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About Mandalay

Despite the romance in its name, many folk just pass through Mandalay, stopping off to see the Mahamuni Paya temple with its ancient 13foot tall Buddha on their way. But it's certainly worth stopping for a while to look behind the modern zones and see the strange collection of mosques, temples, churches and pagodas and the countless monasteries lining the riverside. Many of the best places to stay in Mandalay are tucked away behind drab concrete towers, but don't be afraid to look behind them and you'll find all sorts of wonders.

What Not To Miss

  • The old moat and fortress walls are an impressive reminder of the former Mandalay fortress. Only viewable from the outside, the walls are punctuated at intervals by gate towers with intricate wooden topped carvings.
  • Admire the spectacular Mandalay palace with its tall watch tower providing great views for visitors looking out.
  • The wonderful carved panels of the monastery of Shwenandaw Kyaung. The monastery is especially historic as it is the only remaining major structure of the original Royal Palace.
  • Kyauktawgyi Paya and the 26ft tall Buddha weighing a huge 900-tonnes. Carved from a single block of marble and dressed in royal attire - this statue is unmissable.
  • Experience a working jade market and witness locals plying their trade at the market. The stones are beautiful and come in all shapes, sizes and colours and there are various food stalls as well.

The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Mandalay allows guests to enjoy a relaxing gem in the heart of the city after a busy day of exploring.

For a central oasis

  • The Hotel by the Red Canal is a 26 room boutique hotel tucked away down a backstreet just 15minutes drive from Mandalay Hill and the city centre. The main building is reminiscent of a Burmese monastery and there is a cavern-like underground spa. It has all the mod. cons. and more, like iPod docks and flat-screen TVs and black marble bathrooms.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a range of properties to suit visitors of all needs.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Mandalay International Airport located 37km (23 miles) from Mandalay. The airport serves multiple domestic and International destinations.
  • Alternatively, catch a train to Mandalay with rail links to various destinations including Yangon.
  • There's also ferry services to Bagan.
  • If you want to rent a car, for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Best time to visit - October to March typically provides the driest weather with warm 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
      City Style  -  Located in downtown Mandalay, walking distance from the city's famous moat
      Sights nearby  -  Mandalay Palace, Mandalay Hill, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Golden Palace, Sanda Muni Paya and Atumachi Monastery
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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
      Active Holiday  -  For those that like to get out and explore, a lot of city sightseeing can be done by foot without the need of a car
      City Style  -  This is a great option for those that like to know they are staying in the heart of the action
      Sights nearby  -  Sri Ganesh Temple, Mandalay Palace, Shwe Kyi Myint Pagoda and Mahar Thatkyarthiha Pagoda are all less than 2km from the hotel
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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  -  Large rooms and the fact that most guests sightsee means that the hotel and spa are private and quiet during the day
      Local exploring  -  An ideal hotel for a sightseeing holiday as the property is a perfect respite after a day of exploring
      Active Holiday  -  A good base for visiting Mandalay's many sites
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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

      Sights nearby  -  A 15 minute drive to Mandalay Hill, the city centre and Zeygo Market. Minutes from Mandalay Palace
      Restaurant  -  Spice Garden Restaurant serves a range of cuisines including local and European dishes
      Spa  -  Ayurvedic, holistic and natural body treatments available
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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      A tropical oasis in the heart of the city of Mandalay. Indulgent, secluded and packed full of charm. See More

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