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How to Explore Yangon on a Cycle

Savour the Thrills of Cycling in Myanmar

By Amie GinendraPublished 3 years ago 3 min read
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The best way to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Yangon is to cycle around the busy city. Pedalling around the fascinating capital of Myanmar is quite the experience. And through this guide, you will learn about planning a bicycle tour of the area. Learn more about exploring Yangon on two wheels, be a part of the culture, and discover the best of Myanmar. Discovering vintage temples, colourful neighbourhoods, and much more.

Get Updated on Yangon Cycling Tips and Safety Protocols

Even a seasoned biker might find cycling in Yangon quite a challenge. Uneven pavements and roads, as well as crowds and also motorists not giving way to cyclists, are challenges you must be aware of when cycling in Yangon. There are no biker lanes or even shoulders on some roads. Hence, as far-out as it sounds, it is safer for you to cycle right in the middle lane in between the traffic!

Wear colourful clothing, no matter what time of the day you are cycling, and make sure to flash your lights even during the day.

What to Expect on a Biking Tour in Yangon

Despite the chaos and lack of rules, cycling in Yangon is quite a thrilling activity. In fact, it’s the lack of order that gives the whole experience a sense of adventure. Enjoy exploring the crowded little streets and first-hand views of all that’s local. If you head out on an early morning cycling tour, there will be less of a crowd and everything seems to be a gorgeous shade of gold, thanks to rays from the morning sun. One of the best places to explore on an early morning expedition is downtown Yangon. There you can explore the vintage colonial houses and snap up a few pics before the area gets busy. If you are looking for a well-located hotel Yangon has to offer, consider being close to the downtown area. This is one of the best areas for tourists to experience the local flavour, and some like Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon, which is within easy reach of downtown Yangon, are ideal for being close to the best attractions in Yangon.

Biking Events Taking Place in Yangon

For a more concise experience of Yangon and a local’s perspective of the place, you can join one of the biking tours taking place in Yangon. Check out tours offered by specialised cycle tour agents. There are Friday night community rides that are very popular. You could ask your Yangon hotel about getting in touch with a tour agency and booking a tour. A typical tour will cover the best attractions in Yangon. Start from downtown Yangon and cycle past iconic Shwedagon Pagoda, vibrant Chinatown, and around the pretty precinct of Kandawgyi Lake. Most of Yangon’s bike tours are pretty interesting with stops along the way for drinks and snacks.

Cycling Tours Outside of Yangon

Explore the outskirts of Yangon on an early morning cycle tour. Tours generally leave early morning and travel around 40 miles out of the city. The perfect activity to start off an invigorating day. The tours start with a stop for breakfast, usually at a local tea shop, after which the trail veers off road for you to enjoy a very rewarding day in the countryside, exploring vintage temples and other fascinating sights.

Make the Most of Your Yangon Cycle Tour

The time of year you choose to visit Yangon will of course influence your bike tour of the area. There is so much to do and see, especially on the off-road cycle tours. You can experience village lifestyles, stop for chats and tea at friendly little kiosks, and if you are lucky, your trail will go past lovely lakes or ponds where you can stop for a swim and cool down.

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About the Creator

Amie Ginendra

Traveller | Writer | Foodie Lover | Blogger

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