The Thadingyut festival is accompanied by a set of holidays perfect for the general public to spend time with loved ones and travel to all places. Mandalay Region is receiving its fair share of visitors this year as crowds visit the famous U Bein Bridge and Taungthaman Lake it’s situated on, in Amarapura.
While both the lake and the bridge draw in foreign and domestic visitors, the public holidays for Thadingyut has noticeably increased the number of people coming to see the cultural heritage.
U Kyaw Shwe from the Department of Health is visiting with his family and colleagues from Yangon. He says the long holiday is a perfect time to plan a trip with everyone together and they have visited PyinOoLwin the other day, another popular destination in Mandalay.
The lake offers boat rides while the bridge offers majestic backdrops for photography. The increased tourism also helps local businesses. — Min Htet Aung (Mann Sub-printing House)
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)