Biking from Bangkok to Yangon
This adventure is made possible by the 2013 opening of a land border for foreigners at the Mae Sot/Mywaddy border. We are excited to be the first to offer this bike tour that will take you through untouristy parts of Thailand and Burma and give you an authentic insight into both cultures.
The tour starts in Thailand's bustling capital of Bangkok where a sunset ride introduces us to the landmarks of the capital. From here we head north to the historical park of Ayutthaya, which was sacked by the Burmese. We continue on quiet roads through rural Thailand to Uthai Thani and the old fortress of Kamphaeng Phet. One of the longest cycling days we have is along dirt and sealed roads to the waterfalls of Lan Sang National Park. At Mae Sot we cross into Burma and have our only significant climb of the tour as we ride up and over to Kawkareik. We spend two nights in Hpa An so we can explore the picturesque countryside filled with caves, springs and temples. A flat and easy ride takes us to Mawlamyine, made famous by both Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell who both mentioned the town in their prose. After a visit to the world's largest gigantic reclining Buddha we ride through rural countryside truly off any path. We meet up with local pilgrims as we join them for a visit to the stunning Golden Rock. Our next stop is Bago with more impressive pagodas before we arrive in Yangon for our last destination and iconic Shwedagon Paya. What an adventure through two countries that are guaranteed to capture your imagination and heart!
|Tour Cost||US$3,650||Single Supplement||US$465|
|Bike Hire||US$275||Total Cycling Distance||804 kilometres|
|Tour Grade||out of 5||Number of Days||14 days / 13 nights|
|Number of Cycling Days||12 full, 1 half||Tour Meets||Bangkok, Thailand|
|Tour Ends||Yangon, Burma||Countries Visited||Thailand, Burma|
|Group Size||Minimum 2. Maximum 16.||Accommodation||13 nights in hotels/guesthouses included|
|Entrance Fees||All included||Meals||All included|
|Vehicle Support||Full vehicle support|
- Day 1
- We meet at our hotel in Bangkok for a trip briefing and cycle through many of city's famous attractions at sunset. We finish off the evening with dinner.
- Day 2
- Today we start riding from the historical city of Ayutthaya, through the ruins stupas and chedis, following the Chao Phraya River north on to Uthai Thani.
- Day 3
- We follow the river north and ride through scenic villages and rice fields to Kamphaeng Phet. We visit the UNESCO World Heritage site that guarded the Sukhothai capital in the 14th century against attacks by Burma
- Day 4
- We have a long ride through mountainous and rural landscapes to Lan Sang National Park. Our route is scenic on a mixture of dirt and tarmac back roads.
- Day 5
- We start along rural back and dirt route where our support van can't follow for 14 km. A short break is made at Baan Pang Sang then continue another cycling before transferring to and check into our overnight hotel in Mae Sot. You are optional to take 20 km ride to the outskirts of Mae Sot or afternoon off for your relaxing massage or wander the border town.
- Day 6
- We cross into Burma today. Get ready for a tough and adventurous ride as we will be cycling on a hilly road that turns to dirt in sections. We coast downhill to and transfer in the van to Hpa An.
- Day 7
- An amazing day spent exploring the caves, temples and springs around Hpa An. You will be wowed!
- Day 8
- Our route takes us along a very flat road to Mawlamyine, the former British Capital of Lower Burma.
- Day 9
- Today we cycle to Win Sein Tawya to see the world's largest reclining Buddha. Back in Mawlamyine we watch the sunset from Kyaik Tan Lan Pagoda.
- Day 10
- We are definitely going off the beaten track today and some of the ride will be off road. We'll ride through rubber plantations, over wooden bridges and through small villages.
- Day 11
- After breakfast, we take a transfer to avoid a main road and start cycling on a small country road through a series of quiet villages with the only significant climb being at the end of the day as we approach the town of Kinpun, ‘basecamp’ for visiting the Golden Rock.
- Day 12
- We rise early for a ride in a local, open-air truck along a winding road to see the 'Golden Rock' covered by over 60 tons of gold leaf. Our ride today is to the temple-studded town of Bago.
- Day 13
- This morning we'll ride to see some of the many temples that are scattered around Bago then we make our way to Yangon. Once we have arrived we visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda before having our farewell dinner.
- Day 14
- This morning you have more time to explore Yangon before lunch and our transfer to the airport.
Day 1 – Arrive Bangkok Ride 15 km. +53 m/ -66 m.
Day 2 – Bangkok – Ayutthaya - Uthai Thani Ride 60 km. +266 m/ -257 m.
Day 3 – Uthai Thani – Khampaeng Phet Ride 80 km. +356 m/ -344 m.
Day 4 – Khampaeng Phet – Lan Sang National Park - Tak Ride 92 km. +649 m/ -477 m.
Day 5 - Tak - Mae Sot Ride 25 km. +295 m/ -259 m.
Day 5 - Tak - Mae Sot Ride 20 km. +123 m/ -123 m.
Day 6 – Mae Sot - Myawaddy – Kawkareik – Hpa An Ride 60 km. +1,062 m/ -1,236 m
Day 7 – Hpa An loop Ride 70 km. +264 m/ -236 m.
Day 8 – Hpa An – Mawlamyine Ride 80 km. +302 m/ -336 m.
Day 9 - Mawlamyine Ride 40 km. +312 m/ -313 m.
Day 10 - Mawlamyine – Thaton Ride 70 km. +310 m/ -333 m.
Day 11 - Thaton – Golden Rock Ride 50 km. +224 m/ -192 m.
Day 12 - Golden Rock – Bago Ride 60 km. +265 m/ -304 m.
Day 13 - Bago – Yangon Ride 80 km. +157 m/ -188 m.
|Date||Availability||Price||Single Supplement||Bike Hire||Book|
|November 12, 2017||Guaranteed to Depart||USD 3,650.00||USD 465.00||USD 275.00|
|December 10, 2017||Available||USD 3,650.00||USD 465.00||USD 275.00|
|January 14, 2018||Available||USD 3,650.00||USD 465.00||USD 275.00|
|March 4, 2018||Available||USD 3,650.00||USD 465.00||USD 275.00|
|November 11, 2018||Available||USD 3,650.00||USD 465.00||USD 275.00|
|December 9, 2018||Available||USD 3,650.00||USD 465.00||USD 275.00|
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As always the guides were great. This was a wonderful way of experiencing the real Thailand & Myanmar.
Alan Douglas Moore - November 2016
Fantastic trip,Biking site seeing ,food,accommodation guides & back up crew & a international cycling team.
Martin Joseph Glynn - November 2016
a really wonderful tour
This was about the 10th cycling trip we did with Spiceroads and we definitely can say one of the best tour with a lot of cultural highlights and great sceneries. Here just a few of these highlights: Loy Krathong, strawberry fields, stops at local coffee shops, lunch in the private house of a Mon family, stops at fruit shops and local markets and finally be guest at a weeding ceremony.
We felt always very safe and had really good bikes. The bike distances were not to long and there was always the possibility to jump in the car.
Many thanks to Ant and Charly (guide and driver in Thailand) and Myo and Win (guide and driver in Burma) for this wonderful tour.
Marianne Ziegler - November 2015
Knowledgeable, professional, great guides! The trip exceeded our expectations.
Kanlaya was very prompt and thorough in all communications. I really appreciated that. I feel very fortunate to have been on the first tour group from Bangkok to Yangon. It was fun to see that some of it was new for Myo and Min, too. I liked that we stopped at random local restaurants for lunch. Thank you for an excellent trip! (a few of the hotel accommodations in Burma were less than excellent; I hope Myo and others commented on this.)
Sharon Zandman-Zeman - December 2014
A great tour, and an adventure. The ascent and descent from Myawadi is one of the great day rides.
Peter Shannon - January 2015
All the staff were great. Especially Mr.Ant and Mr Myo.
Mr Myo from Myanmar showed us a very deep knowledge and a very sensible way to adapt and adjust to situations. He really did his best to present to the group the best of the Burmese culture and people which was extremely appreciated by all.
Rosana Teixeira - December 2014