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Your cycling holiday in Myanmar

Myanmar Adventure | Premium | Guided Group

Total Distance 311 miles (498km) | Average Distance 31 miles (50km)

This is a cycle touring trip through Myanmar using good quality mountain bikes. You will cycle a total of 498 km on country lanes and quiet roads. Though 80% of our riding will be on tarmac, the road can be in poor condition in spots. We take some dirt roads, but these are not technical; they are just to take you off the beaten track. The first few days of riding are up and down the Shan plateau, but the gradient is very gentle.

We will pass through many villages, and you will find the people curious, friendly, and polite. We share the road with ox carts, cyclists, and waving children.

The second phase of the tour is comprised of flat rides or gentle rolling hills and will cut through rice fields, ancient cities, and scenic countryside. The averagely fit cyclist will have no problems.

The trip is fully supported; an air-conditioned bus follows us for the entire journey, so exhausted riders can skip the tougher sections if they wish. On major roads, riders can find their own pace and meet up at prearranged points along the way. There is an unbelievable amount to see throughout the tour, and we stop frequently to view temples, rural scenes (especially if riding during rice harvest), and villages.

What not to miss

  • Cruise the Irrawaddy River
  • Wonderful Bagan temples
  • Picturesque landscapes
  • 10 days of stunning cycling

What’s included

  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Domestic flights
  • 3 star and 4 star hotels
  • Airport transfers
  • Support vehicle

Bike hire is not included in the price for this tour (click on the price tag for more information).

Your cycling holiday in Myanmar

Myanmar Adventure | Premium | Guided Group

81 Hotel Inlay, Inle

3-star

81 Hotel Inlay Nyaung Shwe is in a great location, there many nearby attractions including Nyaung Shwe Market and Nyaung Shwe Jetty.

Bagan Thande Hotel, Bagan

3-star

Bagan Thande Hotel is located at the south-west corner of the ancient walls Of Old Bagan City and on the eastern bank of the River Ayeyarwaddy and also situated inside Bagan Archaeological Zone.

Hotel Grand United Ahlone, Yangon

4-star

Hotel Grand United, located close to downtown Yangon, is easily accessible to local attractions such as Shwedagon Pagoda, Bogyoke Market, Sule Pagoda, National Museum, National Theatre and Kandawgyi Park.

Pindaya Inle Inn, Pindaya

Situated at the entrance of the town surrounded by historic and magnificent banyan trees facing the beautiful Ponetaloke Lake is the traditional but modern Pindaya Inle Inn.

Please note

Due to the popularity of Myanmar as a destination hotel rooms are extremely hard to guarantee. Though we will do our best to adhere to the original itinerary, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute hotel changes. Any changes will be to another hotel of the same or higher standard.

Popa Mountain Resort

4-star

Set on a mountain surrounded by lush greenery, the Popa Mountain Resort is situated on the volcanic peak of Mount Popa – 48km from the ancient city of Bagan. 

Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel, Mandalay

3-star

This premium hotel offers a rooftop bar and swimming pool and is ideally located only a kilometre away from the Mandalay Moat.

Your cycling holiday in Myanmar

Myanmar Adventure | Premium | Guided Group

14 nights / 13 days

Day 1

Arrival in Yangon.

We will meet at the hotel at 7pm for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant to give us the first tastes of Myanmar. We recommend that you spend a couple of days prior to the tour in Yangon before flying up to Kalaw.

Meals included: dinner

Day 2

From Yangon to Kalaw | Distance 23 miles (36km).

The day starts with an early morning flight to Heho and then a short transfer to our hotel in the former hill station of Kalaw. This cool, peaceful town amidst pine trees still retains its colonial feel. After lunch, we prepare for an afternoon ride through the countryside of Kalaw. This off-road ride will be a perfect introduction to your bike and give you a chance to warm up those cycling legs. There will be some up-hill sections, but we will be cycling through stunning countryside, making the effort well worthwhile.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3

From Kalaw to Inle Lake | Distance 49 miles (79km).

We have a fabulous ride down off the plateau to the famous Inle Lake. Though we cover many kilometres, the last section has two sweeping downhills, which take us directly to the shores of Inle. We will be on both paved and dirt roads, taking us through the Myanmar (Burmese) countryside. You will ride alongside one of Asia’s most beautiful inland waters to Nyaung Shwe, located north of the lake.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4

Round Tour Inle Lake | Distance 12.5 miles (20km).

We spend the day exploring Inle Lake, from the shore and on the lake. In the morning, we start with a 20-km ride along the shores, riding through villages and past temples. After a lakeside lunch, we board a boat and cruise to see Indein temples, floating gardens, monasteries and the Intha fishermen, who famously manage to row their boats with one leg. In the evening, we'll have a treat and visit a vineyard for sunset and dinner.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5

From Inle Lake to Pindaya | Distance 39 miles (63km).

We leave lovely Inle and head back up to the Shan Plateau. Shan State covers almost a quarter of Myanmar and is home to several different ethnic groups. Again, we will be cycling on both dirt and paved roads, and though we will be mostly climbing, there will be some downhills. There is one major 10 km-long climb today, but the gradient is gentle. Our destination is Pindaya, home to limestone caves that house thousands of Buddha images. We'll visit the caves before dinner.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

From Pindaya to Mandalay | Distance 33 miles (53km).

An hour transfer will bring us to the start of our ride down to Myanmar's second city, Mandalay. Initially, the ride will be undulating through a patchwork of fields before we start a long descent. We'll be passing many villages on the way where you'll be greeted by “hellos” from the children. When we reach Ywa Ngan, we stop for lunch and then load up the bikes into the support vehicles for a short transfer to Mandalay.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

Mandalay Round Tour | Distance 28 miles (45km).

We head out of Mandalay to explore the towns of Sagaing and Mingun on the opposite side of the Irrawaddy River. We cycle first to the longest teak bridge in Asia, the famous U Bien Bridge, where we'll have some excellent photo opportunities. We then ride along the river past Sagaing, an important religious and monastic centre and, subsequently, home to numerous monasteries and stupas. We continue on our photogenic cycle route to Mingun to visit the ruins of Pahtodawgyi. This massive, unfinished stupa would have been the largest in the world if completed and now might be the largest pile of bricks in the world, but is nonetheless impressive. We'll also see the Mingun Bell, which weighs 90 tons and is the largest ringing bell in the world. After a lunch of local specialties, we'll have an easy return via boat. Relax and watch life go by as the river takes us downstream to Mandalay.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8

Round Tour Mandalay | Distance 16 miles (26km).

This morning, we will explore Mandalay by bike, starting with a cycle to sprawling Zegyo Market, crammed with stalls and shops selling everything from food to clothing to jewellery. We have some time to explore this labyrinth before we jump back on the bikes and continue our riding. We stop when we see artisans weaving bamboo into large sheets to be used as roofs and walls or a crispy tofu maker. A visit to Shwenandaw Monastery, aptly named “Golden Palace,” is a must-see. This wonderfully fragile, yet grand example of 19th century Burmese teak architecture, is heavily gilded with gold and adorned with glass mosaic work and impressive carvings of Buddhist myths. We head back to Mandalay a different way, stopping for tea and to taste some local snacks. The afternoon and evening are free to give you the chance to explore Mandalay on your own.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9

From Mandalay to Mount Popa | Distance 53 miles (85km).

We start early and ride from the hotel along the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Following pretty back roads, we take a very small and short ferry ride so that we can cycle by the capital of the ancient Ava Kingdom. We'll see remnants of a city wall that protected the city that ruled upper Burma for nearly two centuries, from 1364 to 1555. We continue our ride through fields of millet, sesame, cotton, and many varieties of peas and beans to the town of Pyinsi. Here we pack up the bikes and transfer to Mt. Popa.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10

Free Day Mount Popa.

Today is a free day. It’s our first complete day off the bikes, but that doesn't mean we won't still be active! After breakfast, we climb the almost 900 steps to the top of Popa Taung Kalat, a temple that is populated by Burma’s most revered nats (spirits). As you walk up, you will pass dozens of nat shrines and see pilgrims who come to honour them. From the top, you will have a panorama of the surrounding plains. The views are excellent, and photographers will get some great shots. The rest of the day, you are free to relax by the hotel's infinity pool overlooking the temple, or for those more adventurous, there are hiking trails in the national park. We meet up for dinner.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11

From Mount Popa to Bagan | Distance 38 miles (61km).

Wake up to superb views! After breakfast, start with an easy descent from our lofty heights. We snake down around the mountain, as we ride through small villages and palm gardens, coming across farmers ploughing their fields with wooden ploughs and water buffaloes. We ride into Bagan, littered with thousands of temples along the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Our riverside hotel offers a refreshing pool to cool down in.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12

Round Tour Bagan | Distance 19 miles (30km).

Bicycles are the perfect way to explore the temples of Bagan; we take a morning cycle around the Archaeological Zone, stopping to see a variety of temples. When it starts to get hot, we'll return to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon by the pool. Enjoy sunset over the river, or take your bike to catch the setting sun from the top of a temple. The views across the plains studded with chedis will be a lasting memory. You have the option to start your day with a scenic hot air balloon ride and enjoy the stunning aerial view of surrounding area, including exquisite temples and its golden stupas. Please ask our Activities Experts for more information.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13

From Bagan to Yangon.

In the morning, we transfer to the airport and fly back to Yangon, viewing from the air some of the terrain we covered by bike. We arrive in time to take a trishaw ride in downtown Yangon and see the Shwedagon Paya, Burma’s holiest religious site at dusk. In the evening, we meet up for a farewell dinner.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14

End in Yangon.

The morning is free for shopping. You can visit Bogyoke Aung San market before heading to the airport for your onward flight.

We say “swarrtotmaal” and “makyaarhkain pyansone kyamaal”!

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

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Your cycling holiday in Myanmar

Myanmar Adventure | Premium | Guided Group

Tour Only Prices 2018

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
15 July - 28 July 13 £2848 Enquire Now
12 August - 25 August 13 £2848 Enquire Now
16 September - 29 September 13 £2848 Enquire Now
14 October - 27 October 13 £2848 Enquire Now
11 November - 24 November 13 £2848 Enquire Now
16 December - 29 December 13 £2848 Enquire Now

Tour Only Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
13 January – 26 January 13 £2848 Enquire Now
10 February – 23 February 13 £2848 Enquire Now
10 March – 23 March 13 £2848 Enquire Now
12 May – 25 May 13 £2848 Enquire Now
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13 October – 26 October 13 £2848 Enquire Now
10 November - 23 November 13 £2848 Enquire Now
15 December - 28 December 13 £2848 Enquire Now

Flight Prices

Our BSpoke team can organise your international flights for this tour.
Please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Extras

Single room supplement: £584

Bike hire: £168

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your cycling holiday in Myanmar

Myanmar Adventure | Premium | Guided Group

Total Distance

311 miles (498km)

Average Distance

31 miles (50km)

About

  • Staff ratio one to three
  • Guaranteed departure from 2 people
  • This tour can also be self-guided

Bikes

Included in the cost of this tour are well-known makes of hybrid bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension. 

Suitability
This trip is a touring bike journey suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. There are some long rides, and one or two tough climbs; participants who cycle the whole distance should expect a fairly challenging two weeks. But with the excellent support, inexperienced riders, and even non-riding partners, can be catered for and are more than welcome to join this tour. Biking

Conditions
Although this tour covers around 498 km in 7 full cycling days and 3 half days, it is still quite demanding. This trip has a variety of roads, some in quite good condition to broken tarmac roads, to vehicle-wide dirt trails. There is no technical riding on this trip, but there are some long days.

Bikes

You can hire bikes locally for the price listed in the tour pricing section. The bikes are well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, in good mechanical order.

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