13 Days / 12 Nights
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Small Group Tour – Max 16
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Myanmar Cycle Adventure: A Life Changing Adventure

Myanmar Cycle Adventure allows you to get to know enigmatic Myanmar the two-wheeled way on a cycling tour from Yangon up to Mandalay and Inle Lake. Get off the beaten track and into Myanmar’s past cycling around Bagan’s temple-strewn landscape.

2

Take a boat cruise along the Ayerarwady

Cruise along the Ayeyarwady to Mingun, a small riverside town situated at the base of an enormous temple

3

Ever heard of a Toddy Forest?

You’ll find out what it is when you ride through a toddy forest towards Mount Popa, a volcano in the Pegu Range that’s revered as the spiritual home of Myanmar’s nats

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D1

Yangon

Min Gala Ba! Welcome to Myanmar. Yangon is the country’s biggest city and was the capital from 1885 until just a few years ago (the capital is now Naypyidaw). Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend. We’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. To get your bearings in this wonderful city, perhaps take a walk to Sule Paya, then down to the Victorian Strand Hotel to admire the colonial architecture and the bargaining madness of Bogyoke Market.

D2

Yangon

Start the day with a city walking tour of Yangon. Your leader will show you the city centre and some major attractions around town. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the holiest shrine in the country, the Shwedagon Paya. This gold-gilded pagoda is studded with diamonds and gems, and said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha. It’s a particularly impressive sight at sunset, when the lights come on and the stupa shines beautifully. We also head down to Kandawgyi Lake, where you’ll see Karaweik Hall, a reconstruction of a golden royal barge floating on the eastern side.

If you’re still feeling adventurous at the end of the day, consider doing an optional Urban Adventures tour – Yangon’s Streets By Night.

D3

Bagan


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan.

Prepare to be astounded by Bagan, a grassy plain scattered with literally hundreds of ancient pagodas. A full day of cycling will take us 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 we visit a traditional workshop to observe how lacquer ware is made, then continue to the architecturally magnificent monastery of Amanda.

Riding distance: approx. 30 kms

D4

Mount Popa

Today we cycle through groves of towering palm trees, which you’ll probably see the local men scaling for the juice they distil liquor from, to Mount Popa. The countryside we ride through is very picturesque, so be sure to bring your camera along. Sitting 1,518 metres above sea-level, Mount Popa is actually a volcano in the Pegu Range (and the mythical home of nats, Myanmar’s 37 spirits).

Riding distance: approx. 60 kms

D5

Myingyan

Today’s ride to Myingyan is a scenic one along the narrow, quiet roads that are typical of Myanmar’s central dry zone. Though mostly flat, the route passes many unbridged sand creeks that wind through toddy forest towards Mount Popa. On the way we will pass the townships of Taungtha.

Riding distance: approx. 85 kms

D6

Mandalay

There’s a lot of distance to cover today, so you (and your bike) will be driven some of the way. Cycle along well maintained roads through small villages to Tada-U on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy, before re-boarding our vehicle and taking the highway north to Mandalay.

Riding distance: approx. 80 kms

D7

Mingun / Mandalay


After breakfast we start cycling out of downtown Mandalay to the small town of Amarapura, home of the U-Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world. Continue on to Mingun, a small riverside town situated at the base of an enormous, uncompleted temple. Originally designed to be 152 metres high, Mingun’s stupa, had it been completed, would have been the world’s largest. According to local legend, work on it was halted when a local astronomer prophesied its completion would spell end of the country.

From Mingun we board a boat for a cruise along the Ayeyarwady back to Mandalay, where we leave our bikes behind and take private transport to visit Mahamuni Pagoda. Other stop-ins for the day include a gold leaf workshop and Mandalay Hill, where Buddha is said to have left a footprint. Stay here for sunset and be treated to superb views over city’s lake and glittering stupas.

For some evening entertainment, consider catching a traditional show by the Mandalay Marionettes, or a non-conformist comedy show by the Moustache Brothers.

Riding distance: approx. 40 kms

D8

Pindaya

Leaving Mandalay, cycle approx. 50kms through rural Myanmar, past fields, small, lively villages and beautiful landscapes, then drive on to Pindaya, a town famous for thousands of Buddha effigies stocked inside its limestone caves.

Riding distance: approx. 50 kms

D9

Pindaya

Following breakfast at the hotel, drive to the Pindaya caves for an explore of its caverns and tunnels. There are more than 8,000 Buddha images contained inside this labyrinth of tunnels and meditation chambers, with visiting pilgrims adding to the collection each day.

Cycle over the rolling hills of the Shan plateau to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to Inle Lake. 14 miles long and 7 miles wide, this is the second largest natural lake in Myanmar. It sits 2,900 feet above sea level, nestled among the hazy Blue Mountains.

The route up into the Shan Highland includes a couple of tough ascents.

Riding distance: approx. 50 kms

D10

Inle Lake

This morning we ride along Inle Lake’s western banks to the hillside pagoda complex of Indein. After a bit of time spent exploring the site’s hundreds of Shan style stupas, we’ll cross the lake by motor boat. From here our route follows an undulating road through dense farmland. You’ll pass Intha villages (a local people known for their unusual style of leg-rowing), rice paddies, fields of sugarcane and traditional wooden houses. In the afternoon we’ll travel by private car to a local winery for a tasting. Tonight we spend in Nyaung Shwe.

Riding distance: approx. 50 kms

D11

Inle Lake

Today we explore Inle Lake and visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary of Buddha images and royal barges.

Cruising around Inle Lake by boat offers a chance to see local life from a different angle. You’ll pass cottage industries and see the lake’s famous leg-rowing fishermen. Their unique technique of rowing standing up, with a long paddle in one hand and their leg wrapped around it lower down, leaves a fishermen free to cast their conical fishing nets while moving. This unique style evolved due to the lake’s covering of reeds and floating plants, which makes it difficult for someone to see and steer while seated. Next up we’ll arrive in the village of Inpawkhone, a place famous for its traditional method of weaving silk from the stems of lotus flowers. It’s a time consuming process, but one that results in high quality materials. After watching the weavers at work we’ll visit a cheroot factory and see cigars being rolled by hand.

In the evening we’ll return to Nyaung Shwe, where you’ll be treated to a Shan traditional dinner.

Riding distance: none

D12

Inle Lake / Yangon

Enjoy a morning soaking up Inle Lake’s serenity before farewelling your support crew and transferring to Heho for the fly back to Yangon. An included arrival transfer will take you from the airport to your hotel.

Riding distance: none

D13

Yangon

Your cycling adventure through Myanmar concludes today in Yangon, There are no activities planned so you are free to depart at any time.

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Meals Included

12 breakfasts, 1 dinner
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Included

Included Activities

  • Yangon – Walking tour, Kandawgyi Lake, Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Bagan – Temple bike tour
  • Mt Popa visit
  • Mandalay – Mandalay Hill, U Bein Bridge, Boat trip to Mingun
  • Mingun Paya
  • Inle Lake – Red Mountain Estate Winery Tasting, Boat trip and village tour, traditional Shan dinner
NI

Not Included

  • International airfares
  • Personal expenses

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Set Tour Packages

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Twin Share
20 Oct 19 01 Nov 19 Original Style Intrepid Tour$3700$3070
10 Nov 19 22 Nov 19 $3700$3070
01 Dec 19 13 Dec 19 $3700$3070
22 Dec 19 03 Jan 20 $3700$3070
Prices are in NZ dollars per person, subject to availability at time of booking.

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