cave architecture and monastery, home to hundreds of young monks from across the country.

14. Atumashi Kyaung

Atumashi Kyaung

14 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Atumashi Kyaung is a Buddhist monastery located in Mandalay in Myanmar. It is one of the most important monasteries in the country for monks who come here for learning. The monastery is worth checking out for tourists for its architecture and history.

15. Mandalay Marionettes Theater

Mandalay Marionettes Theater

15 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Mandalay marionettes theatre is the royal puppet theatre in Myanmar. It is one of the must-visit for tourists interested in knowing the Burmese culture. The theatre was a big entertainment during the 18th century when the royalty enjoyed the shows involving puppets depicting traditional stories. Tourists can watch wooden dolls that are decorated with colourful attires during the show, which has various genres of performances.

16. Su Taung Pyi Pagoda

Su Taung Pyi Pagoda

16 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Su Taung Pyi Pagoda is a Buddhist temple located atop Mandalay hill in Myanmar. It is one of the pagodas built by King Anwartha in the 11th century. It is a popular attraction for tourists who visit the pagoda for witnessing beautiful views of the sunset overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Su Taung Pyi was maintained by hermit monk U Khan Dee who spent more than 40 years of his life on the Mandalay hills raising funds for pagodas.

17. Kyauktawgyi Paya

Kyauktawgyi Paya

17 out of 17
places to visit in Mandalay

Kyauktawgyi Paya is a small Buddhist temple located at the foot of Mandalay hill in Myanmar. This 18th-century pagoda is one of the most popular tourist attractions for people visiting Mandalay and is known for the vast white marble image of the seated Buddha Maha Thetkya Mayazein.

FAQs on Mandalay

How can I commute within Mandalay?

The major attractions are all scattered around different parts of the city, which makes it impossible to cover them on foot. 

Motorbike - You can get around Mandalay best by hiring a bike daily. It costs around MMK 12000 per day, which are available in hostels and hotels. Moto-bikes with drivers are best if you are traveling alone. These locals can take you to places for low prices. 

Taxis - Cabs are available too if you want to commute more comfortably. The taxi costs MMK 100000 per day, which can be negotiated. Cabs work best if you are in groups or traveling with kids and families.

Boats - Boats are available if you're going to enjoy short cruises to commute. You can directly walk to the pier to book short trips like sunset cruises or a trip to Sagaing or Bagan.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Mandalay?

The top sightseeing places in Mandalay are U Bein Bridge, Mandalay palace, Kuthodaw pagoda, Jade Market, Kandawgyi Lake, Cultural Museum.
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