Explore from the shore and on the lake
Cycle the back roads and see the real Myanmar
Delve into a scenery full of pagodas, stupas and temples
Learn the stories behind their traditions and beliefs
Get your fair share of  water as you go on boat rides and lakeside activities
Get a closer view of Myanmar
Watch out for the beautiful temples and clever monkeys
Visit the markets and find everything from food, clothing to jewelry.
Myanmar's holiest religious site

Burma Adventure

Duration
14 days
Site savings
$78
From
$3,822 USD

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.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Destination
    Mandalay & Surrounds
  • Duration
    14 days
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    309.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.1 miles
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  • 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.

Overall Rating:
5.0/5
A cultural trip that exceeded expectations
Timothy James Stockert — May 2016
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

The trip through Myanmar exceeded our expectations. Biking through the countryside was an amazing way to see this country and to experience the people, culture, food, language, etc. Our guide, Toe Toe, and his supports were also incredible and helped us understand everything that we were seeing and experiencing. We loved the fact that we got to experience such diverse parts of the country from Mandalay and Bagan to Inle Lake and Yangon. We also enjoyed the combination of biking, kayaking, and site seeing and were happy that we decided to do a longer tour (8 day/7 nights) through the country. Anything less and I think we would have missed a lot of the beauty of this country. As one of the trip members said, this trip was like "drinking out of a culture firehose." It was an intense and amazing culture experience. Everything was great about this trip including our guides. We are very please with the trip and would definitely recommend it to others. The only thing that was difficult at times was the short amount of time that we spent in each city and the constant packing and re-packing. We liked the fact that we spent 2 nights in Bagan and Inle Lake and would recommend that other participants do the same thing on a similar tour and schedule in "down-time." Having a few nights in one location with a little bit of downtime makes it easier to get back on the bike the next day.

Stimulates the senses
Ralph Donald Monfort — February 2016
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Biking is a great way of touring. It slows you down and stimulates all your senses while still allowing you to cover some real miles. Plus you get so much more personal interaction with the locals. All good stuff!

Did not disappoint!
Nancy Jane Macdonald — February 2016
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

This trip was extraordinary! Zaw Zaw and his wonderful team worked so hard to deliver a spectacular trip to us. They did not disappoint - it was fantastic! Myanmar is an amazing country and there is no better way to experience it than on a bike. I felt we really saw the culture, country and the people. I would highly recommend this trip! The guides that looked after us were phenomenal. They were incredibly kind and conscientious. They were very knowledgeable and really delivered a unique experience. I was so impressed with this team! First rate! Can't say enough about how well they looked after us.