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What to do in Mandalay, Bagan, and Naypyidaw

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Mandalay and Bagan are two of the most essential stops on any Myanmar agenda. Regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular temple complexes, Bagan deserves its status as arguably Myanmar’s top draw. Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, it is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas, and ruins in the world. The former royal capital of Burma, Mandalay is one of the country’s most storied cities and is one of the most evocative names in Asia.
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Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)
while visiting the Tingaza Kyaung Monestary near Mandalay the young monks were at tables reading scriptures while their abbott received a massage from two older monks. It was another world.
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27th St, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Walking through the local markets anywhere in Myanmar is an interesting experience. One morinng our in country tour leader took us for a walk through a vegetable market in Mandalay. The people were happy to let us take their pictures. It is a good...
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The longest teak bridge at 1,300 yards, the 200-year-old U Bein's Bridge is just outside of Mandalay in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. The best times to go are sunrise and sunset. When I was there--at sunset--I strolled across the...
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Oriental Ballooning is the best ballooning outfit in Myanmar. They operate in Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Pindaya. Each location is amazing, but the Mandalay experience was incredible. It's much more exclusive than Bagan which makes for a very...
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2, Nyaungu, Myanmar (Burma)
A very familiar sight at markets in Myanmar--various varieties of dubious-looking fish for sale to brave and intrepid shoppers! This particular stall was set up the at the market in Nyaung U near Bagan. Fortunately the photo doesn't convey the...
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Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)
One of the few temples that has had some restoration, also one of the largest and most frequented.
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Naypyitaw, Myanmar (Burma)
Built on scrub ground amid rice paddies at great expense (some reports have it at around $4billion), Naypyidaw has been Myanmar's seat of government since 2005. Despite all the investment, it is not what you would call an enthralling city....
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Near Tharabar Gate, Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
All made and painted by hand of bamboo and oil cloth. In sizes from personal to table. They are stunning. Unfortunately, shipping them home is more costly than buying them.
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Near Tharabar Gate, Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
The temples and pagodas/stupas are amazing in Bagan...they have been photographed quite a bit. Took a boat ride on the Ayerwaddy (Irrawaddy) River. After making a brief stopover and walking through the Kyauk Gu Ohmin cave temples from the 11th...
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Near Tharabar Gate, Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Hot air balloons sailing over the plains of Bagan, Myanmar.
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Myanmar (Burma)
Be Kind To Animals The Moon is an outstanding cute charming restaurant just past the Thralabar Gates in Old Bagan. The food is wonderful, vegetarian true, but I have never heard anyone complain about the lack of meat here. Great curries, fresh...
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Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Rickshaw is very common in South of Asia. Mandalay is featured with tis local type of rickshaw which has seats on one side of the bike. Two seats are usually back-to-back on each of which travellers will have compeletely different aspects of view...