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Time: 15 Days 14 Nights

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Encompassing the best of Myanmar, Myanmar Backroad Biking Tour takes us pass the mountain trails for Kalaw and Pindaya, lush valley of Inle Lake, less known Pyn Oo Lwin, unpaved Bagan off beaten track with lots of up-down biking time
Your biking tour is rewarded with spectacular mountain vistas of Shan State and Irrawaddy River landscapes.

Itinerary

Day 01: Yangon Arrival

Welcome ! Mingalarbar !
Upon arrival in Yangon, our guide and driver will welcome you for your hotel transfer.
Yangon, one of the most compelling cities in Southeast Asia, boasting unique charm of colonial architecture signature with numerous sparkling spiritual heritages.
The first day is left free for your own leisure and free discovery of Yangon city.
Accommodation: hotel in Yangon
Meal: dinner

Day 02: Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake

Leave Yangon for a morning flight to Heho, the hub of Shan state where our guide awaits to commence the trip with you. This morning, we explore the busy Heho market then see how local artisans produce the famous Shan umbrella.
Descend the slop to reach Nyang Shwe town which invites you a chance to behold the picturesque landscape of the area. Afer the visit to Khaung village, we take a boat to enjoy the uniqueness of Inle Lake which is filled with floating garden, stilted houses and many different workshops.
Accommodation: hotel in Inle Lake
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 03: Inle Lake sightseeing – Indein Market

After breakfast we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the Indein where there happens a colorful market which rotates in different villages each 5 days.
After the market, we head to Inthein stupas complex where you can capture the panorama of the lake and surrounding villages.
We boat back to the lake and visit Phang Daw 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 Inpawkhong weaving to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted. As an extra treat, we stop at a house for Burmese cat built over the lake, where we see the preservation efforts and reintroduction of this rare pure breed of felines to Myanmar. At Nam Pan 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.
Accommodation: hotel in Inle Lake
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 04: Inle Lake – Kalaw Cycling

Leaving early this morning and after a flat ride to start, we climb out of the valley and up into the Western Shan Hills. This is a challenging ride, but with some lovely views. We reach the town of Kalaw in the mid afternoon. Kalaw was a British Hill Station in colonial times and is well populated by British designed buildings. The climate here is cool and was much more agreeable to the British than the humid flatlands. Kalaw is populated by a diverse range of peoples, with Muslims (mainly originating from Bangladesh), Pa Oh and Paluang hill tribes, and even descendants of Nepalese Gurkhas who settled here. The Shan hills are noted for their fresh produce and tonight you’ll have a chance to try it at a family-run restaurant.
Accommodation: hotel in Kalaw
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 05: Kalaw – Pindaya

Another early start today sees us leaving our bikes behind for the morning for a different type of activity. A short drive takes us to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Sanctuary, a conservation project founded by two passionate and dedicated tour guides and managed by a retired veterinarian. The project is currently home to seven elephants, five of whom were recently retired from working service in the logging industry. We take a walk of around an hour to see the property, the reforestation project and with luck the elephants. From Green HIll Valley we drive down past the trucking town of Aung Ban to start our next ride. This is a lovely ride through rolling hills with patchwork crops, punctuated by groups of villagers working the fields. We roll into the tiny town of Pindaya in the late afternoon and have a little time to visit the Golden Cave for which the town is famous.
Accommodation: hotel in Pindaya
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 06: Pindaya to Ywar Ngan

We start with an off-road ride through a seldom visited area where small communities of Pa Oh will watch curiously as you pedal by. The scenery today just gets better at every turn, with limestone crags topped with gold and white stupas giving way to lush flower gardens as we pass through tiny towns. One of these towns is our home for the night. Here a simple guesthouse in a small community awaits and offers an enjoyable night in a truly off the beaten path setting.
Accommodation: hotel in Ywar Ngan
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 07: Ywar Ngan to Mandalay

This is a challenging, but rewarding ride. The day includes some fun downhill sections, but also some short climbs to keep you warm. We leave the hills today and as we drop into the Irrawaddy Basin we get some fantastic views from the hills as we fly down them. There are few towns today due to the steep landscape but there are lots of villages whose inhabitants will be truly surprised to see you. This is a much less travelled route where it is uncommon to see many people on bikes. As we reach the main north-south highway, we board the vehicle for a drive to Mandalay where a comfortable hotel and a great meal await.
Accommodation: hotel in Mandalay
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 08: Mandalay city tour

Mandalay was the last royal capital of Myanmar and was the first city to be ransacked by the advancing British forces. The former royal complex was destroyed in a fire during World War II but you can still see the impressive walls and moat. The city of Mandalay is now a bustling commercial centre with fascinating local markets. You may opt to take a boat ride up to Mingun to see the largest ringing bell in the world, weighing in at 90 tons. Alternatively there are many of ways to relax including some time by the pool, a massage to revive the limbs or even a guided food adventure. A visit to Mandalay Hill for sunset is another option and provides a great view over the city.
Accommodation: hotel in Mandalay
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 09: Mandalay – Ancient Capitals

We are in for a real treat today as we avoid roads as much as possible. We first travel upstream on the Irrawaddy River by boat and then explore from Mingun down to Sagaing, along a fantastic road running parallel to the river. A short, challenging climb takes us to the top of Sagaing Hill for a fabulous view of the monastery-dotted hill and Mandalay in the distance. From here, we cross over the river to then return to smaller trails, leading us past banana groves, weaving villages and countryside views all the way to the longest teak wood bridge in the world, a structure that has withstood the ravages of time remarkably well. After some time at the bridge we travel by car to our home for the evening, the small town of Myingyan where a simple, but adequate hotel awaits.
Accommodation: hotel in Inle Lake
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 10: Mandalay – Pyn Oo Lwin – Mandalay

Travel by bike through the scenic road to reach Pyin Oo Lwin, one of the most impressive hill station who offers mild weather. The special signature of Pyn Oo Lwin is the number of British and Portugal colonial buildings dotted in the garden-like town with lakes and botanical parks.
Return to Mandalay for further exploration of the city
Accommodation: hotel in Mandalay
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 11: Mandalay – Mt. Popa

A pleasant, undulating ride takes us through the dry zone and past a couple of small lakes. We pass villages along the way and as the day progresses, the ups in the undulations become more pronounced. As we pass the sunflower farms, we find Mount Popa and a sharp, but relatively short climb to the lovely resort with its pool perched on the edge of the mountain overlooking the Taung Kalat Temple. In the afternoon, you will have the option to visit this temple and hear the stories of the 37 Nat Spirits who call this place home.
Accommodation: hotel in Mt. Popa
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 12: Mt. Popa – Kyau Padaung – Bagan

A flying downhill starts us off into the valley and onto Kyauk Padaung. After a stop at the local tea house for snacks, we will look through the produce market before riding onto Bagan. As we ride in, the red brick of the pagodas come into view and the become more and more numerou as we near the hotel which is located on the edge of the Bagan Plain. An afternoon by the pool may be a good way to unwind and enjoy the warm afternoon.
Accommodation: hotel in Bagan
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 13: Bagan Cycling

The pagodas of the Bagan Plain are best visited early in the morning as the sandy landscape heats up by the middle of the day. We make good use of an early start and focus our visit on the temples that were built between 14th and 19th centuries: Shwezigon, the Sulamani, the Htilominlo, the Dhammayazika. In the late morning we find a shady tree to enjoy lunch under and then have an afternoon for free time before we find a quiet view to enjoy a peaceful sunset overlooking the pagodas.
Note: this day is the ideal timing for Balloons Over Bagan, a professional ballooning operation based in Bagan. They run sunrise balloon flights that are considered some of the best ballooning in the world. We can arrange this for you. Prices are approximately $300 per person. Please inquire when booking on the tour if this interests you.
Accommodation: hotel in Bagan
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 14: Bagan – Yangon city tour

We will take a late morning flight (subject to flight schedules). We’ll check straight into the hotel and after some down time, take a walking tour of the city. We walk through Little India and Chinatown in downtown Yangon which is a frenzy of trading and eating activity. We see an amazing collection of British Colonial Era buildings, some in a well restored state and others in moss covered decay. As the afternoon wears on, we take in an unforgettable sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda. We then enjoy our final meal together and celebrate the tour.
Accommodation: hotel in Yangon
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 15: Yangon departure

Today the tour concludes. For those who are not in a hurry to leave, the beaches of Myanmar beckon. For information on these and other destinations to extend your holiday, please ask our team at the time of booking.
Accommodation: not included
Meals: breakfast