Mandalay, the last royal capital city of Myanmar, proudly stands on the bank of the Ayayarwady River north of Yangon. The city centre is located approximately 45km away from the gleaming Mandalay International Airport but it is also accessible via train and bus from Yangon. Be enthralled by the charm of the peace and the greenery that remain exactly as they were ... More>during the cities apex. The second largest city of the country, it strikes the perfect balance between tradition and modernity – with bustling streets, ornate temples all over and a languid way of life. Worthwhile points of interest include Mandalay Fort and Palace built in 1857, and Mandalay Hill (believed to be the birthplace of a future Buddha), which offers gorgeous views of the pagodas in town. Besides that, other must-see sights include the famous Buddhist site, Mahamuni Paya, a pagoda with a gold-leaf covered Rakhine-style Buddha image and Kuthodaw Paya, a massive pagoda housing 729 small temples.