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The mystique of Myanmar almost demands that it is explored in a unique way and cycling this mesmerizing country is the perfect way to do it. Combining mountains, lakes, beautiful cities, a fascinating history and the intriguing Buddhist religion and culture – Myanmar packs in so many moments on this tour that can be truly savored by the more pleasurable pace of cycling.
- CategoryCulture & History
- DestinationMandalay & Surrounds
- Duration14 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance309.4 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance31.1 miles
- Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts and ends in Yangon, the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar. It can be accessed by international and domestic flights through Yangon International Airport (RGN).
- How many people can join the tour?
The minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 16. Mnimum age to join is 18 years old.
- Can you describe the tour?
This is a touring trip using mountain bikes, and you'll cycle 498 km on country lanes and quiet roads. Though 80% of the riding will be on tarmac, the road can be in poor condition in some spots. There will be some dirt roads, but these are not technical; they are just to take you off the beaten track.
The first few days of riding are up and down the Shan plateau, but the gradient is very gentle. You will pass through many villages, and you will find the people curious, friendly, and polite. The road will be shared with ox carts, cyclists, and waving children. The second phase of the tour are flat rides or on gentle rolling hills and cut through rice fields, ancient cities, and scenic countryside. The averagely fit cyclist will have no problems.
The trip is fully supported with an air-conditioned bus following the group for the entire journey, so exhausted riders can skip the tougher sections if they wish. On major roads, riders can find their own pace and meet up at prearranged points along the way. There is an unbelievable amount to see throughout the tour, and you'll stop frequently to view temples, rural scenes (especially if riding during rice harvest), and villages.
Suitability: This trip is a touring bike journey suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. There are some long rides, and one or two tough climbs; participants who cycle the whole distance should expect a fairly challenging two weeks. But with the excellent support, inexperienced riders, and even non-riding partners, can be catered for and are more than welcome to join this tour.
Biking Conditions: Although this tour covers around 498 km in 7 full cycling days and 3 half days, it is still quite demanding. This trip has a variety of roads, some in quite good condition to broken tarmac roads, to vehicle-wide dirt trails. There is no technical riding on this trip, but there are some long days.