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I absolutely loved this trip!  The guides, both western and local were great.  I cannot say enough good things about your local guide in Vietnam.   He's such a passionate, caring individual with such attention to every detail.  His relationship with the drivers, with restaurateurs, with the western guide was clearly fantastic.  He's just a lovely wonderful person. All in all it was an experience of a lifetime!

Laurie M. Edmonton, AB; Vietnam Luxe

 

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Particulars

Trip Dates:

2014

Feb 1-9

Nov 27- Dec 5

Dec 6-14

2015

Jan 5-14*
Jan 31- Feb 8

Dec 5-13

*guaranteed

Custom trips available and can start any date.

Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

9 days / 8 nights

Arrive/Depart:

Yangon

Accommodations:

Lake View Resort, Inle Lake

Amara Mountain Resort, Kalaw

Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay

RV Paukam, Ayeyaraedy River

Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Hotel, Bagan

Post trips:

Sandoway Resort, Ngapali

Activity Level:

Moderate
20-40+ miles daily
Van supported

Terrain:

Moderate with some hills

Land Cost (current year):
US $3450

Includes 8B/5L/7D

* based on 8+ pax

4-5 pax- add US $800 pp

6-7 pax- add US $400 pp

Single Supplement:

US $950

Additional Airfare for the regular trip:
- Flight between Yagon and
Inle Lake (beginning of the trip): US
$90 - US $120
- Flight between Bagan
and Yangon (end of the trip): US
$90 - US $120
These will be billed and charged on final invoice at 60 days prior to trip.

Bike Rental:
US $290

Post -trip extensions Ngapali:
US $595
Single suppl: US $150
Includes 2 days and 2 nights hotel with breakfast daily; land transfers to airport in Bagan and on arrival and departure day in Ngapali
Additional Airfare for the extension: Bagan to Ngpali: $90 - US $120
These will be billed and charged on final invoice at 60 days prior to trip.

map of Bura

Trips by Destination

Burma (Myanmar), Biking

 

“This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about”, wrote Rudyard Kipling in 1898. More than a century later, Burma’s lure endures as a place where time stands still; the bicycle remains a favorite way for locals to travel- we’ll follow their lead exploring the treasures of this exotic land.

Only Great Explorations:

• Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences-in Myanmar, a local guide and driver/support vehicle are with us the entire trip
• A ride you will never forget:- Kalaw to Mandalay
• A river cruise on the luxurious RV Paukan
• Wine included at first and final night receptions
• We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises

Please note: we offer daily ‘non-cycling’ options for those who choose not to ride.

Itinerary

DAY 1:
Yangon - We will meet you on arrival into Yangon airport and whisk you to the hotel. Late afternoon/early evening, we will visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddist temple in Myanmar. Built 2500 years ago, the 8-sided stupa is 99 metres tall and gilded in gold leaf. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Yangon.

DAY 2:
Inle Lake - After breakfast, transfer to Yangon airport for a flight to Heho, Upon arriving at Heho, you'll start on bikes heading first to the Shwe Nyaung Junction. Then proceed to one of Asia's most beautiful inland waters to Nyaungshwe, located north of the lake. After lunch,  continue to the village of Khaung Daing on a combination of dirt and paved roads through the Burmese countryside. Dinner OYO. Distance- up to 70 km


DAY 3:

Inle Lake -After breakfast, cycle past stilt villages inhabited by local Intha people. Observe leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake's main sanctuary, with contains the five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Afterwards, visit the Thar Lay village to meet with local Inthar people. We will also visit the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where typical Burmese cigars on made by hand. From the middle of the lake, we will cotinue down a small canal to the Pa-oh village of In Dein, exploring the area on foot, visiting a local school and the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Alaung Sitthou is filled with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below. Dinner OYO.

DAY 4:
Kalaw - We’ll ride west along the Shan plateau through pine forests and bamboo groves. Kalaw was a popular hill station in the British days and makes for an atmospheric place to overnight. We’ll meet with a remarkable resident, whose grandfather resided here, and whose home we might visit prior to dinner at a local restaurant. Distance - up to 60 km Dinner at a local restaurant

DAY 5:

Popa -Today is a scenic ride to Meikhtila. On today's ride, you will be able to see first-hand the diversity and regionality of Myanmar. You will begin by driving along bamboo and pine tree forests of the Shan Hills until you reach the toddy palm tree lined plains of the Ayerwaddy valley. Then, we proceed to Mount Popa by vehicle. Along the way, you will pass by villages and you will have plenty of opportunity to observe traditional lifestyles of the rural Burmese. Their life is lacking in many modern amenities yet the concept of mutual help and cooperation are central to village life. The road is good and traffic light, varied scenery and lots of stops make it an enjoyable ride. The terrain starts out quite hilly but there are options to ride in the support van is you wish.


DAYS 6:

Irrawaddy River - Boarding the luxurious RV Paukan, we’ll cruise down the great Irrawaddy River through the land of golden Pagodas. We’ll stop at villages along the way, enjoying vistas only river travel allows. Accommodation is in private staterooms and the dining room will feature European and Asian cuisine served as we float gracefully down river.

DAYS 7+8:

Bagan - Arriving near historic Bagan, mid-morning, we’ll disembark and cycle into the Old town in time for lunch; afterwards we’ll visit the most impressive of sites here (there are over 2000 ancient monuments including temples, stupas, and monasteries). Next day, options will include a ride sacred Mt Popa, where atop a rocky crag clings a picturesque complex of monasteries and shrines. Back in Bagan, you might wish to experience a hot-air balloon ride over the ancient temples. Accommodation will be at the historic Bagan Hotel nestled on the river.

DAY 9: Depart - flights back to Yangon depart in time to connect with international flights.

EXTENSION DAYS 9-11:
Situated on the Bay of Bengal, these peerless beaches on the west coast are Burma’s best. Departing Bagan in the morning, we’ll arrive to Ngapali in time for lunch. Cycling is an ideal way to see villages along the coast where fishermen bring in the day’s catch. We’ll stay at the idyllic Sandoway Resort Hotel and Spa for 2 nights flying back to Rangon in time to connect with international flights on Day 11.

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Map of the Area

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Ride Info

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

What is included: Regular trip

  • Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 8 nights lodging
  • All meals
  • Wine receptions on first and final nights
  • Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • Detailed map and route instructions
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off

What is included: Ngapali Beach

  • Two nights at the Sandoway Resort
  • Land transfers to airport in Bagan and on arrival and departure in Ngapali
  • Meals (2B, 2D)
  • Bicycle rentals in Ngapali for local riding (tbc)
  • Note that flights between Bagan and Ngapali is additional (approximately USD$90-US$120); there are also daily flights to Yangon for the same rate. These will be billed and charged on final invoice at 60 days prior to trip.

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

 

 

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