Mandalay Hill

As advised by the guide book, we approached from the southern side, past the lions, and walked the full length (1800 or so steps) to reach the main paya, passing a number of shrines and Buddha images and at least three signs pointing ‘To the Top.’ Good views once we got there, even though the day was hazy. We also spotted some interesting birds and a couple of tree hugging lizards.




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.

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