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Cycle Myanmar (Burma) tour
Bagan Mandalay Cycle Myanmar (Burma) Trip
Cultural Culture Cycle Myanmar (Burma) package

Cycle Myanmar (Burma)

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
16 days
From: $ 3,179 $ 199 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • The mystical temples of Bagan
  • Yangon's colonial charm and glittering Shwedagon Pagoda
  • U‐Bein Bridge at sunrise
  • Inle Lake's leg-rowing fishermen
  • Kalaw Hill Station trek
  • Internal flights avoiding notoriously bumpy roads and long drives

Short Description

In the words of Kipling, 'this is Burma and it is unlike any land you know'. This may be even truer today when we arrive on two wheels in Bagan, one of Asia’s holiest cities, giving you the chance to explore this cultural nerve centre of a country only recently emerging from international isolation. Our route takes us to the tranquil Inle Lake with its famous local markets, the striking countryside of the Shan Highlands and the central plains around Mandalay. The key sites are joined up by some fantastic rural cycling in the more remote areas where tourists are still very much a novelty and villagers will be keen to greet you on your cycling adventure.Cycle around Myanmar (Burma) and the mystifying Thousand Temples of Bagan

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Yangon
End City Yangon

Travel Theme

Cultural Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Cities & Attractions

Bagan Mandalay Yangon

Activities

Culture Cycling

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Local bike hire

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London.

Fly to Yangon. Transfer to start hotel. **

Day 2 Arrive Yangon.

Arrive Yangon. The huge Bogyoke market is worth a visit with food, clothing and handicrafts all on sale (closed on Mondays and public holidays), or visit the historic Strand Hotel which was often visited by the likes of Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham. There will be a welcome briefing this evening with an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. *Grand United Hotel or similar*

Day 3 Fly to Heho and drive to Inle Lake; short ride.

A short flight takes us to Heho, the gateway to the impressive Inle Lake. We then drive to Nyaungshwe our base for exploring the lake and its surroundings.The Shan Hills flank the lake on both sides, with villages on stilts, inhabited mostly by the Intha people (meaning sons of the lakes). After getting set up with our bikes we will have a short warm-up ride to visit a local vineyard for some wine tasting. Cycle approx. 15km. *The Nyaung Shwe City Hotel or similar*

Day 4 Cycle to Inthein pagodas, then cruise on Inle Lake past craft industries and local markets, and see the famous leg-rowing fishermen.

Today begins with a ride to Inthein on the western banks of the lake, this intricate pagoda complex has hundreds of Shan style stupas clustered together on the hillside. Following years of decline, and with the forest reclaiming the site, walking around and through it makes you feel like Indiana Jones. In the afternoon we cruise on the lake passing cottage industries, and visiting the local markets (if possible). We will see the famous leg-rowing fishermen casting their nets in the lake - this technique of standing up holding a long paddle in one hand and their leg wrapped around the paddle lower down leaves the fishermen free to cast their conical fishing nets. This unique style evolved as the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants making it difficult to see above them while sitting. There is a five-day market, named so because it moves between five different villages around the lake on a rota. Here the locals come to sell their traditional wares early in the morning and return to their village in the afternoon. The market serves most common shopping needs and depending on its location, we may be able to visit it. Cycle approx. 54 km. *The Nyaung Shwe City Hotel or similar*

Day 5 Ride to minority villages around Inle Lake.

Heading out on our bikes to visit the villages that surround the lake and the dense farmland, our ride is undulating and on quiet roads. We cycle around the edge of the lake towards Intha minority group villages passing rice paddies, sugar cane, traditional wooden houses and colourfully-dressed villagers. We will stop en route at villages and see what is being made and harvested depending upon the time of year. We take a boat on the lake, firstly visiting the village of Inpawkhone, famous for its traditional silk weaving from the stems of lotus flowers, a time-consuming process that results in high-quality materials. We will see the weaving techniques before visiting a cheroot factory where cigars are rolled by hand. Time-permitting we will also visit a boat-making workshop to learn about this key lakeside industry. We will then return to Nyaungshwe by boat. Cycle approx. 31km. *The Nyaung Shwe City Hotel or similar*

Day 6 Cycle across Shan Highland to Pindaya; visit Pindaya caves.

Making our way towards the Shan Highland there are a couple of tough uphills at the start of the day. Continuing through rolling hills we will stop and refuel at regular intervals. The last stretch of today's journey is the most scenic as we near Pindaya with Pa-Oh and other tribes working in the fields. After checking into our hotel we visit Pindaya caves, exploring its caverns and tunnels. There are more than 8000 Buddha images within the Pindaya limestone caverns and meditation chambers; every day pilgrims flock to the caves and install new Buddha images within this labyrinth of tunnels and chambers. Cycle approx. 59km. *Conqueror Resort Hotel / Pindaya Conqueror Resort or similar*

Day 7 Drive and cycle to Mandalay.

Leaving Pindaya we drive back to Kyone junction in order to avoid starting the day with a steep uphill. From here we continue over the hills to Ywar Ngan passing more fields and small lively villages. After lunch we will transfer the rest of the way to Mandalay - approx. journey duration: 5 hours. Cycle approx. 54km. *Mandalay City Hotel or similar*

Day 8 Ride to Mingun and return to Mandalay by boat.

Cycle to Mingun, the home of the largest uncracked bell in the world until 2000 at 90 tons. We will visit a huge unfinished pagoda which suffered earthquake damage but whose flat surface is now an ideal spot for amazing river views. From here we board a boat and head back to Mandalay. Cycle approx. 40km. *Mandalay City Hotel or similar*

Day 9 Visit U-Bein Bridge; cycle/drive to Monywa; visit cave of a thousand Buddhas.

An early start as we head out to one of Myanmar's most iconic sights, U Bein Bridge. This teak bridge spans over a kilometer and is best seen at sunrise when villagers use it to begin their journey to work and fishermen below get ready for a day on the water. This is one of the most photogenic sights of the country and not to be missed. After driving to Myin Mu (approx. 2 hours), we cycle to Monywa visiting the Hindu style Thanbodday temple en route. Thanbodday is one of Burma's main attractions, yet like a lot of sites outside Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan is seldom visited by foreign tourists. The site dates to 1303 and contains hundreds of gleaming gold-topped stupas. Inside, there are more than 500,000 Buddha images of all shapes and sizes. We will also stop at Boditahtaung pagoda, which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in the country, at 100m long and 27m high. Nearby is the largest standing Buddha in the world, Laykyun Setkyar. Cycle approx. 65km (the first part is along the main road which can be busy: depending on traffic and how everyone is feeling, your leader may suggest cutting out the first 25km, so that you avoid the busy section and only cycle the last 40km on quieter roads). *Win Unity Hotel or similar*

Day 10 Drive and cycle to Pakkoku; boat ride on Irrawaddy River to Bagan.

Day 11 Explore Bagan temple complex by bike.

This morning is spent exploring the temple complex spreading out as far as the horizon with its peaks of brick stupas that dot the skyline in many shapes and forms. Building commenced after the former Kings of Bagan introduced Theravada Buddhism in the mid-11th Century, a string of Kings followed building temples to worship their gods. Ananda Pahto with its bejewelled 'hti' (umbrella), Dhammayangyi pahto and Shwesandaw Paya are the largest and most impressive sights we will visit along with the smaller hidden gems offering unique opportunities to climb and delve deeper into the history. We return to our hotel in the afternoon for free time but will finish the day with sunset at one of the viewpoints overlooking the temples to enjoy stunning views as they glow in the diminishing light - a truly magical experience and a photographer's paradise. Cycle approx. 25km. **Su Tine San Royal Palace Hotel* or similar*

Day 12 Cycle to Mt Popa, option to cycle or drive back to Bagan.

Our scenic cycle to Mt Popa takes in more stunning brick temples, before reaching the petrified forest that surrounds the extinct volcano. At the base of the mountain, there is a display of 37 Nats (spirits) with frequent nat pwes (spirit ceremonies) held in their honour. One Nat, Ko Gyi Kyaw, is adorned with whisky bottles because he was a heavy drinker and this vice took him prematurely to his grave. He is the patron Nat of tramps and alcoholics. We have the option of taking a hike up the 777 steps to the summit and paying respect to the mountain top pagoda as well as enjoying the scenery of the surrounding area. For anyone that does not want to do the walk, we can go to a nearby resort to enjoy the views over lunch. We then have the option of either cycling back to Bagan or hopping on the coach for the journey. Cycle approx. 50km / 100km if return cycle chosen. **Su Tine San Royal Palace Hotel* or similar*

Day 13 *Free morning (optional ride); afternoon flight to Yangon. *

After a free morning, we fly back to Yangon. The bikes and your leader will be available this morning for one last optional ride to Kyuak Gu U Min north of the main temple area on the banks of the Irrawaddy for anyone who is interested. This temple has intricate stone carvings and is situated away from the main archaeological zone, so here we can discover a different side of Bagan. Cycle approx. 30km. *Grand United Hotel or similar*

Day 14 Yangon city tour including the old colonial areas of this former capital.

Yangon sits under the shadow of the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, the most religious site within Myanmar that is said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha. As the stupa glitters in gold with 5500 diamonds and numerous other precious stones overlooking the city, life goes on in the busy streets to the south where we will explore dilapidated colonial edifices on our city tour. Chinatown offers plenty of photographic opportunities with its unpaved streets lined with old wooden shuttered houses, medicine shops, temples and the more colourful markets. Close by, we visit Shwe Bontha, perhaps the most photogenic of all streets in the city, with its leafy sidewalks, pavement tea-shops and magnificent colonial buildings. Finally our tour takes us to Lake Kandawgyi to view the glittering Karaweik replica of the Royal Barge before ascending to Shwedagon Pagoda for impressive views over Yangon at sunset. *Grand United Hotel or similar*

Day 15 Depart Yangon

The group flights usually depart Yangon in the afternoon and arrive in London the following day.

Day 16 Arrive London.

Arrive London. **



Land Only

Day 1 Start Yangon.

Start Yangon. The huge Bogyoke market is worth a visit with food, clothing and handicrafts all on sale (closed on Mondays and public holidays), or visit the historic Strand Hotel which was often visited by the likes of Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham. There will be a welcome briefing this evening with an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. *Grand United Hotel or similar*

Day 2 Fly to Heho and drive to Inle Lake; short ride.

A short flight takes us to Heho, the gateway to the impressive Inle Lake. We then drive to Nyaungshwe our base for exploring the lake and its surroundings.The Shan Hills flank the lake on both sides, with villages on stilts, inhabited mostly by the Intha people (meaning sons of the lakes). After getting set up with our bikes we will have a short warm-up ride to visit a local vineyard for some wine tasting. Cycle approx. 15km. *The Nyaung Shwe City Hotel or similar*

Day 3 Cycle to Inthein pagodas, then cruise on Inle Lake past craft industries and local markets, and see the famous leg-rowing fishermen.

Today begins with a ride to Inthein on the western banks of the lake, this intricate pagoda complex has hundreds of Shan style stupas clustered together on the hillside. Following years of decline, and with the forest reclaiming the site, walking around and through it makes you feel like Indiana Jones. In the afternoon we cruise on the lake passing cottage industries, and visiting the local markets (if possible). We will see the famous leg-rowing fishermen casting their nets in the lake - this technique of standing up holding a long paddle in one hand and their leg wrapped around the paddle lower down leaves the fishermen free to cast their conical fishing nets. This unique style evolved as the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants making it difficult to see above them while sitting. There is a five-day market, named so because it moves between five different villages around the lake on a rota. Here the locals come to sell their traditional wares early in the morning and return to their village in the afternoon. The market serves most common shopping needs and depending on its location, we may be able to visit it. Cycle approx. 54 km. *The Nyaung Shwe City Hotel or similar*

Day 4 Ride to minority villages around Inle Lake.

Heading out on our bikes to visit the villages that surround the lake and the dense farmland, our ride is undulating and on quiet roads. We cycle around the edge of the lake towards Intha minority group villages passing rice paddies, sugar cane, traditional wooden houses and colourfully-dressed villagers. We will stop en route at villages and see what is being made and harvested depending upon the time of year. We take a boat on the lake, firstly visiting the village of Inpawkhone, famous for its traditional silk weaving from the stems of lotus flowers, a time-consuming process that results in high-quality materials. We will see the weaving techniques before visiting a cheroot factory where cigars are rolled by hand. Time-permitting we will also visit a boat-making workshop to learn about this key lakeside industry. We will then return to Nyaungshwe by boat. Cycle approx. 31km. *The Nyaung Shwe City Hotel or similar*

Day 5 Cycle across Shan Highland to Pindaya; visit Pindaya caves.

Making our way towards the Shan Highland there are a couple of tough uphills at the start of the day. Continuing through rolling hills we will stop and refuel at regular intervals. The last stretch of today's journey is the most scenic as we near Pindaya with Pa-Oh and other tribes working in the fields. After checking into our hotel we visit Pindaya caves, exploring its caverns and tunnels. There are more than 8000 Buddha images within the Pindaya limestone caverns and meditation chambers; every day pilgrims flock to the caves and install new Buddha images within this labyrinth of tunnels and chambers. Cycle approx. 59km. *Conqueror Resort Hotel / Pindaya Conqueror Resort or similar*

Day 6 Drive and cycle to Mandalay.

Leaving Pindaya we drive back to Kyone junction in order to avoid starting the day with a steep uphill. From here we continue over the hills to Ywar Ngan passing more fields and small lively villages. After lunch we will transfer the rest of the way to Mandalay - approx. journey duration: 5 hours. Cycle approx. 54km. *Mandalay City Hotel or similar*

Day 7 Ride to Mingun and return to Mandalay by boat.

Cycle to Mingun, the home of the largest uncracked bell in the world until 2000 at 90 tons. We will visit a huge unfinished pagoda which suffered earthquake damage but whose flat surface is now an ideal spot for amazing river views. From here we board a boat and head back to Mandalay. Cycle approx. 40km. *Mandalay City Hotel or similar*

Day 8 Visit U-Bein Bridge; cycle/drive to Monywa; visit cave of a thousand Buddhas.

An early start as we head out to one of Myanmar's most iconic sights, U Bein Bridge. This teak bridge spans over a kilometer and is best seen at sunrise when villagers use it to begin their journey to work and fishermen below get ready for a day on the water. This is one of the most photogenic sights of the country and not to be missed. After driving to Myin Mu (approx. 2 hours), we cycle to Monywa visiting the Hindu style Thanbodday temple en route. Thanbodday is one of Burma's main attractions, yet like a lot of sites outside Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan is seldom visited by foreign tourists. The site dates to 1303 and contains hundreds of gleaming gold-topped stupas. Inside, there are more than 500,000 Buddha images of all shapes and sizes. We will also stop at Boditahtaung pagoda, which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in the country, at 100m long and 27m high. Nearby is the largest standing Buddha in the world, Laykyun Setkyar. Cycle approx. 65km (the first part is along the main road which can be busy: depending on traffic and how everyone is feeling, your leader may suggest cutting out the first 25km, so that you avoid the busy section and only cycle the last 40km on quieter roads). *Win Unity Hotel or similar*

Day 9 Drive and cycle to Pakkoku; boat ride on Irrawaddy River to Bagan.

Day 10 Explore Bagan temple complex by bike.

This morning is spent exploring the temple complex spreading out as far as the horizon with its peaks of brick stupas that dot the skyline in many shapes and forms. Building commenced after the former Kings of Bagan introduced Theravada Buddhism in the mid-11th Century, a string of Kings followed building temples to worship their gods. Ananda Pahto with its bejewelled 'hti' (umbrella), Dhammayangyi pahto and Shwesandaw Paya are the largest and most impressive sights we will visit along with the smaller hidden gems offering unique opportunities to climb and delve deeper into the history. We return to our hotel in the afternoon for free time but will finish the day with sunset at one of the viewpoints overlooking the temples to enjoy stunning views as they glow in the diminishing light - a truly magical experience and a photographer's paradise. Cycle approx. 25km. **Su Tine San Royal Palace Hotel* or similar*

Day 11 Cycle to Mt Popa, option to cycle or drive back to Bagan.

Our scenic cycle to Mt Popa takes in more stunning brick temples, before reaching the petrified forest that surrounds the extinct volcano. At the base of the mountain, there is a display of 37 Nats (spirits) with frequent nat pwes (spirit ceremonies) held in their honour. One Nat, Ko Gyi Kyaw, is adorned with whisky bottles because he was a heavy drinker and this vice took him prematurely to his grave. He is the patron Nat of tramps and alcoholics. We have the option of taking a hike up the 777 steps to the summit and paying respect to the mountain top pagoda as well as enjoying the scenery of the surrounding area. For anyone that does not want to do the walk, we can go to a nearby resort to enjoy the views over lunch. We then have the option of either cycling back to Bagan or hopping on the coach for the journey. Cycle approx. 50km / 100km if return cycle chosen. **Su Tine San Royal Palace Hotel* or similar*

Day 12 *Free morning (optional ride); afternoon flight to Yangon. *

After a free morning, we fly back to Yangon. The bikes and your leader will be available this morning for one last optional ride to Kyuak Gu U Min north of the main temple area on the banks of the Irrawaddy for anyone who is interested. This temple has intricate stone carvings and is situated away from the main archaeological zone, so here we can discover a different side of Bagan. Cycle approx. 30km. *Grand United Hotel or similar*

Day 13 Yangon city tour including the old colonial areas of this former capital.

Yangon sits under the shadow of the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, the most religious site within Myanmar that is said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha. As the stupa glitters in gold with 5500 diamonds and numerous other precious stones overlooking the city, life goes on in the busy streets to the south where we will explore dilapidated colonial edifices on our city tour. Chinatown offers plenty of photographic opportunities with its unpaved streets lined with old wooden shuttered houses, medicine shops, temples and the more colourful markets. Close by, we visit Shwe Bontha, perhaps the most photogenic of all streets in the city, with its leafy sidewalks, pavement tea-shops and magnificent colonial buildings. Finally our tour takes us to Lake Kandawgyi to view the glittering Karaweik replica of the Royal Barge before ascending to Shwedagon Pagoda for impressive views over Yangon at sunset. *Grand United Hotel or similar*

Day 14 End Yangon.

End Yangon. **

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Surely the best way to experience Myanmar . .

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The full two week schedule was well justified (and we added a five day
extension to travel south of Yangon after). The group of 14 were very
compatible, and ranged in age from early 50s to early 70s. Noone had any big
problems with the distances, although the variable tarmac surfaces left most
wishing for more saddle padding than they had brought. . .
The one day of mostly dirt roads and tracks was judged the most fun - the
mountain bikes were designed for this, and there was, of course, no traffic.
More such by-ways if possible please!
Myanmar threw us surprises every day. No amount of reading prepares you for
a temple with over 500,000 buddhas, or a village built over water, where
everything is done by boat (there are no footpaths), or a stupa with more
than 3 tons of pure gold covering it.
Local food is fresh and delicious, local beer seems largely a monopoly of a
brand called 'Myanmar' (presumed to be owned by the military), and the hotels
much grander and newer than I had expected.
Apart from the start and Yangon, all had pools, great for a wind down swim
after a day in the saddle.
Heat was... hot - but bearable as cycling creates its own breeze and most of
the riding was done before lunch.
Every day threw up another wonderful surprise, and cycling between sights was
the ideal way to approach them.


He was extremely good. He had a very good command of English phrase and
idiom and an infectious sense of humour. He encouraged any question - which
was normally greeted with an announcement:
"hey everybody - this is a really good question. . .!"
He worked extremely hard and was a pains to make sure everyone knew what the
plans were at all times.


The cycling is split into roughly 1 hour/ 20 km sections, so make sure you
are happy riding this distance.
There were only two real climbs of note, otherwise rolling countryside was
normal.
You will need more padding for your bottom than in UK!


Its fine to go as a singleton, people ride at different speeds, so you will
find you naturally ride with two or three of the group and its all pretty
relaxed.


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A wonderful tour with a well-organised itinerary that provided a good insight
into Burmese daily life. Friendly, welcoming people, stunning scenery, and
thousands of Pagodas. I would highly recommend this trip.
Highlights included the long-tailed boat rides on Lake Inle (seeing the
leg-rowing fishermen at work, stopping to watch skilled craftsmen and women
using traditional methods to make silk wear, cigars, the teak long-tailed
boats, and silverware, plus seeing locals tend their ‘water-allotments’);
our stay in Naung Shwe City (the Naung Shwe City Hotel was lovely and our
favourite); day 9 cycling towards Ma Au village (a long, quiet rural road
and stopping to spend time with the excited village children); and, of
course, visiting the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda at Sunset.


Naing’s leadership and communications skills were outstanding, as was his
extensive knowledge and boundless energy and humour. Nothing to was too much
trouble and he was mindful not to overload us with too much information at
any one time, nor to over-organise us. It was a pleasure having him as our
guide, and having now completed 15 Exodus trips, I would say he raises the
bar of excellence. Naing’s support team were also brilliant.


A couple of the rides had long inclines, which coupled with a headwind and
the heat of the day, seemed arduous at times. With the exception of one, all
the hotels were of a high standard (and included a hairdryer), far exceeding
our expectations. When staying at the Conqueror Resort Hotel (Shan Highland)
be mindful that whilst the functional wooden lodges appear delightful, the
February night time temperatures drop significantly - the beds do have an
electric blanket but getting out of bed into the cold room was probably the
day’s toughest challenge!
The food was generally very good and we took great care but occasionally
still experienced short-lived upset tums.
In a few locations we did experience polite vendors targeting tourists. In
Yangon beware when asked for donations by young boys purporting to be Monks
– they are fake.


If you enjoy cycling and seeing everyday life, then this trip is a must.


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Burma by Bike...they only way to go!!

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If you enjoy cycling and want to see an Asian country not yet jaded by
tourism this is the trip for you!! I have never done a cycling trip and
wasn't sure what to expect. This trip was very well organized, with a
fantastic support team. When I punctured a hole in my tire, my first thought
is that I would never catch up to the rest of the group...however Joe, our
bike mechanic had the wheel off and replaced with another in less than 10
minutes!!!

The scenery, the Burmese people, and this itinerary make it an exceptional
experience.
Biking through the city of Mandalay.


Top notch!! He kept us safe, informed, and very entertained.


Although it is rated as a 3 in terms of difficulty, do yourself a favour and
go cycling on a route that incorporates hill training or attend spin cycling
classes. I was not a very experienced cyclist and was very grateful that I
had prepared myself in advance. It made the trip enjoyable; I looked forward
to each day of cycling. .


The Burmese food is quite tasty and not yet influenced much by western
cuisine. You should be able to find something you enjoy at every meal, but
keep in mind you are not travelling to Burma as a culinary experience. Given
their history, they have had limited opportunity to develop culinary
expertise.

I enjoyed it so much and it went by so fast I would love to do it all over
again!!


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We found this trip lived up to our expectations. This is a country that is just opening up to tourists and the people although having lived through hard times are friendly, courteous and wanting to interact with tourists.
The activities and sites which we experienced were educational as well as fun.
The biking was moderate as rated and the bus was always available if you did not want to cycle at any time.
The friendliness of the people of Myanmar and the villages where they lived and worked.

Alex was an excellent leader, always friendly, knowledgeable about the history if his country and Buddhism aa well as attentive. He went out of his way to make sure everyone was comfortable with the plans for the day. He worked well with his staff. He had a good sense of humour and we thoroughly enjoyed his leadership.

Be prepared for the heat and just go and enjoy,

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Burma By Cycle

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Wonderful trip which I would recommend to anyone.
My only word of caution is that you are riding a mountain bike which causes you to be bent forward when riding. If you have a shoulder/neck problem, this type of bike can cause you pain in your shoulders/neck. It can be remedied by having an extender installed in the headset of the mountain bike which will allow you to sit more upright and take the stress off your shoulders. Exodus does not provide these and you should bring one with you which their bike mechanic will install. They cost about $20 Canadian and will make the bike riding on the bumpy roads much more enjoyable.
The Burmese people .

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Myanmar Biking, Inle Lake to Bagan

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Moderate difficulty. Good for us 70 year olds. Excellent accomodations throughout and food locations suggested by "Alex",our lead guide. Wonderful and attentive crew. Would accommodate all our extra needs (handling shopping items). Great route selection through rural Myanmar. Could really appreciate the local culture.
Serenity of the countryside and friendliness of the Burmese people.

"Alex" was excellent.

Be prepared physically. Weather is very hot

Very highly recommend this trip.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

10 days cycling with 95% vehicle support
Mostly good roads but with some unsurfaced sections
Route mostly backroads and a few main roads with minimal traffic
Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 years
13 nights hotels
All breakfasts included (2016 departure). All breakfasts and 1 dinner included (2017 departures)
Solo departures available

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 11 days cycling (including one optional ride) with full vehicle support
  • 95% tarmac, 5% unsurfaced sections
  • Route mostly backroads and a few main roads with minimal traffic
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 years
  • 13 nights hotels

Trip ID#:

exodus-MOB

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request from GBP495)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts and 1 dinner included. Myanmar's food is a diverse blend of Chinese, Indian and South East Asian influences, with many regional variations of their 'standard' dishes. Rice is at the core of most Burmese food, and good vegetarian food is widely available, curries are very common as are noodles and soup. In the bigger hotels and cities and at Inle Lake western food is available. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Myanmar the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from home. You may find it beneficial to bring some 'cycling snacks' with you from home; high energy snacks are not readily available locally. For snacks and drinks during the rides, a kitty is normally arranged by the tour leader (see extra expenses). On Day 10 we include a meal at Sanon Restaurant and Training School where they do great work in training disadvantaged youths in hospitality skills (and the food is delicious). *Drinking Water * Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. Drinking water is included in the tour price and will be provided in large containers for you to refill your own reusable bottle from. This provides an alternative to individual single-use plastic bottles in our aim to reduce the amount of plastic used. You need only bring a bottle to re-fill along the way - please add this to your packing list. 

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