U Bein Bridge Description:
The U Bein Bridge is a roughly mile-long span of teakwood that dates back to Myanmar’s Ava Kingdom.
The Ava Kingdom ruled much of Myanmar between the 14th and 19th centuries filling the power vacuum left by the fallen Pagan Kingdom. After an earthquake shattered the Ava Kingdom’s capital city of Inwa in 1839, King Tharrawaddy chose the city of Amarapura as his new seat of power.
U Bein Bridge was constructed sometime around 1850 as an easy path across the Taungthaman Lake for Amarapura’s population. The teakwood for the bridge was reclaimed from the ruins of the royal palace in the destroyed city of Inwa, and is comprised of some 1,000 wooden pillars pounded into the lakebed.
Though the structure is well over a century old, it’s still a busy route that sees hundreds of pilgrims, monks, and travelers cross it on a daily basis.
Best Time to Visit U Bein Bridge:
The best weather for sightseeing in Myanmar falls between November and May during the temperate dry season. Rains follow from June to October, revving the country’s deep green hue after the arid summer.
How to get to U Bein Bridge:
The U Being Bridge spans the Taungthaman Lake near the city of Amarapura. Guests on our luxury tours of Myanmar can reach the city after a direct flight from Yangon to Mandalay. Once arriving in the Mandalay, our guests are chauffeured to the city of Amarapura in a private vehicle accompanied by one of our experienced guides.
U Bein Bridge Highlights:
This simple footbridge is one of the Mandalay’s most iconic structures. The glassy surface of the Taungthaman Lake combines with the bridge’s rustic architecture for truly splendid pictures - particularly at sunset.
Western-style clothing choices are fine to wear when visiting the bridge, but if you’re planning to stop by any Buddhist religious sights before or after the bridge, it’s best to dress in conservative clothing that covers shoulders to knees.