Motorcycle it is a great way to see the city or nearby villages if you are an experienced rider. Bare in mind that Mandalay's traffic is not suitable for newbies to practice their driving skills here. Riding is similar to the rest of south-east Asian countries, there are semi-auto (with foot gears but no clutch), automatic and manual bikes rentable.
Mandalay, the very name evokes the splendours of the Burma of old. But, most people will be surprised to learn that Mandalay is not an old city, not even a medieval one, but rather a new city that was created by King Mingdon Min of Burma in 1857 as the new capital of the kingdom of Ava.
Only two Burmese kings ruled from there, King Mingdon and King Thibaw, before the British conquest of Upper Burma in 1885. It was a city of splendour between 1858 and 1885 but most of the magnificence is gone, destroyed by the fire that consumed wooden structures and by intensive bombing by the Axis powers during the Second World War. The city, neatly planned with its lettered roads and numbered streets, is a British creation.