Classic Burma Bike Tour

  • Experience the distinctive culture of Myanmar(Burma) on ‘The Road to Mandalay’
  • Bike and boat around the surreal floating villages on Inle Lake
  • Enjoy spectacular views of ‘Stupas’ stretching out into the horizon in Bagan
  • Ride around teak wood palaces from a bygone era in Mandalay Bay

Journey through Central Burma, from the upcountry hills and lakes of this less-explored country where archeological wonders are aplenty, down to Mandalay along the Irrawaddy river delta from where the plains of Bagan beckon.

The yester-years live on here, come travel through time on your cycling holiday of Myanmar (Burma).   

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    12 days / 11 nights

  • Start / End

    Mandalay / Yangon

  • Hotels

    Premiere Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1 – 2MandalayHotel Red Canal225km / 15mi
60km / 36mi
3MonywaWin Unity Resort Hotel190km / 54mi
4 – 5BaganAureum Palace260km / 36mi
20km / 12mi
6 – 7KalawThe Amara235km / 21mi
8PindayaPindaya Inle Inn155km / 33mi
9 – 10Inle LakeAureum Palace Resort & Spa Inle260km / 36mi
20km / 12mi
11YangonMelia Yangon1
12Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Mandalay

Arrive in Mandalay and check-in to your hotel. The morning is free for you to explore the city. Mandalay was the last royal capital of Myanmar and built at the base of Mandalay Hill on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy River, country’s largest river.

Post-lunch, 1:00pm, our guide meets you at your hotel for a cycling tour to explore some of the most popular sites (Kuthodaw Pagoda, Golden Palace Monastery). We get to ride around the former royal complex’s (destroyed in a fire during World War II) still surviving walls and moat, climb the Mandalay Hill to get the spectacular view of city and visit some Buddhist monasteries along the way. This tour gives an excellent introduction to the city’s history and provide you with plenty of opportunities to soak up the unique mix of chaos and tranquility that is modern-day Mandalay. We convene tonight to celebrate the start of our awesome journey on a bike.

Meals: Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 20km / 12mi*

Day 2: Mandalay

Today ride on the opposite side Irrawaddy River is fascinating. We take a loop covering Amarapura, Sagaing and Mingun. The last leg is by boat on Irrawaddy River back to Mandalay from Mingun.

Along the way visit some classic highlights of the area – silk weaving workshop, U Bein Bridge, Mya Thein Dan Pagoda.

Don’t be surprised if you hear Mandarin here as the local community comprises Chinese, Thais, Laotians, Shan and Karen descendants with a sprinkling of Indian and Nepali settlers present as well.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi*

Day 3: Monywa

A classic ride today through the hinterland takes us to a small town, Monywa, situated beside Chindwin river. Largely a flat terrain with some sections along the Irrawaddy river. The region is home to many mines including copper, silver, and gold.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 90km / 54mi*

Day 4: Bagan

Another long ride today with a short transfer via boat and van.  Start the day with a ferry crossing of Chidwin river and pedal to the Phwintaung Caves,a Buddhist cave complex that contains about 947 small and large richly decorated caves. We visit some of the richly ones and continue riding to Kyat Su Khin through quiet backroads. From here we shuttle to Pakokou and board a boat on Irrawaddy river and journey to Bagan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 70km / 42mi*

Day 5: Bagan – Pagoda Trail

We explore the trails that run among the stupas, built between 14th and 19th centuries: Shwezigon, Sulamani, Htilominlo, Dhammayazika, by bike and return to the hotel for lunch. The evening is at leisure.

If you wish, in the evening enjoy sunrise balloon flights that are considered some of the best ballooning in the world and enjoy the view of Bagan where an estimated thirteen thousand sacred pagodas were built on the plains. Three thousand of these Theravada Buddhist relics now remain. The view is breathtaking and the uniformity, diversity and subtlety of these temples will amaze and intrigue.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 20km / 12mi

Day 6: Kalaw

A short flight brings us today closer to the hill town, Kalaw, in the Shan state of Myanmar. Arrive at Heho airport and get ready to ride towards Kalaw. The last leg is high in the hills as Kalaw is situated at about 1,350m.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 35km / 21mi

Day 7: Kalaw

Enjoy the cool mountain air and spend the dat at leisure walking around the tree lined streets.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Pindaya

The simplicity that you will witness on a bike ride will charm you. Thrilled children watch eagerly as you cycle through terrain that has been off-limits until recently, while farmers tend to paddy fields with their buffaloes and others make their way around in horse drawn carts and cycle rickshaws. Savor the liberating ride. Post-lunch, visit the famous Pindaya caves.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 55km / 33mi*

Day 9: Inle Lake

Today we have a fabulous ride down off the Shan plateau to the famous Inle Lake. The initial stretch is a bit undulating followed by sweeping downhills, taking us to the shores of Inle lake, home to numerous villages situated on stilts.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 10: Inle Lake

We start slow with a countryside ride. The stilt villages and floating markets around Inle Lake are a fascinating introduction to the Burmese way of life. You will have plenty of opportunities over a boat ride to interact with leg-rowing fishermen, lotus fibre weavers and fruit and vegetable farmers who live in this region.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 11: Yangon

We take a flight to Yangon for your onward travel. We recommend to visit more than 2,500 years old Shwedagon Paya, a spectacular stupa in Burma. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Departure

Travel further as per your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

*with shuttle – short transfers.