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Mandalay

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Mandalay International Airport, a gleaming modern facility, serves the area with flights to most places in Myanmar and some international flights. Air Mandalay used to provide a service, twice a week, flying from [[Chiang Mai]], [[Thailand]], however, it was suspended in 2008 and, whilst rumours persist, the service has not yet restarted. There are also 3 flights weekly to and from [[Kunming]] on MU2029 for about RMB2000 one way.
Air Asia is starting a has direct flight flights from [[Bangkok, from 04th October 2012 onward with ]] - 4 flights per week.
The airport is far from the city, 45km on a modern highway (with a few hiccups). Expect to pay US$8 to central Mandalay, US$6 from central Mandalay, and US$30 to/from [[Pyin U Lwin]]. Colletive minibuses to Mandalay are US$5 each (stops where required).
===By train===
===Miscellaneous sites===
* '''Royal Palace''' (Burmese: ''man-da-lei nan-dau'') is a walled city within Mandalay. It was built in 1861 by King Mindon, to fulfill a prophecy. The palace, although destroyed in World War II, was rebuilt, and was renovated recently. It was renovated using forced labour, and locals may advise you not to visit the place. In addition, while the design of the reconstruction was fairly faithful to the original, the materials used were not (metal was use instead of the original teak wood). The palace contains several pavilions and chambers. Tourists are required to enter from the East Gate. An almost kilometre walk connects the entry gate to the palace proper. Replicas of throne rooms and chairs and Madame Tussaud style images of Kings Mindon and Thibaw with their chief consorts are on display.
* At the west end is the Palace Museum where all palace memorabilia is on display including religious paraphernalia, court ritual implements, court dresses and uniforms, furnitures, palanquins and litters, as well as armoury - all in their typical intricate Myanmar design and execution. There are also photo exhibits.
 
 
 
It was renovated using forced labour, and locals may advise you not to visit the place.
==Do==
Most budget guesthouses are located around 25th Street, between 81st and 84th Streets. There are many more than those listed here.
* <sleep name="Sabai Phyu Hotel" alt="" address="81st and 25/26th Street" directions="" phone="39997" url="" checkin="" checkout="12:00" price="US$10/20/2530" lat="" long="">Despite the semiSemi-squalid, cell-like rooms, due to on the overpricing in Mandalay, this is probably the best bet in the areafirst floor. Free drinking water. Breakfast for $1Larger rooms with A/C and fan on floors 2 and 3. Some of the best water pressure in Burma. Very friendly staff. Rooms can be unclean: e.g bedsheets not changed for new guests. Not all rooms have hot water.</sleep>
* <sleep name="AD1 Hotel" alt="" address="Eindawya Sintada Steet, Chan Aye Thar San Township" directions="East of the Eindawya Pagoda" phone="02-34505/09-6502430" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="10/15US$" lat="" long="">Great place to stay! Central location in the heart of Zeygo market. Rooftop is something special. Rooms are tacky and bathrooms dated but the price is right. $15USD Double rate as of March 4 2012</sleep>
* <sleep name="Peacock Lodge" alt="" address="5 61st St., Mandalay" directions="" phone="+95-2-33411" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$20" lat="" long="">Terrific homestay B&B, with very friendly family staff. A little bit out of the centre, also has a bike rental.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Rich Queen" alt="" address="87th Street, Bet: 26th&amp;27th Streets" directions="" phone="02-260172, 0991028348" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="15 USD Single, 25 USD Double" lat="" long="">Place is very new and has a flash backpacker feel to it. Has modern facilities including the bathrooms. All rooms have air con.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Royal Guesthouse" alt="" address="No. 41 25th Street" directions="Between 82nd &amp; 83rd Streets, Southern side." phone="0265697" url="" checkin="" checkout="12 Midday" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Popular, Lonely Planet "Our Pick". This place does fill up pretty quickly, so if you want to be sure - place a reservation before arriving in Mandalay. Cheaper rooms have fan and shared bathroom (Double rate as of August 15th 2012 US$14, single rate $9) - more expensive have aircon and attached bathroom (Double rate as of August 15th 2012 US$19). The aircon is on the government grid and so will go down during (common) blackouts. Friendly staff, and close to the Royal Palace. Bike rental (1500k per day, negotiable) available across the road.</sleep>
* <sleep name="ET Hotel" alt="" address="83rd and 23rd/24th Street" directions="" phone="65996, 66547(?)" url="" checkin="" checkout=12"" price="US$20" lat="" long="">Nice and clean, free wi-fi (good connection!) tours and transport booking, friendly staff. Cheapest rooms with shared bathroom and fan are on the roof - single $10, double $15 (Aug 2012) Update (Oct 2012): single $20, double $25 and triple $35. They said they didn't have any cheaper than that, not even before.</sleep>
===Mid-range===
* <sleep name="Mandalay Hill ResortZegyo Hotel" alt="" address="No.9, Kwin (416.B), 10th 84th Street" directions="Between 27th and 28th Streets, next to Zegyo market" phone="" email="" fax="+95-2-39494, 39495, 39990, 39991" url="http://www.mandalayhillresorthoteldiamondpalace.comnet/dpg/zegyo_hotel.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+95-2-39992">An 8-storey hotel located Near busiest Market,of Mandalay. Clean rooms. Bungalows at the foot top of Mandalay HillBuilding.</sleep> * <sleep name="Sedona MandalayCity Hotel" alt="" address="No. 1, Junction of 26th &amp; 66th StreetsStreet" directions="Between 82nd and 83rd Street" phone="+95-2-61700, 61701, 61702, 61703, 61704," url="http://www.sedonahotelsmandalaycityhotel.com.sg/oh_mya_ma_loc.asp" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+95-2-61705">A Singaporean-owned hotel built blending traditional Burmese Warm Staff, Low Price and modern architecture that faces Clean Guestrooms are the Royal Palace and Mandalay Hillthree qualities most often cited by guests </sleep>
===Splurge===
* <sleep name="Zegyo Sedona HotelMandalay" alt="Mandalay Sedona" address="84th No. 1 Junction of 26th and 66th Street" directions="Between 27th opposite to the South-East corner of Mandalay moat" phone="+95-2-36488" url="http://www.sedonahotels.com.sg/oh_mya_ma_loc.asp" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A Singaporean-owned hotel built blending traditional Burmese and modern architecture that faces the Royal Palace and 28th StreetsMandalay Hill</sleep> * <sleep name="Mandalay Hill Resort" alt="" address="No.(9), Kwin (416.B), next to Zegyo market10th Street Atthe foot of Mandalay Hill" directions="Near Mandalay Hill" phone="+95-2-35638" url="http://www.mandalayhillresorthotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+95-2-35639">Great Peaceful location, clean rooms.</sleep>
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