Cycling holiday Myanmar is worth trying once-in-a-lifetime. You will have a chance to ride from the Shan Plateau down to the plains and the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Here is a suggestion of an ideal cycling tour in Myanmar.
Shan Plateau is home to a variety of tribal people. You can relax in cool weather and the colonial charm of Kalaw. Reaching the wondrous Inle Lake, you can join a wonderful full day boat trip and see Intha fishermen rowing their boats with just one leg. The next stop is the caves of Pindaya, where tons of Buddha statues are placed, then you can ride down to the lowlands and admire the beauty of Kipling’s Mandalay. Overall, cycling holiday Myanmar takes you a few days to cycle through many picturesque sites in this country.
On the first day of the tour, you will meet other cycling tourists at the Yangon hotel. You will be led to a visit to Shwedagon Paya, Burma’s holiest religious site. At the end of the day, a delicious dinner will be served.
On the second day, an early morning flight will take you to Heho, where you will have a short transfer to a hotel in the former hill station of Kalaw. The cool and peaceful atmosphere among pine trees which feature colonial feel will make you want to stay here for a long time. However, as soon as finishing lunch, you must kick off the ride through the countryside of Kalaw. Your Myanmar bicycle tours have definitely begun!
Today we have a fabulous ride down off the plateau to the famous Inle Lake. Though we cover many kilometers, the last section has two sweeping downhills, which take us directly to the shores of Inle.
This is a wonderful day when you can ride along over exploring the Inle Lake. After a ride of 20km, you will have lunch by a lake and then board on a boat, heading for Indian temples, floating gardens, monasteries and the Intha fishermen.
You have to leave Inle and ride back to the Shan Plateau. This is a challenging route during your cycling holiday Myanmar because you have to cycle on both dirt and paved roads. Pindaya, home to limestone caves that house thousands of Buddhas, is the next destination.
An hour transfer will tourists to Burma’s second city called Mandalay. There, you will ride through a patchwork of fields and then face up with a 30 km descent. How exciting it sounds!
On this Myanmar day tour, you will ride and visit the city of the famous U Bien bridge. This is considered as the longest teak bridge in Asia. Afterward, you will find it amazing to cycle to the towns of Sagaing and Mingun on the opposite side of the Irrawaddy River.
Your cycling tour to Mandalay during Myanmar holidays will start with a visit to the sprawling Zegyo market and Shwenandaw Monastery. In the afternoon and evening, you can explore any place in Mandalay that you like.
Having taken a small and short ferry to the ancient city the Ava Kingdom, you can ride through fields of millet, sesame, cotton and many varieties of peas and beans. When you reach the town of Pins, you will be transferred to Mt. Popa.
9 days of cycling through many sites in Burma may not make you less active. You will be allowed to climb 900 stairs to reach the top of Popa Taung Kalat. This temple is populated by Burma’s most revered Nats (spirits). In the afternoon, just feel free to relax by the hotel’s infinity pool or hike trails in the national park.
The 11th day of cycling holiday in Myanmar will start with an easy descent from a lofty height. You will ride through small villages and palm gardens into Bagan. As a gift of the trip, you can cool yourselves down in a riverside hotel with a refreshing pool.
If you are interested in the temples of Bagan, a bicycle is a perfect choice. Taking a morning cycle around the Archaeological Zone, you can see a variety of temples. Cycling also lets you admire the sight of sunset over the river or you can catch the setting sun from the top of a temple.
We nearly finish the trip of cycling Myanmar! You will be transferred to the airport to go back to Yangon. While in air, you can take an overall look at all sites you have cycled through.
The morning is time to do some shopping at Bogyoke Aung San market. Then, you have to go to the airport and fly back home.
Cycling holiday Myanmar during two weeks surely leaves a lot of beautiful memories. Cool atmosphere, friendly people, and picturesque sites all make the hard journey unforgettable.