I’m starting to think Myanmar has a bit of a complex. A number of places we visited boasted about being The World’s Largest/Longest/Biggest/Heaviest etc. So not surprisingly the U Bein Teak Bridge near Mandalay is apparently the world’s longest and oldest Teak Bridge. I’m not sure who they are in competition with? It’s a long, wooden bridge… 1.2km long and made of teak. Exciting stuff.
So why would you want to visit? Primarily tourists visit here for the sunset. We arrived about 1.5 hours prior to sunset and took a very crowded stroll along the bridge to about the half way point. It was pretty and the shallow lake had a number of small boats going out for people to view the sunset from the water with the silhouette of the bridge in them. Ideally you don’t want to be on the bridge for sunset if you want it in your photo.
Our camera doesn’t do sunset justice and our camera battery went flat anyway. But it was still a nice experience to wander along and do some people watching but I wouldn’t go out of your way unless you are a mad keen photographer wanting to capture a sunset photo with an old wooden bridge in it.
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