Myanmar-Thailand Over Land motorbike tour recommends

See an entirely different side of Myanmar by motorbiking from Thailand through the untouched depths of rural Myanmar, taking in tarmac roads and dirt tracks that follow mighty rivers and up beautiful mountains. Get the chance to explore ancient citys, witness thousands of golden pagodas, and meet distinctive tribal peoples.

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Myawaddy (from Mae Sot, Thailand)


Tachileik (for Mae Sai, Thailand)


17 days/16 nights




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Tour Highlights
Traverse the beautiful Dawna mountain range that straddles Thailand and Myanmar
Motorbike around the karst mountain scenery of Hpa An, and explore its Buddhist caves
See the UNESCO World Heritage listed ancient capital of Sri Ksetra
Explore the thousands of temples on the plains of Bagan
Visit historic Mandalay, the Shan hill stations of Hsipaw and Kalaw, and Inle Lake
Ride through wild and undiscovered eastern Shan State to the Golden Triangle

Day-by-day Itinerary
Day 1 Myawaddy to Hpa An (150km ride)

Starting from the Thai border town of Mae Sot, with its strong Burmese influences – both in the people  and the stupas that you see in the surrounding countryside – you will cross the border to Myawaddy, immediately encountering a tough stretch as you ride up and over the Dawna Mountain range that separates Myanmar and Thailand. After you reach the highest point of this sometimes rough road, coast down the other side and on to the Karen capital of Hpa An.

Day 2 Hpa An (30km ride)

Hpa An is one of the most enchanting and scenic destinations in Myanmar; the flat, lush paddy fields give way to karst limestone mountains that jut out dramatically from the ground. Motorbike around these and explore some of the springs, temples and massive Buddhist caves that can be found in the area. In the evening, feast yourself on the great local food, a mix of Thai-Chinese-Burmese-Karen fusion. 

Days 3-4 Hpa An to Bago and Pyay (500km ride)

After breakfast, head westwards to Bago, one of Myanmar’s old capitals and host to a number of large, glittering pagodas. After you stopover, head up country on solid tarmac roads to Pyay, located on the bank of the mighty Irrawaddy river. Another historic city with plenty to explore, you will find the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sri Ksetra a short ride to the east of town, a large site that is perfect to explore by motorbike.

Days 5-6 Mount Popa and Bagan (350km ride)

Continue northwards to the spectacular monastery at Mount Popa, which sits precariously on top of a volcanic plug, and on to the thousands of temples on the plains of Bagan, where you will get the chance to relax by your hotel pool and take a day off your bike to explore the area and enjoy the stunning and unique sunsets.

Days 7-8 Mandalay (180km ride)

Ride to historic Mandalay, on the way taking in the ancient capital at Inwa, centre of a large kingdom for centuries but now crumbling ruins amongst quiet rice paddy fields, as well as the iconic U Bein bridge. Stay in Mandalay and witness monasteries, markets, ancient temples and panoramic sunset views from the top of Mandalay Hill – and discover the other ancient capitals in the area, including the stupa-studded hills of Sagaing, the gigantic unfinished pagoda and bell at Mingun.

Day 9 Mandalay to Pyin U Lwin (70km ride)

Ascend to the cool mountain air and explore the dirt roads, ox cart paths and donkey trails that weave between the charming villages of the hills towards the colonial-era hill station of Pyin U Lwin, where you will have dinner at a lakefront restaurant.

Days 10-11 Hsipaw and Kalaw (240km ride)

Head on eastwards through the Shan hills to the delightful and laid back town of Hsipaw, and then turn south on a mixture of riverside runs and zigzagging switchbacks towards Kalaw. These roads in remote parts of Shan State are rarely travelled by foreigners, so you will get plenty of curious glances on the way. Take in the bustling old colonial outpost of Kalaw, with its large population of Nepali guides whose families remained here after the Second World War.

Days 12-13 Inle Lake and Taunggyi (110km ride)

Ride mostly sealed, single lane roads down to the serenely picturesque Inle Lake via the crumbling mass of pagodas at Indein and then take some time to explore the area before heading to your hotel. If you go for the superior hotel option, a boat will take you to your hotel on the lake (standard hotels are located in the characterful town of Nyaung Shwe, at the northern end of the lake). The next day, head on eastwards to the mountaintop capital of Shan State, Taunggyi.

Days 13-14 Taunggyi to Kyaing Tong (420km ride)

Take the road less travelled through the beautiful, lush and wild mountain scenery of eastern Shan State, the heart of the infamous Golden Triangle. This route will include an overnight stop at the town of Myine Pyin, and is rarely taken by foreigners, requiring a government permit that we will arrange for you.

Days 15-16 Kyaing Tong (50km ride)

Kyaing Tong is a culturally diverse place, set against a scenic mountain backdrop. Explore the Wild West charm of the town and surrounding mountain areas, including Wa, Shan, Akha and Lahu tribal villages and take the chance to relax at the local hot springs.

Day 17 Kyaing Tong-Mae Sai, Thailand (160km ride)

Ride south to the border town of Tachileik and depart to Thailand at Mae Sai.

Indicative standard and deluxe hotels for this tour
Standard hotels for above program Deluxe hotels for above program 
Hpa An - Hotel Zwekabin Hpa An - Hpa An Lodge
Bago - Jade Garden  Hotel Bago - Han Thar Gardens
Pyay - Mingalar Garden Resort Pyay - Mingalar Garden Resort
Bagan - Floral Breeze Hotel Bagan - Bagan Lodge
Mandalay - Hotel Rama Mandalay - Mandalay Hill Resort
Pyin U Lwin - Royal Park View Hotel Pyin U Lwin - The Governor’s House
Hsipaw - Mr. Charles Guest House Hsipaw - Hsipaw Riverside Resort
Kalaw – Dream Villa Hotel Kalaw - Amara Mountain Resort
Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe) - Hupin Hotel Inle Lake - Amata Garden Resort
Taunggyi - KBZ FC Hotel Taunggyi - KBZ FC Hotel
Myine Pyin - local guest house Myine Pyin - local guest house
Kyaing Tong - Kyaing Tong New Hotel Kyaing Tong - Kyaing Tong New Hotel

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
Domestic flight tickets, including insurance surcharge and current fuel surcharge
Passenger service charges for domestic flights
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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