Evening bike tour in Mandalay, Myanmar
Bikes are the best way to tour Ava's beautiful ancient capital, an area rich in history and light on traffic. Shady trees and flat cycling make a great tour route, riding through small communities and picturesque ruins, all topped off with an iconic sunset at U Bein Bridge.
This bike tour runs in Mandalay.

Undoubtedly the best place in the Mandalay area to see out the day is at Taungthaman Lake, with the sun setting behind the longest teakwood bridge in the world, silhouetting the people wandering back and forth.

This is a great way to enjoy an afternoon, riding through quiet countryside and the ruins of the Court of Ava before seeing the sun set on an intriguing piece of history. This is a ride that anyone can do, taking only six hours of your time on any given afternoon.

Please note: Myanmar day tours will not operate April 13th to 16th due to Burmese New Year holidays. We will re-open April 17th and apologise for any inconvenience. Hope you enjoy the many celebrations happening this time of year!

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Tour details

$60 USD

0.5 day duration

20 km distance

Difficulty: Mild-Moderate

Tour code: GHMC12

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Ava (Inwa) Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) Cycle Tour Group

Ava (Inwa)

The area was home to the Burmese Kings four times over as many centuries, despite repeated sackings at the hands of rival factions. Although the Royal Capital eventually moved to Mandalay, the “Court of Ava” remained the European term for the Kingdom. With rivers already on two of its triangular sides, the area was turned into a man-made island to improve its defences, making it a peaceful place for our bike ride.

U Bein Bridge Sunset Tour - Mandalay

U Bein

U Bein’s Bridge is one of Mandalay's most famous sights and seeing it in the late afternoon light is without a doubt the best time to sit back and enjoy the view. Getting there is half the fun of this ride as you pass picturesque countryside and see village life.

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Good Wheels

Impeccably maintained Merida mountain bikes with a helmet are provided. The bikes have front suspension, full hydraulic brakes a comfortable saddle and an upright riding position. We also provide a refillable water bottle.

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Your Guide

An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country.

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Snacking

Local snacks are provided during the tour, and clean water is always available to keep you well hydrated.

Small group cycling tours

2 to 10

This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.

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Kids' Prices

We have a range of kids sized bikes, tag-alongs and child seats so there's no reason to leave the kids at the hotel. And to help families we offer discounts to all children aged 15 years and below: Ages 0 to 4 years - 50% off / Ages 5 to 12 years - 30% off / Ages 13 to 15 years - 10% off


Tour Itinerary

for the Ava & U Bein Sunset Tour

Pickup & Drive out of Mandalay
We 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. We then drive south from Mandalay to get out of the traffic. As the sprawl lessens, we find ourselves in the dry zone where, thanks to ancient canals, the inhabitants can sustain an agricultural livelihood.

On Your Bike
We hit the bikes and take the old Royal Road into the ancient city of Ava, now flanked by a lively community where locals will be pleasantly surprised to see you and call out with greetings. We’ll take you through small villages and stop to see some of the cottage industries that have been operating here for centuries. Riding on we’ll come across atmospheric ruins far from the usual tourist route taken by the horse-cart drivers so we’re likely to have them to ourselves. After passing through gates in the impressive walls of the central city we find ourselves in something like a walled garden, but with golden pagoda spires scattered amongst the trees.

River Crossing
Soon we’ll board a small ferry boat for a short crossing over the Dohtawaddy (or ‘small river”) where we’ll refresh with a well-earned snack break. The next couple of kilometres can be a little busy after the peace of Ava but our support van is there for anyone who wishes to hop in.

U Bein - the Man & the Bridge

Soon we turn off onto another quieter road leading through small villages on the outskirts of another of the old capitals, Amarapura, still famous for its silk weaving industry. Along the way we stop in the little-known hometown of Mayor U Bein himself, after whom the bridge is named, and learn about a Muslim community that has lived here for the last two hundred years or so. We finish our ride at U Bein’s Bridge. The bridge spans 1.2km and was reportedly built by Mayor U Bein from salvaged teak wood that was left behind in the move of the capital from Amarapura to Mandalay in 1859. Whilst the bridge has been repaired from time to time, the pillars are still the original wood. We'll walk along the shores and the bridge itself to catch the last light of the day before driving back to Mandalay, arriving around 6:30-7:30pm.


What's the Riding Like?

Flat, uneven terrain

20km riding

We cycle 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 times.


Making a Booking

Click on the 'Book this tour' button below or at the top of the page to reserve your place on this tour. Full payment will be taken at the time of booking.

Should you wish to book less than 24 hours in advance, you should contact the Grasshopper shop on +95 94 0265 9886 to confirm your booking.

Please note: Myanmar day tours will not operate April 13th to 16th due to Burmese New Year holidays. We will re-open April 17th and apologise for any inconvenience. Hope you enjoy the many celebrations happening this time of year!

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Starting Time & Meeting Point

Grasshopper Adventures Shop
Parami Lane,
Between Streets 25 & 26, and Streets 58 & 59,
Mahar Zayyar Bon Quarter,
Mandalay,Myanmar.
For Assistance Phone: +95 94 0265 9886

Meeting time: 12:30pm to 01:30pm - depending on the time of year. Time will be advised at the time of booking.

For a face to face chat about this and other amazing tours, feel free to visit us at our Mandalay shop.


What our guests tell us...

Just a selection of our great reviews!

I hadn’t been on a bicycle in a couple of years but it was still a great ride that ended on a boat overlooking UBein bridge at sunset. Feel great to combine some exercise into my travels.

RhondicaMay 2018

Great way to see the ancient capital around Mandalay. Dan was a great guide & trip was great mix of easy cycling thru villages, viewing temples & sunset boat trip Highly recommend

ElaineApril 2018

Phyo took us for a afternoon ride through the villages to the bridge. He took the time to answer all of our questions, offered plenty of photo opportunity and we ended our day with beautiful sunset. We highly recommend this tour and guide!

KathleenJanuary 2018

We'd definitely recommend Grasshopper and will look out for them for trips we're doing in future - cycling is a great way to see a country! Thanks for a great afternoon.

Mandy2341January 2018