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U Bein Bridge

Address: Amarapura, Township of Mandalay, Amarapura, Myanmar
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Type: Bridges, Landmarks
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Type: Bridges, Landmarks
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Mt Tamborine, Queensland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Yes, the bridge is long, (1.2 kilometres ) and ancient (longest teak bridge in the world) and used by locals including nuns and monks. i loved the fishermen but best of all I loved someone else's photograph taken from a boat, or at least at ground level, with that lovely old bridge and all its pedestrian load, silhouetted against the... More 

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New York City, New York
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Okay, very different landscape compared to Mandalay Hill, but I think this is superior. It's also fun to hire one of the boats to take you out on the boat. You can capture some nice photos of the sunset and the bridge. It's also kind of romantic. It was not expensive at all too!

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Coppell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

U Bein (also spelled Oo Pain), the story goes, had the bridge built 175 years ago in order to create a short cut, of sorts, for his son's journey to school. Prior to the bridge, the walk to the monastery was 13 miles & the bridge shortened that trek to just one mile. Even now, school children are seen crowding... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

In the late afternoon hours the bridge resembles a carnival - crowds of locals and foreigners mingle and take pictures of each other, excited in anticipation of the main event - the sunset. PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: If you are serious (or semi-serious) about photographing the bridge at sunset, I'd advise two things. First, definitely hire a boat. Better to do it... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The U Bein Bridge was simply a unique experience on many fronts. It is considered to be longest and oldest teak wood bridge in the world. It was built in 1850! We arrived at about 3 pm and spent about an hour walking the length of the bridge. At about 4.15 pm we took a boat trip which took us... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

With a lot more tourists walking the bridge than locals the 'couleur local' at U Bein Bridge sometimes seems far away. A pair of boomboxes at the beginning of the bridge playing very loud Myanmar pop music didn't help either. But with sunset coming closer and tourists finding their spots on the water or on land to watch the sunset,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The guidebook was right, this was definitely the perfect spot to watch the sunset. We arrived with plenty of time to walk back and forth across the bridge, which was full of both tourists and locals. It seems that everyone was there for the sunset on a Saturday night! We met a very friendly monk who suggested the best spot... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Longest teak bridge still in use but under threat from age and overuse. This site is best viewed from the lakeside of one of the small boats that offer a very good close-up view and a chance to see interesting fishing techniques used by local men and women.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Worth getting up early for sunrise, great photo opportunity with locals walking silhouettes against the sky, monks, school kids, etc .

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Absolutely beautiful walk over the bridge. It wasn't too busy when we went and had a very nice time. The sunset was breath taking!

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