U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

Located in Amarapura on the outskirts of Mandalay, the 1.2 kilometre U Bein bridge built around 1850 is believed to be the longest and oldest teak bridge in the world. The bridge itself is made almost completely of teak planks mounted on pilings from an ancient palace. It’s rather rickety and uneven with no railings. One boy almost fell when I was there. Hand on my heart, I was scared for him.

The area is a very popular place to view sunset. Many boat operators offer their service to take people to the middle of the lake to see the sun setting. It is highly recommended as the view from the boat is just the most magnificent.

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