Inle Lake


Amarapura - Former Capital Near Mandalay & One of Sam's Exotic Travels

Located between Mandalay and the airport south of the city, Amarapura was capital of Myanmar until King Mindon built Mandalay and moved the capital there inside the walled fort. Now it is largely deserted, except for a large monastery which houses 1,000 monks. The famed U Bein's Bridge, a 150-year old bridge, made of  teak wood is nearby, a favorite photo place. The Lake, full after the summer rains, is dry part of the year. My timing was good - and weather was great.

Monks and bicyle on U Bein Bridge - Amarapura  Monks on U Bein Bridge watching sunset - Amarapura  Boat and tree taken from U Bein's Bridge - Amarapura

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