Mandalay has an impressive literary heritage.
While flying into the Mandalay airport means there’ll be no doubling back on transportation throughout our trip, it does mean we’ll have a long commute into the city. We’ve already looked into this and have plans in place for our transportation.
In Asia, street food rules the culinary scene. We’ll be eating at street stalls and small, family run restaurants in Mandalay.
Splurges and Souvenirs:
Us? Splurge? Never! Likely there won’t be any, since we’ll be recovering from more expensive days in Istanbul and Bangkok.
We want to get a general overview of the city’s main attractions and visit several temples. We’re also planning a visit to the Gold-Pounders’ District, where the small sheets of gold leaf that devotees use to coat Buddha images are painstakingly pounded out by hand.
A lot! Things are changing rapidly in Myanmar and, for our entire trip; we've done a lot of research on money, customs, food, and more.
Leaving to Chance:
To hire a guide or not to hire a guide? We’re still debating the pros and cons of this!
In Mandalay, nothing went as planned, but all in a very good way. We never made it to the gold pounding district, we never ate at any street stalls, but we still had an amazing time.
Previous Stop: Bangkok (via Istanbul) - Day 8
Next Stop: Bagan
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