Visit Mandalay - Best of Mandalay

Relatively a newer city when you compare it with other cities of Burma such as Bagan, Mandalay was founded in 1857 on the behest of King Mindon who wanted a city on the foothills of Mandalay hill. His plan called for a 144-square block grid patterned citadel, and a 16-square block royal palace compound standing adjacent to the Mandalay hill. And thus, Mandalay was formed as we see it today. The second-largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar, Mandalay has always been a centre of attraction for tourists who love to immerse in its historicity. Today, this city might have become an Asian cosmopolitan metropolis, its traditional roots are still visible in the most enmeshed manner.

Walking through the busy and bustling lanes of this city, you will come across several monasteries, pagodas, workshops and teahouses peeping through the present-day buildings. Politically also, the city has much to say. It has served as the capital of the last independent Burmese kingdom after it was colonized by the British imperial forces. Located on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay comes across a city trying to evolve itself in the present modern world of speed and nightlife. The city was heavily destroyed during the World War 2 but was soon reconstructed with effort. While you might be expecting of Mandalay as strongly historic, it is its modernity that glares hard on your face as you enter and explore it. There are modern establishments, hotels and buildings that add a glittery element to the city. 

Mandalay Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Mandalay tips for your visit

  • Time Zone : Myanmar Standard Time, UTC+06:30
  • Currency : Currency used in Mandalay is Burmese kyat.
  • Electricity : The standard electrical voltage in Mandalay is 220-240 Volts. The primary socket type is Europlug and Schuko. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. 
  • Internet : Most of the hotels in Mandalay provide 3G and 4G internet connections for its visitors. There are cyber cafes also for the internet users.
  • Languages : Language spoken in Mandalay is Burmese.
  • Security : Police: 199, Ambulance: 192, Fire: 191
  • Tipping : Tipping is generally expected for the services rendered (hotels, bars, restaurants) in Mandalay.
  • Customs : The Burmese and other Buddhists follow the Buddhist custom of not touching a person on the head, since spiritually this is considered the highest part of the body. 
  • Footwear should be removed upon entering temple complexes for religious reasons, and it is polite to remove footwear when entering a house.
  • A person should not point the feet at anyone.

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Mandalay Tours for you

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  • Private Half-Day Mandalay City Tour
    Private Half-Day Mandalay City Tour3 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Visit the last capital of the third Myanmar Empire on this 4-hour private tour. Mandalay is situated in the center of the cou...

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  • Private Full-Day Tour of Mandalay
    Private Full-Day Tour of Mandalay6 Reviews

    Duration: 7 Hrs

    Join this private day tour to explore Mandalay, the last capital city in Myanmar that rich in culture and tradition. Weaving,...

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  • Mandalay Cultural Heritage Day Tour
    Mandalay Cultural Heritage Day Tour5 Reviews

    Duration: 10 Hrs

    This full-day private tour gives you a chance to see all the best that Myanmar has to offer: from Maharmuni Pagoda, Golden Mo...

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  • Private Transfer: Mandalay to Bagan
    Private Transfer: Mandalay to Bagan14 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Pre-book your private transfer to avoid the stress navigating for taxi services during your stay in Mandalay. Your driver wil...

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Facts and Stats for Mandalay*

  • Pollution Statistics in Mandalay

    Know the pollution level of Mandalay before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 83.33 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 80 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 71.88 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 54.17 (Moderate)
  • Mandalay: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Mandalay for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Mandalay.

    • Burglary and Theft 62.5 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 62.5 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 62.5 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 62.5 (High)
    • Attacks 62.5 (High)
    • Drug offense 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 37.5 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 75 (High)
  • Living in Mandalay - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 40.63 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 47.39 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 80.95 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Mandalay

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Mandalay

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 13.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 37.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 20 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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