Mandalay makes a good base for day-trips exploring the surrounding area, the highlight of which for many people is visiting the long teak bridge in Amarapura at sunrise or sunset. Each of the sites listed here – three royal capitals, plus an enormous unfinished temple – has its own appeal though, and most people opt to combine two or more into a day-trip by self-drive motorbike or taxi (with Mingun more usually visited by boat, which turns it into a half-day trip by itself). Accommodation in Mandalay will be able to help with transport, and drivers are likely to approach you in the street.

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