Dawn. Monks crossing U Beins bridge fragile stilt construction. The lively row of river Cargo boats, preparing for a trip down river. A bike trip through Mandalays slow backstreets into the hustling bustling metropolis that Mandalay is destined to be. Then at dusk, a well deserved beer at The View point, with a full view of the river, hours before they heats up the karaoke.
An early bike trip, through a town that is wakening up. Spiced up Morning Mohinga soup, at a simple yet clean roadside stall, or at classic white toast with a milk tea so sweet it will lighten you up for hours. Then go exploring either in town or head to villages and farmlands beyond Mandalays cityscape. Mandalay has its quiet tree shaded side roads, its street kitchens, its slow temples and monks residences. But it is also a modern city with massive roads and chinese style concrete buildings with a lack of a western understanding of ambience. Here the Chinese influence is unquestionable.
And when you have seen Mandalay, head for Pyin oo lwin, or Maymyo as the British called it. In colonial days it was a true hill station, even for years the British summer capital, and now a hide away for the Burmese upper class. It is still worth a stop, for the fine climate, fruits and vegetables, and a touch of colonial days. North from here, by one of the most famous single-track trains in the world, you cross the beautiful Goik Tek viaduct from where the train is heading into the rolling hills of the Shan state.
Tours in Mandalay
MandalayFrom THB 7,100.00
Shan StateFrom THB 18,500.00
Shan StateFrom THB 19,200.00
Burma OverlandFrom THB 39,800.00
Shan StateFrom THB 26,100.00
Burma OverlandFrom THB 29,000.00
Burma OverlandFrom THB 32,475.00
Burma OverlandFrom THB 66,900.00
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