Mandalay is Burma’s second largest city, the cultural capital and the principal centre of Buddhist literature studies in the country. It is home to a host of monasteries and pagodas which are of religious significance in Myanmar and a thriving arts and crafts industry producing unique tapestries, silverware, weaving and stone carving. Nearby, there are several ancient capitals such as Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava, and Mingun where the Kongboung Dynasty kings established their capitals.
The city is a modern metropolis peppered with monasteries and temples, some hidden down meandering side streets. At sunset, maybe head to the Kuthodaw Pagoda and the intriguingly named ‘World’s Biggest Book’ for a great photo opportunity or enjoy the views from atop Mandalay Hill which dominates the city.