Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by Rhiannon Taylor
U-Bein BridgeIt’s thought to be the longest teakwood bridge in the world spanning over 1.2 kilometers over Taungthaman Lake. Built around 1850, it was made from reclaimed wood sourced from the former royal palace in Inwa and has over 1,000 piers. The lake is at its highest during July and August and it’s famous across Myanmar for its sunset views. Crowds gather along the bridge as the sun goes down to take photos however you can escape the bustle by taking a private longtail boat ride out on the lake and float around the bridge, with champagne in hand of course.
Rhiannon Taylor traveled on Abercrombie & Kent’s Myanmar & the Irrawaddy tour as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Rhiannon’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.