Explore central Myanmar by bicycle, covering the beautiful Shan Plateau and taking in old colonial hill stations and the wonders of Inle Lake. Make your way through more remote areas to historic Mandalay, then southwards to the volcanic Mount Popa and the ancient temples on the plains of Bagan.
Deluxe Hotel Supplement:
US$50 per day
Taking an early morning flight to Heho, and then head to Kalaw, once a summer playground for the British Raj who would escape here from the heat of lower Myanmar. The small town still retains a remarkably colonial feel and provides some gentle rides through pine-tree lined streets – a perfect opportunity to get familiar with your bike.
Spend a full day exploring Inle lake, starting with a 20km stretch in the morning. After a lunch by the lakeside, get off your bike to meet the local Intha people who live their lives on the water and take a long tail boat to visit the stupas at Indein, floating markets and monasteries.
Ride out to the iconic U Bein bridge in the former capital of Amarapura. From here, cycle across the huge bridge spanning the Irrawaddy river at Sagaing, then explore the stupa-studded hills of Sagaing and the gigantic unfinished pagoda and bell at Mingun.
On the second day, take a rest day and explore Mandalay at your own leisure, including visits to monasteries, markets, ancient temples and panoramic sunset views from the top of Mandalay Hill.
On your final day in the Mandalay area, cycle south and take a short ferry to explore the ancient capital at Inwa, which ruled a large kingdom for almost two centuries – but is now made of crumbling ruins amongst quiet rice paddy fields.
Head south through the flats then climb up to Mount Popa and its spectacular monastery, which sits atop a volcanic plug and is famous for being home to nats (spirits). Enjoy the panoramic views, but watch out for the monkeys that are liable to steal anything you may be holding – be it food or your camera!
Take a relaxing ride downhill to the famous plain of Bagan and its thousands of temples, winding through hills and small villages, and try some locally-made palm toddy liquor on the way. On arrival, take a refreshing swim at your hotel pool and then a well-deserved drink and hearty meal at one of Bagan’s many fine restaurants, many of which sit in the shadow of ancient pagodas.
Motorbikes are not allowed in Bagan, and there are few cars, so bicycles are the perfect way to explore the plain and its temples. Some get pretty busy at times, but others are totally empty and free to explore. Visit a local lacquerware shop if you want to pick up a memento, and then take your place for one of the most breathtaking experiences the world has to offer – a Bagan sunset.
|Standard hotels for above program||Deluxe hotels for above program|
|Yangon - Clover Hotel||Yangon - Chatrium Hotel|
|Kalaw – Dream Villa Hotel||Kalaw - Amara Mountain Resort|
|Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe) - Hupin Hotel||Inle Lake - Amata Garden Resort|
|Pindaya - Pindaya Hotel||Pindaya - Pindaya Hotel|
|Mandalay - Hotel Rama||Mandalay - Mandalay Hill Resort|
|Mount Popa - Popa Mountain Resort||Mount Popa - Popa Mountain Resort|
|Bagan - Floral Breeze Hotel||Bagan - Bagan Lodge|
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