Quaint Burma Bike Tour

  • Bike and boat around the surreal floating villages on Inle Lake
  • Enjoy spectacular views of ‘Stupas’ stretching out into the horizon in Bagan
  • Fine Burmese handicrafts and ancient fort like palaces with pagodas and wooden bridges that will amaze in Mandalay
  • Experience life on the Irrawaddy river at floating night markets and tea shops and beer halls

Explore the charm of the orient in all its myriad hues in Myanmar (Burma). Replete with animal-drawn carts, plenty of cyclists and pagodas that are ablaze under sunlit skies, Myanmar is simply irresistible.

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.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start / End

    Yangon / Yangon

  • Price

    From $2,995 pp dbl. occ.
    The price is indicative and may vary due to size of group, accommodation, time of year you travel

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

Group Departures


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Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1YangonBest Western Chinatown, Hotel G1
2 – 3Inle LakeAnn Heritage Lodge, La Maison Birmane230km / 18mi
40km / 24mi
4 – 5PindayaPindaya Inle Inn265km / 39mi*
6 – 8MandalayAyeyarwady River View Hotel355km / 33mi*
40km / 24mi*
9MonywaWin Unity Resort Hotel180km / 48mi
10 – 12BaganBlue Bird Hotel360km / 36mi
30km / 18mi
40km / 24mi
13YangonBest Western Chinatown, Hotel G1

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon

Arrive in Myanmar (Burma) via Yangon Airport and check-in to your hotel. If you reach early, we recommend to visit more than 2,500 years old Shwedagon Paya, a spectacular stupa in Burma. 

Day 2: Inle Lake

Take a morning flight to Heho Airport where your Trip Leaders will greet you at airport. The flight journey is included in your tour price and the tickets will be emailed prior to your journey. On arrival, check in at the hotel at the edge of Inle Lake. Once rested, take an afternoon boat ride in the lake exploring floating gardens and life around the lake. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 3: 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 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 4 & 5: Pindaya

The simplicity that you will witness on a bike ride from Inle Lake to Pindaya 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 55km / 33mi*

Day 6: Mandalay

We leave the simple pleasures of the Shan hill forests behind as we head towards culturally diverse Mandalay. 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, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 55km / 33mi*

Day 7: Mandalay

For those who are up for riding today, a ride on the opposite side Irrawaddy River is fascinating.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi*

Day 8: Mandalay

This is a rest day, so you can spend the day at leisure and visit the Royal Palace and the Buddhist monasteries of Mandalay if you feel like exploring. Mandalay is a great place to try out traditional cuisine of Myanmar – there’s plenty of soups, dumplings, side dishes and curries with meat and vegetables on offer. Dig in. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Monywa

A classic ride today through the hinterland takes us to a small town, Monywa, situated beside Chindwin river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi*

Day 10: Bagan

A long ride today with a short transfer via boat and van. Ride past spectacular country farms and fields.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 48mi*

Day 11: Bagan – Pagoda Trail

We explore the trails that run among the stupas by bike and return to the hotel for lunch. The evening is at leisure.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 12: Bagan – Mount Popa

We take a transfer and climb to the top of Mount Popa, a volcano 1518m above sea level, where we see numerous Nat temples and relic sites atop the mountain. 

Enjoy the view of Bagan where an estimated thirteen thousand sacred pagodas were built on the plains between the 9th and the 13th century. 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.

Post-lunch, we ride downhill towards Bagan. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi

Day 13: Yangon

We take a flight to Yangon for your onward travel.  

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Departure

Your leaders will make arrangements for your transfer to the airport in time for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

*with shuttle – short transfers.