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U Bein Bridge, Amarapura
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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. U Bein Bridge is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Amarapura Edition.
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  • Who does not love a sunset especially when that sunset is on the longest wooden bridge. Your mind races wondering how it was built and how it is still standing while enjoying the beauty of your surrou...  more »
  • Go at sunrise rather than sunset! We got a taxi ride there before sunrise. Our taxi driver negotiated a deal with a super sweet boat driver. He took us out on to the empty water (save for a few fisher...  more »
  • We stopped here early morning on our way out of the city. It was reasonably quiet and we weren't hassled too much by vendors. There are some great opportunities for photos, and plenty of the local mon...  more »
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  • Long, rickety 200 year old bridge. Super windy. Lots of locals trying to sell you trinkets and stuff. Nonetheless it's a beautiful scene, you can watch traditional fisherman doing their thing, old guys paddling round in boats and young Myanmar kids hanging out. The drive down from Mandalay alone was worth it, just to see the full extent of the city. There is a large brilliant white pagoda across the lake that is also interesting to check out.
  • From the photos I had seen it looked magical. I imagine it was special a long time ago. The reality was horrible. So many tourists (domestic and foreign) that it just lost any kind of special feeling. I was one of those tourists ruining it for others and for that I'm sorry ;-)
  • Really beautiful bridge. I do suggest to get there early morning, when there are few tourist, and you can see local life.
  • Nice sunset location. Too much tourists
  • This is one busy popular attraction just south of Mandalay, located in Amarapura ancient capital of late 18th century. The world longest teak footbridge is built on a immense Taungthaman Lake, spanning the Amarapura Royal city in the northwestern shore with a sizeable village in the eastern shore. Built in 1849, with a total length closed to 4000ft., the footbridge is named after U Pain, who took the responsibilities of this massive building project. Most people come to visit in the late afternoon, usually before sunset. There are locals and tourists packed on the bridge, especially on the first quarter of the bridge. A few people make out to the other end of the bridge where there are a few teahouses severing Burmese sweet tea, 3 in 1 coffee and cold drinks and fried fritters. There is an interesting temple with wall paintings in the village. For those who don't want to brush through crowds and being pushed towards the edge of the bridge that doesn't necessarily have handrails, the best time to experience the bridge is at sunrise. It is much easier to learn about locals commuting on the bridge, fishermen in the lake, and enjoy the serene scenes in the morning around sunrise. There is a rowboat stand where one can take a boat ride to experience the bridge from different perspectives and close encounter with the fishermen and the ducks farmers. Although you can rent a boat anytime of the day, the best time for the boat ride is just before sunset but be warned that the boats usually rent out early by the packaged tour groups.