Mandalay is everything that you would expect from a bustling Asian metropolis. The city sits on the majestic Irrawaddy, a seemingly timeless river that snakes from north to south through majestic Myanmar. But the reason you absolutely must include it in your itinerary is the potential for exploration beyond the city limits. Think lush green landscapes, ancient ruins, and lost cities, all waiting to be explored by history buffs and enlightenment seekers. There is lots to do in the city itself too: golden palaces, ornate pagodas, and a burgeoning food scene ensure you will always have plenty to see and eat.