Heart of Myanmar tour

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Take a motorbike journey through exotic and beautiful central Myanmar, enjoying the open road and challenging yourself on narrow mountain tracks. Explore Buddha-filled caves and the watery expanses of Inle Lake, as well as old colonial hill stations and the magnificent, world-famous temples of Bagan.

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Tour Highlights
Ride through the beautiful Shan Plateau to the lakeside town of Pindaya
Explore historic Mandalay, its palace and scenic hill
Take a boat on Inle Lake, with its fishing villages built on the water
Challenge yourself on the twisting roads around the colonial hill station of Kalaw
Experience a unique and stunning sunset scene over the temples of Bagan
Witness the unique, teak-built U Bein bridge

Day-by-day Itinerary
Day 1 Mandalay (50km ride)

Meet up in Mandalay, receive your detailed tour and Myanmar road use briefing and then get a chance to familiarise yourself with your motorbike by having a ride round the bustling city; visit Mandalay Palace and head up to Mandalay Hill to be rewarded with a stunning sunset over the city.

Day 2 Mandalay to Pindaya (210km ride)

After breakfast, ascend 1,000 metres along single-lane sealed and unsealed roads, resting for lunch on the Shan Plateau before heading on to the charming lakeside town of Pindaya, where you get to explore the local caves filled with thousands of Buddha images.

Days 3-4 Inle Lake and Kalaw (150km ride)

From Pindaya, ride down to Nyaung Shwe, the charming gateway town to Inle Lake. Meet local Pa-O tribal villagers in the surrounding hills before dinner by the lake (standard hotel option will be in Nyaung Shwe, superior option will afford you a hotel on the lake itself).

The following morning, leave your bike at the hotel as you explore Inle Lake by boat. Visit the ancient lakeside stupas at Indein and see handicrafts in Nampan village. If the time is right, see the floating markets that are a photographer’s dream. Then take the short trip up the mountain to Kalaw, heading through tribal villages along nice dirt roads to this picturesque colonial-era hill station, with its large population of Nepali guides whose families remained here after the Second World War.

Day 5 Kalaw to Mount Popa (250km ride)

Wind your way down from the highlands to the hot plains of central Myanmar on mostly sealed roads, arriving at Mount Popa in the late afternoon. A famous monastery sits dramatically atop a volcanic plug on the slopes of this mountain, and is said to be home to nats (spirits) and is certainly home to hundreds of sometimes aggressive monkeys!

Day 6 Bagan (50km ride)

Head north to the nearby thousands of temples on the plains of Bagan. Take the chance to lounge by your hotel pool and cool off before exploring the ancient temples which are one of Myanmar’s top tourist spots – but by exploring the smaller structures you can get away from the crowds. The sunset over the plains makes for one of the most breathtakingly beautiful sights in the world.

Days 7-8 Bagan to Mandalay (200km ride)

Your last day of riding, back northwards along the Irrawaddy to Mandalay, will mostly be on sealed roads, plus a few dry riverbeds. On the final stretch, you will get the chance to see the iconic U Bein bridge at sunset, before heading into town for a BBQ dinner. Depart from Mandalay the following day.

After your motorbike adventure, would you like to extend your tour to the beautiful and relaxing Ngapali Beach? Our travel advisors will be able to arrange this for you, along with any other travel, accommodation or activity requirements you may have. Just fill out the ‘Any further queries’ box after you have clicked on the ‘Book Tour’ button.

Indicative standard and deluxe hotels for this tour
Standard hotels for above program  Deluxe hotels for above program 
Mandalay - Hotel Rama Mandalay - Mandalay Hill Resort
Pindaya - Golden Cave Hotel Pindaya - Golden Cave Hotel
Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe) - Hupin Hotel Inle Lake - Amata Garden Resort
Kalaw – Dream Villa Hotel Kalaw - Amara Mountain Resort
Mount Popa - Zay Yar Thein Gi Hotel Mount Popa - Popa Mountain Resort
Bagan - Floral Breeze Hotel Bagan - Bagan Lodge

To get prices for this tour with luxury accommodation or basic accommodation, please enter a query in the ‘Any further queries’ field when you submit your tour booking form (link below). 

Our Service Include: 

Accommodation with breakfast (twin room basis)
Motorbike hire and service back-up
Entrance fees and zone fees for the visits mentioned
All transfers and sightseeing by private air-con vehicle with drivers, as mentioned in program
Private local boat fare for Inle Lake excursion, as mentioned in program

Our Service Do Not Include: 

International ticket to/from Mandalay
Visa fees and visa arrangements for Myanmar
Visits not mentioned in the program
Dinner at hotel
Drinks and personal expenses
Tips and porters at hotels
Any other items not mentioned

Important Notes: 

The above itinerary is indicative and some details may change according to conditions and availability; you will always be informed of such changes.

There may be changes to estimated prices depending on air fuel cost, domestic airfares, US$ exchange rates and festive season surcharge. All supplemental cost to be advised.

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