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Myanmar Cycling Tour – 8 Days

Mandalay, Bagan
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This Eight days Myanmar cycling tour is fully guided and supported cycling adventure across different parts of this magical country. You will see different environments and different local cultures on the way. When traveling by bike, you are able to see the country in whole new perspective. Enjoying the magnificent views by bike is a whole new experience compared to travelling by car or plane.

We start our journey in Mandalay, the last kingdom of Myanmar where we explore the historic sites of Mingun, Sagaing, Amarapura, Ubein bridge and Shan kingdom Innwa. Our journey continues to Shan state known as the bread basket of Myanmar. You will be met by rolling hills, lush farming fields and minority villages and colorful local markets.

Sample Myanmar’s premier wines at the Red Mountain Estate vineyard and visit to cottage industries work shops and villages built on stilts on the lake. From Inle Lake we continue to Bagan, the most famous cultural heritage site of the country, with over 2000 temples ruins located near the Ayeyarwaddy river. In Bagan we explore hidden tracks local villages and remote temples and discover the real charm of Bagan.

We want to give you a unforgettable experience with best guides and high quality gear. Myanmar cycling tour is all about seeing the country at close range and getting in touch with its people and nature.

Mahamuni Pagoda Mandalay

Mahamuni Pagoda,Mandalay

DAY 1: ARRIVAL & MANDALAY HIGHLIGHTS [-/L/-]

Arrival to Mandalay. Today we will visit Mandalay highlights, the lively Zegyo market in the heart of the city and take a stroll to experience authentic local life.

We continue to the jade market where blocks of raw jade is being traded, Artisan quarters, where some of the oldest craftsmanship is showcased dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar. We observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teak wood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. We also see how bronze and marble Buddha statues are carved, cast and molded.

Next, we ride to visit the major highlights of the city: the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, housing one of the most significant Buddha images covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in wars between competing kingdoms; the Golden Palace Monastery, the sole surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style and architecture of the Myanmar royals; and lastly, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved in the sacred Pali script on stone tablets and regarded the world’s largest book in terms of surface area.

We end our day with sunset panoramic views over city skyline on Mandalay Hill, the highest point of the city.

  • Meals included: Lunch at local restaurant
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mandalay

Ubein Bridge Mandalay, Myanmar

Ubein Bridge at sunrise, Mandalay, Myanmar

DAY 2: BIKING MINGUN – SAGAING – AMARAPURA – UBEIN BRIDGE – MANDALAY [B/L/-]

After breakfast at the hotel, we ride bikes through Mandalay to river jetty and embark on a 1-hour boat journey across the Ayeyarwady River (Irrawaddy) to the rural village of Mingun, known for its massive unfinished pagoda dramatically cracked in half by an earthquake in the 1800s; another attraction is Mingun’s bronze bell, believed to be largest uncracked one in the world.

Our bike ride follows paved road with light traffic traveling through friendly villages over rolling hills until reaching the site of Ancient kingdom of Sagaing.

From the Sagaing Hills, we enjoy views of the hillside dotted with countless pagodas. We continue our ride to another beautiful ancient capital, Amarapura, famous for its textile industries. Continuing to the Ubein Bridge, a simple yet remarkable teak structure that spans 1,2km over Taungtaman Lake, before last lap back to Mandalay.

  • Biking: Approx. 60km
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch at local restaurant
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mandalay

 Inle Lake

Fisherman acrobatics at Inle Lake.

DAY 3: MANDALAY – HEHO – INLE LAKE [B/L/-]

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State.

We visit the bustling Heho market, the meeting point for different ethnic minority groups of the surrounding areas to trade handmade goods and locally grown produce (on market days only).

Near the market we start our biking journey to Inle Lake stopping en route at a local family work shop to learn how Shan umbrellas and paper are made from mulberry tree pulp. Descending from Shan highlands to lower lying paddy and farming fields we take a smaller unpaved road and continue to Khaung Daing village situated on the western shore of the lake.

After late lunch we transfer to our hotel by boat on the Inle Lake. On the way we see floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds.

Delight in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake.

  • Biking: Approx. 40km
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch at local restaurant
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice at Inle Lake

Inle Lake Inn Thein

Inle Lake, Inn Thein.

DAY 4: INLE LAKE – INN THEIN [B/L/-]

After breakfast we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the Inn Thein Pagoda Complex, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time.

To access the complex, we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago.

We boat back to the lake and visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devout followers.

We also make a visit to the Inpawkhon weaving village to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted. As an extra treat, we stop at a house for Burmese cats built over the lake, where we see the preservation efforts and reintroduction of this rare pure breed of felines to Myanmar.

At Nampan village, local craftsmen show us how Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled.. We end our day with magnificent sunset canoe ride with boatmen who gracefully navigate and row perched on one leg.

  • Biking: Rest day
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch at local restaurant
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice at Inle lake

Ayethayar vineyard

Ayethayar vineyard sunset.

DAY 5: INLE LAKE & RED MOUNTAIN ESTATE VINEYARD – HEHO – BAGAN [B/L/-]

The morning is free for sightseeing on the Lake. We can make arrangements for a leisurely stroll to neighboring villages to observe local village life.

Next, we take a 1-hour drive from Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields.

Near Inle Lake, visit the Red Mountain Estate to tour of the lush vineyard situated on the side of mountain, taste some of Myanmar’s premiere wines, and observe the different aging methods completed in their cellar cave.

Alternatively, we can make arrangements for a visit to Nyaung Shwe town to explore the quaint town or shop for local handicrafts. In the afternoon, we transfer to the Heho Airport for the next connecting flight to Bagan.

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch at riverside restaurant
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice at Inle lake

Bagan

Bagan cycling.

DAY 6: BAGAN BIKING [B/L/-]

After breakfast, we begin our cycling journey into the Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan. The Dhamayazeka Zedi is our first visit, providing panoramic views of the temple studded plains of Bagan.

We continue to the Manuha Temple, built by the Mon king in the 1300s to represent his time in captivity under the Bagan king; Taung Bi village, a typical Bagan neighborhood where we visit rice noodle & cigar workshops.

Enroute to Nyaung U market, the largest market in the Bagan we stop by the Thanakha Museum. After lunch break we cycle to gold gilded Shwezigon Stupa, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha.

Not far from the stupa, the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple is a sight to behold, housing Bagan’s best preserved mural paintings of the Buddha’s Jataka reincarnations.

We can also make a visit to a Monastic school that provides disadvantaged children with free primary level education, we have the opportunity to interact with the school children.

Late afternoon we visit beautifully symmetric and majestic Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images that seem to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands and ride down to Ayeryarwady River for a private sunset cruise with cocktail where views of the riverside temples and bustling shore can be accompanied by cocktails on board.

  • Biking: 20-25 km
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch at riverside restaurant
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Bagan

Bagan

Bagan

DAY 7: BAGAN – MANDALAY – AVA [B/L/-]

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival we will change to biking gear at Mandalay airport and send luggage to Mandalay with our coach.

After approx. 8km cycling along the main road we turn to a small dirt road leading through small villages and broken pagodas to Inwa (Ava), the ancient capital of Shan and Burmese Kingdoms for over four centuries.

We visit the Bagaya teak Monastery, over 300 years old yet well preserved and still in use by local monks; the Nanmyin watch tower, the last standing structure of the Ava dynastic palace compound also known as the “Leaning Tower of Ava”.

After lunch break in a restaurant near Myint Nge River we cross the river by ferry and cycle back to Mandalay along tree shaded roads.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch at local restaurant
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mandalay

Mandalay

Mandalay

DAY 8: MANDALAY – BANGKOK [B/-/-]

After breakfast transfer to Mandalay airport for your flight to Bangkok.

  • Meals included: breakfast

Contact Discovery DMC reservations department for prices!

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR COSTING

  • English speaking local guides in all destinations.
  • Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary
  • Minibus and support vehicle during long cycling days
  • Water, fresh fruits and local snacks during cycling days
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (quoted separately)
  • Luggage handling fees at airports
  • Bike rental & helmets (quoted separately. Most of our bikes are Trek brand)
  • Mechanic & maintenance of hired bikes (Those who decide to bring own bikes should bring spares and tool set with them)

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP COSTING

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • International air fares or domestic air fares (mentioned separately)
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips