Myanmar Cycling Holiday – 13 Days


In Pyin Oo Lwin or Maymyo as it was called formerly by the name of the founder of the British Hill Station. Start the sightseeing by mountain bike for warming up: Botanical Garden, one of the chains of the Kew Garden in London, which can offer the visitors the ambience of British Colonial Era, BE falls to relax, and then drive up to the Image of Maha Aunt Htoo Kanthar Buddha on the hill where you can see the surrounding area as a partially panoramic view. A  You should not miss to take a Tour of Stage Coach to explore the town still filled with the Colonial Houses.

Day 1: Yangon Arrival & Sightseeing ( D )

Upon arrival at airport, after luggage collection, you will be welcome by local tour guide. Depending on the arrival time, these visits can be included; Downtown Area with the Old City Hall and take a stroll along Colonial Buildings ending at the old Strand Hotel, the adjacent Australian Embassy, Her Majesty British Embassy, and Red-bricked General Post Office, Mawtin Jetty to enjoy the riverside activities,Kandawgyi Park to relax, Chaukhtetgyi Reclining Buddha image which is the biggest one in Yangon.

In the evening, visit the most significant pagoda, Shwedagon, which the global scholars describe as One of Wonders in the World. Shwedagon plays very important role in the Old Burmese History not only standing as the holiest structure for the Buddhist all over the world. Enjoy the sunset from nearly 26- century years old Most Glorious Buddhist Shrine.

Overnight in Yangon

Day 2: Yangon- Mandalay- Pyin Oo Lwin ( B , L )

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay, the last Capital City of the 3rd Myanmar Dynasty.

Upon arrival at Mandalay airport, drive to Pyin Oo Lwin approximately 2 hoursIn Pyin Oo Lwin or Maymyo as it was called formerly by the name of the founder of the British Hill Station. Start the sightseeing by mountain bike for warming up: Botanical Garden, one of the chains of the Kew Garden in London, which can offer the visitors the ambience of British Colonial Era, BE falls to relax, and then drive up to the Image of Maha Aunt Htoo Kanthar Buddha on the hill where you can see the surrounding area as a partially panoramic view.  You should not miss to take a Tour of Stage Coach to explore the town still filled with the Colonial Houses.

Overnight at Maymyo

Biking distance : No

Day 3: Maymyo – Naung Pain Train Station- One of Highest Viaducts -A  Lashio,( B , L  )

After breakfast, transfer to Railway Station to take a regular Morning train from Maymyo at around 9:00 am to the Famous Goak Hteik Viaduct constructed by the British during their rule. It takes 2 and a half hour until the Naung Mon Train station to observe one of the Highest Viaducts. From there, take the car to drive to Lashio (approx: 2 and half hours) where the northern railway line ends as well as the Historic Burma Road coming from the border of China. Upon arrival check in at the hotel and after a short rest, take a stroll in Lashio Night Market enjoying the night life.

Overnight at Lashio

Biking distance : 30 km

 Day 4: Lashio – Hsipaw ( B , L )

Start the cycling along the Burma Road for 35 Kilometers as morning part. Lunch at a local restaurant or picnic lunch. And then continue the rest 37 kilometers until the peaceful town calledHsipaw. Total cycling hours will be more or less 4-5 hours.

Overnight at Hsipaw

Biking distance : 75 km

 Day 5: Hsipaw & Surroundings Excursion Tour ( B, L )

Today, enjoy the alternative taste of the trip, boat trip and trekking. Take a private boat along the tranquil Duthtawaddy River that flows up to Mandalay to open out to the historic Ayeyarwaddy River. The boat trip will take more or less 1 hour and you will arrive at the confluence of Duthtawaddy River or Myit Nge and Hsipaw River. You can have a swim if you like. After a rest, cruise down up to a certain village and start your walking to the typical Shan villages.

Trek until Hsipaw passing by the Saw Bwar Haw, the Shan King’s Palace, the last Shan King’s mansion on the way.

Overnight at Hsipaw

Day 6: Hsipaw – Kyauk Me ( B , L )

Today, biking from Hsipaw to Kyauk Me, a small town on the Shan Plateau, but the capital of Green Tea Plantation. On the way, visit Baw Gyo Pagoda as well as the Hot Springs for a shower to relax the tense muscles. Then continue biking to Kyauk Me enjoying the tea plantation along the way and lunch at Shan restaurant at the entrance of Kyuak Me Town. Check in at the hotel and take rest.

Overnight at Kyauk Me

Biking distance : 50 km

Day 7: Kyauk Me – Maymyo ( B , L )

Most Beautiful Day of Biking as well as most tiresome day of the whole trip. However, it is really worth it. The tiresome part of biking pays off!! It is to ascend the Goak Twin Gorge and it usually takes at least 40 minutes. Looking back, you will see the Goak Hteik Viaduct up on the hills. Lunch at Naung Cho Town.

Biking distance : 35 km

On the way, visit the outstanding cave of Peik Chin Myaung. The views and sceneries make your tiredness and fatigue dwindle away.

Overnight at Maymyo

Biking distance : 95 km

Day 8: Maymyo – Mandalay ( B , L )

After morning biking excursion in Maymyo, proceed by bike down to Mandalay lasting more or less 2-3 hours. Explore the real life and ways of living of Myanmar people along the way up to Mandalay.

Overnight at Mandalay

Biking distance : 75 km

Day 9: Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing  ( B , L )

Today Excursion is by Bike to the Ancient capitals of Amarapura aka the Southern City, the ancient Royal Capital before Mandalay. In Amarapura, visit one of the biggest monasteries with more than 1200 Buddhist monks where under the strict tight-scheduled Rules the monks study very hard the Buddhist Canons day and night in order to be able to carry on the Budda’s teachings verbally like the Noble Theras did after the Buddha’s demise in the 6th Century B.C. Then visit the Silk- Weaving workshop. Here, Amarapura hand-weaving silk Designs are very famous as Lun Yar Kyaw Cheik, More-than-hundred Loom Design, in which many small colorful silk thread looms wave through the weft creating the unique Myanmar Ceremonial silk longyis. Depending on the designs, to finish a longyi with a hundred or so looms, it can take at least a month! Then drive to U Bein Bridge believed to be the longest wooden bridge in the world that spans Taung Thaman Lake. Take a walk on the bridge and enjoy a photo opp!

And then ride the bike to Sagaing crossing over newly-opened bridge paralleling the first British- built Span side by side. Sagaing, the capital city of Sagaing Division, has been quite a few times Royal Capital and now stands as a Buddhist Center. Visit Sagaing Hills filled with Meditation Centers, Monasteries, and Nunneries. The view from the platform of Sun Oo Punya Shin Pagoda that takes the overwhelming hilltop is really breath-taking. Then visit U Min Thoe Sal, 30 Caves Pagoda.

And then continue to Mingun where the World’s Biggest Mingun Bell, weighing over 90 Metric Tons that is believed to be the world heaviest hanging bell in the world and Migun Stupa unfinished due to the mysterious beliefs of its builder. Then, visit the very first Home for Aged founded purely by a Burmese Lady. Meeting with the long-term nurse who speaks fair English at the Center of Old Age pays a lot. Finally visit Mya Thein Dan Pagoda which represents famous Mt. Meru according to Buddhist Cosmology. After that, take the boat back to Mandalay.

Overnight at Mandalay

Biking distance : 70 km

Day 10: Mandalay – Myin Gyan- Mt. Popa ( B , L )

Cycling of today will get involved the flat land ride in the countryside up to one of the biggest trade cities of Central Myanmar, Myin Gyan. From there, proceed to Mt. Popa, the Oasis of the Dry Zone, the extinguished million-year-old volcano and the abode and the refuge of all Myanmar Nats, Spirits. No wonder that the poor mind may seek the shelter under which one can feel certain of high-yield harvest, safe life. The name Popa represents the abundance of flowers and you can see seasonal flowers and fruits once you enter the small town at the foot of the extinct volcano. Visit central Nat Shrine at the foothill of Mt. Popa. Going up 777 steps is optional but the view from the top makes tired-feet quite relaxing. Mount Popa houses not only Nats but also Asian monkeys along its steps uphill. Feeding the poor Gibbons, Baboons costs not much money and you may gain some merits to add a step towards Nirvana.

Overnight at Mt. Popa

Biking distance : 60 km

Day 11: Mt. Popa – The Majestic Bagan ( B , L )

Today consists of a Leisure biking to our ultimate destination of Northern Myanmar to Central Myanmar cycling tour, Bagan. On the way, you may stop at a palm tree collection workshop to see the ways of living of Anyar Thar people and observe the palm culture. Upon arrival at Bagan, check in at the hotel and after a short rest, make a sightseeing to the Dhamayarzaka Pagoda with 5 entrances, seems like the pentagon of Bagan, and go up for the panoramic view with many temples. After that, continue toMyin Kabar village for the visit to Myin Kabar Phaya with the best mural paintingsManuhar Pagoda and Nan Phaya. Then proceed to the Sulamani Temple which is famous for its neat and tidy brick- lying, and Dhamayankyi which is the most massive one and the pyramid of Bagan. Enjoy the sunset from Shwe San Daw Pagoda.

Overnight at Bagan

Biking distance : 60 km

Day 12: Bagan Excursion Tour- Yangon  ( B , L )

After breakfast, bike to Nyaung U morning market which is known as Market on the Floor with a variety of local vegetables and products such as typical snacks, food, Handicrafts, Thanakha the most adorned Burmese Make-up, and so on. Then, visit the most sacred stupa Shwe Zi Gon built in 11 Century by the most outstanding Buddhist King, Anawrahta, Gu Byauk Gyi Temple to see the mural from 12 Century, the massive red-colored Htilominlo Temple, and lastly before check-in at the hotel, visitmost beautiful Ananda Temple built in late 11 Century housing giant Standing Buddhas which give the viewers illusion of Smiling-or-Serious facial expression of the Enlightened One.In the afternoon, a visit to famous Lacquer Wares Workshop is worth enough to see its hand-made black products that come in a variety of household items from the smallest one of tea-cup to the Giant Sun Oak, the food container to be sent to the Buddhist monasteries in the yester years. Then, transfer to Nyaung U airport for the flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, proceed to the hotel for check in.

Overnight in Yangon

Biking distance : 35 km

Day 13: Yangon Sightseeing – Departure ( B )

If the time permits, visit Scott Market, Bogyoke Market, which sells many Myanmar Traditional Handicrafts, namely, Pan Sai Myo, 10 kinds of flowers; Blacksmith, Goldsmith, Coppersmith, Stone Carvings, Wood Carvings, Lacquer Wares, and so on (Scott Market is off every Monday!).

Then transfer to International Airport for the Return flight home!

Have a Great Trip!!!


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Tour Price : Contact Us

Tour Includes

  • 12 night accommodation on twin shared basic with daily breakfast
  • All domestic flights in tour for Yangon –Heho// Bagan to Mandalay or Yangon flight
  • 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
  • Bicycle & 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 

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