U Bein Bridge, Amarapura

Gently curving across Taung Tha Man Lake, U Bein Bridge stretches 1.2 km (0.75 mi)--making it among the largest wooden bridges in the world. Erected on close to 1,100 pillars in the mid 19th century, the strong timber structure was built using teak from a dismantled teak palace. The footbridge provides an important passageway during flood season, but locals and monks use the bridge as everyday traffic. Chat in few resting areas, or watch fishers drawing their nets. Reflected upon the still surface of the lake, the bridge makes a popular photo opportunity. You can cross it by bicycle when it is not busy. To visit U Bein Bridge and get the most from your holiday in Amarapura, create itinerary details personal to you using our Amarapura driving holiday planning app .
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  • The best place to take photos of U BEIN BRIDGE is not on the bridge, but under it. Wandering & sit from a close distance under the bridge is the best way to enjoy U BEIN. Then you can join other visit...  more »
  • Michel was also 20 years ago. Now much more touristy. A 1200 meter long wooden bridge is still out so special but the vast more that those bridges. I went with a local bus, and (too) expensive private back. I think you better return trip by taxi can go (from Mandalay), so far it is not. Be too far to walk.
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  • This used to be a lovely, romantic place to visit. My visit today was really disappointing. It had a bizarre lighting display near the bridge entry, like a bad taste Disneyland. The bridge was really ...  more »

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Where to stay in Amarapura

Amarapura proper currently has no accommodations licensed to house foreign visitors. As such, travelers wishing to make a trip to Amarapura stay in Mandalay. There, you can find some particularly characterful and well-appointed hotels throughout the town, but particularly in the Royal Palace area. In addition, standard options like budget hostels and guesthouses all put you within easy reach of Amarapura and the main sights of Mandalay.
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