Amarapura's U Bein Bridge is one of those rare tourist sites that doesn't feel touristy. This could be due to the fact that this long teak bridge is shared and enjoyed by travelers and as many if not more locals.
During my walk along the historic 4,000 foot bridge I encountered a colorful spectrum of travelers and local Burmese out to watch the sun set. I met a rowdy bunch of Burmese teenage footballers celebrating a recent victory. An older French couple snapped a pic for me. Fishermen and boat owners mastered the watercolor pallet beneath the bridge. Indian mothers held the small hands of their little ones, their glittering saris trailing along the ancient teak wood. I even chatted with a group of Buddhist monks who told me I was more beautiful than the temples of Bagan. That's right-flirty monks! (By this point in my Myanmar travels I was used to being treated like a celebrity, but I still thought this was too cute!)
The whole scene was one of such light enjoyment. There were no vendors blocking your view with their wares, no child beggars or scammy touts in sight. Just normal people enjoying fresh air, a gorgeous sunset and a calm evening. That being said, you can understand why this evening at Amarapura's U Bein teak bridge has stayed with me as a highlight of my two weeks in Myanmar.
I loved strolling along this bridge so much and now I am happy to share some snapshots from a sunset on Anarapura's U Bein Bridge. I hope you enjoy!
U Bein Bridge Facts & Useful Information
- The U Bein Bridge is the longest teak bridge in the whole world!
- The bridge stretches an impressive 1.2 kilometers/3937 feet!
- The U Bein Bridge crosses the Taungtham Lake
- It is located in the town of Anarapura, about 15 km from Mandalay.
- The teak wood was used from a former palace from the nearby island capital of Inwa.
- Built in 1850, the U Bein Bridge is likely the oldest teak wood bridge in the world.
- Sunset trips to the bridge are popular evening excursions from Mandalay and can be arranged by your hotel via car or motorbike. The U Bein bridge is often the last stop on day trips to Inwa, Saigin and Mingun.
Where in the world is YOUR favorite sunset spot?
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