Burma Heritage by Bicycle

Price from
US$ 1,750
Duration
7 Days / 6 Nights
Distance
247 km
Tour Code
MMR-BHB
Next departure
18-Nov-2019
Number of Cycling Days5
Average Distance Per Day: 49
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 206
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance247 kilometres
Accommodation6 nights at 3-star hotels included
Bike HireIncluded
Single SupplementUS$ 410

About this Cycle Tour

As you cycle among the ancient temples on your route from Mandalay to Bagan you'll also soon be impressed by the diversity of its people, culture, and topography which all make Burma one of the region’s most fascinating and beautiful countries.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Meet at our Mandalay hotel for a tour briefing and then drive up to the top of Mandalay Hill for sunset. We then go for dinner of traditional Burmese specialties.

Day 2

As we make our way towards Mingun, we stop at the famous 200-year-old teak U Bein Bridge. Our route follows the Irrawaddy all the way for plenty of photos ops. In Mingun, we visit the ruins of Pahtodawgyi and see the Mingun Bell. After lunch, a boat takes us downstream back to Mandalay.

Day 3

We transfer about an hour to Myin-Mu and start our ride to the remote town of Monywa. This is a pleasant ride on a tarmac road with little traffic as we cycle through the Chindwin Valley. From Monywa, we visit Po Win Taung Cave before transferring to our hotel.

Day 4

The scenery is varied, and the road good and flat as we ride along the Irrawaddy River. There are plenty of opportunities to interact with locals. After lunch in Pakkoku, we have a relaxing afternoon as we boat to Bagan.

Day 5

Bicycles are the perfect way to explore the temples of Bagan, which we do all day. The sunset, with views across the plains studded with chedis and temples, is something you will never forget.

Day 6

We transfer up to Mt Popa. Climb almost 900 stairs to the top of Popa Taung Kalat, passing dozens of shrines and pilgrims honouring the spirits. After the visit, begin biking downhill to Bagan through villages and quiet lanes.

Day 7

Fly back to Yangon. On arrival, 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.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay Ride 44km. +335m / -249m.
Day 2 - Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay Ride 44km. +335m / -249m.

Reviews

The team was excellent, could not have been more helpful, intelligent and able to tailor to our needs. Obviously that is easier on both sides with a private trip where it is tailored to us, but they would be excellent with any group. We had good fun with all 3 of them, not just Thein. He is highly recommended by us of course. The hotels surprised us as they were more luxurious than we expected and are used to - you could stress this in your publicity.

The route seemed good, lots of temples but other things as well. We may have been a bit slow (and I sometimes flew a drone which made delays), but we would have liked to be more confident some days that we would get in with enough time for a swim (since there were pools) before going out to dinner. The parts that were in villages or on minor roads were the most interesting and ethnic, this might be increased. Sometimes there was a lot of plodding down main roads, especially the last day- perhaps an off road figure of 8 from Mt. Popa would allow more remote experience and still allow snack breaks then perhaps get drive back to Bagan. I was a bit shocked how expensive it was but we got a very professionally organised holiday for that, and we would recommend highly to those who can afford it!

Ian FraserMarch 2019

Our third SpiceRoads Trip and it was excellent. Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable guides and great support team.

Peter GeerFebruary 2018

Overall, an excellent bicycle tour - great guides, great scenery and historical sites with a great group of similar minded riders. This ride was fun and educational. Guides Lin and Soe did any a wonderful job with just a diverse good of riders. Having a large group can be difficult for the leaders - though often more enjoyable to the riders - given there are more options in terms of speed and interests (easy to find some one to ride with).

Jeanette Jane RaineyFebruary 2018

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