Half-day morning bike tour in Mandalay, Myanmar
Escape the bustle of Mandalay by bicycle to discover the tranquillity and charm of the countryside. This morning bike tour explores the highlights of rural Mandalay, giving a fascinating insight into daily life out of the city and travelling by bicycle offers a genuine connection with the surrounds and locals.
This morning bike tour runs in Mandalay.
When Kipling wrote of Mandalay it wasn't quite the buzzing and bustling city that it is now. Naturally, a perfect invitation for the Grasshopper Team to jump on a bike and rediscover the beauty of this town that sits on the list of many prospective visitors to Myanmar.
This is a bike tour through the stunning countryside that surrounds Mandalay. We ride through the unseen surrounds visiting fresh markets, cottage industry, farming villages and cycle back to Mandalay having made a genuine connection to the Myanmar countryside and people.
Please note: Our Mandalay bike tours will not operate April 13th to 17th due to Burmese New Year holidays. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you enjoy the many celebrations happening this time of year.
0.5 day duration
22 km distance
Tour Features & Inclusions
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This tour is all about getting you out of busy Mandalay to explore a side to local life by bicycle that you would otherwise miss within the confines of the city. It's a great perspective on the lives of the locals.
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.
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.
Local snacks are provided during the tour, and clean water is always available to keep you well hydrated.
1 to 10
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 1 traveller. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
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
For Mandalay Morning Ride tour
Gather at the Grasshopper Shop
We start the tour at 7:30 from our conveniently located shop and begin our bike ride through the back lanes to get out of town. Along the way we pass through fresh markets, lively neighbourhoods and head for the north east of the city.
After only a short pedal we find ourselves in the true countryside where farmers tend to their fields and villagers go about daily rituals that have remained unchanged for decades, if not longer. Water buffalo lazily roll in the mud, goats nibble at the foliage, and friendly locals wave from all directions, curious at the sight of visitors on bicycles.
Along the tour we make some interesting stops, first passing a truly local monastery and, if we are lucky, we might be invited inside to see some hidden treasures from the royal palace. Continuing our ride the next stop is a local fresh produce market to learn about the different goods on sale.
Returning to the bikes we continue to ride our way to the countryside, stopping at a small Hindu temple where you’ll learn how the Hindus came to Myanmar and what important traditions they brought to the country.
Back on the bikes we cycle to the countryside, pedaling through neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city being greeted by friendly kids on their way to school.
On our route you’ll see how northern Mandalay slowly turns from modern suburbs to a rural, peaceful area, until you finally pass through a typical central Myanmar village, the perfect place to learn about their way of life and their different crops. On our rise back to town we stop at a tea shop for some delicious snacks and tea, returning to the Grasshopper Adventures shop at around 12:00 noon.
PLEASE NOTE: you should wear clothing suitable for this activity: quarter length pants, shorts, t-shirts are all advisable, as are comfortable closed shoes. Sunscreen is also a must.
What's the Riding Like?
Flat, uneven terrain
We cycle about 22km 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 techniques 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 (0) 94 0265 9886 to confirm your booking.
Starting Time & Meeting Point
Grasshopper Adventures Shop
Between Streets 25 & 26, and Streets 58 & 59,
Mahar Zayyar Bon Quarter,
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!
We opted for the "Mandalay Morning Ride" which turned out to be the highlight of our stay in Mandalay, although ironically the best part of this bike ride was the fact it left the dusty city, for the beauty and calm of the surrounding countryside. Our guide Si was very knowledgeable and made the ride even better than we had hoped it could be, more importantly he was a thoroughly nice guy and good fun to spend some time with. We had already done the normal sight seeing activities the day before, so I guess our excitement had re-focused on looking forward to the boat ride to Bagan...... well Grasshopper Adventures gave us a new highlight to our journey through Myanmar and we would recommend this ride around Mandalay to everyone. Great guide, easy riding with good company and plenty of laughs...the perfect way to enjoy the people & surrounding countryside of Mandalay. Visiting local cottage industries is totally fascinating and something you just cant do well on your own. Great value for money, thank you.
Amazing!! I chose the morning tour, that I highly recommend if you want to discover the local culture & way of life: what food they eat, how they cultivate rice... (i'm not spoiling you) At the end of the tour you get the chance to have a typical lunch in a cafe. Thank you Than for this memorable moment :)
Grasshopper is my favourite: the details of the tours, the guides‘ knowledge, the bikes, the local touch, I simply love it. This time, Grasshopper even helped me plan the week in Myanmar. Highly recommended!!
Once again Grasshopper tours excelled. Having previously ridden with them in Cambodia, I took 3 tours in Myanmar in the last 2 weeks … Grasshopper have great bikes and really know their stuff, I will definitely ride with them again on my travels.
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