First Day to Explore Mandalay
First place that the driver took us to was Mahagandhayon Monastery, he wanted us to watch the monks having lunch (or breakfast because it was still 10 am?). We were so excited when he told us about the event, but wow there were so many tourists gathering around the street that made us try so hard to get good pictures.
On the way to Sagaing Hill, The driver stopped by the Yadanabon Bridge (Irrawaddy Bridge) for us to take pictures. He was the best, he knew if we would love it. But he said we needed to hurry in order to catch lunch time at another monastery. I thought like “What…another lunch show?”, but then I found out if it was a nunnery, ThakyaDiThat Nunnery with their beautiful Buddhist nuns in pink robes.
The third place to visit was Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda, a Buddhist temple on the top of Sagaing Hill before we had late lunch at Sagaing Hill Restaurant.
Founded in 1365, this village was actually an imperial capital of Burmese kingdoms from 1365 to 1842.
To access Ava/Inwa Village, we needed to take a boat to across the river. Kyat 800/person for boat fare, then we had to pay US$ 10 for the entry ticket fee and Kyat 6000 for horse cart tour.
4. Ubein / U Pein Bridge for enjoying sunset
We can’t say this as the 4th place that we visited that day, let’s say this as the 4th area. Ubein or Upein bridge is a famous place to view sunset in Mandalay across Taungthaman Lake. This old teakwood bridge was built in 1850 and has been used by the locals and always crowded.
Thanks to the taxi driver we got splendid time visiting so many awesome places in a day.
How We Spent Our Second Day in Mandalay
After fighting the laziness and cold weather, we finally left the guesthouse at 5 am for the Mandalay Hill by ourselves, because the car rent around this hour was limited that made it very expensive. Fortunately there was motorbike taxi that charged us only Kyat 3,000 to send us to the Mandalay Hill entrance. We needed around 1 hour to reach the top to enjoy sunrise.
Not far from the entrance of of Mandalay Hill, only 5-10 minutes on foot, we saw Kuthodaw and Sandamuni Paya. We didn’t plan to visit these temples but we were so lucky we took that path to go around Mandalay Hill complex.
We went back to the hostel by taxi with fare Kyat 3,000 after tough negotiation, on the rush to do packing. I didn’t want to leave, though. But life had to go on.
With only Kyat 4,000/person because there were 2 other tourists from the hostel willing to share the taxi fare, we were heading to the airport. It took about an hour from the hostel to the airport.
Bhine, Myanmar. Thank you so much, you are the best new year’s gift I’ve ever had.