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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 Burma’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 Burma’s cultural capital, and the centre of the Burmese heartlands, a bustling settlement sat on the banks of the Irrawaddy River

Mandalay at a Glance

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

GMT +6.5
time difference
14 Hours
flight time
1.2 Million
famous landmark
local food
best time to visit

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?

Burma Explorer Tour

11 days from £2,490pp
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Mandalay Hill
  • Temples of Bagan
  • U Bein Bridge
  • Inle Lake
Hidden Treasures of Burma Tour Tour

17 days from £3,090pp
  • Central Market of Prome
  • Irrawaddy River Cruise
  • Temples of Bagan
Burma and the Irrawaddy Tour

14 days from £3,590pp
  • 2 night Irrawaddy Cruise
  • Rangoon
  • Mandalay
  • Bagan

Things To See In Mandalay

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