When you have a tour to Mandalay, make sure you go enjoy the view from Sagaing Hill.
Sagain is a little outside of Mandalay and to get there you have to cross the Ayeyarwady River. Sagaing and especially its famous hill going by the same name are one of the main centers of Buddhism in Myanmar. Sagaing Hill is home to more than 600 monasteries and stupas and more than 6.000 monks and nuns.
The steps up the hill are steep and it takes a while to get up there. On the way up you pass a few smaller stupas and temples and the views get better and better. Once up on the top you have sweeping views down to the river banks, Sagaing Bridge and the many temples crowding the numerous hills around it. It’s amazing and the Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda just adds to the atmosphere of this place.