18 Days
Duration
Moderate
Physicality
Yangon, Thaton, Hpaan, Mawlamyine, Yangon, Inle Lake, Pindaya, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay,Monywa
Location
Year-round
Dates

Pioneering cycle tour in Myanmar 18 days

Cycle the more popular areas of Myanmar, then go off the map and the main trail to discover the little visited southern Myanmar where the British first landed and the Thai Burma Railway terminated. This trip runs Yangon to Yangon or Mandalay

Tour Includes

  • 17 night accommodation on twin shared basic with daily breakfast
  • All domestic flights in tour
  • 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 & sightseeing for InleLake
  • Entrance/zone fees
  • Bike & Helmet
  • Meals B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner

Tour Not includes

  • international air tickets
  • visa costs
  • optional excursions
  • camera fees
  • personal expenses and tips
  • travel insurance
  • other services not mentioned

Additional information

DestinationMyanmar

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

Evening arrive at Yangon International Airport . Meet with local tour guide of Indochina Bike Tours and We will have a welcome dinner this evening.We will stay in the downtown area for easy access to the railway station the following morning.

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Dinner

Cycling distance  : None

Day 2: Train to Kyaikto ( B , L , D) (with train, bike, car)

In the morning, our guide will pick up you at the hotel and transfer to the Train station. The train departs at around 6:30am. We are in the upper class cabin, which is a curious term for it, given its dilapidated condition, but this is Myanmar and investment in the rail system is not something that has been paid a lot of attention for the last few decades. Even so, the train journey is a memorable one. You are sure to make lots of local friends on board who will take delight in speaking with you on subjects ranging from history, current political affairs, to the English Premier League! The scenery is varied, from the urban areas of Yangon to the sparse areas around the edge of the delta zone. All things going according to plan (or timetable), the train will arrive at midday in Kyaikto. Then start cycling to the Kimpun Base camp. From there we will be taking local uphill truck to reach summit. Mt. Kyaiktiyo, where we see the Golden Rock, a huge granite boulder with a tiny Pagoda atop. The boulder is covered in gold leaf and looks as though it may tumble down the hill at any moment, although it’s unlikely that it will happen while we make our visit as it has been in place for a very long time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kyaikhtiyo. (Cycling distance-16km in main road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  :  16 Km

Day 3 : Golden Rock Cycle to Tha Thon ( B , L , D) (with car, bike)

After breakfast, we will be down hill back with open truck to reach base camp. Then start cycling to Thaton. The riding today is mostly flat as we ride quite close to the coast and at times close enough to get a view of the water. As the day continues, we cross a river inlet and continue on down a slightly busier road to reach Tha Thon. This is a small town and our accommodation befits pioneers such as yourselves. It is clean, but simple. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. (Cycling distance-50-75 km mostly in main highway road, but few car)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  :  50 -75  Km

Day 4 : Thaton-Cycle to Hpa An ( B , L , D) (with car, bike)

Today we ride inland on a smaller road. The landscape changes and we start to see more hills. The greenery also increases as we enter a more remote, less populated area. We arrive into the small town of Hpa An in the late afternoon. This is a town of only 50-60,000 people, located on the Thanlyin River and is the capital of the Kayin State. On the way will visit to Kaw Kun Cave which have many Buddha statues on the wall since 13 century AD. Our accommodation this evening is once again quite basic. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Hpaan. (Cycling distance-50-75km mostly in mixed with main highway road and quiet country road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -75  Km

Day 5: Hpaan- Saddan Cave-U Na Out Village- Mawlamyine ( B , L , D) (with car, bike)

Today is another day through sparsely populated areas. The landscape begins to flatten again and the rice paddies start to replace the drier farming zones. We cross a river late in the day and then ride into what will seem like a bustling city after the places you have been for the last two days. On the way cycling and visit to Kado Village where you will see the best Glass Mosaic decorations and Teak Wooden Buddha Images. The monastery is donated by a Myanmar Well-Known Teak Merchant, U Na Oak. We used to learn about his patriotic battle in terms of inland water transport business against the then Irrawaddy Floatilla Company in the British times. Walk around the monastery complex, take the pictures of the amazing wood-carvings decorated on the inner walls of the monastic buildings. Sometimes, you will see the European pillar pedestals at some of the buildings. Afternoon arrive at Mawlamyine. Lunch at a local restaurant. Mawlamyine was the first colonial capital of British Burma from 1826 for around 20 years. Remnants of those days can still be seen and some very good English is still spoken in these parts by the older people who, in some cases, are descendants of those first British colonialists. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Mawlamyine. (Cycling distance-50-75km quiet country road and some part in highway road)

Summary

Accommodation :  Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -75  Km

Day 6 : Mawlamyine- Bilugyun Island –Mawlamyine ( B , L , D) (with car, boat, bike)

After breakfast, we will cycling to Jetty from your hotel, just a few minutes. Then take a ferry boat approximately 45 minutes to the jetty of Bilu Island. It is separated from the mainland only by rivers, so a short ferry crossing takes us to the island where we take a ride to explore. Once you disembark, you mount the bike and you will be meeting firstly with the old Chevrolet at the jetty that still serve for transportation. some activities on the island during the Mountain bike cycling excursion; After excursion making a loop on the island, you can see the local ways of life and nature of village life, and you can learn how to earn their living. You can enjoy beautiful natural scenic. Belu Island have over 84 villages and All environs maintain natural ways of lifes. Lunch at a local restaurant. you will be back at the same jetty to transfer the same way back to Mawlamying. Take rest at the hotel. Evening take a walk to Strand Road and enjoy night life. Overnight at the hotel in Mawlamying. (cycling distance- 50-65km with quiet country road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -65  Km

Day 7 : Mawlamyine- Thanbyuzayat- Mudon- Mawlamyine( B , L , D) (with car, bike)

Our last day of riding takes us further south on a mixture of back roads and slightly busier, main roads. Our destination today is the terminus of the Thai-Burma Railway, known locally as the “Death Railway”. An Allied War Cemetery here is the resting place of more than 3000 Allied POWs. We take time to pay our respects and in the afternoon we pack up the bikes and drive back to Mawlamyine. On the way back, we will visit Waing Sein Taw Ya Monestry call Hpa Out Meditation center. Evening arrive back hotel and relax. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Mawlamying. (cycling distance- 50-90km with flat road)

Summary

Accommodation :  Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -90  Km

Day 8 : Mawlamyine- Yangon( B , L , D) (with car)

After breakfast, we will be taking a drive today to return to Yangon. This will take around 7 hours. In the afternoon a walking tour introduces you to the downtown area of Yangon, with its collection of crumbling colonial-era buildings and vibrant street scenes. We walk through Chinatown, Little India and finish up on The Strand where we can stop in for a coffee at the Strand Hotel. We then board a bus and drive just a short way to the most famous and impressive religious monument in the country, Shwedagon Pagoda, a towering Buddhist Pagoda covered in gold leaf. Sunset here is an amazing experience. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Take rest at the hotel in Yangon. (cycling distance-none)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : None

Day 9 : Yangon – Heho-Inle Lake – Grape Vine Yard( B , L,D ) (with flight, car, bike)

According to the flight schedules all the airlines are mostly start fly early from Yangon. Flight departure time is about 7 am flight to Heho. Arrive at Heho Airport we will cycling to Nyang Shwe, the main town for the Inle Lake area. Our hotel here is a simple affair, but located within the town which is an interesting place to explore on foot. You can enjoy the different kinds of scenic compare with Mawlamyine. Late afternoon, arrive at Nyaung Shwe and take rest at the hotel for a while. After that cycling to Grape vine yard to enjoy the wine testing and enjoy the panoramic sunset scene. After that cycling back to hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Nyaung shwe or Inle lake according to your hotel choose. (cycling distance-50-70 km up & down hill with country road)

Summary

Accommodation :  Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 -70 km

Day 10 : Boat Inle Lake- Indein Village ( B , L,D) (with boat)

In the moring, boat sightseeing with open long boats that fit four people to a boat. We explore the lake where we see the floating gardens that support life on the lake as well as the famous fishermen with their distinctive leg twisting style of rowing. We visit a vibrant, roving market which location each day according to the date. Villagers from the surrounding area look forward to market day as it’s not only an opportunity to trade, but also to socialise, play some games and generally enjoy themselves after a hard week in the fields. We miss the touristy souvenir shops and head straight to the west bank of the lake where we unload the bikes and pedal our way back to town on another small road. The views today are stunning with many photo opportunities. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake. (cycling distance-none)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch ,Dinner

Cycling distance  : None

Day 11 : Inle- Pindaya ( B , L , D) (with boat, car, bike)

It’s time to start riding some hills. The climb today is split into two sections of approximately 6km each and while it is continual climbing, it’s not too steep. We plateau in sections and after about 30km we find an unpaved back road that we will take most of the way to Pindaya. The scenery from here on changes from dramatic mountains to rolling hills with patchwork fields. We are on a downwards trend at this stage and the last section into town is a pleasant downhill coast. Pindaya is only a very small town, but is famous for its Golden Cave, full of gold covered Buddha images. The cave is the subject of a legend involving a handsome prince and a giant spider that takes a number of princesses hostage in the cave. Never mind though, it’s a story that ends well, just like your ride today. We stay in a friendly local guesthouse which is simple but clean. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Pindaya. (Cycling distance-50-70km rolling up the road & country road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 – 70  Km

Day 12 : Pindaya-Ywangan-Cycle & Transfer to Mandalay ( B , L , D) (with car, bike)

We are in for an epic ride today, as we leave the Shan Hills, but not before we spend at least 70% of our ride, traveling through some really beautiful countryside with limestone crags off in the distance and picturesque farmland. We stop at a small village half way for lunch and then push on to the edge of the plateau. For those who like a descent, a great 20km downhill section awaits, before we pack up and drive the last section into Mandalay. Please note that this drive is around 3 hours. It’s not ideal but it’s the only option as there is no accommodation between the two points and the bike ride is well worth the discomfort of the drive. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Evening arrive at Mandalay. Take rest at the hotel in Mandalay. Our cycling distance is just standard and you can negotiate with our biking guide for total kilometer you want to ride. The rest some kilometers will drive with car. (Cycling distance 50-95km, you can make cycle distance up to 100 miles-160km, rolling up & down of country road)

Summary

Accommodation :  Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 – 95  Km

Day 13 : Mandalay-Cycle Pyin Oo Lwin ( B , L , D) (with car, bike)

After breakfast, we will transfer to the cycling point with car Pyin Oo Lwin. Here we discover the former hill station of Maymo (now known as Pyin Oo Lwin). In the afternoon, we take a ride around town to learn some of the history that this place holds. (cycling distance- 30-60km with up hill road)

Summary

Accommodation :  Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 30 – 60  Km

Day 14 : Pyin Oo Lwin- Train on Goktiek Viaduct and Transfer to Mandalay( B , L , D) (with train, car, bike)

In the late morning, transfer to train station to take on one of Asia’s last great train lines. A short way in we pass over the Goktiek Viaduct which at the time of construction in 1900 was the largest railway trestle in the world. Constructed from Pensylvania Steel it stands strong to this day. We alight from the train early afternoon and after a bite to eat, we will cycling back to Pyin Oo Lwin. And then drive back down to Mandalay with car. Evening if time available, we will visit to Mandalay Hill to enjoy panoramic sunset. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. (cycling distance- 40-75 km with down hill and flat road)

Summary

Accommodation :  Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 40  – 75 Km ( Depending on train departure time )

Day 15 : Mandalay visit to Amarapura-U Bein Bridge & Ava -cycle to Monywa ( B , L , D) (with car,bike)
A slow morning is in order after a late arrival the night before. We first take a drive south and then get back on the bikes for an unforgettable ride on small trails through the ancient court of Ava and onto U Bein Bridge. Ava was the capital prior to Mandalay and today consists of scattered ruins and a tower interspersed with vegetable gardens and banana trees. We exit Ava on a ferry and then continue our ride. We pass through a Muslim enclave that is said to be the home of Mayor U Bein himself, the instigator of the bridge project that bears his name. We approach the lake on small boats down the canal, feeding into the lake where we have a great view of the teak bridge. Then, we take a drive out of Mandalay division and cycling onto Monywa, an agricultural trade centre to the north west Mandalay. Evening arrive at Monywa. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel and Monywa. (Cycling distance 40-75km, with flat road)

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 40 -75  Km

Day 16: 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 40-95km with quiet country road)

Summary

Accommodation :  Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 40 -95  Km

Day 17 : Bagan Sightseeing ( B , L,D ) (with car, 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)

Note: Balloons Over Bagan is a unique and amazing experience and one that is in high demand. You can take balloon flight as a optional tour. The flight is at sunrise and is done in true style by an experienced and professional, British owned outfit. Please inquire at the time of registration if you would like to take this option. Balloon flight time is about 45 min.

Summary

Accommodation : Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch ,Dinner

Cycling distance  : 30 Km

Day 18 :Bagan Departure -Tour Concludes in Mandalay or Yangon ( B )

After breakfast transfer to airport. excluded in the tour is a flight ticket to either Mandalay or Yangon to meet your connecting international flight. The tour concludes upon arrival at either of these airports.

 (End of Tour Program)

Summary

Meals :  Breakfast

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