Magnificent Mandalay MorningsMandalay, Central 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 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.
Gather at bike shop in Mandalay
We start from our conveniently located shop and ride through the back lanes to get out of town. We pass through fresh markets, lively neighborhoods 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 neighborhoods 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 11:30/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?
We cycle about 22 km 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.
Departure Time: 07.30 am to 11.30 am or 12.00 pm (Daily)
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