Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and was established in 1857. It lies on the east bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and in the upper part of Myanmar. Mandalay has the Royal Palace of the last Konbaung Dynasty. Mandalay inherits many cultural heritage from the ancient Myanmar Kingdoms and beautiful places to visit.(Air Ballooning)
Mandalay consist of five main townships namely Aung Myay Thar Zan, Chan Aye Thar Zan, Mahar Aung Myay, Chan Mya Tharzi and Pyigyi Tagun Townships. Mandalay Hill is a popular destination to visit while you are in Mandalay. The beautiful scene of the whole city can be seen from the hill. Royal Palace, Sanda Muni and Shwenandaw Monastery are a few more.(Activities in Myanmar)
U Bein Bridge in Amarapura is a tourist destination near Mandalay. Across the Ayeyarwaddy River, on the west side, lies the Great Mingun Pahtodawgyi and Mingun Bell. Crossing the Ayeyarwaddy River is another exciting feature. Pyin Oo Lwin is the City of Flowers with rare species. Mogok produces the best gems in the world.
Mandalay is the main city of cultural heritage. Marionette shows and traditional theatre are available. Many tour operators can arrange customized show programs with tourists. Handicrafts, Lacquerware and other souvenirs shops are widely available. Art Galleries and Gems shops also offer reasonable prices for different items.