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Cycle Myanmar

Few can argue that Myanmar is a gem of a destination. We explore at handle bar level this friendly land, where exceptional hospitality is guaranteed. After flying to Mandalay, our cycling adventure starts in earnest in with a ride on the outskirts before returning by boat on the Irrawaddy River. Our cycling continues through timeless villages where we observe traditional lifestyles enroute to Bagan, home to one of the finest collection of temples in South East Asia. Exploring at a gentle pace, this magnificent region uncovers ancient pagodas and temples of a bygone era with intricate carvings, murals and astonishing architecture. At sacred Mount Popa, the abode of 'Nats', known as 'Spirits of Ancient Ancestors' we leave our bikes and climb the 700 steps for stunning panoramic views from the golden temple at its summit. Last but not least, Inle Lake with its bustling local markets, handicrafts and stilted villages provides a perfect and relaxing conclusion to this inspiring adventure.

Inclusions

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
Hightlights
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
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
11
Price From
AUD $3,590
Start Location
Yangon, Myanmar
End Location
Myanmar
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 15
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
23 Feb 201905 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
09 Mar 201919 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
04 Apr 201914 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
02 May 201912 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
07 Jun 201917 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
04 Jul 201914 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
02 Aug 201912 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
31 Aug 201910 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
05 Oct 201915 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
02 Nov 201912 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
02 Dec 201912 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
25 Jan 202004 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
22 Feb 202003 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
07 Mar 202017 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
02 Apr 202012 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
30 Apr 202010 May 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
05 Jun 202015 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
02 Jul 202012 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
31 Jul 202010 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
29 Aug 202008 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
03 Oct 202013 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
31 Oct 202010 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
30 Nov 202010 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $3,690
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
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
Day 2
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
Day 3
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
Day 4
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
Day 5
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
Day 6
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 10 slope up and down, 45% up and down 20-35 slope Overnight at Zfreeti Hotel or similar
Day 7
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
Day 8
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
Day 9
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
Day 10
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
Day 11
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.