The Intriguing Mandalay Region is situated in the middle part of Myanmar bordering the Sagaing region on the north, Shan state on the east, Bago region, and Kayin state on the south, and Magway region on the west. Mandalay region which is long from south to north and includes low and high mountains has different climates. On its highlands, the weather is moderate in the hot season and considerably cold in winter.
In Mandalay live the majority of Bamar while in the eastern highlands including Pyin Oo Lwin, Bamar, Shan, and Danu people live. There are few lowlands living Chin people (Ah Sho Chins) in Leway and Pyinmana townships.
Mandalay was the last royal city before Myanmar was colonized by Britain in 1885. Mandalay’s intimate proximity to the Ayeyarwady River means a visit the city isn’t complete without spending some time on the water.
One of the most fervent wishes of a Myanmar Buddhist is to have seen the Buddha in person and offered devotions and gifts to him. It is at the shrine of Mahamuni Buddha image that such pious aspiration is – in a manner – fulfilled, as the legend testifies.
Myanansankyaw Golden Palace is one of the cultural heritages of royal Myanmar. As architectural works of Myanmar royal palace and various kinds of culture are collectively showcased, homegrown and international tourists observe these items daily.
Mandalay is the well-planned city with straight roads crossing each other at right angles. It was only on 22 May 1858 that the foundations of the first seven structures were laid all simultaneously on that same auspicious day in ceremonies.
Of all the many capital cities of Myanmar, Innwa like Bagan at one time, achieved international renown. Even the whole nation of Myanmar became known in Western World as the Kingdom of Ava during the early Konbaung period in the 19th century.
Amarapura from Mandalay is only 7.5 miles. The locals sometimes refer to Amarapura as “Taung-myo” or the “Southern City” as it is to the south of Mandalay, now the urban sprawl of Mandalay has merged to the south with no clear boundaries between them.
A 3967ft-long wooden bridge with 482 compartments and 1086 posts in the water was built 168 years ago. Now it has been put in the World Heritage List. The name, Taungthaman Bridge is an original one by itself.
Leaving Amarapura, the traveler goes on towards the bridgehead of Inwa Bridge. But just before he or she gets there, there is, on the right side, a small pathway winding and losing itself into the woods. It has a signboard which reads: “To Shwekyetyet Pagoda”.
One would hardly associate the present pagoda situated in an active business center with the legend the tradition tells to this day. The pagoda is eight centuries older than Mandalay city. The story goes back to the times when the land was young and untamed.
About nine miles north of the Mandalay Hill lies the small Taungpyone village nestling quietly among the green fields. The small village is a perfect setting for whatever you care to call it – folklore, myth or history.
Bagan is a key tourist destination in Mandalay Region with over 2,000 ancient pagodas and temples. You can visit Bagan all year round as there is no actual rainy season like in the lower parts of Myanmar.
Pyin Oo Lwin is the premier resort town of Myanmar. It is cool almost the year round, pleasant, beautiful and healthful to live in. Pyin Oo Lwin is 20’F colder than Mandalay the year round. So nearer and so colder!
The Popa area is well known as the oasis of the arid region of Myanmar. There are rare species of flora and fauna in the forests of Mt. Popa, which is an ancient volcano that sits beside a huge 737-meter dramatic-looking volcanic plug.
It is an isolated peak, extremely precipitous; its shape suggests to the Myanmar and antique tray that rests on a single stem, kalat, as it is called. One can drive right up to the base of Taungkalat, where ample parking space and guest houses are available.
PyinOoLwin is a popular mountain resort and a scenic hill town in Mandalay Region and has long been a hot-season getaway for local travelers. PyinOoLwin was originally called Maymyo and was a summer retreat during British rule.
The Tuyin Taung is situated west of Nuaung Oo — Kyaukpadaung motor road about six miles away south-east of Bagan. The motor road goes right up to the foot of the western stairways which takes you up to the hilltop cedi.
Heritages such as U Bein Bridge, Pahtotawgyi, Kyauktawgyi Buddha Image, Shwekyetyet, and Shwekyetkya located in Amarapura Township are crowded with travelers but most of the travelers do not notice the tombs of three kings in the Konbaung era.
Early Burmese believe that Mount Popa was the home of their gods and goddesses who lived not on flesh but flowers, played in the groves of Mount Popa, and that on its slopes there wandered magicians and alchemists in search of potent herbs and roots.