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Day 9 – Hsipaw to Mandalay | Twelve Days in Myanmar

Hsipaw to Mandalay

Having secured a seat in the 12-seater mini-van (booked through my hotel in Hsipaw), it costs MMK 8,000 per person to go from Hsipaw to Mandalay. After breakfast at the hotel (included in price), I was ready at 8:30am for the mini van to arrive by 9am.

It takes about 6 hours by bus or mini-van from Hsipaw to Mandalay, including a stop over for about an hour somewhere in the middle for lunch.

Hsipaw town
[Hsipaw town in early morning]



After reaching my hotel in Mandalay past 2pm, I headed out to send postcards to friends and also get a stamp in my Postal Stamps Travelogue book.

The post office is right next to the one remaining spot I missed from my previous days in MandalayThe Mandalay Palace. Actually, the whole city revolves around these massive grounds that dominate the cityscape. They are a huge square of about two kilometers on each side, surrounded by a 64 meter-wide moat. Only one entrance can be used by tourists – the eastern – and it can take a long time to get to it if you happen to be on the other side.

The reason for the long time is because the actual restored palace takes up only a small space in the center of the grounds. The rest of the area is now a military base; and big signs and guards remind you that it’s a restricted zone, so make sure to walk down the pathway and straight into the palace area. No wandering around or else you’ll be thrown out!

Mandalay Palace grounds on the right of the moat
[Mandalay Palace grounds on the right of the moat]

Mandalay Palace
[Mandalay Palace]

Mandalay Palace
[Mandalay Palace]

Mandalay Palace
[Mandalay Palace]

Mandalay Palace
[Mandalay Palace]

Mandalay Palace
[Mandalay Palace]

Mandalay Palace
[Mandalay Palace]
Walked back to the hotel, which took about an hour from the palace grounds. With all that walking around, I was drained so relaxed at the hotel with some coffee; and a quick dinner after I called it a night!



Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate of USD 1 = MMK 1,350 at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult.

What Cost Notes
Mini van from Hsipaw to Mandalay $5.92 MMK 8,000 per person, one way.
Coffee & fruits $0.52 MMK 700 bought in Hsipaw.
Lunch $2.60 MMK 3,500 on road-side restaurant.
Stamps & postcards $4.44 MMK 6,000 for 6 postcards & stamps.
Water $0.37 MMK 500.
Dinner $3.70 MMK 5,000 in Mandalay.
Total Daily Costs $17.55 Per person
Overall Costs $1,083.65 Per person


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