Biking Tour ( Option 6 )

Exploring Burma by bike will allow you to see and experience the very best of the country, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet the friendly locals along the way. Myanmar, as it is now known, has a varied landscape and rich cultural history, a real sense of which you can discover on a cycling tour.

If you’re keen to discover this country in South East Asia by bike then Orchid Myanmar Travel has a range of cycling tour holidays to choose from. Our Cycling Day Tour focuses on Yangon, while we also operate another day tour around the Inle Lake. If you want a longer, fuller cycling tour then our ‘Best Bike Tour’ allows you to see most of the important tour sites in Myanmar, including the cities of Mandalay and Bagan.
Myanmar is a territory previously unexplored by outsiders, but it is now on many peoples’ ‘must-see’ destination lists. Much of Myanmar has been closed off to travellers for at least the last forty years, but now you can explore the best of what this country has to offer – and it doesn’t get much better than seeing it by bike.

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, Chaukhtatgyi 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

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 PyinOoLwin approximately 2 hours. In PyinOoLwin 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 HtooKanthar 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 PyinOoLwin

After breakfast, transfer to Railway Station to take a regular Morning train from PyinOoLwin at around 9:00 am to the Famous Gokhteik 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 (approximate: 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

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 called Hsipaw. Total cycling hours will be more or less 4-5 hours.
Overnight at Hsipaw
Estimate Biking Distance: 72 KM

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 MyitNge 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, and the last Shan King’s mansion on the way.
Overnight at Hsipaw

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
Estimate Biking Distance: 40 KM

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 GoakHteik Viaduct up on the hills. Lunch at Naung Cho Town.
On the way, visit the outstanding cave of Peik Chin Myaung. The views and sceneries make your tiredness and fatigue dwindle away. You can break the bike trip for today at the cave.
Overnight at PyinOoLwin
Estimate Biking Distance: 80 KM

After morning biking excursion inPyinOoLwin, 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. You can break the bike trip at the Htone Bo Junction where you can enjoy your lunch.
Overnight at Mandalay
Estimate Biking Distance: 50 KM

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 LunYarKyawCheik, 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 TaungThaman 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 OoPunya 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
Estimate Biking Distance: 62 KM

Cycling of today will get involved the flat land ride in the countryside up to one of the biggest trade cities of Central Myanmar, MyinGyan. 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 800 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
Estimate Biking Distance: 50 KM

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, drive to one of the temples in Bagan for enjoying the sunset.
Overnight at Bagan
Estimate Biking Distance: 50 KM

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 ShweZiGon built in 11st Century by the most outstanding Buddhist King, Anawrahta, GuByaukGyi Temple to see the mural from 12nd Century,the massive red-colored Htilominlo Temple, and lastly before check-in at the hotel, visit most 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 Lacquerwares 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
Estimate Biking Distance: 22 KM

If the time permits, visit Scott Market, Bogyoke Market, which sells many Myanmar Traditional Handicrafts, namely, Pan SaeMyo, 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!

Tour Duration
13D/12N Trips

Tour Route
Burma Road Bike Tour

Tour At Glance

Tour Cost : starts from US$ 1926
Bike Hire : included see our bikes here
Tour Grade : 5 out of 5
Number of Cycling Days : 8 full days
Tour Ends : Yangon
Group Size : Minimum 2Pax. Maximum 6Pax.
Accommodation : 12 Nights in 2-3* star hotels
Meals : Breakfast at hotels + lunches
Single Supplement : US$ 441
Total Cycling Distance : 426 kilometers
Tour Meets : Yangon
Minimum age : 18 years old
Entrance Fees : included
Vehicle Support : Full vehicle support

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