Myanmar Cycling To The New Frontier – 14 days

Myanmar Cycling To The New Frontier . Our tour cycles through the sleepy heartland from pious Mandalay on the storied AyeyarwaddyRiver and the picturesque InleLake, before flying back to the capital, Yangon. On the way we’ll visit the ancient city of Bagan, cycling amongst the thousands of pagodas, stupas, and temples that dominate the river valley that was once the center of a powerful and deeply religious empire. Riding through the countryside, we will be greeted by a warm and friendly people few tourists see or meet. In the mountains we’ll encounter a variety of tribal people, as well as enjoying the splendid colonial charm of Kalaw, where the officers of the Raj escaped the high heat of the Burmese summer .

Myanmar straddles two of Asia’s great rivers below the mountainous foothills of the Himalayas. As the western gateway to Southeast Asia, the diversity of its people, culture, and topography combined with a rich history make it one of the most fascinating and beautiful countries in the region. Political problems and divisions within the country (to put it lightly), ensured that Myanmar missed out on the economic booms experienced by many of its neighbors, and it remains a rural, undeveloped nation.

Our tour cycles through the sleepy heartland from pious Mandalay on the storied AyeyarwaddyRiver and the picturesque InleLake, before flying back to the capital, Yangon. On the way we’ll visit the ancient city of Bagan, cycling amongst the thousands of pagodas, stupas, and temples that dominate the river valley that was once the center of a powerful and deeply religious empire. Riding through the countryside, we will be greeted by a warm and friendly people few tourists see or meet. In the mountains we’ll encounter a variety of tribal people, as well as enjoying the splendid colonial charm of Kalaw, where the officers of the Raj escaped the high heat of the Burmese summer.

At the end of the trip there is a chance to relax in Inle before going back to Rangoon visiting the Shwedagon Paya and enjoying the colonial charm of the capital city.

Description: This tour program is similar tour with Myanmar Adventure Bike tour & add more destination places Monywa- one of the busy town in central region and famous for its many tourist attraction sites.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Yangon, (L,D) (with car)

Day 2: Yangon – Heho – Kakku- Taunggyi (B, L, D) (with flight, car, bike)

Day 3: Taung Gyi -Nyaung Shwe- Inle-GrapeVine Yard (with car & bike, boat) (B,L,D)

Day 4: Inle Lake boat excursion ( B , L , D ) (with boat)

Day 5: Inle Lake -Kalaw (B, L, D) (with car, bike)

Day 6: Kalaw- Pindaya (B, L, D) (with car, bike)

Day 7: Pindaya –Ywangan-Kyaukse- Mandalay (B, L, D) (with car, bike)

Day 8: Mandalay –Ava-Sagaing- Mingun – Mandalay (B,L,D) ( with bike & car)

Day 9: Mandalay-Monywa (B, L, D) (with car & bike)

Day10: Monywa – Hpowin Taung-Pakkoku-Bagan (B, L, D) (car , bike)

Day11: Bagan – Mt Popa-Bagan (car , bike) (B, L, D) (with car, bike)

Day12: Bagan Sightseeing (B, L, D) (with bike)

Day13: Bagan-Yangon ( B , L , D ) (with flight, car)

Day14: Yangon Departure  ( B ) (with car)

(End of Tour Program)

Day 1:  Yangon Arrival ( D ) (with car)

Arrive at Yangon International Airport. We prefer with morning flight. Welcome to Yangon- the former capital and the largest city of Burma. You will be welcome at the airport by our tour guide before transferred to the hotel for check-in. For the first time in the cultural and historical center of Burma, on the way we will have a city tour with some prominent Buddhist relics including Swe Taw Myat Zedi where you can see the copy of Budda Tooth and Kaba Aye Pagoda which is also known as the World Peace Pagoda. Afterward, head to nearby Mahapasana Guha. Check in hotel and relax for a while at the hotel. After that sightseeing to down town City Center so that you can take a walk colonial style building and meet local people. Downtown Area with the Old City Hall and take a stroll along Colonial Buildings ending at the old Strand Hotel, the adjacent Australian Embassy, Her Majesty British Embassy, and Red-bricked General Post Office. Late afternoon visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda of Rudyard Kipling fame and one of Myanmar’s most sacred places. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz – a stunning sight as the sun sets and a most fitting place to begin our trip in this “GoldenLand”. Dinner at a local restaurant and back to hotel. Stay overnight in Yangon. (cycling distance- none)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : None

Day 2: Yangon flight to Heho – Kakku- Taunggyi (B, L, D) (with flight, car, bike)

After breakfast, transfer to airport to flight Heho. Arrive at Heho Airport meet with our biking guide and cycling to Ayetharyar. Road condition is smooth and plain about 30km aways from Heho. Then drive to Taunggyi uphill road. Taunggyi is, the capital of the Shan state and former British colonial hill station with a magnificent descent of nearly 2,000 feet to Inle Lake. Arrive at Taunggyi, lunch at a local restaurant in Taunggyi. And then start biking to Kakku, passing via Taunggyi. Kakku, a lesser known but impressive site comprised of several thousand small stupas in the Pa O region. On the way you can witness the daily life of local Pao villages and Pao Hill tribe people. All route are mountain biking with the tour goes on a recently paved road through mountains and jungle-lined roads from Taunggyi to Kakku villages. Visit Kakku Pagoda and evening drive back to Taunggyi. Dinner at local restaurant. After dinner you may enjoy the night life and night market at Taunggyi by yourself, it is just walk away from your hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Taunggyi. (cycling distance-50-75km mostly uphill & country road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -75 km

Day 3: Taung Gyi –Shwe Nyaung-Nyaung Shwe- Inle- Grape Vine Yard (B,L,D) (with car & bike, boat)

Morning after breakfast, drive at the hill of Taunggyi (Mya Saine Villages) to enjoy the whole city view over the hill. And then you can make downhill bike from Taunggyi to Shwe Nyaung Junction. On the ways you can take photos of beautiful scenic. And then continue cycling from Shwe Nyaung Junction to Nyaung Shwe- the entrance town to Inle lake. Then boat sightseeing to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Silk weaving, cheroot factory, Black smith cottage, Canoe work – shop, Silver Smith workshop and Floating Gardens. After that visit to the Grape vine yard to enjoy the wine testing and enjoy sunset. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Nyaung Shwe or Inle lake. (cycling distance -50-70km rolling country road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -70 km

Day 4: Inle Lake boat excursion and rest day ( B , L , D ) (with boat)

We plan to spend the day visiting villages and sampling the spectacular array of traditional handicrafts. You will see the unique method locals use to row their boats, fishermen with their own style of fishing, floating farms and gardens and a handloom weaving cottage with its own showroom. You will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha Images in the southern ShanState. Alternatively, you may bike to nearby villages to explore more on your own. (biking distance-none)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : None

Day 5: Inle Lake to Kalaw Highlands (B, L, D) (with car, bike)

After a leisurely breakfast admiring the sun rising over the lake, we’ll depart by bikes climbing up from the lake on quiet roads for the short but challenging climb into the scenic country side to Kalaw, a hill station filled with interesting mix of colonial-era architecture and hill tribe villages. Depending on the time, we can wander through the market or ride around the city looking at the decaying colonial mansions or hoof it on a leisurely hike through the foothills surrounding the town. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Kalaw. (Cycling distance 50-75km with climbing and rollers)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -75 km

Day 6: Kalaw to Pindaya (B, L, D) (with car, bike)

Today, cycling due north to Pindaya on a rolling empty road flanked by beautiful manicured fields from where much of Myanmar’s produce comes from. The area is rich with a diversity of hill tribes and we will pause to visit some of the villages en route. After we reach Pindaya, strolling the small town’s sites and LakeFront, visit the famous Pindaya caves, filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. After, we’ll enjoy the sunset from the hill side over the lake. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Pindaya. (Cycling Distance 50-75 km, rolling up & down hills)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -75 km

Day 7: Pindaya –Ywangan-Kyaukse- Mandalay (B, L, D) (with car, bike)

The longest travel day of our bike tour goes northwest on a recently-paved, rolling road through mountains and jungle-lined roads to Kyaukse where the bus will transfer us the remaining distance “on the road to Mandalay.” Mandalay is the historic old capital, but remains the center of Myanmar culture and religion. It is also where traditional arts and crafts are centered. Myanmar abounds with historical sites, cultural memorials and Buddhist monuments and we will explore some of them after arrival. In the evening, enjoy dinner overlooking the AyeyarwaddyRiver. (Cycling distance 50-95km, rolling country road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -95 km

Day 8: Mandalay –Amarapura- Mandalay Sightseeing (B, L, D) (with car & bike)

Today, morning half day touring Mandalay by bicycle, the religious and cultural center of Myanmar. From ancient wooden palaces to massive pagodas to serene monasteries, Mandalay has it all. After breakfast, cycling to the former royal capital of Amarapura, including an interesting stop at the Mahagandayon Monastery, a school for novice monks. Also visit to U Bein Bridge, a 200 year-old bridge and the longest teak one in the world. In the afternoon, sightseeing with car in central Mandalay, including Mahamuni Pagoda, gold leaf hammering, Shwe Inbin Monastery; Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned for its stone slabs of the Buddhist scriptures, and panoramic Mandalay Hill, with a sunset view. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. (cycling distance- 30-55km, flat busy road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 30 -55 km

Day 9: Mandalay –Monywa (B,L,D) (with car, bike)

After breakfast at hotel, we will be transfer to the cycling point with car. Then start cycling to Monywa located in the Valley of Chindwin River and a pleasant destination for the visitors. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way. You can enjoy the local way of life. Late afternoon, arrive at Monywa. Check in hotel and relax. Then you can make sightseeing with cycling or with car to Thanbode Pagoda where a half million of Buddha images exits. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Monywa. (Cycling distance 50-75km, with flat road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -75 km

Day 10: Monywa – PowinTaung – Pakkoku- Bagan (B,L,D) (with car , bike)

After breakfast at hotel, start cycling around Monywa visiting the Bode Tahtaung where a thousand of Bo trees or Banyan trees and a 300 foot long reclining Buddha image would be visited. Then cross Chindwin River and cycling to PowinTaung and Shwe Ba Taung. The caves contain Buddhist statues, wood carvings and murals dating to 17thand 18th centuries. Then cycling to Pakokku – famous for cotton blanket. Visit local market, weaving industry, peanut snacks making cottage. And then crossing along the Ayeyarwaddy river and continue cycling to Bagan situated in Central Myanmar, on the east bank of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. Lunch at a local restaurant. Arrive at Bagan in the evening. Check in hotel and relax. If time permit we will be visit the temples in Bagan to enjoy sunset. Overnight stay at hotel in Bagan. (Cycling distance 50-95km with quiet country road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -95 km

Day 11 : Bagan sightseeing (B,L,D) (with bike)

After breakfast, cycling to Bagan. It is prepare to be astounded by Bagan, a grassy plain scattered with pagodas. A full day of cycling will take you to the city’s most fascinating sites, including the teeming Nyaung Oo Market, the glittering Shwezigon Pagoda, and the atmospheric cave temple of Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi. In the afternoon, cycling to Ananda Temple, Htilo Minlo Temple. Evening Sunset at Shwe Sandaw Pagoda to enjoy sunset. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan. (Cycling distance-30km with flat sandy road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 30 km

Day 12 : Bagan- Mt Popa-Bagan (B,L,D) (with car & bike)

After breakfast, we will cycling to the Mt Popa. On the way you can visit the toddy glove and toddy trees how to produce the jiggery sweet and way of lifes in local villages. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the shrine on the top of Mt. Popa and enjoy the spectacular view of Popa. Then cycling back or drive back with car to Bagan and take rest at the hotel for a while. Evening cruising along the Ayeyarwaddy river to enjoy the panoramic sunset view. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan. (Cycling distance 40-50km with flat quiet road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 40 -50 km

Day 13: Bagan-Yangon ( B , L , D ) (with flight, car)

After breakfast transfer to Airport to fly back Yangon. Arrive at Yangon Airport, meet with guide and visit Scott Market, Bogyoke Market, which sells many Myanmar Traditional Handicrafts, namely, Pan Sai Myo, 10 kinds of flowers; Blacksmith, Goldsmith, Coppersmith, Stone Carvings, Wood Carvings, Lacquer Wares, and so on (Scott Market is off every Monday!). Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, free and relax at the hotel. Evening before dinner take a tour to China Town to enjoy night life and barbeque. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon. (Cycling distance – None)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : None

 Day 14: Yangon Departure  ( B ) (with car)

After breakfast, free and easy until your international flight time. Then transfer to airport for your international departure flights.

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Tour Includes

  • 13 night accommodation on twin shared basic with daily breakfast
  • 2 domestic flights (Yangon – Heho/ / Bagan – Yangon) 
  • Accompanying English speaking bike guide
  • Accompanying support vehicle or support bus for group
  • 2 water stop for every biking day (snacks, seasonal fruits, mineral water)
  • Private boat ride transfer for Mingun and Inle Lake
  • Entrance/zone fees
  • Bicycle & Helmet
  • Full meals B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner mentioned as per itinerary

Tour Not includes

  • International air tickets
  • Beverage
  • Visa costs
  • Optional excursions
  • Camera fees
  • Personal expenses, travel insurance
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tip for guide and driver

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