Explore local lifestyles by bicycle through back lanes and vegetable markets of Mandalay
Stop at popular tea shops for breakfast
Discover an unseen side of Mandalay on this cycling tour. Escape the hustle and bustle of the dusty city and discover the tranquillity and charm of the Mandalay countryside.
Pick up from your hotel and drive to the starting point where you will get your bicycle. Begin your cycle ride north-east through the back lanes of Mandalay, passing through vegetable markets and lively neighbourhoods. Soon you are in the countryside where farmers tend to their fields and villagers go about daily rituals that have remained unchanged for decades. Water buffaloes roll lazily in the mud, goats nibble at foliage, and friendly locals respond to a wave or a smile. Stop first at a market to learn about the different produce on sale, and continue your ride to see bamboo (rattan) weaving - this typical material is used to construct everything from roofs and walls to fans. You also see a much sought-after bean curd being produced, and listen to the owner who will have you convinced it is the best quality bean product in the country. Take a walk through a typical central Myanmar village and learn about rural life and the different crops being grown. On the way back to town stop at a tea shop for some delicious snacks. Arrive back at the starting point and transfer back to your hotel.
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
Transfer from/to hotel
Mountain bikes and helmets
English speaking local biking guide
Drinking water and local snacks
Mandalay Zone Fee
Condition and distance: The ride is about 22km on tracks and small roads. The surface can be uneven and at times a bit bumpy, but bikes are specially prepared to handle this and your guide will demonstrate technique on how to best to handle this terrain. There is minimal traffic at all times.
Scale of difficulty: On a scale of 1-10, this ride is rated 2 (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
A hat with a good brim to protect you from sun
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Meeting time: 07:30am.
Please note there will be supplement during the water festival period from 13-17 April. Price to be advised on request.