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Exploring the streets around Hotel Mandalay, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 24, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma

New town, time to explore. Time to take photos in and around the local streets.

I asked at the front desk of the hotel what was worth looking within walking distance and they really didn’t have any suggestions. They did have a map. I asked about markets to look at… And they had no real suggestions. In the end, I just went out and walked. And I am so glad I did.

First, be careful on the streets of Mandalay as there are two major hazards. The first is falling into an open drain, and the second is the traffic.

Most the pavements seem to have large culverts (drains) running underneath them, and these culverts are either open or covered with concrete slabs, and the slabs are, in some cases, missing, badly worn or cracked, or very uneven, as can be seen in the photo below.

Mandalay Streets

Motorbikes everywhere… Turns out that a lot of them are imports from China and can cost as little as US$500.

Mandalay Streets

And just because there are crosswalks marked don’t think it is safe to use them…

Mandalay Streets

Sometimes it seems best to just go for it (I would not recommend that approach…)

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

There is also quite a bit of construction going on and this leads to some interesting hazards… The photo below is of bamboo scaffolding just dumped on the pavement.

Mandalay Streets

There are the usual street vendors around…

Mandalay Streets

And people just hanging out on the streets….

Mandalay Streets

Found a great street market just up the road from Hotel Mandalay….

The market is in the roads around the Diamond Plaza and is well worth checking out.

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Looking around street markets is always good… so much to see… and so much to take in….

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Just around the back of Hotel Mandalay is a railway line….

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

Mandalay Streets

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