Mandalay Tourism

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. 

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Mandalay

  • Save 4% 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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  • Save 4% Sightseeing Cruise Between Mandalay and Bagan
    Sightseeing Cruise Between Mandalay and Bagan13 Reviews

    Duration: 11 Hrs

    Embark on our RV Panorama and enjoy the warm sunlight and gentle breeze on upper deck. Downstream from Mandalay to Bagan, exp...

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  • Save 4% 7-Day Excursion from Mandalay to Yangon
    7-Day Excursion from Mandalay to Yangon1 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Days

    Doing the highlights right is the mission for this 7 day excursion through Myanmar!Combining Mandalay with the ancient temple...

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  • Save 4% Private Full-Day 4 in 1 Tour from Mandalay
    Private Full-Day 4 in 1 Tour from MandalayNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 10 Hrs

    Join this private full-day tour to Mingun, Inwa (Ava) and Sagaing from Mandalay. You will explore and visit to many historica...

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

    • Air Pollution 79.55 (High)
    • Water Pollution 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 78.57 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 67.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 65.63 (High)
  • 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)
    • Safety Index 40.44 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 47.39 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 80.93 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 13.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 41.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 20 USD

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