Best Time to Visit Mandalay

Do you know where is Mandalay? Mandalay is a city located in Myanmar. It is the second largest city of Myanmar. Region of Mandalay is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has many historical monuments to see. It is named after the Mandalay Hill. There are lots of famous attractions in Mandalay such as Mandalay Palace, Pindaya Caves, Kuthodaw Pagoda and U-Bein bridge that you can’t miss. Do you plan to visit Mandalay? If you have a plan to travel to Mandalay, do you know when is the best time to visit Mandalay? According to weather of Mandalay and some tourist experience, best time to visit Mandalay is from November to February.


Where is Mandalay located?

Mandalay map

Located on the Irrawaddy River in central Myanmar, Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar. It is named after the Mandalay Hill. It is one of the political, economic and cultural centers of Myanmar. Here is place where ancient dynasties once built capital. During the British colonial rule, Myanmar was divided into upper Myanmar and lower Myanmar by Mandalay. In the Second World War, most of the buildings of Mandalay were destroyed, with only the ancient city and the tower.


When is the best time to visit Mandalay?

What’s the weather like in Mandalay? Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate with an average annual temperature of 27 °C. Mandalay is located in a dry area in eastern Myanmar and has a sultry climate throughout the year. Mandalay can be divided into three seasons: hot season, rainy season and cool season. Hot season is from March to June. Rainy season is from July to October. Cool season is from November to February. The lowest temperature of Mandalay is in January with an average temperature of 20 °C. The highest temperature is in April with an average temperature of 34 °C and a highest temperature of 47 °C. So the best time to travel to Mandalay is from November to February. During this time, the climate is comfortable and the rainfall is low, which is suitable for traveling.


3 Famous tourist attractions in Mandalay

1、Famous tourist attraction in Mandalay - Mandalay Palace

Mandalay Palace

The Mandalay Palace, located in Mandalay, Myanmar, is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy. The entire palace is square and wooden structure. There are 104 temples in the palace. The buildings are mainly red and gold. The palace was built from teakwood, a unique tree species unique in Myanmar. It has the characteristics of being non-cracking and corrosion-resistant. The Burmese feudal dynasty also used teak as royal wood. The palace and imperial city were built with this wood. The museum in the palace displays the story of the Burmese dynasty, displaying many items, furniture and clothing used by the king. Inside the palace, there is a 33-meter-high watchtower. Climb to the top of watchtower, you can overlook the Royal Palace and Mandalay Street.


2、Famous tourist attraction in Mandalay - U-Bein bridge

U-Bein Bridge

The U-Bein Bridge is about 1.2 kilometers long and is the longest teak wooden bridge in the world. Its piers, bridges, and paved planks are all made of precious teak and have been immortalized for centuries. The sunset over U-Bein Bridge is very romantic and is one of the most famous sights in Myanmar. There are many people when there is sunset, you can walk on the U-Bein Bridge before sunset. There are six pavilions in the bridge, which symbolize the "six spirits" of Buddhism. It is said that when Burmese are in love, they will come to the bridge to pray for love to last longer, so U-Bein Bridge is also called "Lover Bridge" by the locals. U-Bein Bridge is a romantic tourist attraction in Myanmar that you can’t miss.


3、Famous tourist attraction in Mandalay - Pindaya Caves

Pindaya Caves

Pindaya Cave contains more than 8,000 statues of Buddha from different periods. Visitors in Pindaya Caves have more than all other caves in Myanmar. These Buddha statues cover almost the walls of the cave, and many visitors will marvel at the number of these Buddha statues. Walking in this sacred maze of golden statues, please slow down your steps, because the monks are still praying in these caves.


What should you bring to Mandalay?

Mandalay is located in the tropical climate all year round, you only need to bring some clothes of summer if you travel to Yangon. However, if you need to take the bus at night, train and other means of transportation, it is necessary to bring long sleeve shirt or long trousers and even a thick coat, because these night cars often open the air to the maximum, it will make people feel very cold.

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