Monywa Cycling Guide

Lies on the banks of the Chindwin River, about 140 kilometres northwest of Mandalay. It is the gateway for excursions to the cave temples of Pho Win Taung, situated across the river and usually reached by ferry. There are supposed to have been more than 400,000 Buddha image carved into the caves. Another highly regarded attraction is Thanbhodday (or Sambuddha Kat Kyaw) Pagoda, completed in 1951 after 12 years. There are about 800 small stupas on and around the pagoda, as well as 582,357 Buddha statues in and on the ceiling, walls, archways and niches of the building. The caves are famous for their Buddha statues, mural paintings and wood carvings. There are quite a few legends surrounding the caves, mostly related to famous nat spirits.

Mogok Cycling Guide

Mogok is famous for its gem mines of rubies and sapphires roughly 200km north of Mandalay. The town is nestled in a valley at over 1000 m around a large lake – the weather is cool. Mogok has been famous since ancient times for its gemstones, especially ruby and sapphire, but semi-precious stones such as lapis lazuli, garnet, and moonstone are also found. The gems are found in alluvial limestone gravels by means on panning, tunneling and digging pits by hand. Gems are sold in markets in Mogok; however, foreigners require special permits to visit the town, and purchase/export of gems from Myanmar at non-government licensed dealers is illegal.

Mingun Cycling Guide

Mingun, one of the four ancient city around Mandalay is a short boat-ride upriver from Mandalay. Not only interesting sights to see but also a very pleasant boat trip. Mingun Pahtodawryi is the big incomplete temple built by King Bodawphaya in 1790. Two chinthe in front of the building are at the height of 95ft but badly damage by the 1838 quake. King Bodawpaya dedicated a big bronze bell which was made of bronze and it is the world’s biggest ringing bell; but it is said that Buddhist devotees inserted gold, silver ornaments and jeweler into the bronze. The Bell measures eleven cubits and four thits (fingers) in diameter at its mouth; 33 cubits, 6 inches and four thits in circumference and 13 cubits, one mit and four thits in height. It weighs 55,555 viss (90 tonnes). Hsinbyume Paya or Myatheindan Paya was built by King Bagyidaw in 1816, three years before he succeeded Bodawpaya as king, the paya was constructed in memory of his senior wife the Hsinbyume princess. Unfortunately this was badly damaged in 1838 by a quake but King Mindon renovated it in 1874.

Lashio Cycling Guide

Lashio is located at the southern end of the famous Burma Road. Trading town set in a mountain basin 855 metres above sea level and inhabited mostly by ethnic Shan-Chinese and Chinese, due to its proximity to the Sino-Myanmar border. Mya Kantha Hill in the northern part of town offers good views of the city. The steady traffic at Myanmar’s largest Chinese temple, dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Quan Yin, is testament to Lashio’s strong Chinese population

Kyauk Se Cycling Guide

Dancing elephant festival, a marvelous performance of two men together to dance in rhythm is also another famous festival in Myanmar. It is held in Kyaukse, near Mandalay. A huge elephant figure is made from bamboo and paper. Men take the town to the accompaniment of Dobat and Drums. The elephant dances circles three times at the foot of the hill to pay homage to the Shwethalyaung pagoda. It is a dance that requires precise rhythm and timing in order for the elephant dances to maintain unity inside the elephant figure.

Kyaing Tong Cycling Guide

Keng Tung is one of the country’s most remote outposts and probably the most scenic town in Shan State, located high in the Shan Hills at the center of the Golden Triangle. At one time Keng Tung was the Shan capital and this ancient city is the gateway to rugged journeys and exotic sights. More than a dozen different tribal groups live around Keng Tung; the hills and vast valleys are dotted with small villages. Living almost side by side in small communities, the groups include the Ang, Lahu Ahka, Akhu, Padaung, Shan, Chin, Lisu, Pa-O, Wa, Khun and Laui. Villages show differing stages of development and some still adhere to a very traditional way of life.

Kalaw Cycling Guide

Kalaw was a favourite hill station during the colonial era and today is a picturesque town, surrounded by pine forests and with some of Myanmar’s most beautiful gardens. Offers good trekking and hiking possibilities to neighboring hill tribe villages, some of which still function the same as they did centuries ago. Fans of natural beauty will feel sated here, and the road between Kalaw and Pindaya offers particularly breathtaking views of the landscape. A popular hill station, Kalaw feels like a high-altitude holiday resort: the air is cool, the atmosphere is calm, the streets are leafy and green, and the surrounding hills offer the best trekking in Myanmar. This peaceful town is a great place to relax in summer and known as an excellent base for walking in the cool and picturesque mountains, blanketed in gnarled pine forests and bamboo groves. One can also discover little-visited minority hill tribe villages. If you love to overnight trekking for two to three days on Shan mountains, you can start the journey from Kalaw toward Inle Lake. This would provide with a nice mixture of hard and light trek with good sun and shade. Other interesting, Kalaw also has a big central market where meet tribes at the colorful every-5-days market.

Bago Cycling Guide

Ancient capital of Mon Kingdom, Bago can be reached easily by road; the 80-kilometre journey from Yangon takes about two hours. Situated on the road to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) and Mawlamyine, Bago remains a quiet and easy-going town with a lot more bicycles and motorbikes than cars. Bago feels like a fascinating Myanmar Buddhist religious sites as it has many attractive places for pilgrims must visit. Shwe mawdaw Pagoda; the highest stupa in Myanmar , Shwethar lyaung Pagoda; a long and huge Buddha reclining Image and Kyaik Pun Pagoda ; four huge images, Hinthagone Hill meter high an ancient pagoda stand on a small hill, enjoy over view the city …are the most noticeable places in Bago. Besides, Maha Kalyani Sima, Mahazedi Pagoda, Shwegugale Pagoda, Snake Pagoda are also worth seeing. Bago Market is also interesting and lively which just 10 minutes out of town one can see authentic scenes of rural life, such as yoked water buffaloes ploughing paddy fields.

Kawthaung Cycling Guide

Kawthaung is the southern-most town of Myanmar. Visitors can take 20 minute boat trips to Kawthaung for sightseeing and shopping. Kawthaung is a bustling border town and the gateway to Mergui Archipelago. You can be cruising, diving and snorkeling, Sea Kayaking and fishing on the Mergui Island. One of the impressions of cruising on Mergui Island is meeting the local Sea gypsies (Moken). Ranong is the border town in Thailand. With special permission you can depart from Kawthaung by Ranong border to Thailand.

Kyitehti Yoe Cycling Guide

Kyaikhtiyoe pagoda, known as “the golden rock” is located in the small town called Kyaikhto, in the Mon State. It takes about 4 hours drives as far 160km away from Yangon. The pagoda is 1100km above sea-level and from Kinpun base camp 11 kilometer uphill climb for the hikers. The 7.3 m high stupa, sit atop the Golden Rock delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff at Mt.Kyaikhtiyoe. The Golden Rock which in itself is separated several feet from the mountain by a rent or chasm, now spanned by a small foot bridge of iron and on the further side drops into a valley blow. A visit to Kyikhtiyoe is a must by most Buddhists in Myanmar and South East Asia country. Look around from Mt.Kyaikhtiyoe and you will see virgin forests as far as your eyes can see. A trip to Kyaikhtiyoe is a shutterbug’s delight as it abounds in scenic spots.