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It is said that Buddha himself stood on Mandalay Hill and predicted that a great city would be built at its foot in a couple of thousand years’ time. That great city was to be Mandalay, founded by King Mindon in 1857 and Myanmar's last royal capital. Immortalised in literature by the likes of Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell, Mandalay has an exotic quality that can still be found amongst its rich historical monuments, be it the monasteries, temples or the three ancient capitals that sit on the city’s outskirts. For this reason, Mandalay is Myanmar's cultural capital, and the centre of the Myanese heartlands, a bustling settlement sat on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

Things To See In Mandalay

No trip to Mandalay would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.

Popular Holidays to Mandalay

Mandalay offers a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. What better way to explore them than on a Wendy Wu tour?

  • SE Asia Business Class from £399 or No single supplement
    Myanmar Explorer Tour

    Myanmar Explorer

    11 days from £2,690pp Fully Inclusive of Tour & Flights

    • Shwedagon Pagoda
    • Mandalay Hill
    • Temples of Bagan
    • U Bein Bridge
    • Inle Lake
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  • SE Asia Business Class from £399 or No single supplement
    Hidden Treasures of Myanmar Tour

    Hidden Treasures of Myanmar

    17 days from £3,290pp Fully Inclusive of Tour & Flights

    • Central Market of Prome
    • Irrawaddy River Cruise
    • Temples of Bagan
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Mandalay at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Mandalay:

  • Time Difference - GMT +6.5
  • Approx. Flight Time - 14 Hours
  • Population - 1.2 Million
  • Landmark - Mandalay Hill
  • Local Food - Lahpet Thouk
  • Best Time to go? - Winter