The true faces of the Myanmar can be met if you go for this unique tour, which you can explore a small village outside of Yangon and get a chance to observe how ordinary Burmanese live their daily life.
I joined this tour on 26 Dec 2019, booked via Tripadvisor, and was led by a local certificated guide . We took a ferry from Yangon to reach the village and went for bike riding. During the bike riding, we stopped at a few stops such as a traditional market, a local coffee shop for tea break, and a souveinor shop. The village is humble and authentic ,not artifically sugarcoated for foreign tourists. It is far different from where I come from and live, giving me a lot of thoughts about the gap between developed countries and developing countries. The tour did show me how real Burmanese live their daily lifes outside of usual tourists scenes. (but I think some people at the mentioned spots are familiar with tourists already, they were very calm when serving us)When I saw traditional houses, schools, farming, markets, honestly I was thinking like, how can they live under such conditions? To me, the quality of life there seemed something really poor and miserable....however, to my surprise, local people I met during the bike riding looked happy. They waved at me and say hello! when I was passing by them. The smiling face of innocent kids comforted me, making me forget about small problems of life.
As this is a private tour, you can expect 1 to 1 instruction and commentary provided by the tour guide so can use this as a chance to get to understand the country and people by asking questions to the guide! Be aware that the time duration for this tour is almost 3-hour, and takes place under the hot weather. If you are not confident or unsure if your physical conditions and steminar would be fit for 3-hour of bike riding, you'd better not try this tour.