Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Cycle Myanmar tour
Bagan Mandalay Cycle Myanmar Trip
Cycling Cycling Cycle Myanmar package

Cycle Myanmar

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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: 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
11 days
From: $ 2,799 $ 254 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover the beauty of this untouched country at handlebar level
  • Cycle around Bagan, home to one of the finest collection of temples in South East Asia
  • Walk amongst the wonders at Sagaing, home to 600 pagodas and monasteries
  • Discover by bike the beautiful scenery of Inle Lake
  • Wander through the colonial charm of Yangon
  • Witness the sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill
  • Visit the worlds largest bell in the ancient city of Mingun

Short Description

Explore the rich cultural diversity of Myanmar by bike

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

Travel Theme

Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Cities & Attractions

Bagan Mandalay Yangon

Activities

Cycling

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Trip Includes

  • 10 breakfasts and 9 lunches
  • 3 star comfortable accommodation on twin share basis
  • Internal flights Yangon/Mandalay and Bagan/Heho/Yangon valued at US$354
  • Expert bilingual guides throughout 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
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Boat trip on Irrawaddy River and Inle Lake
  • Airport transfer on arrival day 1 and departure day 11 only

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Yangon

You will arrive in Yangon this morning and transfer to your hotel. After lunch the group will gather in the lobby for an afternoon excursion of Yangon. We begin with a visit to the 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 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. We return to your 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 before transferring back to our hotel. Overnight at Clover Hotel or similar

meals : Array

Day 2 Fly to Mandalay

After breakfast, you will have a transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival at Mandalay, you will 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. End the day with 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. Next we continue by bike across the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing and continue over a quite road to Mingun (48 kms / app 3 hours). We will 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. We continue our visit to the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda whose distinctive style is meant to resemble the mythical Mount Meru. Then 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, you continue by bike to you 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. 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 will be 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. 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. We will check in to Popa Mountain Resort and you can enjoy the spectacular views or go for a refreshing swim. Biking Distance: Approximately (50-70km) 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 (45km)

After breakfast, you will 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. Then we 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 the ways of life of rural people in this area. A picnic lunch box will be served along the way. We continue the last stretch by vehicle arriving in Bagan this afternoon and checking into our hotel. After freshening up we take a horsecart ride to an elevated temple to watch the sunset over the pagoda-filled plains. Biking Distance: Approximately 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

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. 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. 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. We then continue to nearby Ananda Okkyaung, one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period. Biking Distance: Approximately 16 km Overnight at Zfreeti Hotel or similar

meals : B,L

Day 8 Fly to Heho and drive to Inle Lake cycle (35km)

After breakfast, we transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for a flight to Heho. From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads us to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Nyaung Shwe. Along the way, we stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Lunch is enjoyed at a local restaurant. Upon arrival, you will check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure at your hotel or exploring Nyaung Shwe. Dinner is enjoyed at a local restaurant. Biking Distance: Approximately 35 km Note: At Heho airport it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your fellow cycling companions as some people will go to Kalaw for the continuation of their ‘Bike, Hike and Kayak’ adventure. Overnight at Paradise Nyaung Shwe or similar

meals : B,L

Day 9 Inle Lake

The day begins as you load your bicycle on a local boat and take a ride from Nyaung Shwe to Nampan to check out the local market. After a short bit of shopping, you will board the boat and cross the small lake village of Indein. You’ll wave goodbye to boat on the banks of Indein and unload your bicycle. In In Dein, you will reach Alaung Sitthou, an area filled with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below. You'll go for a short ride through the hidden ancient ruins then walk through the ruined site, where the jungle is beginning to take over, and search for hidden Buddha images. Next, jump back on the saddle of your bicycle and head north up the western shore. Lunch is at a local restaurant. The road back to Nyaung Shwe is mostly paved and on a decline with some undulating hills scattered in between. You’ll ride through the trees and alongside towering Shan mountains as the backdrop. You’ll see rice paddies below and the open road ahead. We'll stop for a quick snack break at Khaung Daing village, known for their delicious handmade soy bean crackers, tofu and other treats. After reaching Nyaung Shwe after your ride, you will return to your hotel. Overnight at Paradise Nyaung Shwe or similar

meals : B,L

Day 10 Drive to Heho, fly to Yangon

After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. 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). Then, you will observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. We continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Fortunately, we enjoy 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. We also have time to 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. 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 11 In Yangon, trip concludes

Depending on flight times, there is an option to take a ride on Yangon’s Circle Train in the morning. This morning you can transfer to the Yangon Railways station to take a unique ride on the city’s circular train ride through the outskirts of town (45 minutes ride). This slowly traveling train gives you unique opportunity to observe the lively, colorful lifestyle of the local people. We disembark at the Insein market where you can peruse the various stalls and interact with the friendly vendors before transferring back to Yangon. In Yangon, the trip concludes.

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The Yangon part at the beginning. We arrived two days before the tour which was great for us to become accustomed to....well, everything really! Yangon had a lot to offer culturally and our guide Omar was very informative and efficient. The second phase was like another Myanmar world. The riding, the villages and the smiling people, the countryside and the history.The locals all stopped to stare but we felt as though we were part of it all as we viewed from our handlebars, smelled, listened and said the obligatory 'mingalar par'. Our guide Linn was outstanding. Wise beyond his 26 years having previously been a monk, been to university and worked as a chef. He was very engaging and absolutely committed to educating us but he was also able to have fun and share a joke.I left Myanmar fulfilled that I had tasted a little of the real place.
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Thank you for providing a well organised, active, culturally eye opening tour around Myanmar

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The people were friendly and the scenery varied and spectacular. I haven't been fed this well since... my last World Expeditions trip! The most memorable part was climbing an ancient pagoda to watch the sun set slowly over hundreds of ancient temples Old Bagan. The view from Mt. Popa over the stunning Taung Kalat was a very close second!
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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.
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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

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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!
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10 nights hotel

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  • 11 day trip
  • 5 day cycle
  • 10 nights hotel

When booking a pax airport transfer with Khiri, request DRIVER ONLY, NO GUIDE for the reduced rates in FM 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 Cycle 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

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

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