Try not to shop with a driver, as you’ll end up paying over the odds thanks to commission deals drivers work out with shop owners.
Mandalay’s city buses are very crowded, particularly during the 7am to 9am and 4pm to 5pm rush hours.
White taxis and ‘blue taxis’ (which are ancient Mazda pick-ups) whisk folks around Mandalay most hours. Prices are negotiable. A ride from downtown to the Bagan jetty is about K2000 or so. A full-day trip by blue taxi to nearby attractions is about K20, 000.
There are several central places to rent bicycles, including Mr Htoo Bicycles (83rd St, 25/26; per day K2000; 8am-7pm). Marie-Min Vegetarian Restaurant can usually help to arrange a motorbike.