The huge, 2km square palace compound
dominates the NE section of Mandalay. The center of the city
has spread W and S from the palace. All streets follow a grid
pattern, With street running directly N to S, E to W.
All street names are numbers, like the US system.
|i1||Tourist Office MTT: 68 St, just S from 26 St.Go E on 26th St, S side of Palace moat and turn right at 68th st. T22499 8:30-17:30 You can reserve trains, boats(commission, $1-$2) City Map 100k. Bagan map 200k|
|i2||MTT at Train Station: T22541 10:00-16:00 Very helpful - much more than the main office. Old man gives you all info you want. (99 info)|
|i3||MTT at airport:|
|$1||No.1 Bank :82 + 26St. No sign in English. M-F 10:00-14:00 T/C to FEC com.$2|
|$2||MIC Bank: 83 St.(24 St,25 St.) M-F 10:00-14:00 T/C to FEC Com. $2|
|$3||black market: Around Nylon hotel, many guys come to you. No need to look for. $1=1050k, 1FEC=950k|
|P||Police : Mandalay is divided by 8 divisions. Each has its own police station. 26 St.(btw89, 90)S side, 81St(btw29,30) W side, etc.|
|H1||Hospital: Aye Thiri Hospital. 26St. Big street on the S of the palace.(72,73) T32764 24hr English speaking doctor.|
|H2||Pharmacy: Many in town. many open till 21:00|
Post Office GPO: 26 St.(btw80,81)
|M1||Telephone Office: 25 St. (btw81,80) 7:00-21:00, Call $/min: Jap $2.7, USA $4.5, UK $3.2, Australia $3.2, Thai $1.4|
|E86||Chinese consulate: 68th St? just N from 35th St. 8-11:30 T34457. Go E on 35th St. After you cross a small bridge, you can see a sign for it. Turn left.|
about 45km S from town. on the
road to Yangon.
Flights to Yangon, Pagan, Heho
Transport: only Taxi. probably $5-10
|ta1||Shining Star Tour: 81st(26, 27) T36335|
|ta2||Seven Star: 82St(27,28)|
|ta2||Seven Diamond: #28 82St(btw26, 27)|
Train station: 78 St + 30St (ordinary/upper
to Yangon $12/$30-50. to Lashio $5/10, to Thazi $27-35?, Bagan $4/9, Pyin U Lwin $2/4, Hsipaw $4/10, Kyaukme $3/9 Transport: by saiker 200-300k
Bus station: 10km S from town.
Many bus companies have offices in town. Try to find them 0n 83(32, 33)Some have free transport from their office. You can book buses at some GH's.Transport: pickup from 84st St(Zay Cho Market) heading "Samu" 100k+luggage 50k
|B2||Monywa minibus station: 89st+22st. Many minibuses from early morning till 13:00|
|B3||Pyin Oo Lin pickup station: 81st (26, 27)|
to Bagan: GawWein Jetty, W end of 35th Street.
Transport: early morning saiker 4-500k no problem to buy ticket on board.
|F2||Boat to Mingun: Mayan Chan Jetty: W end of 26th street. only 9:00 to go, To return 13:00 boat only. 1500k for round trip|
|Many buses & pickups are leaving from various place around the market. Many use signs for their routes not numbers so very confusing. Ask locals. At night, few streets are lit, very dangerous.|
From Zegyomarket to MTT for 2 or l person 300k
to Mandalay hill 4-500k
Bus/pickups: Many leave just N from the clock tower of Zegyo market
To Mandalay Hill(bottom of the hill.) By pickup 100-200k, Bus #1, 5 50k. Get off when you see Kuthodaw Pagoda, a temple with many small white pagodas, and walk W 10 min to the bottom of the hill.
Warning some pickups will try to take you to the top of the hill and ask you a lot.
Many shops near Nylon Hotel, on 25th and 83rd St. 1000k/day
You should check the condition carefully. Many ask you to return by 18:00
|Mandalay is famous for many different folk craft, such as tapestry, silk weaving, etc. You can find many shops around Zegyo market. You can visit their workshops to see the craftsmen making handicrafts. Many saikers want to take you around these local industries. May be good choice to ask them because they are a bit hard to find. MTT can tell you the locations.|
|s||Embroidery: 26St Mandalay Gem & Craft Centre Near Zegyo market. shop is located on 78 St. (35,36)|
product: about 300m E from Mandalay fort E gate. North
We could not confirm this location
|s||Ivory: Tin Aung 80St (32, 33)|
|s||Gold leaf: 77St (35, 36) When you are in the area, the sound of the pounding of the sheets of gold, will lead you here.|
|s||marble carving: S of 84St|
|s||Wood carving: S of 85St leads you to 2 streets, take the left one 1 km further S.|
marker: 84St + 26St
A few buildings and open air food market.You will see many kinds of handicraft and gym stones.Ronji is famous too.
|m3||Night market: on 84St(27-29st)|
E from MTT 3000k/3FEC 20:30-21:30 Highly
Quite interesting puppet show with live orchestra. The old master, over 70 years old, plays here every night. tapestries and puppets are sold here.
Most of the festivals are held during full moon. Also during full moon days, small festivals take place at some temple. Many stalls and stages are set up for dancing and singing.
stall at the festival
Mandalay: Mahamuni Pagoda
S of the town
|Mar 17||Burmese calendar: Tabaung month full moon|
Thingyan: Burmese New Year
They throw water over everyone. You get completely soaked. It lasts a few days.
|May 17||Burmese calendar: Kasan month full moon, the celebration for Buddha's enlightenment|
|July 15||Burmese calendar: Waso month fullmoon|
|Aug 20-26||Taung Pyone Spirit festival: (Small village near Mandalay)|
|July-Aug ?||Yatanagu Spirit festival:(near Amarapura)|
|Aug 6-16||Nat Festival|
|Oct||Burmese calendar: Thadingyut month fullmoon Light festival|
|Oct 10||Elephant Festival: near Mandalay|
|Oct 10||Mandalay: Kuthodaw Pagoda Festival|
|Oct 10||Mandalay: Kyauktawgyi Pagoda Festival|
|Oct 9-17||Fire Festival in Denjaw|
|Nov 8||Burmese calender :Tazaungmone month full moon|
|Nov 8||Mandalay: Weaving Competition Mahamuni Pagoda Festival|
|Dec 23||Burmese month Kayinny's full moon festival|
|@||E-mail: #137, 87st E side(23,24) 1000k to send, 500k to receive email@example.com|
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