Mandalay is a city and former royal capital in northern Myanmar (formerly Burma) on the Irrawaddy River. In its center is the restored Mandalay Palace from the Konbaung Dynasty, surrounded by a moat. Mandalay Hill provides views of the city from its summit, which is reached by covered stairway. At its foot, the Kuthodaw Pagoda houses hundreds of Buddhist-scripture-inscribed marble slabs.

Shwenandaw Monastery, another Buddhist holy place at the foot of Mandalay Hill, is covered in teak carvings. The Mahamuni temple, to the southwest, is home to a revered gold-leaf Buddha statue. Amarapura, a township on Mandalay's southern outskirts, is best known for the teakwood U Bein Bridge stretching across Taungthaman Lake. The rural landscape around the small town of Inwa, also to the south, contains ruins and stupas (sphere-like Buddhist structures). Across the Irrawaddy, the Sagaing hills are studded with pagodas and offer views of the surrounding valley.

Peak travel: Oct–Feb.

Climate: very hot Apr–May, warm to hot the rest of the year, with rainy season from May–Oct, dry season Nov–Apr.

Travelers from your area typically stay 1–3 days.

1.    Mandalay Hill
2.    Shwenandaw Monastery
3.    Madalay Palace
4.    U Bein Bridge
5.    Sandamuni Pagoda
6.    Kyauktawgyi Pagoda