Ava and U Bein Sunset Cycle

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Afternoon

tour highlights

  • Explore the peaceful island capital of Innwa
  • See locals go about their work in farms
  • Watch the sun set as you stroll across the world's largest teak bridge

tour details

Ride through the virtually untouched countryside around U Bein on this wonderful cycling tour. Take an enjoyable ride through an area rich in history and light on traffic. Ride small trails and finish with an enchanting sunset at this most famous of bridges.

tour description

Start in the early afternoon with a pickup from your hotel. The starting time varies throughout the year to adjust for the timing of sunset so we will communicate the actual start time to you before the tour. Drive to the southern part of Mandalay. The city gives way to country, where thanks to ancient canals, inhabitants can still sustain an agricultural livelihood. From the starting point begin a leisurely ride through farmland and villages where locals respond to a friendly wave or greeting. Along the way we stop in the little-known birth place U Bein, after whom the famous bridge is named, and learn about a local community that has lived here for the last two hundred years or more.
We explore shady paths on the former royal island capital of Innwa (Ava) and finish our ride in Amarapura at U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometre in span is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world. It was reportedly built by local headman U Bein of teak salvaged from the former royal palace after the capital moved to Mandalay in 1859. Whilst the bridge has been repaired from time to time, the pillars are still original. After relaxing in the last light of the day, drive back to Mandalay, arriving around 18:30 - 19:00 hours.

includes

  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Mountain Bikes
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Drinking water and local snacks

excludes

  • Mandalay Zone Fee
  • Meals

notes

  • Condition and distance: The ride is about 20 Km on flat paved and unpaved tracks and small city and country roads. Road surface can be uneven and at times a little bumpy, but the bicycles are built to handle this, and your guide will demonstrate the best technique to handle this terrain. There is minimal traffic.

  • Scale of difficulty: On a scale of 1-10, this ride is rated 5 (mild-moderate)

  • Equipment provided: Well maintained Merida mountain bikes with a helmet

  • Clothing: Suitable clothing of natural or moisture-wicking fibres is recommended as follows:
  • Long or short-sleeved tops / T-shirts (shoulders must be covered at temples)
  • Shorts or three-quarter length trousers
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • A hat with a good brim to protect you from sun
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Small daypack

    Tour departure: 12:30 hours to 13:30 hours depending on the time of year. The exact departure time will be advised at the time of booking.

    Please note there will be supplement during the water festival period from 13-17 April. Price to be advised on request.
Tour code: MDLGHMCPT

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