A trip to Mandalay will not be complete without watching a traditional marionette play or theatre performance. In the past, Myanmar puppetry was used for purposes of art, education and entertainment. Marionettes were used to educate people about current events, traditions and literature and also served as a mouthpiece of the people. Now it is considered a dying art form that is being preserved by the likes of Mandalay Marionettes Theatre and other groups.
Tourists may be surprised to know that this quiet and laid-back city is actually home to this noisy pastime. Visitors can channel their inner rock star and showcase their talent in the many karaoke lounges throughout the city. The only problem is deciding which among the lounges should be chosen for the singing session. Here are three to try out.
Mandalay is similar to Yangon in the sense that both cities are great destinations for rest, relaxation and a good pampering. The city of Mandalay has its fair share of beauty salons and spas and after days of sightseeing and visiting the beautiful pagodas, tourists can end their journey on a soothing note with massages and aromatherapy.
Myanmar is a good place for golf lovers with tour packages specially designed for visitors who want to play. The city of Mandalay is included in some of the tour packages, mainly because of the Yetagun Taung Golf Course. The 7,020-yard, 18-hole course provides golfers with a stunning view of the Shan Mountain ranges as they tee off.
- Location: Left side of Mandalay-Maymyo Highway Road.
Myanmar’s rich biodiversity lends the opportunity for ecotourism, and Mandalay is one of the cities with an ecotourism site. The National Kandawgyi Garden or Maymyo Botanical Garden, formerly known as the National Botanical Garden, is a place that visitors should not miss as a venue for study and research regarding botany.
- Opening Hours: 07:00-17:30
- Location: Pyin Oo Lwin Township.