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“Take the slow boat from Mandalay”
Review of Mandalay Palace

Mandalay Palace
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Mandalay Cultural Heritage Day Tour
Reviewed February 12, 2012

On Wednesdays and Sundays, the slow boat leaves Mandalay and travels to Bagan. While the journey time is between 14 and 16 hours, the experiences are incredible. The interaction with the local people on the boat, the people at the places that you stop off at, as well as other travllers, will stay with you forever. The fast boat is not much faster but is 4 times the price and does not stop. The slow boat is as much of a part of the Myanmar experience as anything else you will do. But be prepared for the morning to be cool, if not cold.

Thank ShanghaiGooner
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

If you want to imagine what the kings and queens of Burma used to live like, this site will provide some insights. However, it is a recreation of the original buildings, as the entire palace was bombed in the WWII.

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Reviewed February 4, 2012

The palace itself, we are told, is a "faithful replica" as the original was completely destroyed by various British occupations and British/Japanese skirmishes during WW2. Their replica, in our opinion, isn't that faithful, lots of corrugated roofing, and peeling gold paint, but it does give some insight into what it once was. The more interesting part is the walk there along the edges of the military compounds that surround it. It's all enclosed by a huge moat, and the only place you are allowed is the road to the palace and the palace itself. Tantalising glimpses each side of Myanmar military training. But be warned, you can take pictures in the palace itself and not on the road leading to it. We were tempted, but wisely decided against testing the rule....

1  Thank gill35Uk
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

The walls and pagodas around the Palace site are exotic and have to be visited if you are in Mandalay. The Palace itself is reconstructed as the original was destroyed by fire sometime around the end of the 2nd World War. The Museum at the back was shut much to our disappointment. There now seems to be a policy of shutting museums on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Thank DalkeyIsland30
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

This palace is like smaller version of Forbidden city in Beijing with Burmese culture and arts, you can see how Burma had a rich history.

Thank Upho
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