Mandalay, Tidy Town

We stayed at the Smart Hotel, which was a great location – close to the palace and a moderate bike ride away from the World’s Biggest Book and Mandalay Hill. And good food also within easy walking distance. We rode step through rattlers provided free from the hotel every day – it was a wonderful way to experience the city. Compared to the other locations in Myanmar where we stayed, Mandalay (0r at least this part) seemed very house proud – no rubbish in the streets, and people regularly sweeping and watering their patch to keep it clean and not so dusty.

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The royal sandals – that’s real gold inset with rubies. Not your average thongs.
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Mandalay Palace
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Kuthodaw Paya – aka the World’s Biggest Book. A wonderful sight. 
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Kuthodaw Paya
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Wood carving at the Shwenadaw Paya – aka Golden Palace
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View from our balcony, level 6, Smart Hotel

 

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