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“Pleasant enough to visit but for me not very special”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of U Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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“Pleasant enough to visit but for me not very special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2012

I appreciate that I am likely to be in a minority here, and certainly both my wife and friends we travelled with would probably rate this site as 'very good', but I was not very impressed with this bridge. Maybe it had been over-hyped so my views are a reaction to that but even so...
As a bridge it is not very special, I have seen plenty of other bridges of this, or similar, construction in a number of other countries around Asia, many far more beautiful than this one. Yes, it seems somewhat taller than usual, no doubt because of the floods which inundate the area every now and then. The main thing which makes the bridge special is actually just its length. Now that is different and certainly I have never seen a bridge of this type which is anywhere near as long so it is worth seeing for that at least.
Many people have commented on its peacefulness and maybe that is correct at some times in the day. However when we were there a bit after 0900 hours, a saleslady (mainly necklaces and similar) attached herself to each of us and accompanied us nearly throughout all the time we were at or on the bridge. We didn't mind too much as although it was a long bridge, it was low level selling and we mainly chatted to them about their lives, they were mainly teenage students who spoke reasonable English, so not too bad but so much for 'peace and quiet'. There were certainly plenty of other sales ladies waiting for the next tourists so not much chance to 'get away'.
Even at that time it was already quite hot and no shade on the bridge other than a few 'huts' where more handicraft sellers were waiting though there were also benches where one could sit down. When we were there the water was very low so that possibly made it more unattractive than at some other times.
So, for me, an OK site but definitely not a 'must see'.

Visited November 2011
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Shanghai, China
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“Especially for early morning-walks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2012

An old wooden bridge, where locals and tourists meet. Would recommend to arrive early in the morning to experience some fishing, etc. without tourist-groups.

Definitely much nicer than the breakfast-"ceremony" in the nearby monastery, where countless tourists watch the monks receiving their daily ration of food. It's still nice to see the monastery, just arrive 15 minutes after the breakfast hand-out and you will be alone without any other tourist.

Visited January 2012
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Tokyo, Japan
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“Definitely SUNSET!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

If you're into taking photo's make sure you take a boat ride around sunset. Watching people pass over the bridge is an eye opener too ... always something going on.

Visited February 2011
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“This should definetly teak your interest.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2011

Spent 90 minutes crossing the bridge and visiting 2 pagodas on the other side.The bridge is about .80 miles ,takes about 20 minutes to cross.The bridge is very pretty and it is full of Burmese people of all types.The bridge is a great place to watch the sunset,people watch,etc.After you reach the other side there are 2 pagodas worth visiting.The first one is about 100 yards on the left,includes a watchtower ,with bridge and water views.This pagoda also has buddhas holding the world in their hands,and many other scenes.The second pagoda is about another .25 miles away ,this pagoda has old well preserved frescoes on its walls.If you choose you can take a boat in either direction.Visiting from 4-5:30 is probably the best time.

Visited December 2011
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Lodz, Poland
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“show about every day life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

walking along thisworld's longest teak bridge was like watching a show about Burmese's everyday life. The bridge is beautiful itself but so much authentic at the same time. Students, monks, fishermen, bikes, dogs - all in natural movement. I've spent there a long time waiting for the sunset, completely hypnotized.

Visited November 2010
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