Mandalay: Day Trip

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When you’re tired of Mandalay with all of its heat, smog, and traffic – consider visiting the surrounding towns on the outskirts of the city on a day trip.  Since these places are not too far away, you can either hire a taxi or rent a motorbike to take you around.  To hire a car, you don’t really need an advance booking, just walk to a hotel where taxis are usually parked and haggle with the driver on the price and itinerary.  We went with Mr. Po, our personal cabby, who took us to the villages for 45,000 Kyatt ($38 USD). Here is a breakdown of the places we visited, organized by location: Continue reading

Day 7: On the Road in Mingun

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In the small village of Mingun, just an hour boat ride north of Mandalay, you can catch an ox cart taxi to take you around town.  Even though the town is small, it is famous for the unfinished Pahtodawgyi Pagoda.  The King at the time wanted to build the largest temple in the world that would rival the Great Pyramids of Giza.  His ambitious project drained local resources and was an unpopular undertaking. When he passed away, the pagoda was left unfinished and currently stands as an impressively gigantic dilapidated pile of bricks.