Burma Biking Adventure

MyanmarCycle

USD $4,100 per person; Single supplement USD $900; Bike Hire USD $230

This bicycle voyage of discovery starts in Kipling's Mandalay on the imperious Irrawaddy River and follows near empty roads on a journey through a truly incredible country.

On this journey we explore central Burma, traveling from the Irrawaddy River plain up to the Shan Plateau and all along we will be greeted by warm, friendly people few tourists get to meet. From the heights of Mt. Popa we cycle down to the ancient city of Bagan and cycle amongst the temples dominating a river valley that once formed the centre of a great and deeply religious empire.

A boat ride up the Irrawaddy will take us to ancient temples. We arrive at Kipling’s Mandalay and explore the surroundings before we head up to the Shan lands. In the mountains we enjoy cooler weather the colonial charm of Kalaw. We then head down to the wondrous Inle Lake and embark on a relaxing full day boat trip where we can marvel at the Intha fishermen, who famously manage to row with their legs. The tour ends in Yangon, where we visit the incomparable Shwedagon Pagoda.

14 Nights
From USD 4,100Per Person

Tour Itinerary

Highlights

  • History and culture of Mandalay
  • Temples and archaeological sites of Bagan
  • The comfort and service of colonial hotels, and an air-conditioned support bus

We will meet at our Yangon hotel for a visit to Shwedagon Paya, Burma’s holiest religious site. We then have a welcome dinner.

We have an early morning flight to Heho and then a short transfer to our hotel in the former hill station of Kalaw. This cool, peaceful town amidst pine trees still retains its colonial feel. After lunch we'll prepare for an afternoon ride through the countryside of Kalaw, a perfect introduction to your bike.

Today we have a fabulous ride down off the plateau to the famous Inle Lake. Though we cover many kilometres, the last section has two sweeping downhills, which take us directly to the shores of Inle.

We'll spend the day exploring Inle Lake, from the shore and on the lake. In the morning we'll start with a 20km ride and after a lakeside lunch we'll board a boat and cruise to Indein temples, floating gardens, monasteries and the Intha fishermen.

Today we leave lovely Inle and head back up to the Shan Plateau, cycling on both dirt and paved roads. Our destination is Pindaya, home to limestone caves that house thousands of Buddhas.

An hour transfer will bring us to the start of our ride down to Burma's second city, Mandalay. Initially the ride will be undulating through a patchwork of fields before we start a 30 km descent.

We head out of the city to the famous U Bien bridge, the longest teak bridge in Asia, before cycling on to the towns of Sagaing and Mingun on the opposite side of the Irrawaddy River.

This morning we explore Mandalay by bike, starting with a cycle to sprawling Zegyo market and a visit to Shwenandaw Monastery. The afternoon and evening are free to explore Mandalay on your own.

We take a very small and short ferry to cycle by the capital of the ancient Ava Kingdom then ride through fields of millet, sesame, cotton and many varieties of peas and beans to the town of Pyinsi where we transfer to Mt. Popa.

Our first complete day off the bikes but that doesn't mean we won't still be active! A climb of 900 stairs takes us to the top of Popa Taung Kalat, a temple that is populated by Burma’s most revered Nats (spirits). Afternoon is free to relax by the hotel's infinity pool or hike trails in the national park.

We start with an easy descent from our lofty heights, snaking around the mountain as we ride through small villages and palm gardens into Bagan, Our riverside hotel offers a refreshing pool to cool down in.

Bicycles are the perfect way to explore the temples of Bagan; we take a morning cycle around the Archaeological Zone stopping to see a variety of temples. Enjoy sunset over the river or take your bike to catch the setting sun from the top of a temple.

In the morning we transfer to the airport and fly back to Yangon, viewing from the air some of the terrain we have covered by bike.

The morning is free for shopping at Bogyoke Aung San market before heading to the airport for the flight home.

Tour Cost

Price per person in USD dollars

  • USD $4,100 ~ Twin
  • USD $900 ~ Single supplement
  • USD $230 for bike hire

Trip Profile

This is a touring trip for mountain bikers and road cyclists. We will ride point to point through central Myanmar, covering between just over 515 kilometres on country lanes with almost zero traffic.

Rest days are in Bagan and at Inle Lake. There is also time out of the saddle in Mandalay and Rangoon.

The first few days riding are in the flat Irawaddy basin. The second phase of the tour takes us east into mountainous Shan State where there are some climbs, including the challenging 20-km Kalaw Hill, which some people will opt out of.

As we ride along major arteries, riders can find their own pace and meet up at prearranged points along the way. The range of surfaces and incredible variety of rides on this tour will ensure that every kind of cyclist is satisfied, whilst the first-class support and mean it is also popular with inexperienced and non-riders.

Facts & Figures

Bike Hire

  • USD $230

Total Distance

  • 515 Kilometres

Number of Days

  • 14 days / 13 nights

Number of cycling days

  • 08 full days plus 1 half day

Road Surface

  • This tour mostly follows good asphalt roads and sometimes vehicle-width dirt roads, which may be smooth, loose or hard-packed.

Support

  • An air-conditioned bus converted to take bikes and bikers follows the group the whole time.

Group Size

  • Min. 02; Max. 16.

Staff

  • Groups of 06 or more, a cycle tour leader with English-speaking Burmese guide plus drivers and assistants.
  • Groups of 04-05 will be led by our local guide and support team

Accommodation

  • 05 nights 4* hotels, 04 nights 3*, 02 nights 2*, 01 night in basic hotel, 01 night in a monastery.
  • All hotels have en suite facilities and air-conditioning, except 01 night in a dormitory with shared facilities.
  • Many hotels exhibit charm and character.

Meals

  • All meals included on the tour for the majority of days. Exceptions: Day 01 (dinner), Day 05 (breakfast), Day 13 (breakfast & dinner).

Trip Dates

14 Days/13 nights starting and finishing in Rangoon.

  • March 12, 2017
  • May 14, 2017
  • July 16, 2017
  • August 13, 2017
  • September 17, 2017
  • October 15, 2017
  • November 12, 2017
  • December 17, 2017
  • January 14, 2018
  • February 11, 2018
  • March 11, 2018
  • May 13, 2018
  • July 15, 2018
  • August 12, 2018
  • September 16, 2018
  • October 14, 2018
  • November 11, 2018
  • December 16, 2018