Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Bike, Hike & Kayak Myanmar tour
Bagan Mandalay Bike, Hike & Kayak Myanmar Trip
Cycling Cycling Bike, Hike & Kayak Myanmar package

Bike, Hike & Kayak Myanmar

World Expeditions Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4.9 . Excellent
100%
Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
13 days
From: $ 2,999 $ 231 / day
Checking price

Overview

Highlights

  • Wander through the colonial charm of Yangon
  • Witness the stunning sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill
  • Enjoy home cooked meals in family homes and monasteries
  • Visit the world's largest bell in the ancient city of Mingun
  • Discover the stunning surroundings of Inle Lake by kayak

Short Description

As you bike, hike and kayak through Myanmar's stunning landscapes and temples, you will gain a fascinating insight into one of the world's most enigmatic and freiendly destinations

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
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Yangon
End City Yangon

Trip Includes

  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Comfortable accommodation on twin share basis
  • Internal flights Yangon/Mandalay and Bagan/Heho/Yangon valued at US$354
  • Expert bilingual guides for groups of 8 or more. For smaller groups of 4 - 7 passengers we employ local guides in each location.
  • Medical kit
  • Private vehicles
  • 21 gear bike on cycling days
  • Support vehicle and bike mechanic on cycling days
  • Porterage on walk
  • Boat trip on Irrawaddy River and Inle Lake
  • Airport transfer on arrival day 1 and departure day 13 only

Find your perfect trip
A vast selection of trips on every continent, for every style. Thousands of itineraries from hundreds of trusted travel companies.
Save time
Use simple search and comparison tools to easily find the best trip. Don't sweat the logistics -- travel providers plan for you.
Save money
Book directly with the operator. Find inclusive packages for the best value and get access to amazing deals.
Travel confidently
Read unbiased user reviews, pick the company that fits your style, and connect with them directly. No worries, just memories.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Yangon

You will arrive in Yangon this morning and be transferred to your hotel. After lunch the group will gather in the lobby for an afternoon excursion in Yangon. We begin with a visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism with murals depicting the life of Buddha, the feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray. From here we continue to downtown Yangon to explore the fabulous mix of colonial architecture and religious monuments. We will take a short walking tour past the most famous buildings such as City Hall and the Post Office. Depending on the time, there is the option to stop at a local tea shop to experience an integral part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Select from an array of snacks and enjoy a coffee or tea as you sit amid businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business. The tea shop is also unique in the way they prepare the tea, so be sure to have your camera ready. From here we return to our hotel for a chance to freshen up. Later this afternoon, we visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The central stupa is 90 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf. As the sun begins to set enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pagoda and surrounding skyline. Overnight at Clover Hotel or similar

meals : Array

Day 2 Fly to Mandalay

After breakfast, we transfer to airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival at Mandalay, we transfer to the hotel. Your bikes will be waiting here and after checking in, we will take some time to do a bike fitting. Lunch is at a local restaurant. This afternoon you will explore the hidden places of the city by car. Stops will be made at a workshop making gold leaves, where the craftsmen use ancient techniques handed down over generations. You’ll also visit Mahamuni Pagoda, home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years, has been covered with gold leaves giving it an almost ‘lumpy’ texture. We end the day enjoying the magnificent sunset view from the top of Mandalay Hill. Overnight at Ayarwaddy River View Hotel or similar

meals : B,L

Day 3 Cycle outskirts of Mandalay (65km)

It’s time to begin cycling! After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will take you on a bike ride to Mandalay’s outskirts. Heading to the southwest of the city, your first destination is the 18th century capital of Amarapura (17 kms/ app 1 hour). We stop here to visit U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. The bridge spans over 2 kilometers in length and offers fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. We continue by bike across the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing and over a quiet road to Mingun (48 kms / app 3 hours). We visit the main sites of Mingun beginning with the famous Mingun Pahtodawqyi. This huge brick structure was left unfinished after an astrologer predicted the King’s would die should the temple be completed. In the 1800s, an earthquake left several large cracks in the structure. You will continue your visit to the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda whose distinctive style is meant to resemble the mythical Mount Meru. Then we will see the Mingun Bell which weighs 90 tons and is considered the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell. Lunch boxes are served on the way in typical Myanmar tiffin boxes, at a local monastery. We return to Mandalay by boat. This 1-1.5 hour journey along the Irrawaddy is a great way to observe the lives of the fishermen and enjoy the beautiful, tranquil scenery. Upon reaching Mandalay, we continue by bike to your hotel (10 minutes). Overnight at Ayarwaddy River View Hotel or similar

meals : B,L

Day 4 Cycle and transfer to Meiktila (45km)

Today’s journey takes you to Meiktila. After breakfast at the hotel, the journey starts on bike and then continues the last stretch by vehicle. You will cycle to Pyin Si Junction from Mandalay. Along the way, you will pass by the villages and you will have unparalleled opportunities to observe traditional lifestyles of the rural Burmese. Their life is lacking in many amenities yet the concepts of mutual help and cooperation are central to village life here and there are a number of social and religious customs which prevail in the upper Myanmar. Lunch at the village or on route (lunch box) Biking Distance: Approximately 45 km (Bike: Mandalay – Pyin Si Junction 45 km/2 hours; car from Pyin Si - Meiktila 2-3 hours) Meiktila – food from the heart of the country In the heart of the country we convinced a lady with a passion for food to start a pop-up catering service and cook a good dinner for us. A typical milk curd curry is served together with salads and soup. All send to your hotel in typical food carrier boxes that you see all over the country. Overnight at the Wun Zin Hotel or similar

meals : B,L

Day 5 Cycle to Mt Popa (50-70km)

This morning is a scenic ride to Mt Popa. The road is good and the traffic light, varied scenery and lots of stops make it an enjoyable ride. After a hotel breakfast the journey starts on bike and then continues the last stretch by vehicle. The terrain starts out quite hilly but there are options to ride in the support van if you wish. A home cooked lunch will be served at the host family’s home and you can take a look at their family photos for a glimpse into local life. Be seated around a low, round table and enjoy a meal of traditional, home-cooked dishes including soup, salad, vegetables and meat curry. Following the meal, sip green tea and sample sweet seasonal fruits grown around Mount Popa. After checking in to Popa Mountain Resort you can enjoy the spectacular views or go for a refreshing swim. Dinner this evening is at your hotel. Biking Distance: Approximately 50-70 km Biking note: Support vehicle will be with you throughout so if you wish to stop biking at any point to shorten the ride, this is no problem. Overnight at Popa Mountain Resort or similar

meals : B,L

Day 6 Mt Popa to Bagan cycle (45km)

After breakfast, we start with an easy bike down from your hotel to the base of Mt. Popa. From here you can climb the almost 900 stairs to the top of Popa Taung Kalat. Along the way you will pass dozens of nat shrines and many local pilgrims who come to honour these spirits. From the top you will have superb views of the surrounding plains. We then proceed to Bagan by bike along Byatta Pan Sat Road which leads to Kyauk Padaung – Nyaung U road. En-route we will stop at a village and palm garden to see ways of life of rural people in this area. A picnic lunch box will be served along the way. From here we continue the last stretch by vehicle arriving in Bagan this afternoon and checking into your hotel. After freshening up we take a horsecart ride to an elevated temple to watch the sunset over the pagoda-filled plains. Biking Distance: 45km Biking Note: 100% tar road unless otherwise en-route visit into the villages on the way. 50% mostly flat or 10º slope up and down, 45% up and down 20-35º slope Overnight at Zfreeti Hotel or similar

meals : B,L

Day 7 Bagan cycle (16km)

After breakfast at the hotel, spend a full day biking around the ancient temples. Start with a visit to the colourful Nyaung Oo Market where the locals come to buy and trade fresh produce and handicrafts. Continue to Shwezigon Pagoda, known for its magnificent golden stupa, and Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings. Your final visit this morning is at the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Take a break from the midday heat for lunch and a chance to relax. This afternoon, observe the process of traditional lacquerware, one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. Then, visit Ananda, an architectural masterpiece reflecting the early-style of Bagan temple construction and containing four impressive standing Buddha images. Continue to nearby Ananda Okkyaung, one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period. A special lunch is served today: Bagan – curries from the dry zone served at a monastery The dry zone (as the area around Bagan is called) is not known for its fertile lands as the main crops grown are rice, peanuts, sesame seeds and tamarind. The food created from it is delicious though and we will serve you some beautiful food in a traditional monastery. Biking Distance: Approximately 16 km Overnight at Zfreeti Hotel or similar

meals : B,L

Day 8 Fly to Heho, transfer to Kalaw

After breakfast, you will transfer to airport for the flight to Heho. Upon arrival, your journey to Pindaya begins with scenic drive to Pindaya. (1½ hour drive) You will visit the famous Shwe U Min cave where pilgrims placed thousands of Buddha images over the span of many centuries. Then, we observe how the paper parasols and traditional Shan Paper are being made at a small workshop at the foot of Shwe Oo Min Hill. Lunch is at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will resume your journey to Kalaw. It is a beautiful hill station in the midst of rolling hills and pine forests and it was summer resort in colonial era. Upon arrival, we transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day at your leisure. Note: At Heho aiport it is time to part ways and say goodbye your fellow cycling companions as some people will go to Inle Lake for the continuation of their ‘Cycle Myanmar’ adventure. Overnight in Kalaw at Dream Villa Hotel or similar

meals : B,L

Day 9 Walk to Htee Thein village (4-5 hrs)

After breakfast, you will visit the morning market in Kalaw. On the market days, the hilltribes of the surrounding villages gather to buy and sell their products and crops. The market is a fascinating mix of people and goods. Then, you will transfer to Baw Hnin Gone village to start your trek to Inle Lake. (1 hour drive). Today’s trek is around 4-5 hours through beautiful scenery of the Shan Plateau. The gently undulating terrain is dotted with villages of the Palaung, Shan and Danu people as well as many other hilltribe groups. You’ll encounter friendly locals: farmers working in the fields, curious kids playing in the woods and villagers going about their daily lives. Enjoy lunch en-route. Later this afternoon you’ll reach Htee Thein village, your overnight stop. You will either stay in a village monastery or in a family homestay. This is a great way to meet and learn more about the cultures and traditions of rural Burmese life. Overnight: Htee Thein village, homestay (Note: Basic accommodation)

meals : B,L,D

Day 10 Continue walk to Inle Lake (4-5 hrs)

After breakfast, we say goodbye to our hosts and resume your walk to Inle Lake. Today’s trek is also around 4-5 hours with the final destination being Than Daung village. Then, we pass through Kyauk Su and Ngue villages on the way. Lunch will be served in a village near the lake shores. Upon arrival at the lake shores, you will transfer to your hotel in Nyaung Shwe by boat. The rest of the day is at leisure in Nyaung Shwe. Overnight at Paradise Nyaung Shwe or similar

meals : B,L

Day 11 Kayaking on Inle Lake (2-3 hrs)

An active adventure is waiting today as you are taken this morning to the starting point of an interesting trip, by kayak through rural villages in this part of Shan state. A transfer by motorboat over the lake will bring you in approximately 30 minutes to In Phaw Khone, the famous weaving centre of the Intha people in the middle of Inle Lake. Light kayaks are ready for you to start paddling on the lake (2 persons per kayak) for a trip that takes you in 2 – 3 hours through rural areas few people visit. A landscape of villages, beautiful nature with the Shan mountains in the background and floating gardens is passing by, while every now and then we stop in a traditional Intha village. After about 1 hour we stop in a village for a short walk to meet some of the villagers in their house and learn more about their life style or to discover some locally produced food production.We continue paddling and around lunch time we arrive at an Intha house were we are welcomed for a home-cooked lunch. We leave the kayaks behind and continue from here by motorboat back to the hotel or we continue for more visits on the lake by boat and guide. Note: Total kayaking time (non-stop) is about 2 - 3 hours of gentle paddling on the lake. Including stops in villages and lunch total excursion is a bit more than half a day while the rest of the day a motor boat and guide are available for additional visits on the lake. Overnight at Paradise Nyaung Shwe or similar

meals : B,L

Day 12 Drive to Heho, fly to Yangon

After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market for some last minute shopping. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day). Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Inle Lake area – Intha food in the middle of the lake While the Shan and the Pa O people live around the lake, the Intha people traditionally live ON the lake, literally in houses built on stilts on the lake. A home-cooked Intha style lunch including noodles, salads, soup and exotic looking food wrapped in banana leaves is prepared for you in a pop-up restaurant created to support the Intha community. After lunch, you will transfer to Heho for the domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon, transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Clover Hotel or similar

meals : B,L

Day 13 In Yangon, trip concludes

Depending on flight time, there is an option to take a ride on Yangon’s Circle Train in the morning. The trip concludes today in Yangon.

meals : B

Availability

Checking price
Price From $ 2,999
Price Per Day: $ 231 per day
Check Availability
Checking price
Start DateFinish DateBase Price 
Jul-04-2019Jul-16-2019$ 2,999 Reserve
Aug-02-2019Aug-14-2019$ 2,999 Reserve
Aug-31-2019Sep-12-2019$ 2,999 Reserve
Oct-05-2019Oct-17-2019$ 2,999 Reserve
Nov-02-2019Nov-14-2019$ 2,999 Reserve
Dec-02-2019Dec-14-2019$ 2,999 Reserve
Dec-23-2019Jan-04-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Jan-25-2020Feb-06-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Feb-22-2020Mar-05-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Mar-07-2020Mar-19-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Apr-02-2020Apr-14-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Apr-30-2020May-12-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Jun-05-2020Jun-17-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Jul-02-2020Jul-14-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Jul-31-2020Aug-12-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Aug-29-2020Sep-10-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Oct-03-2020Oct-15-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Oct-31-2020Nov-12-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Nov-30-2020Dec-12-2020$ 3,090 Reserve
Dec-21-2020Jan-02-2021$ 3,090 Reserve
See more

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with World Expeditions.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

Ask Our Destination Experts

Clark Norton
Email Us

Stride Featured in

Stride Feature In

946 World Expeditions Travel Reviews & Ratings

100%
4.9 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 822
Great 121
Average 3
Disappointing 0
Terrible 0
Value
4.9
Guide
4.9
Activities
4.9
Lodging
4.9
Transportation
4.9
Meals
4.9

Bike, Hike & Kayak Myanmar

Write a Review

A nice tour

3.0
Details
Value3.0
Guide3.0
Activities3.0
Lodging3.0
Transportation3.0
Meals3.0
Easy cycling and paddling, and a different way to see the sights to everyone else.

If you are looking for a physical challenge with a magical backdrop some wonderful history and a whole lot of smiling welcoming people then this trip is for you

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
.....every day and every landscape is completely different. It's not the sleepy locked country of its reputation, after only being open to tourism for such a short time Myanmar is already miles ahead of some other Asian destinations but without the hassle and pressure this can sometimes bring. World Expeditions takes you where others don't, allowing some of the mystery to remain. Definitely worth the journey!
Read more

Company Reviews

What a fabulous trip we had, both to Lhasa and China, except for one hotel everything was perfect

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
We loved the more historical Chinese hotels vs staying in cookie cutter fancier places. The rooms were always spacious and the halls and reception had beautiful marble floors and walls. Richard, our guide was excellent and we all trotted after him as fast as we could, often walking 10km a day, no problem for us, and he selected great dishes for group meals. 1st October is the main Chinese Holiday and most Chinese have the rest of the week off as well so it was exceptional crowed in Beijing, the warriors (I was afraid I might be crushed to death) and the pandas. However the Chinese cue up in an orderly fashion to enter attractions.
Read more

I can’t recommend this trip enough! We had the most fantastic trip leader and crew that made the whole experience exceptional, they went above and beyond to support all the members of the group

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
The itinerary was a good pace and the difficulty rating was spot on. The scenery was phenomenal and I really enjoyed doing the hike with a group. Couldn’t fault the trip.

This was a magnificent - but challenging - experience

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
We were so privileged to be able to walk through the lives of the people who live in the Annapurna region, really humbling to get a glimpse of their lives.

We had the most amazing experience on the Maldives Dhoni Cruise

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
We can't say enough wonderful comments on the friendly crew that took care of our every need. The boat was clean and we even had unexpected cabin service. The bathrooms were kept spotless and constantly attended. The food was AMAZING! The daily catch was prepared within hours of the catch...no less than 7 - 14 dishes of food to choose from at each meal. For a total "chill" experience we would highly recommend this cruise. Possibly the best snorkelling in the world!
Read more

Details

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Accomodations

  • 11 nights hotel
  • 1 night monastery or homestay

Additional Information:

  • 13 day trip
  • 5 day cycle
  • 2 day trek
  • 1 day kayak
  • 11 nights hotel
  • 1 night monastery or homestay

When booking airport transfers with Khiri, be sure to request DRIVER ONLY, NO GUIDE for the reduced rates in FM Note: Note: Balloons over Bagan now CANNOT be booked by WE. Clients should organise this activity with the provider directly. Updated 6/3/2017 LK

Physical Requirements

Our Bike, Hike and Kayak Myanmar trip is rated introductory to moderate and therefore requires a reasonably good level of fitness. Cycling experience is also required. In preparation for your trip you should be doing at least 30 minutes to one hour of good cardiovascular exercise, 2-3 times per week for approximately 2-3 months prior to your trip. Cycling should also form part of your training. Remember the fitter you are the more enjoyable your experience will be.

Rules & Other Requirements

A bike helmet is compulsory on this trip. We also highly recommend bike pants, gloves and a gel seat cover for your own comfort. A full gear list will be provided on booking. It is mandatory that you wear a helmet on all bike tours. We deliberately do not supply rental helmets because only a well-fitting helmet can offer a certain amount of protection. Cycling helmets are offered by numerous suppliers in various price and quality categories. When buying a bicycle helmet we recommend getting advice at a specialist store since finding the optimum helmet depends on quite a number of things. Avoid at all cost buying a helmet because of its looks; the main criteria should be a perfect fit. In some areas there are a limited number of helmets are available for hire but as suitability cannot be guaranteed we ask that you bring your own for the best fit and comfort.

Trip ID#:

worldexpeditions-BHM

Trip Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Bike Helmet (compulsory)
  • Meals and beverages not indicated in the program
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcohol etc
  • Tips and gratuities

Similar Trips

See all similar trips
×
Great Choice!

Now, Unlock Member Savings

Our Stride Select trips allow you and your travel companions to save up to $700. You wouldn’t want to miss that, right?

or
or
Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Stride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits
First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 16 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!

x
x
Download your brochure

Enter your email to get the "" brochure.

x
Brochure successfully sent!

We've sent the "" brochure to "". Check your inbox!