Discover the Shan Hills by Bicycle

Day 1 Heho - Pindaya

We are met at Heho Airport; please aim to arrive by 9 am. After a bike fitting we cycle straight from the airport towards the town of Pindaya. Our route will be on a quiet, undulating road through a mosaic of fields. We'll pass through a few villages and stop for photo and snack breaks on the way. Our destination of Pindaya is home to limestone caves that house thousands of Buddhas. We'll have a visit to the caves before dinner.

Pindaya Inle Inn
Lunch, Dinner
Ride 40km

Day 2 Pindaya - Palaung Village - Kalaw

Today we'll transfer to Kalaw to spend the rest of the day exploring the ethnic tribes around Kalaw with a ride to local Palaung villages. The Palaung people are a Mon ethnic minority group known for the tea they grow and cure to sell, particularly the pickled tea, or lepet. We traverse this region of tea plantations on a mixture of tarmac and dirt roads. Stopping at Pein ne Pin where we will likely see local women weaving cotton longyis in the traditional pattern for the village - deep red with thin blue stripes. We continue our cycle along a narrow dirt road which continues through the tea plantations, on towards another lovely village, Taung Ni. We get to take in the superb views from here before heading down to Aung Ban, a larger regional trading town from where we cycle along the paved roads back to Kalaw and our hotel.

Pine Hill Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 40km

Day 3 Kalaw - Aung Ban - Nyaung Shwe

We leave Kalaw early today for a full day's cycling, mostly downhill, to the famous Inle lake; undoubtedly one of Burma's greatest treasures. We use a quiet, little used, off road route; it's a bit bumpy in places but takes us through a range of local villages where we can really appreciate the day to day lives of the indigenous people. We take a break at Shwe Inn Dein, home to over 1,000 pagodas built during the 14th to 17th centuries. This incredible collection of weather beaten, gold plated stupas is nestled between the landscape of Inle Lake on one side and forested covered mountains on the other. We cycle along the lake north to Nyaung Shwe where we overnight and enjoy a flavourful dinner of local specialties.

Royal Inlay Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 79km

Day 4 Nyaung Shwe - Tale oo

Today we start by bicycle but we will be boating in the afternoon. We cycle along the eastern side of Inle Lake to the small farming village of Tale Oo. It's a beautiful ride through sugar cane fields, garlic and onion plantations, and we have another chance to experience Burmese village life close-up. Next we head out onto the waters of Inle Lake to discover some of the floating highlights of this stunning body of water and a firsthand view of how the shoreline villages make use of this great resource. We visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, known for its five Buddha images richly covered in 24-carat gold leaf. We pass the lake's floating gardens, which provide an unusual location for harvesting produce, en route to Innpaw Kone village, known for its traditional silk and lotus fibre weavings. We visit the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, also known as the Jumping Cats Monastery; you'll see why when we visit! We return to our hotel for dinner and farewells.

Royal Inlay Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 20km

Day 5 Departure

We are transferred to Heho Airport for one drop off, please coordinate our departure time with us. If you would like to spend additional nights in Inle we can help to arrange this for you.