Previously the royal capital, Mandalay is set along the Irrawaddy River in northern Burma. Visit the country’s revered Mahamuni Paya temple to see its celebrated 4-meter high gold Buddha. Glimpse at the intricate carvings inside Shwenandaw Monastery. Made entirely out of teak wood, it is the only surviving building from the original wooden royal palace. Soak in the wonderful views and wander around the numerous pagodas and temples on Mandalay Hill including the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is home to the world’s largest book made from hundreds of marble slabs. Surrounded by a moat, wander around the restored Konbaung Dynasty Mandalay Royal Palace and the Palace Museum. Shop for wonderful Burmese handicrafts and attend a traditional puppetry performance. For an authentic cultural experience- Mandalay.