Burma Heritage by Bicycle

Day 1 Meet in Mandalay

We meet you at the Mandalay hotel at 4 pm for a tour briefing and then drive up to the top of Mandalay Hill for sunset. We then go for dinner and have our first experience tasting the many traditional Burmese specialties. Optional morning activity: Balloon Experience Over Mandalay. As your hot-air balloon rises, the first site to greet you is 729 white pitaka pagodas. Drifting above you’ll witness barefoot monks collecting alms, bustling morning markets, and boats coming alive on the Irrawaddy River and U Bein Bridge. (Note: available only from late-October to late-March; all flights weather permitting). Contact us for more information

Mandalay Hill Resort

Day 2 Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay

We start off our tour with a leisurely ride as we get used to our bicycles. Making our way towards Mingun, we stop at the famous 200-year-old teak U Bein Bridge. Our route follows the Irrawaddy all the way to Mingun, and there's little traffic on this undulating road. There'll be plenty of photos ops as we ride past more monasteries on this one road than on the entire rest of the trip. In Mingun, we visit the ruins of Pahtodawgyi, a massive unfinished stupa that would have been the largest in the world if completed and now might be the largest pile of bricks in the world, but is nonetheless impressive. We'll also see the Mingun Bell, which weighs 90 tonnes and is the largest ringing bell in the world. After lunch at a restaurant, we hop on a boat to take us downstream back to Mandalay and then pedal from the dock to the hotel. We meet up in the evening to drive to Mandalay Hill to enjoy another sunset before dinner.

Mandalay Hill Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 44km

Day 3 Mandalay - Monywa

We start with a 3-hour transfer beyond the small town of Chaung-U. Once on the bikes, we cycle through the Chindwin Valley, where a variety of crops, from oranges to sugar cane, are grown. We take a break to visit Monywa's famous temple complex of Mohnyin Thambuddhei Paya, which dates back to 1303 and claims to house more than 500,000 Buddha images. After lunch at a local restaurant, we cross the Chindwin River by boat and continue cycling to Pho Win Taung Cave, famous for its carvings and mural paintings dating from the 14th and 18th centuries. Passing through several small farms and villages, you will have a glimpse of the traditional Burmese way of life. After visiting the cave, we return to Monywa and check-in to the hotel.

Win Unity Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 51km

Day 4 Monywa - Pakkoku - Bagan

We start from the hotel and hit dirt roads to take us south along the Irrawaddy River to Pakkoku. We pass through A Myint and A Neint, where you can spot ancient pagodas peeking out from the overgrowth. We stop to see some of the hidden temples decorated with murals as well as an old monastery. After lunch, we have a relaxing afternoon as we boat to Bagan. Once we dock, it's a short transfer to our hotel.

Bagan Hotel River View
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 62km

Day 5 Bagan

Bicycles are the perfect way to explore the temples of Bagan. We take a morning cycle around the Archaeological Zone before returning for a dip in the pool. The sunset, with views across the plains studded with chedis and temples, is something you will never forget. Optional morning activity: Start your day with a scenic hot air balloon ride and enjoy the stunning aerial view of Bagan's temples and golden stupa. Contact us for more information

Bagan Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 27km

Day 6 Bagan - Mount Popa - Bagan

Following the highway east, we transfer by bus up to Mt Popa. Popa soars 650 m up out of the plains, and the temple at the summit is populated by Burma’s most revered nats (spirits). As you climb the almost 900 stairs up to Popa Taung Kalat Temple, you will pass dozens of nat shrines and see pilgrims who come to honour the spirits. From the top, you will have a pano-rama of the surrounding plains. After your visit, begin biking downhill to Bagan. Along the way, we stop to enjoy a picnic box lunch in a village. The ride weaves through villages and quiet lanes as we make our way back to Bagan.

Bagan Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 63km

Day 7 Bagan - Yangon

In the morning, we transfer to Nyaung U airport and fly back to Yangon. On arrival, we visit Bogyoke Aung San Market before lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit Shwedagon Paya, Burma’s holiest religious sight, before heading to the airport for the flight home. Please book a late evening flight to be sure you won't be rushed. ~~~ Please note: Due to the popularity of Burma as a destination hotel rooms are extremely hard to guarantee. Though we will do our best to adhere to the original itinerary, we cannot be held responsible for any last-minute hotel changes. Any changes will be to another hotel of the same standard

Breakfast, Lunch