Mandalay (Photo:Avigator Thailand/Shutterstock)
Mandalay (Photo:Avigator Thailand/Shutterstock)
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Port of 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.

Shore Excursions

About Mandalay


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


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

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The currency in Mandalay is the kyat.


The language spoken in Mandalay is Burmese.

--By Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor