The longest teak footbridge across Taungthaman Lake in Myanmar names the U Bein Bridge. This 1200m bridge just looks like another wooden one but it has its own unique beauty. For a long time, the wooden bridge gently curving through the serene lake has created one of the best places to watch the sunset on a day trip from Mandalay.

U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

The structure of the bridge seems to be flat type but actually slight curve. The U Bein Bridge is supported by over a thousand teak pillars. However, time after time, some pillars have been worn by the water and need concrete supports. The surface planks are from the old royal palace of Inwa, a former Myanmar capital; therefore, this U Bein has a great historical story.

Sunset over U Bein Bridge

Sunset over U Bein Bridge

The U Bein bridge is not only one of the best tourist attractions in Myanmar for tourists to discover but still the main daily road for locals. It has different beauty in each time in a day, each season, with or without people. In the dry season, the water is low and the bridge appears like a man in tall and thin shape watching people working. After the summer rain, the U Bein is embraced by water up to the floor planks.
It is said that the best time to see the U Bein is the sunset time so it becomes the most hunted photographed site for tourists. However, the morning U Bein also attract people a lot.