We bumped down at the "new" Mandalay airport
in the late afternoon and quite on schedule, the Yangon Air twin engine propeller aircraft did a good job. The door opened and the heat swept in, its a different heat as the southern version we just came from, when visiting Myanmar this city should be on the agenda.
Where is Mandalay ? located 650 kilometers north of Yangon,
Flying is the best way to travel to Mandalay. Travel by train or car takes about 14 hours while by boat up the Ayeyarwady or Irrawaddy river takes at least a couple of week.
Rudyard Kipling’s “The Road to Mandalay,” made the name of the last capital of Myanmar kings familiar even to those who had never heard of Burma.
We passed some small pagodas came to down town and checked into the hotel. There are plenty of hotels, the best is just in front of the rebuilt Mandalay Palace, it’s the Sedona Hotel.
|Here is the view over the palace and the hill in the back from the Sedona Hotel|
The city is on a very flat plain, the right environment for bicycle and small motorbike, they are moving and parked everywhere now in the evening their owners were sitting in tea shops, talking away the time. Some thickly-bearded locals of Indian origin are around, their families came in during English colonial times.
Mandalay is originally the last capital ruled by Burmese Kings
|Mahamuni temple and pagoda|
|Mandalay Palace and Hill|
During colonial times the English escaped to Maymyo, today Pin Oo Lwin , a hour drive to the east in the Shan hills, they even built a railway to this place.