Mandalay Palace, Mandalay – Myanmar

Mandalay Palace moat, Mandalay - Myanmar

Ahh Mandalay, surely one of the most evocotive destination names in the world (up there with Zanzibar and Timbuktu). Rudyard Kipling may have had something to do with that with his poem (On the road to) Mandalay. For our generation, being in the middle of a land that has been under an economic embargo, Mandalay still sounds like it is from a far away and exotic land, in an era when lands are aren’t as far away any more.

Those who have been will soon tell you that the romance of the name doesn’t match the reality on the ground. Much of the city was destroyed in World War II, and todays Mandalay is built in the cheap Chinese concrete style. There is a palace in the centre of the city, and before I arrived the map kind of reminded me of Chiang Mai, giving me the impression it might be a lovely place to stroll around. The Mandalay Palace you see today is a post war facsimile and houses military personnel, so I just admired the view of these trees along the long stretch of moat the surrounds the palace instead.

Travel Photos: Mandalay Photo Gallery
Travel Guide: Mandalay Travel Guide, Myanmar Travel Guide


    • Agreed! I was warned it wasn’t the prettiest city in the world, but I
      really need to see such places for myself before making judgement. So,
      you have to go 😉

  1. The first place I went to was Mandalay since the government was clever enough to build a new highway from Yangon, how else can you convince people to head up there? Of all the places I visited in and around Mandalay, U Bein Bridge in Amarapura was the only worth while part. I skipped the Palace, thankfully there is a $10 entry fee. If the people were not so friendly the trip would have been worthless.

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