U Bein Bridge is a unique sight in Myanmar and one of the highlights when you visit Mandalay. It is located in former capital city of Amarapura, just 10 km from Mandalay.
It is the longest teak bridge in the world, measuring 1.2 km and crossing Taungthaman Lake.
The teak wood came from the royal palace at Amarapura, including the columns used as the bridge pillars. When the capital was moved to Mandalay they took it down and U Bein, the mayor, used the teak to build this bridge so locals could cross Taungthaman Lake.
During the day it’s very busy. It forms part of daily life as hundreds of locals cross it to go to work and return home.From the little cafes on both sides you can spend hours watching people coming and going … Read More »
These are the floating gardens on Inle Lake which tourists can visit on boat trips to the lake.
The surrounding mountains form a dramatic backdrop to this stunning lake.
Farmers move between their crops by boat through these narrow channels.
The villagers who live in these huts have developed a unique way to power their boats. They pedal with their feet, leaving their hands free for other things such as pulling up fishing nets or harvesting tomatoes.
The houses are made of bamboo and sit on top of long bamboo canes that hold them above the lake. The space under their houses is used to store their boats, as well as being a good place to do the laundry.
Local woman travelling though the floating village by boat.
Woman tending to her … Read More »