Streets Of Mandalay – A Photo Essay

During my Mandalay sojourn I came across many interesting objects. Be it hotel or clock tower, they impressed me with their simplicity. Have you been to Mandalay ? I really liked the city, thank to its stunning pagodas, temples, monastery and local food.

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A simple yet pretty hotel in downtown Mandalay

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Mandalay’s famous clock tower

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The more you walk, the more you see. The more you see, the more you capture …

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Mandalay Palace – Simply Magnificent

Mandalay Palace – one of Mandalay’s major tourist spots that you cannot stop yourself from visiting. Barring some exceptions like huge crowds, the palace stands tall before the expectations of the people visiting for the first time. I was completely blown away by the sheer beauty of this place.

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Built between 1857 and 1859, this massive compound used to be the main royal residence of King Mindon and King Thibaw – the last two kings of Myanmar.

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These historical palace grounds are quite big in size. Surrounded by a moat, the palace is at the center of the citadel and faces east.

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The 413-hectare royal palace compound has many buildings and other marvelous structures, including the MayNanPyathat building and the HmanNan Building.

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Apart from the Royal Mint and the Watch Tower, a major part of the palace was damaged during the World War II. The whole complex is surrounded by four big walls which are 60 meters in width, two kilometers in length, eight meters in height, and three meters in thickness.

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The palace has a total of 12 gates which represent 12 zodiacal signs.

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Few things to remember before exploring the place. The ticket, which you buy at the entrance of the place, should be kept safely as it can allow you to visit other nearby historical places. So don’t lose it. It was easy for me to explore this place on foot as I was staying in a nearby hostel. I was completely exhausted after exploring every part of this palace. If I remember correctly, I spent around two hours there. I will write more about my Mandalay sojourn soon.

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U Bein Bridge – Unique & Charming

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There are numerous things to see in Mandalay and its adjacent areas. During a short trip to Mandalay I decided to explore famous U Bein Bridge. Built around 1850, this 1.2 kilometer bridge is said to be the world’s oldest teakwood bridge. As this place becomes over-crowded during morning and evening, I decided a different time slot i.e 3-4pm. To my surprise, I still saw a lot of people on the bridge.

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Surrounded by beautiful Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura, the foot bridge is named after the mayor who had built it.

Visiting this place during sunset and sunrise could be a serene experience, but I deliberately skipped it as I didn’t want to encounter with sea of people. One of my hostel mate told me how he could not even put his steps on the bridge in the evening due to massive crowd. Eventually, he left the place without fully exploring it.

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This place has peaceful atmosphere which I really liked. Make sure to include it in your itinerary when you visit Mandalay. Apart from the bridge, one can also explore nearby villages and temples. If you wish you can also take a boat ride in the lake.

How did I reach the place? : There are many ways to reach the bridge. You can either hire a taxi or motorbike taxi to reach this place. It is not faraway from the downtown Mandalay.

I used a pick up truck from 84th / 29th street intersection. It dropped me somewhere on the mainroad of Amarapura. I paid only Kyat1000. From there the bridge is approximately 4km. At one point, I thought of hitchhiking but later dropped the plan and decided to take a walk.

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Hua Hin’s Popular Railway Station

One of Hua Hin’s popular tourist spots is Hua Hin railway station – perhaps one of the prettiest train stations I have ever seen in my life. This instagram-worthy station was built in 1910.

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In 1926, it was again rebuilt by Prince Purachatra Jayakara.

Located on the Western end of Damnernkasem Road, this station attracts hundreds of tourists everyday. Brightly painted wooden buildings are some of the highlights of the station. One can also enjoy a train ride from Hua Hin to Bangkok. And the four hour journey will not disappoint you. So next time when you are in Hua Hin, make sure you visit this vibrant station. 

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