Half day bike tour in Mandalay, Myanmar
Escape the hustle and bustle of the dusty city and discover the tranquility and charm of the Mandalay countryside. This trip 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 come and rediscover the beauty of this town that sits on the list of many a prospective Myanmar traveler.
This is a ride through the stunning countryside that surrounds Mandalay. We visit fresh markets, cottage industry, farming villages and return to Mandalay after having made a genuine connection to the Myanmar countryside.
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 see a side to local life that you would otherwise miss by staying 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
Gather at the Grasshopper Shop
We start at 7:30 from our conveniently located shop and ride through the back lanes to get out of town. 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 the 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.
We make some interesting stops, first at a fresh market to learn about the different produce on sale and then continue on to see bamboo weaving which is used to construct everything from roofs and walls to fans. As we make our way to the countryside, we pedal through neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city being greeted by friendly kids on their way to school. We take a walk through a typical central Myanmar village and learn about their way of life and their different crops. On our way back to town we stop at a tea shop for some delicious snacks and tea. We return to our 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
#4/3 Mya Sandar Lane
Between Streets 24 & 25, and Streets 62 & 63
Aung Myae Thar Zan Township
Phone: +95 (0) 94 0265 9886
Meeting time: 07:30am
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 Trip Advisor reviews!
Grasshopper is my favourite: the details of the tours, the guides‘ knowledge, the bikes, the local touch, Isimply love it. This time, Grasshopper even helped me plan the week in Myanmar, arranging transfers, booking hotels etc. Highly recommended!!
Our guide was friendly, knowledge and informative. The cultural teaching was interesting. The ride was beautiful and not at all challenging for anyone who rides bicycle occasionally. We got to see places we never would have known to go to on our own. Highly recommended!
It was a really fun ride and would have been tough to do without my guide. Grasshopper Adventures rules!
I think cycling is a great way to really experience the country - it’s adventurous but still safe, and we felt that we got a real sense of how people lived thanks to the way that Grasshopper Adventures structures their tours to visit different villages as well as some of the famous sites. I’d highly recommend these tours to everyone!
We went for a cycling tour with our family with also young children. All cyclists. Trip was very well arranged. 2 Guides for 6 Pax both conversant in English. Great way to visit the area. Lots of things to see and these guys take you to the non-touristic side of greater Mandalay. Perfectly planned, enough stops and refreshments. We enjoyed the trip a lot! Worth doing!
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