Myanmar Cycle Tours

Myanmar Cycle Tours

Both experienced and amateur cyclist found the trip very exciting and challenging as most of the trips are designed to include a mixture of different landscape along the way. From the chilly Shan Hills to the central plain Mandalay, descend down the splendid colonial charms of Pyinoolwin, riding along the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River

Last a few years have seen the development of an active tour program, ‘traveling on the bicycles’ in Myanmar. This popular method of touring around the country on the small seat of a bike was first initiated by Myanmar Cycling tours  in Yangon. Bicycle tours provide visitors the best possible opportunity to intimately experience the country in a physically active journey yet a relaxing way. It is with a bicycle the cultural-diversity & natural-prism of Myanmar’s reality can only be enjoyed.
Both experienced and amateur cyclist found the trip very exciting and challenging as most of the trips are designed to include a mixture of different landscape along the way. From the chilly Shan Hills to the central plain Mandalay, descend down the splendid colonial charms of Pyinoolwin, riding along the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, crossing through the desert like terrain with rolling hills of the Popa Mountain Range and cycling amongst the thousand of temples in Bagan, visitors will find a real taste for their passion of outdoors and enjoying it on a bike. It is a flawless tour,a combination of colorful country-side with glorious ancient Myanmar capitals ending by the best beach resort of Myanmar.

Myanmar Cycle Tours
Coverage : Yangon / Mandalay / Bagan / Ngapali / Yangon
Duration : 12-Day / 11-Night
Operational period : Best time from September  to March

Brief Itinerary
     Day 1. Yangon arrival and sightseeing
     Day 2. Yangon – Mandalay by flight
     Day 3. Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing – Mandalay by bike.
     Day 4. Mandalay – Myitthar by bike.
     Day 5. Myaitthar – Myingyan by bike.
     Day 6. Myaingyan – Mt. Popa by bike.
     Day 7. Mt. Popa – Bagan by bike.
     Day 8. Bagan
     Day 9. Bagan – Thandwe (Ngapali) by flight.
     Day 10. Ngapali Beach
     Day 11. Ngapali Beach / Yangon (by flight)
     Day 12. Yangon departure

Day 1. Yangon Arrival ( L , D )

Arrive in Yangon where you will be welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel to drop off you luggage. If you arrived by mid day flight, we may proceed for lunch. After lunch, a walk through “downtown” Yangon, a diverse mix of faded colonial architecture from the British times, and high-rises built by more recent investors; Sule Pagoda, built in the early 3rd century is a landmark in the city centre. late afternoon visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda of Rudyard Kipling fame and one of Myanmar’s most sacred places. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires and topaz – a stunning sight as the sun sets and a most fitting place to begin our trip in this “GoldenLand”. Overnight at the Hotel.

Biking Distance : No

Day 2. Yangon – Mandalay by flight ( B , L , D )

Morning fly to Mandalay, the city of bicycles. We will try to take the bikes along with your flight, since we are flying with ATR 72 air craft with small cargo space, and start biking from the airport after assembling. The supported pick-up will be waiting you and following you on the way to hotel. Recommend to bike until you get near the city. And then you will be transferred to the Hotel. Bike to some highlights in Mandalay such as MahamuniTemple and craft shops and sunset at Mandalay Hill. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

Biking Distance : 30 Km

Day 3. Mandalay – Mingun –Sagaing – Amarapura – Mandalay (bike) 55 km ( B , L , D )

After breakfast, bike down to the jetty and cross the AyeyarwaddyRiver by a private boat (45 minutes). Visit Mingun, an exclusive village for KING BADON whose dedications are of today-tourist-site. Things to see are unfinished and semi-ruined Pathodawgyi Pagoda, Mingun bell and Myatheindan Paya which is a resemblance of the universe. Proceed to Sagaing, one of the ancient capitals in Kobaung Dynasty, along the River by bike. Your supported pick-up will be waiting on that point. Up on the Sagaing Hill, nestling a number of monasteries for retreat, viewing the MightyRiver from the top. Sit on the pick-up or continue cycling along the avenue via the river bank is on your wish. Arrive back Mandalay and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

Biking Distance : 55 km

Day 4. Mandalay – Myittha (bike) 75 km ( B , L , D )

Morning after the breakfast, you will be transferred out of Mandalay for about 20 minutes to avoid the congested city traffic and bike southward along the superb high-way for about 40km where you arrive Kyaukse, the rice bowl during the Bagan period. This thriving small town is assumed to be the origin of Burmese, according the British scholar G.H Luce. Then, turn right to a by-way and arrive Myittha, a small charming town. Best place to be local and an added experience on the trip making a night stop at a monastery. Overnight with very simple accommodation.

Biking Distance : 75 km

Day 5. Myittha – Myingyan (bike) 80 km ( B , L , D )

Say goodbye to the chief monk and bike to the south further. Breakfast shall be at a local tea-house near the market. Have a leisure walk there and bike to the south further. The road is flat, narrow and roughly tarred. Pass through many villages along the way. Should you take delight in visiting a local house on the way, the guide and the driver with you shall be of assistance. Overnight at a local guest house in Myingyan with simple accommodation, a perfect distance to make your night stop before Mt.Popa.

Biking Distance : 80 km

Day 6. Myingyan – Taungta – Mt.Popa (bike) 85 km ( B , L , D )

Today shall be the most beautiful day to bike. The road is typical to the central dry zone. You will pass many un-bridged sand creeks winding the toddy forest towards PopaMountain range with picturesque scenery taking away your exhaustion. . On arrival to the foothill, continue bike up to your resort. Overnight at Popa Moutain Resort which offers great view towards the Popa Taungkalat and Summit.

Biking Distance : 85 km

Day 7.Mt.Popa – Bagan (bike) 60 km ( B , L , D )

Time for your energy to walk up 777 steps and reach the summit of extinct volcano; the abode of Nat (spirit) called Mt.Popa. Outset with your bicycle to Bagan. Road is narrow but smooth and labyrinths in the toddy/palm trees. Enjoy observing how the local wine/liquor/spirit/candy is made from toddy seed. Arrive in the New Bagan where 2000 Pagodas and temples are rest. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Biking Distance : 60 km

Day 8. Bagan ( B , L , D )

What make the experience of cycling with 2000 millennium old religious edifice better? This venue is an archaeological treasure as well as historical wonder and ranked as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. Some highlights are Ananda temple (the master-piece edifice amongst 2000), Thatbyinnyu temple (the highest one), Dhanyangyi temple (the most massive one). You will also see how the lacquer items are made in a local workshop. Enjoy the sunset from a temple over looking the majestic flat plain. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Biking Distance : 30 km

Day 9. Bagan – Thandwe(Ngapali) by flight. ( B  )

Today, we will fly to NgapaliBeach. Time to relax after all the exhaustion.

Biking Distance : No

Day 10. Leisure at Ngapali beach ( B  )

All day free for beach relaxing .

Biking Distance : No

Day 11. Ngapali – Yangon by flight.( B , D )

Fly back to Yangon and explore the tales of metropolis Yangon in the afternoon. We plan to visit by car to Karaweik, a royal barge for fantastic photo shot along the “pilgrims” causeway across the RoyalLake with stunning views of Schwedagon Pagoda and visit the Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) for souvenir shopping. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Biking Distance : No

Day 12. Departure Yangon( B )

After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Yangon International airport for your return international departure flight.

***END OF SERVICE.***

 

 

Tour Price : Contact us

Accommodation in Myanmar:

Yangon           Central hotel, superior room (2N)

Mandalay       79 living Hotel, superior room (2N)

Myittha           Monestery stay (1N)

Myingyan       Kaung Kaung Guest House, superior room (1N)

Mt Popa         Popa Mountain Resort, superior room (1N)

Bagan             Bagan Umbra Hotel, superior room (2N)

Ngapali           Thande Beach hotel, superior room (2N)

***If above hotels are not available at the time of booking, we will use another hotel with same standard.

Trip note : Since Myanmar Cycling Tours are designed for soft adventure trip, it is advisable that the visitors can adapt with the local people in terms of food, accommodation and road conditions. No technical rides are involved in the trip and normal riding skill would be enough to participate in our cycle tours.Bikes & Bicycling: All the biking on the tour is on paved roads. The quality of the road surface is variable. Most of the road is good to adequate but there are several sections that may cause some discomfort. A touring bike or hybrid bike is most appropriate for  the trip. It is strongly recommended you have your bike tuned up–including new belted tires–before leaving on the trip. The principle traffic in rural areas is trucks, buses and bicycles. In rural areas private cars are a rarity. The older buses and trucks often belch huge clouds of exhaust fumes.

Support Services : Myanmar  Cycling Tours are fully supported by ours crew in order to limit your biking on any particular day, and our support vehicles will be there for you. Our support vehicles is loaded with purified water, seasonal fruits and some snack to refill your energy.

Accommodations : All the hotels utilized are clean and comfortable. With a few nights’ exceptions in remote destinations where accommodations are simple and basic.

Weather : November is the beginning of Myanmar’s dry and cool months. You can expect high temperatures in the 30°C during most of the tour as we are biking in the central dry zone of Myanmar. Sunscreen is not widely available in Myanmar so be sure to bring an adequate supply with you on the trip. If we have any rain on the trip, it should be limited to an occasional light shower.

Air Transportation : You will be responsible for arranging your own flights to and from Myanmar. The most frequent service is from Bangkok on Thai Airways and Silk Air (Singapore Airlines’ regional carrier) from Singapore. Be certain to check with your air carrier about their current policy and requirements for transporting a bicycle as one of your pieces of luggage or free luggage as a sport equipment.

Food and Water : All the meals indicated on the following itinerary are included with the tour package. B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner. We have attempted to build a menu that will meet your nutritional requirements during an extended period of strenuous activity and will also allow you to enjoy a variety of local and ethnic cuisines. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated. The tap water available throughout the tour is not potable. An ample supply of bottle water will be available to you throughout the trip.

Health Requirements : No vaccinations are officially required for a visit to Myanmar. Malaria prophylaxis is no longer needed. However travelers should check with their doctor regarding the advisability of inoculation against typhoid, hepatitis and tetanus, etc.

Price Includes

-11 night accommodations with daily breakfast

– Meals B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner

-3 domestic flights

-Local English tour guide

-All entry and zone fees

-Ground transports ( support vehicles ) or bus for group

-Porter charges at airport and jetty

-Bike rental fees & helmet

-Snacks/fruits/water for every biking day

Price Excludes

-Visa fees

-International flights

-Personal expenses ( drinks/laundry/souvenirs)

-Tipping at hotels and guides

-Airport departure tax (USD 10 per person)

-Meals not in tours

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