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Southeast Asia is an ideal travel holiday and vacation destination offering all what people like for their most precious time of the year regardless of age and gender. Most countries which are clustered along the equator are tuned for the tourists and have the right spots to make everyone happy. What needs you to do? Not much just do as locals do which means such simple things keep in mind that east meets west but with different traditions and rules. Hotels and resorts are plenty beaches and island too and just think positive there is no need to be negative because everything is not the way you are used at home. ​​
Mandalay in Myanmar

Myanmar Mandalay and environ

Mandalay Irrawaddy River and the Royal Cities

Mandalay to Bagan is an epic journey by road and Irrawaddy river or the airplane
Mandalay Sagaing and the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River
Mandalay was the last royal city in the country before the British occupation. We show some history available hotels and plenty of pictures. The famous monasteries and pagodas plus Buddhist temples and cultural activities plus vicinity at Amarapura Sagaing Mingun Shwebo and more.

Today the city is the center of the northern half of Myanmar, also a hub and center of the country in terms of culture and business. Since Myanmar has the size of Great Britain and France combined there is quite a huge area around.


One of the most known concerning Mandalay is probably Kipling's text.."The road to Mandalay". This name is used today for a couple of tourism enterprises among them is the river cruise ship "Road to Mandalay" operated by the Orient Express company and cruising between Mandalay City and Bagan. No need for a hotel in Mandalay when taking this journey, everything is on board and it is very expensive. This company also runs the Eastern & Oriental Express, luxury train between Bangkok and Singapore, this is pure luxury travel. There is also more than one excellent hotel in Mandalay which makes travel to Mandalay very easy since there are also several flights from Yangon and Bangkok every day, plus buses and a train connection

Now the Mandalay Region is making an transformation

Since around the beginning of this century. When thousands of Chinese who want to get away from their overpopulation, natural disaster, and more settle at Mandalay and vicinity until now (2017) already more than two million Chinese started a new life in the area. the native says most are not capable anymore to the in the city since real estate and rental prices virtually exploded since the neighbors from the north came in.

At Mandalay, all these old Burmese cultural traditions can be experienced in real time. Exotic cities of Myanmar's past are around such as Amarapura, Shwebo, Sagaing, Monywa and other and on almost every hill golden and white Pagodas and temples show the dedication to Buddhism. Aside from the migration and economic issues the city is a must for anyone who travels to Myanmar. If someone hasn't been in Mandalay and Bagan they never really been in the country. Famous old and significant monasteries, pagodas, temples, handicraft, art etc. give a feeling of the past when colonial times was still on.

Irrawaddy River Travel

Mandalay Photos
Currently (2017) Irrawaddy river traffic is only between Mandalay and Bagan and from the city about 100km to the north because of continuously shifting sandbanks.

Actually, during British colonial times, the problem was under control and the Irrawaddy, Chindwin and other rivers of Myanmar had substantial river travel over the whole network.

A new Mandalay international airport has been installed a few years ago, the problem is, there is often no electricity. Sometimes during the years, there is one international flight between Mandalay and Chiang Mai in Thailand. Maybe this will improve in the future to open up the city internationally, few years a helicopter service was available between the city and the world ruby capital Mogok, there are plenty of rich people in the region.
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King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat (picture is from 1880) 

Both have been the last Burmese Rulers their short reign (1878–85) ended with the occupation by the British. In an attempt to play the French against the British he gave economic concessions to the French and they proposed political help but the Brits started all kind of foul play and finally war.

When the British sent King Thibaw to exile chaos came up and during this time all the royal regalia was looted. Some pieces were recovered and are on display at the National Museum in Yangon. The hintha bird casket (right) is one of the most beautiful items on display, made from solid gold, set with rare rubies and other precious stones.

There are other items like ceremonial bowls, water pitcher, cup holder, crayfish pitcher, betel boxes and spittoons decorated with designs of mythical creatures and flowers.

Despite strong conservative opposition, Mindon initiated several reforms. The most important reforms he did on the land tax plus fixed salaries for government employees. He standardized the country’s weights and measures. A program to build roads and a telegraph system were started. He also was the first king to issue coinage, for more about Mandalay palace and history .

Almost all problems Myanmar has today have it's source in the annexetion by the British
The British colonialists forced him to sign a treaty they took some of the best teak forest and Mandalay Myanmar rice growing regions under their control. The king also started industrial reforms, many foreign types of machinery were imported and set up (about the same time when the Japanese under the Meiji dynasty did the same). Unfortunately the British destroyed all industrial setups when they took control of the whole country. This was according to their doctrine to force their colonies to function as supplier of raw material only. King Mindon died in an all teak pavilion within the palace city. King Thibaw donated this building to be used as a monastery.

The time was ripe when Thibaw charged the British-owned Bombay - Burmah Trading Company, which cut teak logs from the Ningyan forest in Upper Burma, of cheating the Myanmar government. A fine of £100,000 was imposed. The Indian viceroy, Lord Dufferin, sent an ultimatum to Mandalay. In October 1885 demanding to drop the case. Thibaw ignored Lord Dufferin's request. On Nov. 14, 1885, the British invaded Upper Burma and captured Mandalay after two weeks. Thibaw was deposed and Upper Burma included as ap province of British Burma. They were deported by the British colonialists into exile in India until his death.
Mandalay City is making an immense transformation since around the beginning of this century. When thousands of Chinese who want to get away from their overpopulation, natural disaster, and more settle at Mandalay and vicinity until now (2017) already more than two million Chinese started a new life in the area. the native says most are not capable anymore to the in the city since real estate and rental prices virtually exploded since the neighbors from the north came in.



“The road to Mandalay"
Rudyard Kipling
 

At Mandalay many old Burmese cultural traditions can be experienced

Today this is visible  in real time exotic cities of Myanmar's past are around such as Amarapura 
Shwebo Sagaing Monywa and other and on almost every hill golden and white Pagodas and temples
show the dedication to Buddhism.

Aside from the migration and economic issues the city is a must for anyone who travels to Myanmar. If someone hasn't been in Mandalay and Bagan they never really been in the country. Famous old and significant monasteries, pagodas, temples, handicraft, art etc. give a feeling of the past when colonial times was still on.

In our website, you will read things you never heard of and you will see pictures nobody has ever seen before. Since most of our Mandalay pictures are of high quality and similar have never shown before plus an excellent text around we remind everyone all this is copyright protected.

The last two Kings of Myanmar, King Mindon, and Thibaw resided in the Mandalay Palace.
The panoramic view of Mandalay is such that it has pagoda-studded landscape, the grand royal palace, to the east is the blue ridge Shan mountains and the ever-flowing lifeline of Myanmar, the Ayeyarwady river on the west. Its ambiance is covered by such fabulous and notable towns like Amarapura, Sagaing, and Monywa famed for Myanmar arts and crafts and religious monuments.

 The Mandalay Palace was burned down after a hit by a Japanese bomb and but completely renovated in the 199X ties. Myanmar was devastated by the World War II and the British evacuation and the reoccupation. During the war, many significant buildings were either burnt down or heavily damaged. That included many structures in Mandalay, including the King’s palace. However, the palace and many buildings were rebuilt on the original ground and old model.

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Mandalay Palace
​​The panoramic view of Mandalay is such that it has pagoda-studded landscape, the grand royal palace, to the east is the blue ridge Shan mountains and the ever-flowing lifeline of Myanmar, the Ayeyarwady river on the west. Its ambiance is covered by such fabulous and notable

Mandalay pictures

Mandalay monastery.

Towns like Amarapura Sagaing and Monywa famed for Myanmar arts and crafts and religious monuments. At Mandalay City the most interesting are probably Mandalay palace which was burned down after a hit by a Japanese bomb and but completely renovated in the 199X ties.

Myanmar was devastated by the World War II and the British evacuation and the reoccupation. During the war, many significant buildings were either burnt down or heavily damaged. That included many structures in Mandalay, including the King’s palace. However, the palace and many buildings were rebuilt on the original ground and old model.





The emergence of the Mandalay City has an interesting and poignant legend behind it. Once the Gautama Buddha and his disciples happened to have a sojourn on the summit of the Mandalay Hill. Buddha gave a sermon to the assemblage, including an ogress who was very much pleased with the teaching.

The ogress wished to offer something to Buddha but unfortunately, she had nothing to offer. At that instance, the ogress cut off her breasts and presented it to Buddha. Buddha solaced her and told that the ogress would be born again as a prince and when ascending the throne a new city at the foot of the Mandalay Hill will be created.

This somehow turned out true as Mandalay was founded by King Mindon who arranged the Fifth Buddhist Synod in 1871, this was all before the British occupation. King Mindon born 1814, Amarapura, died Oct. 1, 1878. Mindon was a brother of King Pagan (reigned 1846–53), who was king during the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852. The father of King Thibaw reigned from 1853 to 1878. In 1857 he gave the order to move the capital from Amarapura to a new site. Chosen was a suitable place near the holy mountain, Mandalay Hill. According to the legend, Lord Buddha had stood here once with his disciple Ananda. From there Lord Buddha pointed towards the South-West prophesying that sometime in the future a city of great religious importance would be built there. King Mindon chose this spot and named the new city Mandalay. After four years building the royal palace was finished in 1859. During his reign, he strongly supported culture and religion. He tried hard to make Mandalay a center of Buddhist learning, convening the Fifth Buddhist Council there in 1871.

King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat (picture is from 1880) he has been the last Burmese Ruler. His short reign (1878–85) ended with the occupation by the British. In an attempt to play the French against the British, he gave economic concessions to the French and they proposed political help but the Brits started all kind of foul play and finally war. When the British sent King Thibaw to exile chaos came up and during this time all the royal regalia was looted. Some pieces were recovered and are on display at the National Museum in Yangon. The hintha bird casket (right) is one of the most beautiful items on display, made from solid gold, set with rare rubies and other precious stones.

There are other items like ceremonial bowls, water pitcher, cup holder, crayfish pitcher, betel boxes and spittoons decorated with designs of mythical creatures and flowers.

Despite strong conservative opposition, Mindon initiated several reforms. The most important reforms he did on the land tax plus fixed salaries for government employees. He standardized the country’s weights and measures. A program to build roads and a telegraph system were started. He also was the first king to issue coinage, for more about Mandalay Palace and history.​​

Some Mandalay History

The last two Kings of Myanmar King Mindon and Thibaw resided in the Mandalay Palace.

The British colonialists

Currently (2017) river traffic is only between Mandalay and Bagan and from the city about 100km to the north because of continuously shifting sandbanks. Actually, during British colonial times, the problem was under control and the Irrawaddy, Chindwin and other rivers of Myanmar had substantial river travel over the whole network.

A new Mandalay international airport has been installed a few years ago, the problem is, there is often no electricity. Sometimes during the years, there is one international flight between Mandalay and Chiang Mai in Thailand. Maybe this will improve in the future to open up the city internationally, few years a helicopter service was available between the city and the world ruby capital Mogok, there are plenty of rich people in the region.

King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat (picture is from 1880) he has been the last Burmese Ruler. His short reign (1878–85) ended with the occupation by the British. In an attempt to play the French against the British, he gave economic concessions to the French and they proposed political help but the Brits started all kind of foul play and finally war. When the British sent King Thibaw to exile chaos came up and during this time all the royal regalia was looted. Some pieces were recovered and are on display at the National Museum in Yangon. The hintha bird casket (right) is one of the most beautiful items on display, made from solid gold, set with rare rubies and other precious stones.

There are other items like ceremonial bowls, water pitcher, cup holder, crayfish pitcher, betel boxes and spittoons decorated with designs of mythical creatures and flowers.

Despite strong conservative opposition, Mindon initiated several reforms. The most important reforms he did on the land tax plus fixed salaries for government employees. He standardized the country’s weights and measures. A program to build roads and a telegraph system were started. He also was the first king to issue coinage, for more about Mandalay palace and history .


Mandalay City is accessible by air rail road and the Irrawaddy River

Mandalay Sagaing

Mandalay casino is for sure not this city

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Mandalay and the region plus upper Burma or Myanmar is an exceptional travel destination in an exotic ASEAN country.

With several ASEAN communities which were Burmese royal cities before there is definitely something coming up. When roaming "upper Burma" in the new age is a holiday at it's best.  Wrap up your photo and video gear great time is waiting.

If you run out of media space it is no problem either to get it copied and use it again or just buy a new one. When you have it copied onto a DVD or similar watch the people who do it and make sure the copy on their computer is deleted afterward since shops often keep a copy for them which they sell if the material is good and  typical is Mandalay to Bagan. 
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