Mandalay & The North

Mandalay is something of an urban sprawl – and it is hard to identify a centre. The best boutique and luxurious hotels are on the outskirts but since this is not a city with a ‘vibrant, buzzing centre’ we don’t think you’re missing out on too much by staying further out.

Meanwhile, Mandalay is also the gateway to the idyllic rural Hsipaw where we have found some wonderful riverside lodges – and nearby is the hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin, which is home to plenty of English-inspired colonial style hotels.