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HIGHLIGHTS OF MYANMAR CYCLING TOUR – 10 DAYS

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Myanmar Cycling Tours

On Discovery Rides Myanmar cycling tours you will be led by local expert guides who know best their region and hidden trails. Our international team has well over a decade of experience organising high-quality tours and expeditions in Myanmar.

10 Days
Yangon
Yangon
Min Age : 15
Max People : 12
Tour Details

Challenge yourself and journey by bike in this magical and mysterious country. On these ten days of active holiday you will visit highlights of Myanmar and have a chance to enjoy the varied landscapes. Going by bike you are more part of the people and the country and you have a chance to see and experience more.

What is it like? This is tour is essentially an active holiday with a mix of biking on different landscapes and leisure. Most roads are in good condition, passing rural areas with light traffic. Our bikes are quality mountain bikes that undergo regular maintenance. We reserve possibility to modify the itinerary according to clients’ wishes on the spot with more or less biking per day.

Price Includes

  • English speaking local throughout cycling guide
  • Private tours and transfers as specified in our itinerary in AC equipped vehicles
  • Support vehicle during long cycling days
  • Water, fresh fruits and local snacks during cycling days
  • Water & refreshing towels for clients per day
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage handling fees at airports
  • Bike rental & helmets (Most of our bikes are Trek & Merida brands)
  • Mechanic & maintenance of hired bikes

Price Excludes

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • International air fares
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out. Normal check out time from hotels in Myanmar is 11am or 12 o’clock noon
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • Camera & video fees. Some of the sites visited may ask small fees for photographing and video recording
  • Tips & gratuities
What to Expect

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Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVAL IN YANGON, FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING

Arrival at Yangon International Airport and welcome by Discovery DMC guide who will meet you in the arrivals hall with a signboard and your names on it. Transfer to your hotel for check-in (approx. 1hr drive depending on traffic). After freshening up, we spend rest of the day exploring Yangon’s highlights. The journey today starts with a transfer to Pansodan Jetty, where we cross the Yangon River by local ferry. We reach the town of Dala, a striking contrast to Yangon with its limited urban development and village feel. Sit back and relax on our tour by trishaw, a three-wheeled bicycle taxi that maneuvers us through small lanes, market streets and friendly village neighborhoods. We make a stop in a pagoda and finish the trishaw tour with refreshments and people watching in a local tea shop. We return to Yangon by ferry and have lunch at the Rangoon Teahouse, where all ingredients are made in-house and traditional Burmese recipes handed down through generations.

After lunch we begin a heritage walk, as the guide will lead us though the old quarter of Yangon. Enjoy sights of beautiful old buildings – many of them dating back to the late 19th ~ early 20th century – book merchants, food stalls and various kinds of shops. We will make a stop at the Sofaer building, renowned for the being the centre for trade in its heyday. We can stop by at the nearby Hla Day store, a volunteer run gift shop selling locally produced handicrafts and items produced by minority and disadvantaged groups. Time permitting, we continue to bustling Bogyoke (Scotts) Market, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color. We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold covered bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed. Later in the evening,

Meals included: Lunch and dinner at local restaurant
Overnight stay: Governor’s Residence, Deluxe Room

Day 2FLIGHT TO BAGAN, CYCLE & TREK AMONG THE TEMPLES

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to domestic airport for the flight to Bagan. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your guide and continue to the hotel for check-in. We begin our today’s biking explorations with a ride to Nyaung U town and then to Nyaung U market, the largest market in Bagan area. We will make stops at Thanaka Museum and shining gold gilded Swezigon Stupa, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. In Taung Bi village, which is a typical Bagan neighbourhood, we make stops to learn how Rice noodles & Myanmar cigars “Cheroots” are made. After lunch break we continue to well-preserved Ananda Temple often cited as the most beautiful piece of architecture in Bagan. Within short ride away is the Shwesandaw Pagoda, tall brick stupa offering perfect views over Bagan. We continue on small and sandy lanes and tracks passing Dhammayangyi Temple through more remote temple sites to New Bagan and Myinkaba village and observe lacqueware making and learn about this traditional art and craftmanship Bagan is famous for. Alternatively, in case you seek to spend some extra time off the paved roads and main highlights, so that to get a glimpse of what the rural life in Bagan looks like, our walking tour will be the perfect experience. History here is literally under every step as to both sides of the trail we notice chunks of petrified wood and red bricks of long gone temples lying randomly in the sand. Some of the ancient structures around us have been completely destroyed over the time by forces of nature and fell into oblivion, some are still standing there hidden between the leafy tree brunches amidst the fields. We end our walk by the road in the vicinity of Minnanthu village where the car will be ready to pick you up. For sunset, we climb to top of a temple that offers unparalleled photo opportunities of one of the richest archaeological treasures in Southeast Asia. The views are pure magic as the sun dips behind the temple ruins.

Cycled Distance: 20~30 km mostly on paved roads, some soft sand tracks at more remote locations
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel; lunch and dinner at local rastaurant
Overnight stay: Bagan Lodge, Villa Room

Day 3CYCLE TO PAKOKKU, RETURN TO BAGAN BY BOAT

Optionally this day may begin with a sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Bagan. Imagine…floating gently above thousand years old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, as the sun rises slowly from the horizon over the misty fields and temples. The magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for centuries. One of the most remarkable sights in Asia, where ancient temples dot the landscape as far as the eye can see. Truly an unforgettable experience not to be missed on a journey to Myanmar. (Please note that this activity is offered separately). After breakfast transfer to a local jetty and take a ferry boat across the wide Ayeyarwaddy River to the opposite bank. Once across the river, we will begin our ride along the quiet road that runs through the lands rarely visited by foreign travelers. On the way you will pass small fisherman villages and rural pagodas hidden among the vast fields. We will make the first stop on the way at the village of Myit Chay where you can wander through the local market and taste some local snacks before continuing the ride to Pakokku. The road lies through rice paddy fields, and if we are lucky we might get a chance to interact with local farmers that begin harvesting their rice closer to the end of the cold season. Later in the afternoon we arrive at the market town of Pakokku and enjoy traditional Burmese lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch we get to the town jetty and return to Bagan by a private boat. Enjoy simple river views as we cruise back. The rest of the day is free, you can do more sightseeing, cycling or relax by the poolside at the hotel.

Cycled distance: 40~50 km mostly on paved roads
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel; lunch and dinner at local rastaurant
Overnight stay: Bagan Lodge, Villa Room

Day 4CYCLE TO PINDAYA, VISIT GOLDEN CAVE

This morning you will be picked early at you hotel for a transfer to airport and onward flight to Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State, the land of scenic mountains and charming ethnic people. Today you will pedal northwards along the rural asphalt road with light traffic that winds over the rolling hills and small villages of Danu and Pa-O people. The scenery on both sides of the road is all but agrarian, with sesame, corn, cabbage and potato fields stretching as far as an eye can see. Depending on the time, you will be served a picnic lunch nearby one of the village on the way, or in a local restaurant in Pindaya. After check-in at your hotel, we will walk to Pindaya Cave that is unique in housing thousands of Buddha images donated by Buddhist devotees alongside caverns filled with numerous stalactite formations. After the cave visit the local traditional Shan paper making workshop.

Cycled distance: 40~50 km mostly on paved roads
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel; lunch and dinner at local rastaurant
Overnight stay: Pindaya Inle Inn, Chalet

Day 5CYCLE TO INLE LAKE, VISIT INN THEIN PAGODA

Early this morning we will transfer to Aungban, small but busy transit town on the main Southern Shan State highway. It is from here that we start our today’s biking to Inle Lake. Set off on your bike through the sparsely populated farmland as you pass by the small villages of Danu, Pa-O and Taung Yo people that make their leaving mostly from agriculture. For the first couple of miles there will be pine groves to both sides of the road providing substantial shade. Later this landscape will give way to seasonal cabbage and potato, sesame and mustard fields. Please keep in mind that roads in Myanmar countryside are constantly being improved as economic development slowly comes to the region. Roughly first half of the road that we are taking today is covered with asphalt, while the other half is yet a dirt track with some ranges of soft sand and gravel. We will tackle a few rather steep hills before making a lunch stop at a restaurant located on top of a hill overlooking the picturesque mountain valley dotted with fields and pine groves. The last stretch of the road will be mostly downhill with just few relatively easy climbs, as we slowly approach the valley of Inle Lake with views of Shan mountains and rice paddy fields. In the early afternoon we will reach the foot of the hills and enter the village of Inn Thein, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time. To access the Inn Thein archeological site we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago – truly an amazing sight and a highlight of the lake. Take a break under a shady tree surrounded by bamboo forest and ancient pagodas.

From Inn Thein, should you wish, you can pedal all the way to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda along the narrow dirt trails, or board traditional long tail boat and head down a winding creek out to the lake. On the way you will meet Inthar fishermen busy with their floating gardens and water buffaloes. The boat then takes you to the hotel conveniently located on the north-eastern edge of the lake against the backdrop of scenic mountains.

Cycled distance: 40~50 km, with about half of the ride along paved roads and another half, including the descend, on sand/gravel road
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant and dinner at hotel
Overnight stay: Inle Princess Resort, Lake House

DAY 6CYCLE TO KAKKU, EXPLORE THE TRAILS OF PA-O

After breakfast at the hotel, we start our day with a pleasant boat ride to Nayung Shwe, the main town of the area located a few miles to the north of the lake, from where we drive to the lush Aye Tha Yae vineyard for a short winery tour. We then continue to Taunggyi, the capital city of Shan State. From this point we begin our cycling into the Pa-O territory. From Taunggyi to Kakku, the religious centre of Pa-O people and a highly revered sight of more than 2000 pagodas, it is mostly gentle downhill ride along the country road. There we will meet our local guide who will lead us through this architectural maze. Picnic lunch will be served near Kakku. In the afternoon after some rest we continue biking up the mountain range and then from the rolling Shan hills down to the flatlands of Inle Lake passing the remote village communities, highland monasteries and highland bamboo forest. The trails here are a bit challenging but we can adjust to strength and desired difficulty levels of the riders. If you prefer to skip the bumpy ride, hop on the van and then join back with your bike down the hills cycling along the eastern shore of the lake all the way to your hotel, where you can later relax by the pool or take spa treatment after a long cycling day.

Cycled distance: 50~60 km, along the mixed paved and country dirt roads
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant and dinner at hotel
Overnight stay: Inle Princess Resort, Lake House

DAY 7SIGHTSEEING ON INLE LAKE

Today we embark on full day explorations of Inle Lake, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and bamboo poles. Delight in the picturesque sights of Intha fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inthar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake. Visit the Ywama village known for its silver smith traditions and Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devout followers. Enjoy today’s lunch in a traditional Inthar house on the lake. Take in the breathtaking scenery and savour classic home cooked dishes of the lake people – an experience you will never forget. Rest of the day is for lake explorations, you will learn how the floating islands are shaped and tended, stop at Inn Phaw Khone village to learn how local handmade silks, linens and lotus fabrics are crafted. At Nampan village local craftsmen will show us how Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled. If time permits we can visit the Burmese cats at Inn Thar Heritage House. Return to your hotel with the sundown. Tonight dinner will be served in a hotel. Enjoy the most delicious fusion cuisine with a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail.

Cycled distance: No cycling today
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant and dinner at hotel
Overnight stay: Inle Princess Resort, Lake House

DAY 8FLIGHT TO THANDWE, LEISURE ON NGAPALI BEACH

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to Heho airport for a short flight to the town of Thandwe (the British called it Sandoway) that used to be a trading seaport of historical significance for hundreds of years in the Rakhine State. Nestled within gentle valleys at the mouth of the Sandoway River, Thandwe was reputed to have once been the capital of an ancient Arakan empire. Located 10 km north of Ngapali Beach, it offers glimpses into British colonial times buildings of colonial design and invokes a sense of frozen time. Ngapali Beach is a tropical paradise of pristine sand, clear blue waters and groves of picturesque coconut palms. Over 10 km of white sand beach runs along the Bay of Bengal, with a smattering of only a dozen or so resorts to create a sense of seclusion and hidden discovery. The limited development and small number of visitors means the beach never feels crowded, a dream come true for lovers of the sun, sea and sand. Besides the usual sunbathing and swimming, leisure activities include snorkeling, sailing, scenic walks and bike trips. Far away from tourist crowds, Ngapali Beach is still a truly undiscovered paradise. The long beach is dotted with charming boutique style resorts built in local materials, the architecture blending harmoniously with the natural surroundings. There are no high rises, no noisy roads, no booming discotheques, no jet-skis and no packed rows of oiled bodies baking in the sun. The stretch of white sand, natural beauty of the blue sea, swaying palm trees and quiet privacy are guaranteed ingredients of an exquisite beach holiday.

Upon arrival in Thandwe transfer to your hotel in Ngapali and free at leisure on the beach for the rest of the day.

Cycled distance: No cycling today
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Overnight stay: Sandoway Resort, Villa Sea View

DAY 9LEISURE ON NGAPALI BEACH

Free at leisure on Ngapali Beach. Should you wish, we can arrange optional activities for you, from visiting the colorful local market in Thandwe (Sandoway), biking along the coast to surrounding villages, learning coconut tree climbing skills from the local boys to hiring a boat to go fishing or sailing against the coastal backdrop of the Rakhine hills. Bikes will be on disposal for your own explorations.

Cycled distance: Optional cycling in Ngapali and surroundings
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Overnight stay: Sandoway Resort, Villa Sea View

DAY 10FLIGHT TO YANGON, DEPARTURE

Enjoy breakfast at your resort and then take transfer to Thandwe airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by Discovery DMC guide who will take you to the city. The car will be at your disposal until your onward international flight. Time permitting, we make a stop at Yangon’s best antiques shop, Augustine’s, displaying a big variety of good quality old and genuine objects. It is a family run gallery that throughout it’s almost 40 years of business gained considerable expertise in Burmese antiques.

Cycled distance: No cycling today
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel

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