Back Roads of Myanmar – 10 Days

Experience the most famous sights of the country on this guided Myanmar cycling tour to the backroads of Myanmar. On a day of your arrival you will have a chance to see the buzzing capital. In Yangoon we visit the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda; take a stroll through quaint old quarter of Yangon enjoying sights and sounds of this bustling city.

We continue by flight to rural Shan State and its beautiful Inle Lake region inhabited by peaceful minority peoples. From Here starts our cycling adventure and we will visit markets, floating gardens and cultural highlights on the lake and its vicinity.

From Inle Lake, we continue our journey to Kalaw, a charming colonial hill station town inhabited by other facinating minorities. From forested Kalaw region we descend to dry and almost desert like plains of Meikhtila and Mt Popa, a spiritual dead volcano rising up to 1518 km above sea level.

From Meikhtila we continue to Ancient Kingdom of Bagan, the greatest archeological treasure of Myanmar with over 2000 pagodas and temple ruins located on the plains of Bagan located nearby the great Ayeyarwaddy river (Irrawaddy).
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During its days of glory bagan was one of the greatest kingdoms in the World and is truly a magical destination to visit.
bagan-ananda-temple-hallway

From Bagan we ride to Mandalay and explore some of the Ancient Capitals of Myanmar (Burma) all situated nearby Mandalay City before returning and ending our trip to Yangon.
paddy-field

Backroads of Myanmar is a great way for all the cycling enthusiasts to experience all the magnificent sights that the country has to offer. After this journey you have truly seen Myanmar at close range.


Highlights

  • Discover the remnants of last Burmese kingdom in Mandalay
  • Explore lush landscapes and colorful ethnic tribes in Shan State
  • Visit the fascinating limestone caves of Pindaya, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site
  • Experience the serene beauty of Inle Lake
  • Cool down in the picturesque hill station of Kalaw
  • Explore the ancient temple plains of Bagan

Duration: 10 days
Trip Type: Cultural Road Trip
Guide: English speaking local motorbike guide
Grading: Moderate
Tour price: On request
Departures: TBA
Starts: In Mandalay
Ends: In Mandalay

 

 

 

DAY 1 > ARRIVE TO MANDALAY

Welcome to Myanmar! Your guide will meet you at the Mandalay airport and transfer to your hotel in town.

Settle in and then enjoy free time to explore Mandalay. Welcome dinner, trip briefing and meet the local team tonight.

Meals included: Dinner
Overnight: Hotel in Mandalay

 


DAY 2 > RIDE TO ROYAL CAPITALS & BOAT TRIP

Explore highlights of Mandalay on the bicycle. We will cruise through lively markets and streets of Mandalay making stops at some historical sights; Mahamuni temple, Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda. On the way to Sagaing Hills, we stop by the famous teak bridge of Amarapura. Continue to ride to Mingun where after some visits we load the bikes on the boat and enjoy sunset drinks on the way back to Mandalay crossing the Irrawaddy River.

Overnight: Hotel in Mandalay
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 3 > RIDE TO YWAGAN, VISIT CAVE & WATERFALLS

This morning we ride south to Kyaukse on old Mandalay Yangon highway and take a scenic countryside road to Ywagan climbing over a mountain range. After lunch and dropping off gear at our base in Ywagan, we head off to explore a cave and waterfall by limestone mountains.

Overnight: in Ywagan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 DAY 4 > BLUE POND, PINDAYA CAVES & RIDE TO INLE

Simple breakfast and a visit to Genius Coffee roastery pioneers of decent coffee in Myanmar. After a cuppa, we continue to ride to Pindaya stopping by a blue pond on the way. Pindaya is known for its caves. A photo stop at the Pindaya Cave and lunch in town. We’ll take a scenic route to Heho riding on a small road through a region that is often said to be the “Tuscany” of Myanmar. We will arrive in days destination Nyaung Shwe by Inle Lake late afternoon or early evening.

Overnight: in Nyaung Shwe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 5 > BOAT EXCURSION ON INLE LAKE

Day off riding. Today we will explore Inle Lake by boat. Stop at local markets, visit villages built on stilts, boat makers house and artisan village producing silver items and traditional garments. Marvel at floating farms over the lake and fishermen balancing on one foot on small canoes.

Overnight: in Nyaung Shwe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 6 > INN THEIN, AUNG BAN, KALAW

A leisurely ride along shores of the lake to the archeological site of Inn Thein. We take a small rural road to Aung Ban from here through scenic landscape and join the main road for the last 10km to Kalaw. Free time in Kalaw this afternoon. You can ride to a reservoir lake for a swim or explore the roads or hiking trails of this charming hill station town.

Overnight: in Kalaw
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


myanmar cycling tour

DAY 7 > RIDE TO MT POPA

Long day and early start. Riding down from Shan highlands we’ll pass through a flat region and Thazi and Meikhtila towns. Late afternoon arrival to old volcano Mt Popa and its volcanic plug which has become one of the most important pilgrimage sites for “nat” spirits worshippers in Myanmar. Enjoy a magical sunset at Mt Popa.

Overnight: by Mt Popa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 8 > KINGDOM OF BAGAN

Morning ride to Bagan. On the way, we can stop at local villages and also see how toddy is harvested and made to palm sugar. After checking in to a hotel in Bagan. Explore this world heritage site of thousands of temples by e-bike or mountain bikes.
Please note that foreigners are not allowed to ride motorcycles in Bagan.

Overnight: in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 9 >  EXPLORE BAGAN

Free day in Bagan. Chill by the pool or visit your favorite temples of the bucket list.

Overnight: in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast

 

 


DAY 10 > RIDE TO MANDALAY

We take the old road with light traffic to Mandalay passing through Myinchan town. It usually takes around 4.5hrs so depending what time you start you might have some time for seeing or doing something in Mandalay. Farewell dinner this evening with the crew.

Overnight: in Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Included:

* English speaking local bicycle guide
* Bicycle and helmets for each participant
* Accommodation
* Meals
* Entrance fees for sites visited


Not included:

• Visa to Myanmar
• International airfare or domestic airfares
• Early check-in, late check-out, services
• Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Drinks during meals, hotel extras, and personal spending

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