Myanmar backpacking; visiting Mandalay, the capital city
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Myanmar: Mandalay

‘It will be quite unlike any land you know about.’

Myanmar is one of the most magical countries I’ve ever been: a land of breathtaking beauty and charm with a fascinating history and rich traditions. Compared to bordering countries such as Thailand and Laos, this land is still very untouched and non touristic. Only five years ago it opened it’s borders to tourism. That’s why the locals are very welcoming, gentle and friendly and you don’t get sick people who want to sell you stuff.


To get into to the country we book an electronic visa in advance so that we can fly straight from Bangkok to Mandalay without any hassle. Compared to Bangkok the atmosphere in Mandalay is way different. Wandering around on a local market we notice that we’re the only tourists. Kids are staring at us like it’s the first time they see white (tall) people. The locals seem to be very interested and greet us very friendly and hospitable. The Burmese people are strongly bound to their traditional values: men wearing the sarong-like Longyi while chewing betel nut (spitting the blood-red juice onto the ground) and women and children with faces smothered in a sort of natural sunblock. The local market offers us fried locusts and other interesting things. An old market woman offers me earrings for free because she’s so happy to meet us. The happiness of the locals make you happy straight away. Welcome to Myanmar. Mengalaba!
Compared to other Asian countries the Burmese food didn’t really attract us; most of the time they serve you cold dishes with things like fermented seafood, pickled tea leaves, beans, patatos and noodles. The food is very cheap tough; for only 4 euros you’re able to enjoy an unlimited buffet.
We booked a hotel (Hotel 8) in advance via discovering that the prices for a doubled room are a bit more expensive then in Thailand. 15 euros instead of 10 euros per night. However, everything else in Myanmar is less expensive.

Mandalay Palace

Mandalay palace is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy. The palace was constructed, between 1857 and 1859 as part of King Mindon’s founding of the new royal capital city.

Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill is a 240 metres hill that is located to the northeast of the city centre of Mandalay in Burma. Mandalay Hill is known for its abundance of pagodas and monasteries, and has been a major pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists for nearly two centuries. If you want to climb the stairs to the summit, you are obliged to do it on bare feet. Once you’ve reached the top you’ll enjoy a panoramic view over Mandalay. Monks walk around and are happy to talk to you to improve their English
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