“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
Jan 31- Feb 8
Custom trips available and can start any date.
Jan 29- Feb 6
10 days / 9 nights
20-40+ miles daily
Terrain:Moderate with some hills
Land Cost (current year):
* based on 8+ pax
4-5 pax- add US $800 pp
6-7 pax- add US $400 pp
Additional Airfare for the regular trip:
- Flight between Yangon &
Heho (beginning of the trip): US
$90 - US $120
- Flight between Nyaung &
Yangon (end of the trip): US
$90 - US $120
These will be billed and charged on final invoice at 60 days prior to trip.
Post -trip extensions Ngapali:
Single suppl: US $150
Includes 2 days and 2 nights hotel with breakfast daily; land transfers to airport in Mandalay and on arrival and departure day in Ngapali
Additional Airfare for the extension: Mandalay to Ngpali: $90 - US $120
These will be billed and charged on final invoice at 60 days prior to trip.
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
• 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Bagan - After breakfast, start with an easy bike down from your hotel to the base of Mt. Popa. From here you can climb the almost 900 stairs to the top of Popa Taung Kalat. As you walk to the top you will pass dozens of nat shrines and many local pilgrims who come to honour these spirits. From the top you will have superb views of the surrounding plains. Then proceed to Bagan by bike along Byatta Pan Sat Road which leads to Kyauk Padaung – Nyaung U road. En-route stop at a village and palm garden to see ways of life of rural people in this area.
Bagan - Bicycles are the perfect way to explore the temples of Bagan. We take a morning cycle around the Archaeological Zone before returning for a dip in the pool.
Mandalay - Start cycling to Myingyan. On the way, the scenery changes as you cross into one of the most arid regions of Myanmar. The landscape is filled with toddy palm fields and you will have a chance to stop and observe the process of creating toddy juice. The toddy-palm plays an important role in Myanmar rural life, beyond creating juice and sugars for the people, it also provides shade as well as provides materials for making household utensils, building and medicines. Then, transfer to Mandalay by coach.
Mandalay - Depart for the city of Mandalay behind to explore the towns of Sagaing and Mingun on the opposite side of the Irrawaddy River. We cycle first to the famous Ubien Bridge, the longest teak bridge in Asia, where we’ll have some excellent photo opportunities. Then, we ride along the river to Sagaing, an important religious and monastic centre and subsequently home to numerous monasteries and stupas. After lunch we continue on our photogenic cycle route to Mingun where we’ll visit the ruins of Pahtodawgyi. This massive unfinished stupa would have been the largest in the world if completed and now might be the the largest pile of bricks in the world, but is nonetheless impressive. We’ll also see the Mingun bell which weighs 90 tons and is the largest ringing bell in the world. In the afternoon it’ll be time to relax as we hop on a boat to take us downstream to Mandalay.
DAY 10: Depart - Fly back to Yangon. You can visit Bogyoke Aung San market before heading to the airport for the flight home.
EXTENSION DAYS 10-12:
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 12.
Map of the Area
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
- 9 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 Yangon & Heho is additional (approximately USD$90-US$120); there are also daily flights between Nyaung& 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 604.730.1247
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