Bike Burma!

13 days - Departing Yangon
Bike Burma!


13 days - Departing Yangon
Level of Difficulty Moderate
  • Day 1:
    Meet at Yangon Airport and fly to Inle Lake (L,D)
  • Day 2:
    Cycle and Boat Inle Lake 25km (B,L)
  • Day 3:
    Cycle to Kalaw 70km (B,L,D)
  • Day 4:
    Cycle to Pindaya 45km (B,L,D)
  • Day 5:
    Cycle to Ywar Ngan 65km (B,L,D)
  • Day 6:
    Cycle and transfer to Mandalay 75km (B,L,D)
  • Day 7:
    Mandalay free day / Rest day (B)
  • Day 8:
    Cycle to U Bein Bridge, Mingun & Sagaing 50km, transfer to Myingyan (B,L,D)
  • Day 9:
    Cycle to Mount Popa 84km (B,L,D)
  • Day 10:
    Cycle to Bagan via Kyauk Padaung 65km (B,L,D)
  • Day 11:
    Cycle the Pagodas of Bagan 25km (B,L)
  • Day 12:
    Fly to Yangon and explore the city (B,D)
  • Day 13:
    Departure day from Yangon (B)

About This Tour

Want a cycling holiday of a lifetime in Burma? Then this is the trip for you! Burma is very different from it's SE Asian neighbours - it's recent isolation has meant it is like the rest of the region used to be thirty years ago. For those who crave an escape from the pressures of modernity and want to meet some of the friendliest people you'll ever come across this is the perfect trip.

The Burmese people are amazingly hospitable and readily welcome visitors to their country. Burma now officially goes by the name Myanmar and if you want to know and see more about this spectacular country then by bike is the way to do it! 13 days of discovery will see you ride from Inle Lake to Bagan. You'll need to be fit and a competent cyclist as there's approximately 500km of pedalling involved but this will truly be a trip of a lifetime for the curious and intrepid traveller prepared to accept what they find.

The first few days of this trip are spent exploring Inle Lake. Inle Lake is situated in the district of Shan State and is the second largest lake in Myanmar.

Days 3 and 4 will see you ride into the Western Shan Hills to Kalaw and Pindaya. The houses in this area are made from compressed earth and are particularly attractive and the locals farm everything from potatoes to cabbage. In the afternoon of the fourth day you will visit the Golden Cave, where thousands of golden Buddha images have been placed.

From Pindaya you head to Mandalay. Mandalay was the last Royal Capital of Myanmar and was the city to be ransacked by the advancing British forces. The former Royal Complex was destroyed in a fire during World War 2, but you can still see the impressive walls and moat. The city of Mandalay is now a bustling commercial centre with fascinating local markets, which you may choose to explore on your free day here.

Monywa and Bagan are the next planned destinations. Bagan is home to around 4000 pagodas and one could be content to enjoy the atmosphere and views for a long time. Our Burmese guide will take you for a ride around the temples. This is an excellent way to explore the pagodas and to get some historical context around them.

This trip finishes up back in Yangon with a tour of the city and the Schwedagon Pagoda, which is the most important religious monument in Burma. The final night will be spent together to enjoy our last dinner and have a chance to celebrate the experience that was Magical Myanmar!

To see a full detailed itinerary please download the trip notes below.

RAW Travel welcomes single travellers and does not require anyone to pay a surcharge for traveling alone. On all of our adventures we will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same sex and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge (group trips). If you prefer not to share a room then just pay a single supplement of AU$1800 to guarantee your own room. Most of our travellers join trips on their own seeking a social experience!

The right people on the right trip
It's important that you select a trip that is suitable to your experience abilities and expectations. In order to help people assess whether a trip is the right one for you it's vital that you download and read our trip notes before booking. In the trip notes you'll find descriptions of the accommodation, food and difficulty rating for each trip.

The roads in Myanmar have been steadily improving over the last three years. However, they started at a very low level so even now, there are some very rough sections of road. Notably the day to Mandalay is a challenging day with a rough surface. Most other days are now quite a comfortable ride. The hill climbs on this tour are not generally longer than 14km at a time and never with an overly steep gradient. The roads were built for heavy, slow trucks, so they are moderate climbs. The one exception is the Mount Popa day - there are some very steep climbs on this day, but they are no longer than 3km at a time and mostly less than 1km stretches. Much of the riding is on flat ground.

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Whats Included?

  • Hotel accommodation on twin share basis
  • All meals as stated in the itnerary
  • English speaking cycling guide
  • Mechanic
  • Air-conditioned support vehicle
  • Domestic flight tickets as outlined in itinerary
  • Zone fees
  • Boat trips as outlined in itinerary
  • Snacks and water
  • Bike hire included in trip cost
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Tips for hotel staff & crew
  • Visa expenses
  • Drinks other than water at meal times
  • International flights to Burma (Myanmar)

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