Thanks partly to Rudyard Kipling’s evocative poem Mandalay, the name of Myanmar’s second city suggests – for many Western visitors at least – images of a bygone Asia. Arriving in Mandalay Dropdown content tends quickly to dispel such thoughts, however, as visitors are faced with a grid of congested streets dominated by the walls and moat of the huge military base that surrounds the old royal palace.
Despite this, it would be a shame to rush through too quickly without giving the place a chance to grow on you. There’s Mandalay Hill Dropdown content to climb for one thing, memorable both for its views and for the experience of joining throngs of locals doing the same. Then there are the day-trips to former Burmese capitals such as the once-mighty Inwa Dropdown content, now a sleepy backwater scattered with stupas that you can visit by horse and cart; Sagaing Dropdown content is another favourite for its hilltop pagodas.