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About Mandalay

A former royal capital on the meandering Irrawaddy River, Mandalay conjures up hazy images of glittering temples and old-fashioned charm. Although it's one of the most famous destinations in Myanmar, many travellers tend to stop for just one night, but our Gurus recommend taking some more time to explore the area’s rich heritage through its abundance of cultural landmarks. Accommodation options abound, and our pick of the best places to stay in Mandalay highlights the area’s top spots for couples, friends and families. We've discovered a good range of properties whether you're looking for a luxury stay or something that offers great value for money.

Guided tours of Mandalay are fascinating, offering the chance to really delve into the city’s long history. Mandalay Palace is spectacular, as are the remnants of Mandalay Fortress — now a moat with defensive walls and gate towers topped by intricate wooden carvings. Those interested in heritage should also visit the monastery of Shwenandaw Kyaung, the only remaining part of the original Royal Palace. Clamber up Mandalay Hill for expansive views across the city, dotted with sparkling spires. Finally, the 26ft and 900-tonne Kyauktawgyi Paya Buddha and Mahamuni Paya Temple are not to be missed!

Spend your afternoons gliding along the river by boat, hiking and cycling in the surrounding hills, or joining tradespeople at the bustling jade market. The stones are a beautiful memento of a trip to this intriguing country. Return to one of the best places to stay in Mandalay for cosy evenings and fabulous Burmese cuisine.

The Best Places to Stay in Mandalay

For a Restful Oasis

  • Hotel by the Red Canal is a 26-room boutique hotel, reminiscent of a Burmese monastery in its design. Set within tropical gardens, this romantic property has a refreshing swimming pool and cavern-like spa. Rooms boast marble bathrooms and all the mod-cons. An indulgent city oasis.
  • Rupar Mandalar, slightly further from the city centre, sits in a leafy surburb of Mandalay. A wonderful retreat with two swimming pools and classic interiors featuring hardwood floors, Burmese silks and garden-facing terraces, this is a fabulous choice for guests of all ages. Savour Burmese, Thai and Chinese cuisine in style.

For Great Value

  • The Haven is a simple, budget-friendly modern option for stays in the city. Spacious mezzanine rooms are well-equipped for families, with kitchenettes and an additional area for little ones to sleep. The rooftop pool is superb.
  • Bagan King Hotel, just five minutes from the Royal Palace, has a timeless, traditional feel with hardwood floors, carved wooden beds and handwoven textiles. Set across six storeys, flexible room options will suit couples and friends as well as families. The romantic restaurant offers striking city views! Also great value.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Mandalay International Airport and travel into the city by bus or taxi. Alternatively, fly to Yangon International Airport and journey to Mandalay by train — this is a hugely scenic experience.
  • It's brilliant to have the independence of your own transport if you're comfortable driving in Asia. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Temperatures hover around 28-35°C for much of the year, with the heaviest rainfall expected between June and September. Travel between November and January for slightly cooler temperatures.



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Best Hotels in Mandalay

  • The Haven Mandalay 46 rooms from £42

    Families  -  The cleverly designed Family Room mezzanines are a perfect solution for those all looking to stay in one room
    Honeymoons  -  The rooftop pool and Penthouse Apartment make this a memorable choice for a special holiday
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Mandalay Palace, Mandalay Hill, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Atumachi Monastery
    Local markets  -  Stroll to street-food noodle stalls and local handicraft markets with ease
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    Fantastic value centrally-located hotel set in downtown Mandalay. This contemporary property suits both couples and families as all rooms have balconies and kitchen areas, in addition to the hotel restaurant. The rooftop infinity pool, with great city views, is a hit with all guests. See More

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  • Bagan King Hotel Mandalay (Chan Aye Tharzan Township) 29 rooms from £62

    Local exploring  -  Mandalay's Royal Palace is just a five minute walk away. Likewise, all of the city's main cultural sites are easily accessible
    Local markets  -  Centrally located in the heart of the city, walking distances from numerous hubs -- including buzzy Zegyo Market
    City Style  -  A classic city choice, oozing timeless charm and a real sense of style, with hardwood floors and woven textiles
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Complimentary Burmese puppet shows at the hotel are a quirky way to experience local culture
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    A good-value, pleasant, centrally-located hotel which makes a great base for those looking for an active holiday with plenty of cultural sightseeing. Modern comforts, Burmese-inspired design and a restaurant with a view make this a great choice in Mandalay. See More

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  • Rupar Mandalar Mandalay 40 rooms from £86

    Families  -  Comfortable for families with older children due to large family rooms, two swimming pools, gardens and plenty of space
    Honeymoons  -  Spacious rooms, a swimming pool, romantic dining & fabulous massages make this a great honeymoon choice
    Local markets  -  Mandalay city has numerous street markets, all selling a wide range of authentic Burmese street-food
    Cycling  -  Guided cycling tours of the city or the surrounding area are brilliant for active travellers
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    A quiet and spacious hotel located in a leafy suburb of Mandalay, a short drive from the city centre. Burmese teak interior and traditional design, two swimming pools and large lush gardens make this a perfect base for sightseeing. Dine outdoors and enjoy Burmese, Chinese and Thai cuisine. See More

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  • Hotel by the Red Canal Mandalay (Aung Myae Tha Zan Township) 26 rooms from £112

    Honeymoons  -  A honeymoon haven in Mandalay, complete with spacious rooms, big marble bathrooms and a soothing spa
    Great walks  -  Walk up 230m Mandalay Hill, studded with temples, for beatufiul city views and cultural attractions
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind by the pool or enjoy rejuvenating spa treatments after days of discovering the city
    Local markets  -  Don't miss strolling through Zegyo Market, admiring local produce
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    A tropical oasis in the heart of the city of Mandalay. Designed in the style of a Burmese monastery, this charming boutique hotel has traditional interiors with indulgent touches and a secluded feel. Expect delectable cuisine and a refreshing pool for post-exploration dips. See More

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