Myanmar Cycling To The New Frontier

Our tour cycles through the sleepy heartland from pious Mandalay on the storied AyeyarwaddyRiver and the picturesque InleLake, before flying back to the capital, Yangon. On the way we’ll visit the ancient city of Bagan, cycling amongst the thousands of pagodas, stupas, and temples that dominate the river valley that was once the center of a powerful and deeply religious empire. Riding through the countryside, we will be greeted by a warm and friendly people few tourists see or meet. In the mountains we’ll encounter a variety of tribal people, as well as enjoying the splendid colonial charm of Kalaw, where the officers of the Raj escaped the high heat of the Burmese summer.

Myanmar straddles two of Asia’s great rivers below the mountainous foothills of the Himalayas. As the western gateway to Southeast Asia, the diversity of its people, culture, and topography combined with a rich history make it one of the most fascinating and beautiful countries in the region. Political problems and divisions within the country (to put it lightly), ensured that Myanmar missed out on the economic booms experienced by many of its neighbors, and it remains a rural, undeveloped nation.

Our tour cycles through the sleepy heartland from pious Mandalay on the storied AyeyarwaddyRiver and the picturesque InleLake, before flying back to the capital, Yangon. On the way we’ll visit the ancient city of Bagan, cycling amongst the thousands of pagodas, stupas, and temples that dominate the river valley that was once the center of a powerful and deeply religious empire. Riding through the countryside, we will be greeted by a warm and friendly people few tourists see or meet. In the mountains we’ll encounter a variety of tribal people, as well as enjoying the splendid colonial charm of Kalaw, where the officers of the Raj escaped the high heat of the Burmese summer.

At the end of the trip there is a chance to relax in Inle before going back to Rangoon visiting the Shwedagon Paya and enjoying the colonial charm of the capital city.

 

Day 1  Yangon Arrival & Half  Day Sightseeing (D)Morning Yangon arrival from Bangkok. Following a first taste of local cuisine during lunch, we will tour of the vibrant and diverse capital of Myanmar ending with sunset at the spectacular Shwedagon Paya.
After orientation dinner, strolling through the night market and downtown area near the hotel.
 Biking distance : No
Day 2 Yangon-Heho-Taunggyi(B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our short flight to Heho and transfer to mile-high Taunggyi, the capital of the Shan state and former British colonial hill station. After lunch, bikes assembly and testing with a brief ride around town to familiarize everyone with Burmese-style roads and traffic (giving wide berth to the oxen).
 Biking distance : 35 km
Day 3 Taunggyi-Kakku-Taunggyi-Inle lake (B,L,D)
Early morning departure by bus to Kakku, a lesser known but impressive site comprised of several thousand small stupas in the Pa O region. At last, cycling begins after lunch back to Taunggyi with a magnificent descent of nearly 2,000 feet to Inle Lake.
 Biking distance : 50 km
Day 4 Inle lake Sightseeing  (B,L,D)We plan to spend the day visiting villages and sampling the spectacular array of traditional handicrafts. You will see the unique method locals use to row their boats, fishermen with their own style of fishing, floating farms and gardens and a handloom weaving cottage with its own showroom. You will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha Images in the southern ShanState. Overnight at the hotel in Inle lake.
 Biking distance : 35 km
Day 5 Inle-Kalaw by bike  (B,L,D)After breakfast at hotel, bike to Kalaw. The short but challenging ride up out of the InleLake basin takes us through scenic country side to Kalaw, another hill station filled with interesting architecture. Depending on the time, we can wander through the market or ride around the city looking at the decaying colonial mansions.
 Biking distance : 70 km
Day 6 Kalaw-Kyaukse-Mandalay with bike  (B,L,D)
The most demanding day of the tour goes northwest on a recently paved road through mountains and jungle-lined roads to Kyaukse where the bus will transfer us the remaining distance “on the road to Mandalay.” Mandalay is the historic old capital, but remains the center of Myanmar culture and religion. It is also where traditional arts and crafts are centered. Myanmar abounds with historical sites, cultural memorials and Buddhist monuments and we will explore some of them after arrival.
 Biking distance : 90 km
Day 7 Mandalay-Mingun-Sagaing  (B,L,D)
Day tour of Mandalay, the religious and cultural center of Myanmar. From ancient wooden palaces to massive pagodas to serene monasteries, Mandalay has it all. We will end the day with a sunset view from the peaceful Sagaing Hill across the Ayeyarwaddy River.
 Biking distance : 45 km
Day 8 Mandalay-Monywa  (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer out of Mandalay by bus to Ondaw. Today features a ride west into the desert landscape of central Myanmar where bullock carts still significantly out number cars. There are several interesting sites to explore on the way to the provincial capital of Monywa including a pagoda with over 300,000 Buddha images and a monumental reclining Buddha.
 Biking distance : 90 km
Day 9 Monywa-Pakokku –Bagan  (B,L,D)
Heading south out of Monywa we take a seldom-driven road through a rice growing region along the Chindwind River to Pakokku. Here we take a local ferry across the river and transfer into Bagan by bus for sunset on a pagoda. Dinner and delightful, traditional puppet show in Old Bagan.
 Biking distance : 85 km
Day10 Bagan sightseeing  (B,L,D)With over forty square kilometers and thousands of pagodas, Bagan is nothing short of breath taking. If there is time, we can visit the market which has a pleasant mix of local and tourist shops. Dinner along the river outside will include a Myanmar cultural show of dance, athletics and puppetry with excellent photo opportunities.
 Biking distance : 25 km
Day11 Bagan-Popa-Bagan  (B,L,D) Mt. Popa and the final day of riding. We cycle round trip to an extinct volcano, Mt. Popa, which dominates the area. Mount Popa was for centuries where kings of central Burma made pilgrimages to confer with the sacred statues about the future of their reigns.We’ll climb the hundreds of steps to the monkey-populated hill (feeding them if your brave enough), for a expansive, panoramic views of the surrounding area. Optional return ride to Bagan. Another dramatic sunset in Bagan.
 Biking distance : 55 km
Day12 Bagan-Yangon  (B,L,D)Relaxing morning, packing up our bikes. Transfer flight to Yangon. Afternoon shopping or free time. Farewell dinner.
 Biking distance : No
Day13 Yangon Departure (B)Return flight home or to nearby attractions such as Bangkok, the Khmer temples of Angkor, Thai beach destinations, or the Golden Triangle.(End of Tour Program)

 

Tour Price : Contact Us

Accommodation in Myanmar:

Yangon           Central hotel, superior room (2N)

Taunggyi        Muse Hotel, superior room (1N)

Nyaung Shwe            Nandawunn Hotel, superior room (2N)

Kalaw             Winner Hotel, superior room (1N)

Mandalay       79 living hotel Hotel, superior room (2N)

Monywa         Win Unity Resort, superior room (1N)

Bagan             Bagan Umbra Hotel, superior room (3N)

***If above hotels are not available at the time of booking, we will use another hotel with same standard.

Includes

  • 12 night accommodation on twin shared basic with daily breakfast
  • 2 domestic flights (Yangon – Heho/ / Bagan – Yangon)
  • Accompanying English speaking bike guide
  • Accompanying support vehicle or support bus for group
  • Water stop for every biking day (snacks, seasonal fruits, mineral water)
  • Private boat ride transfer for Mingun and InleLake
  • Entrance/zone fees
  • Bicycle & Helmet
  • Meals B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner

Not includes

  • international air tickets
  • drinks with meals
  • visa costs
  • optional excursions
  • camera fees
  • personal expenses and tips
  • international airport taxes
  • travel insurance
  • other services not mentioned

 

 

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