Mandalay Hill at Sunset

Located just to the north-east of Mandalay’s city centre, Mandalay Hill offers wonderful views over the city. At the top of the hill you find the Sutaungpyei Pagoda where many Burmese people come on pilgrimage. There are four stairways leading up to the top, but most guests enter through the south where you find two leogryphs (lion figures) guarding the approach. Mandalay Hill was the scene of a fierce battle in the Second World War, when the British were trying to retake Mandalay from the occupying Japanese. A Gurkha battalion stormed the hill, fighting hand-to-hand all the way to the top, brandishing their Kukhris (knives) shouting ‘Ayo Gurkhali’ meaning ‘the Gurkhas are coming’. The Japanese fled into the cellars at the top of the hill. To capture the hill, petrol drums were rolled down into the cellars, and set alight by tracer fire by the approaching Gurkhas. This created an almighty explosion that sadly destroyed many of the historic pagodas.

Itineraries

The Road to Mandalay: Cruising the Irrawaddy

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy Cruise - Bagan - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Nothing quite compares to a gentle cruise along the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan. You’ll see the major sights of Burma, but also see the traditional villages and rural charm along the banks of the river.

12 days from £3795 p. p.

Burma in Depth

Bago - Hpa An - Golden Rock - Yangon - Bagan - Yandabo - Mandalay - Maymyo - Hsipaw - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali  

If you want to leave no stone unturned in Burma, then we can offer longer private journeys which get further off-the-beaten track to see more of this amazing country.

24 days from £4630 p. p.

Remote Burma: Cruising the Chindwin

Mandalay - Chindwin River - Yangon  

The further you get off-the-beaten track in Burma, the more remarkable the destination becomes. Ideal for a second-time trip, this tour explores the hidden Chindwin on the luxury Belmond Orcaella.

17 days from £6150 p. p.

Burma in a Nutshell

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy - Bagan - Inle Lake  

This shorter private tour of Burma combines all the main highlights of this amazing destination, exploring Yangon, visiting Mandalay, cruising the Irrawaddy, the temples and pagodas of Bagan and Inle Lake.

11 days from £2360 p. p.

Related Hotels

Rupar Mandalar, Mandalay | Boutique Hotels in Burma | Millis Potter

Rupar Mandalar

$ $ $ $ $ Mandalay & Northern Shan  

The Rupar Mandalar is a luxury boutique hotel located in the suburbs of Mandalay in Burma, offering just 22 rooms and suites.

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Red Canal, Mandalay, Burma

The Hotel by the Red Canal

$ $ $ $ $ Mandalay & Northern Shan  

The Hotel by the Red Canal is a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Mandalay in Burma, set within lush gardens.

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