Mandalay may be the most recognized place in Myanmar, thanks to Rudyard Kipling, Amitav Ghosh and others, however much of its former charm has been destroyed and I would not recommend spending too much time there. (In fact, if you have constraints, cross it off your list.) That being said, the people are as lovely as elsewhere, there is a phenomenal Buddhist monastery/university and it is a good place to embark on a cruise down the Irrawaddy River – which is a must.
These young women have sandalwood paste applied in traditional fashion. In a perfect blend of form and function, it serves as decoration and sunblock.
The Irrawaddy is a major thoroughfare for the country. Here straw is unloaded near the village of KyaukMyaung where virtually the entire population is involved in the pottery business.
Many vendors peddle their wares via bicycle (although this one seems to be gazing with longing at the truck).
Constant loading and unloading along the banks in Mandalay.
This Buddhist university is an oasis of calm in the bustling city.
Just a peek at the wonder that is the Shwezigon Pagoda.
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