The Shan Plateau and Inle Lake recommends

Take a cycling tour up through the challenging hills of Shan State, visiting ethnic tribal villages and old British colonial hill stations along the way. Then take a long ride down through farms and tea plantations to the scenic Inle Lake, with its pagoda-lined shores and villages on the water.

Tour Overview

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Mandalay or Yangon


Mandalay or Yangon


5 days/4 nights


bicycle, plane, boat


hotel, resort

Deluxe Hotel Supplement: 

US$35 per day

Total Price From


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Tour Highlights
Cycle through hills and tea plantations, and meet local tribes
Visit the hill station of Kalaw, a charming colonial-era town
Explore the thousands of pagodas at Indein
Cycle around picturesque Inle Lake before taking a boat on its waters

Day-by-day Itinerary
Day 1 Heho - Kalaw

Fly to Heho airport, beginning your cycling tour from this picturesque spot to the north of Inle Lake. Heading to Kalaw, you will cycle though small villages and stop at one of them for lunch; reach the charming hill station of Kalaw in the afternoon, where you will spend a relaxing evening. 

Day 2 Kalaw

Spend the day cycling the scenic hills around Kalaw, riding by tea plantations and rice paddies on a mixture of tarmac and dirt roads; along the way, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos as well as talk to the ethnic Palaung tribes who live in these parts of the Shan Plateau.

Day 3 Kalaw - Inle Lake

Depart early for the full day cycle, mostly downhill, to Inle Lake. Ride through picturesque villages and take a break at Indein, a lakeside spot that is home to over a thousand ancient pagodas. Continue northwards to Nyaung Shwe, the characterful gateway town to Inle Lake.


Day 4 Inle Lake

Take the scenic ride to the eastern shores of Inle Lake and visit the farming village of Tale Oo. From there, you will hop on a boat and explore life on the water, including ethnic Intha fishermen with their unique one-legged rowing technique, as well as floating villages and pagodas. 

Day 5 Inle Lake - Yangon

Transfer back to Heho Airport for departure to Yangon. Spend a final day in Myanmar's commercial and cultural centre, explore the narrow avenues of Chinatown, stroll around beautiful Kandawgyi Lake or pick up some last minute souvenirs at Bogyoke Market.

After your biking adventure, would you like to continue to the beautiful and relaxing Ngapali Beach or visit the extraordinary temples of Bagan? 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 
 Kalaw – Dream Villa Hotel Kalaw - Amara Mountain Resort
 Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe) - Hupin Hotel  Inle Lake - Amata Garden Resort

Our Service Include: 

Accommodation with breakfast (twin room basis)
Mountain bike 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 or Yangon
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.

[1] Price per person based on two person tour (twin hotel room sharing basis). Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.



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