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Cruises to Mandalay

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Mandalay (Photo:Avigator Thailand/Shutterstock)

About Mandalay

With an international airport and a population of more than 1 million people, Mandalay is one of the largest cities in Myanmar, second only to Yangon. It serves as an embarkation/debarkation port for some cruises on the Irrawaddy River, and a port stop for others.

Mandalay is a bustling city, and like much of Myanmar it's a study in contrasts, where tradition and modernity clash at every turn. You'll see street vendors cooking food over open flames in front of flashing neon signs advertising cell phones, and pharmacies that sell both Western and traditional herbal medications.

A visit to Mandalay (the former Burmese capital) will likely include time at Mandalay Palace. The original teak-wood structure was built during the mid-19th century but destroyed by fire during World War II, so what you'll see during your visit is actually a replica. You'll also probably spend time in Mandalay shopping and watching craftsmen work.

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  • Why go to Mandalay?

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Why go to Mandalay?

Pros:

Here you can tour an historic palace or sample local cuisine cooked up by street vendors

Cons:

Mandalay is densely populated, busy and English isn't widely spoken, which can be overwhelming for some

Bottom Line:

Mandalay is a bustling city that still manages to maintain its traditional culture

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The currency in Mandalay is the kyat.

Language?

The language spoken in Mandalay is Burmese.

--By Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor


Mandalay Cruise Reviews
Mandalay Hill Resort is magnificent. Thank you Scenic for your choice.Read More
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aljud
Lots of different pagodas and temples to see here - all unique and fascinating. We were lucky to avoid crowds and enjoy the locationsRead More
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Robyn Mac
Excellent Hotel and very enjoyable start to the tourRead More
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SusanTowle
There are a number of very interesting things to see around Mandalay although the city itself is not overly tourist friendly.Read More
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