Mandalay Holidays

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"For the wind is in the palm trees, and the temple-bells they say: Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay."
'The Road to Mandalay', Rudyard Kipling.

Mandalay was the last royal capital of the Burmese kingdom. Geographically and culturally at the core of the country, the city was established by King Mindon as a new centre for the study of Buddhism, and today remains the spiritual artery of a devoutly religious nation. Mandalay is home to more than half of the total population of monks in Burma. The former royal capital is itself only 150 years old, but its poetic and lyrical name, immortalised in numerous books and poems, conjures up childhood images of the romance and mysticism of the Orient.

The busy, dusty streets, full of rickshaws, horse drawn carts and bicycles are bustling with activity and trade, exuding a distinctly commercial atmosphere to the city. To the devoutly Buddhist Burmese, Mandalay is the city that truly reflects their soul. On its doorstep, the mighty Irrawaddy meanders languidly past. On the far reaches of its banks, perched atop a small hillock is the ancient, whitewashed city of Sagaing, the former capital of the once independent Shan kingdom. Just south of Mandalay is another former royal capital, Amarapura, which translates to "city of immortality".



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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Sanctuary Ananda 3 Nights Bagan – Mandalay

Nights: 3 | from £695pp

Enjoy 3 nights aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda, exploring beautiful pagodas, bustling markets and the ancient capital of mystical Myanmar. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Myanmar

Nights: 11 | from £5,953pp

Virtually off-limits for decades, Myanmar is back with a bang, as stay-away travellers realise the delights they’ve been missing in this wonderful, warm,... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Hilltribes of Myanmar (Burma)

Nights: 13 | from £2,995pp

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, distils the best of South-East Asia – golden pagodas, fascinating hilltribes, lush mountain scenery, pristine beaches... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Sanctuary Ananda 4 Nights Mandalay – Bagan

Nights: 4 | from £795pp

Hop aboard the Sanctuary Ananda for a 4 night cruise from Mandalay to Bagan, viewing magnificent monasteries, ancient cities and colourful markets. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys – Myanmar and the Irrawaddy 2017

Nights: 10 | from £4,595pp

Myanmar & the Irrawaddy, visiting Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay,The Irrawaddy River And Bagan Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Hotel by the Red Canal

Situated on the historic Red Canal, this boutique style hotel is nestled amongst lush greenery and serene water fountains. In a convenient location, close... Find out more

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Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel

The crescent shaped Hotel situated at the foot of picturesque Mandalay Hill with a panoramic view of a myriad of pagodas. It also faces the distinctive... Find out more

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Rupar Mandalar Resort

Rupar Mandalar is a romantic hotel, set within 1.8 hectares of natural vegetation. Modern facilities combine with traditional materials, natural wooden... Find out more

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