the oldest teak bridge in the world. We walked the whole length of the bridge - both ways and had a short boat ride in the middle where we got up close to the people doing hand fishing (yes catching fish with their hands). Whilst the water was low as monsoon has not yet started it enabled us to see the amazing structure. Young kids will need to have their hands held and not really suitable for anyone unsteady on their feet. There are a number of stops along the bridge where you can get cold drinks or just sit and enjoy the view. Locals were keen to chat and to take photos of you as much as you are of them. The market stalls had some nice inexpensive fabric and other souvenirs. photographers will love this or just iPhone snappers.
We didn't see the monk early morning parade, but during our visit there were many walking the bridge, There was enough things to see and do to make the 15 km trip out of the centre of Mandalay. We combined with a visit to a family run weaving centre.
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