U Bein Sunset Cycle

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Afternoon

tour highlights

  • Learn about a Muslim community that has called the region home for 200+ years
  • 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. From the starting point, begin a leisurely ride through farmland and villages where locals always respond to a friendly wave or greeting. Along the way, we’ll stop in the little-known birth place U Bein and learn about a Muslim community that has lived here for the last two hundred years. We’ll explore shady paths on the former royal island capital of Innwa (Ava) before finishing 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. 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 19:00–19:30 hours.

tour description

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 Muslim 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 19:00 - 19:30 hours.

includes

  • Transfer from/to hotel (provided by Grasshopper)
  • Snacks
  • Grasshopper
  • U Bein Sunset Ride (code: GHMC)
  • Private Tour
  • Bicycle
  • English speaking local tour guide during cycling
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour

excludes

  • Mandalay Zone Fee
  • Meals

notes

  • Condition and distance: The ride is about 20km on tracks and small roads. The surface can be uneven and at times a bit bumpy, but our 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 time.

  • Scale of difficulty: On a scale of 1
  • 10, this ride is rated 5.

  • Equipment provided: Impeccably maintained Merida mountain bikes with a helmet are provided.

  • 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

    Meeting time: 13:30pm to 14:30pm
  • depending on the time of year. The exact meeting time will be advised at the time of booking.
Tour code: MDLGHMCPT
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