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U Bein Bridge
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Private Tour: 3-Hour Sunset at U Bein Bridge
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Earlier reviews describe bridge structure accurately. You won't ever see it now with just a few monks crossing as in the promotional photos. [Well, maybe during a cloudburst in rainy season....] We passed by in February at 5PM & left after seeing the hundreds & hundreds of people thronging across; tourist buses filled parking lot. If that's not your scene, try to see bridge at an "off" time during the day.

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Reviewed February 5, 2014

The bridge was very impressive. I saw it during a tour with Aung Chun who took me on a motor taxi to the most important places around Mandalay. He speaks good English and was very accomodating. At the same time it was to good to see him do his worshipping on some of the sites. He told me that he used to drive a trishaw (bicycle with two seats) but now rented a motorbike to specialise in that. If you want to see the sites on your own, not in a tour group I would advise you to give this young guy a chance. I thought he was nice, relaxed company.
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

We visited mid-day so we missed the sunset. The bridge itself is teak planks mounted on pilings. It's rather rickety with no railings. Locals were outnumbered by the tourists. We enjoyed our venture of several hundred yards and return.

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Quite a structure being over 1 km long and made almost completely of teak from an ancient palace. The bridge is a little 'rickety' and uneven, my wife felt a little unsure on some of the loose planks and most of the side rails are missing so walk in the middle.
This is a bridge still used by locals to get across the lake and they use the land, outside of the rainy season mainly as paddy fields. there was also some fishing but the water looked somewhat polluted.
The usual stalls selling local Myanmar bits and bobs at the 'tour bus' end of the bridge.
As most say the sunset is the main reason for being here.

Thank Bricodust
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

Like many people we went there as sunset approached and it is true that you can get a good photograph of the sun setting behind the bridge. For this you do not need to walk far from the Western end (where all the tour buses arrive) at ground level to where the locals have conveniently made some paddy fields so that the setting sun also reflects in their water. However this bridge is actually used by the locals constantly and going at a different time might produce some equally worthwhile pictures of people going about their business minus the tourists. If you wish to actually cross the bridge, it would also be safer as there are no guard rails on the bridge, too many tourists and no lighting once the sun goes down. For all that I would not have missed it on my visit to Mandalay.

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