Myanmar Experience Cycling Tour - Cycling Through Myanmar to the more popular areas of Myanmar, then go off the map and the main trail to discover the little visited southern Myanmar where the British first landed and the Thai Burma Railway terminated. This trip runs Yangon to Yangon or Mandalay.

These trips are designed to take you into some of the most remote and adventurous corners of Asia whilst still enjoying a few of the most important sites. This particular trip takes in the must see area of central Myanmar, including Inle Lake, Mandalay and Bagan, but we also push the travel boundaries far and wide to explore the coast south east of Yangon. The most famous site is Mawlamyine which was the first British base in Burma. We explore the towns and villages to the north and the east of here and even take a ride down as far as the terminus of the World War II Thai-Burma Railway, known infamously as “The Death Railway” for the many POWs who were pressed into the building of the project, many of whom lost their lives as a result.  As a theme, this trip is about seeing the previously unseen of Myanmar and venturing into new areas where you may not find a comfortable hotel, but you will find charming people, beautiful landscapes, rich history and intrigue.
Road Condition :
The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads on secondary roads and quiet country lanes. We aim wherever possible to be away from roads with traffic and have adjusted the itinerary over time to achieve this. There are four sustained climbs over the trip, the longest of which is 7km. These are generally not steep and once you are into a riding rhythm, you will find them quite achievable. It is important to understand that you must be comfortable with riding on rough surfaces. The dirt trails do feature holes, gravel, sand and other obstacles, while the roads are often potholed. There is always a support vehicle on hand to give you a lift if you need a break from the riding. Cycling 765 km .

Day 1 :Arrival Day in Yangon ( Dinner )
Today is intended simply as an arrival day. We will have a welcome dinner this evening and meet the crew who will be looking after us during our cycling days. We will stay in the downtown area for easy access to the railway station the following morning.

Day 2 :Train to Kyaikto, Cycle 14km ( B , L , D)
The train departs at around 6:30am, so it’s fortunate that the train station is just a short walk from the hotel. We are in the upper class cabin, which is a curious term for it, given its dilapidated condition, but this is Myanmar and investment in the rail system is not something that has been paid a lot of attention for the last few decades. Even so, the train journey is a memorable one. You are sure to make lots of local friends on board who will take delight in speaking with you on subjects ranging from history, current political affairs, to the English Premier League! The scenery is varied, from the urban areas of Yangon to the sparse areas around the edge of the delta zone. All things going according to plan (or timetable), the train will arrive at midday in Kyaikto. After checking into our simple, but clean accommodation, we cycle over to Mt. Kyaiktiyo, where we see the Golden Rock, a huge granite boulder with a tiny Pagoda atop. The boulder is covered in gold leaf and looks as though it may tumble down the hill at any moment, although it’s unlikely that it will happen while we make our visit as it has been in place for a very long time.

Day 3 :Cycle to Tha Thon 72km( B , L , D)
The next 5 days is a ride for pioneers. As Myanmar has only recently opened its doors to the world, our route for the coming days has not seen many travellers and certainly not many on bicycles. The riding today is mostly flat as we ride quite close to the coast and at times close enough to get a view of the water. As the day continues, we cross a river inlet and continue on down a slightly busier road to reach Tha Thon. This is a small town and our accommodation befits pioneers such as yourselves. It is clean, but simple.

Day 4 :Cycle to Hpa An 80km( B , L , D)
Today we ride inland on a smaller road. The landscape changes and we start to see more hills. The greenery also increases as we enter a more remote, less populated area. We arrive into the small town of Hpa An in the late afternoon. This is a town of only 50-60,000 people, located on the Thanlyin River and is the capital of the Kayin State. Our accommodation this evening is once again quite basic.

Day 5 :Cycle to Mawlamyine 75km( B , L , D)
Today is another day through sparsely populated areas. The landscape begins to flatten again and the rice paddies start to replace the drier farming zones. We cross a river late in the day and then ride into what will seem like a bustling city after the places you have been for the last two days. Mawlamyine was the first colonial capital of British Burma from 1826 for around 20 years. Remnants of those days can still be seen and some very good English is still spoken in these parts by the older people who, in some cases, are descendants of those first British colonialists. The hotel this evening is a touch more comfortable that previous nights.

Day 6 :Day Ride to Bilugyun Island 65km( B , L , D)
Rather than check out and move on from this lovely spot, we take a day ride to explore a sizeable island sitting just off Mawlamyine. It is separated from the mainland only by rivers, so a short ferry crossing takes us to the island where we take a ride to explore. In the afternoon, your guide will give a walking tour of some of the important points of Mawlamyine town.

Day 7 :Cycle to Thanbyuzayat 90km, Transfer to Mawlamyine( B , L , D)
Our last day of riding takes us further south on a mixture of back roads and slightly busier, main roads. Our destination today is the terminus of the Thai-Burma Railway, known locally as the “Death Railway”. An Allied War Cemetery here is the resting place of more than 3000 Allied POWs. We take time to pay our respects and in the afternoon we pack up the bikes and drive back to Mawlamyine.

Day 8 :Transfer to Yangon( B , L , D)
Due to the cancellation of all flights from/to Mawlamyine, we will be taking a drive today to return to Yangon. This will take around 7 hours. In the afternoon a walking tour introduces you to the downtown area of Yangon, with its collection of crumbling colonial-era buildings and vibrant street scenes. We walk through Chinatown, Little India and finish up on The Strand where we can stop in for a coffee at the Strand Hotel. We then board a bus and drive just a short way to the most famous and impressive religious monument in the country, Shwedagon Pagoda, a towering Buddhist Pagoda covered in gold leaf. Sunset here is an amazing experience.

Day 9 :Fly to Inle Lake ( B , L )
Flight schedules are subject to frequent change, but it is anticipated that we will have a 7 or 8am flight to Heho. We then have a drive of an hour or so to reach Nyang Shwe, the main town for the Inle Lake area. Our hotel here is a simple affair, but located within the town which is an interesting place to explore on foot. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and explore this lovely little town and the surrounding farmland.

Day 10 : Boat Inle Lake ( B , L )
In the moring, boat sightseeing with open long boats that fit four people to a boat. We explore the lake where we see the floating gardens that support life on the lake as well as the famous fishermen with their distinctive leg twisting style of rowing. We visit a vibrant, roving market which location each day according to the date. Villagers from the surrounding area look forward to market day as it’s not only an opportunity to trade, but also to socialise, play some games and generally enjoy themselves after a hard week in the fields. We miss the touristy souvenir shops and head straight to the west bank of the lake where we unload the bikes and pedal our way back to town on another small road. The views today are stunning with many photo opportunities.

Day 11 :Cycle to Pindaya 70km( B , L , D)
It’s time to start riding some hills. The climb today is split into two sections of approximately 6km each and while it is continual climbing, it’s not too steep. We plateau in sections and after about 30km we find an unpaved back road that we will take most of the way to Pindaya. The scenery from here on changes from dramatic mountains to rolling hills with patchwork fields. We are on a downwards trend at this stage and the last section into town is a pleasant downhill coast. Pindaya is only a very small town, but is famous for its Golden Cave, full of gold covered Buddha images. The cave is the subject of a legend involving a handsome prince and a giant spider that takes a number of princesses hostage in the cave. Never mind though, it’s a story that ends well, just like your ride today. We stay in a friendly local guesthouse which is simple but clean.

Day 12 ;Cycle & Transfer to Mandalay 100km( B , L , D)
We are in for an epic ride today, as we leave the Shan Hills, but not before we spend at least 70% of our ride, traveling through some really beautiful countryside with limestone crags off in the distance and picturesque farmland. We stop at a small village half way for lunch and then push on to the edge of the plateau. For those who like a descent, a great 20km downhill section awaits, before we pack up and drive the last section into Mandalay. Please note that this drive is around 3 hours. It’s not ideal but it’s the only option as there is no accommodation between the two points and the bike ride is well worth the discomfort of the drive. We have dinner along the way.

Day 13 :Cycle Pyin Oo Lwin 30km( B , L , D)
We drive up out of the central plain and into the northern section of the Shan Hills. Here we discover the former hill station of Maymo (now known as Pyin Oo Lwin). In the afternoon, we take a ride around town to learn some of the history that this place holds.

Day 14 : Train on Goktiek Viaduct and Transfer to Mandalay( B , L , D)
In the late morning we will take a ride on one of Asia’s last great train lines. A short way in we pass over the Goktiek Viaduct which at the time of construction in 1900 was the largest railway trestle in the world. Constructed from Pensylvania Steel it stands strong to this day. We alight from the train early afternoon and after a bite to eat, we drive back down to Mandalay.

Day 15 :Cycle to U Bein Bridge & Ava 50km, Transfer to Monywa( B , L , D)
A slow morning is in order after a late arrival the night before. We first take a drive south and then get back on the bikes for an unforgettable ride on small trails through the ancient court of Ava and onto U Bein Bridge. Ava was the capital prior to Mandalay and today consists of scattered ruins and a tower interspersed with vegetable gardens and banana trees. We exit Ava on a ferry and then continue our ride. We pass through a Muslim enclave that is said to be the home of Mayor U Bein himself, the instigator of the bridge project that bears his name. We approach the lake on small boats down the canal, feeding into the lake where we have a great view of the teak bridge. After lunch, we take a drive out of Mandalay division and onto Monywa, an agricultural trade centre to the north west Mandalay. The hotel today is clean and comfortable with a pool, but standards in service befit its relatively remote location.

Day 16 :Cycle 60km, Transfer to Bagan( B , L , D)
A great ride awaits us this morning. We first take a ferry across the Chindwin River and then cycle down lovely, quiet, sealed roads past old pagodas and sleepy villages. We visit a small village for morning tea, then continue on towards a small town called Yasagyo where the Chindwin and Irrawaddy Rivers converge. At this point of the day a drive is necessary to reach our destination of Bagan. Our accommodation this evening is one of the more comfortable on the tour with a pool.

Day 17 :Cycle the Pagodas of Bagan 30km ( B , L )
Today is an amazing experience as we explore the Bagan Plain. Cycling is really the only way to see this sandy flatland, home to four thousand or so pagodas. We won’t visit each of them, but will take in the more impressive and historically important ones. The riding is a lot of fun, mostly on small trails. After lunch we return to the hotel for some down time
Note: Balloons Over Bagan is a unique and amazing experience and one that is in high demand. Prices are not yet released for 2014, but we can expect it to cost around $350 per person. The flight is at sunrise and is done in true style by an experienced and professional, British owned outfit. Please inquire at the time of registration if you would like to take this option.

Day 18 :Bagan Departure -Tour Concludes in Mandalay or Yangon ( B )
After breakfast transfer to airport. Included in the tour is a flight to either Mandalay or Yangon to meet your connecting international flight. The tour concludes upon arrival at either of these airports.

Departure date : Based on your inquiry

Group Size  : From 2 to 16 riders

Tour cost : Contact Us

Travel Information

Pre Departure
All visitors to Southeast Asia must be in possession of a valid passport, with at least 6 months unexpired validity from the date of your departure from the area. A visa or visa on arrival (VOA) must be obtained before entering Myanmar. Although Indochina Holidays Travel may facilitate the securing of visas, it is ultimately the responsibility of each individual traveler to ensure that they are in possession of any necessary and valid visa and/or documentation and Indochina Holidays Travel assumes no responsibility for the consequences of any failure to comply.

When traveling in a developing country, preparation is our hedge against unexpected but common issues that may arise during a trip. Enclosed in your pre-tour packet is our tour guide, a booklet which provides useful information about Myanmar and your tour, please read this and other enclosed documentation carefully to prepare for your trip. Despite careful preparation and planning, please be prepared for events which may change plans.


Food is a very essential part of these trips. We make sure that the meals we offer is method delicious, unless you ask for dull meals. You are also permitted the choice of veggie or non-vegetarian meals. We suggest that you consume only the canned standard water. Please make sure that the container is enclosed.

What to bring

  • Footwear
  • Bike shoes
  • Helmet
  • Pedal
  • Water Bottle
  • Sun cream lotion
  • Relaxed shoes for walking
  • Shoes for other sightseeing
  • Socks
  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Eyewear, cap
  • Sun lotion of spf at least 35
  • Individual Bike riding equipment like bar finishes, pedals, chairs and headgear
  • Helmets for riding a bike

Bikes: Trek MTB Bikes

Bike Hire: Includes on Tour Cost. You may bring your own bikes, but in this case let us know in advance. Other equipment provided: Pedals, helmet, water bottles.

Air Travel
Myanmar remains one of the few countries in Asia still using paper, not electronic tickets. If you have domestic air travel with us, your air tickets will be given to you by our staff, who will be at the airport in Yangon on the day of your arrival to join Indochina Holidays Travel .

Due to airline restrictions luggage is limited to a weight of 20 Kilograms per person. Your passport, travel documents, jewelry, money, camera, fragile items and any medication should be hand-carried and not checked in. On domestic flights, each passenger is allowed one piece of hand luggage. When planning your packing, please bear in mind that on your trip you may be constantly on the go, staying in a new hotel at least every other day and you'll want to pack lightly for mobility and convenience as well as have a day pack for your van. Please remember to retain your travel documents and any hand baggage.

Transport and Travel
Some road conditions in Myanmar are still quite poor and travelling by car, bus, and bike can be bumpy. Most available cars and coaches are quite old and therefore not in perfect condition, however rest assured we will always do our utmost to arrange cars or buses of the best possible local quality available for your transfers and tours.

Health and Medical
Malaria occurs throughout Myanmar, though is rare in the typical places we travel. Please research and take appropriate measures. While no immunizations are formally required, malaria prophylaxis is often recommended. As well as typhoid, hepatitis, tetanus and Japanese encephalitis vaccinations. Drink only bottled or boiled water and food should not be purchased from sidewalk vendors. Insect repellent should be brought, especially up-country and in wooded areas. Recent news articles have mentioned a general increase in Dengue fever risk in SE. Asian countries. All travelers are required to have medical-evacuation insurance. Hospitals in Myanmar are inadequate for advanced medical care. Although a few private clinics may provide emergency care, in the event of serious illness or injury, medical evacuation to Bangkok or Singapore will be recommended.


Indochina Holidays Travel is always prepared to contact International SOS Emergency evacuation services. Since 1998 we have experience using their emergency clinics and have used their private jet emergency evacuation services. Although guides and local managers are trained in the procedures of working with SOS in the event of an emergency, travelers may also contact International SOS independently.

Money Matters
Plan to bring enough US cash for your trip (in mint-condition bills), there are not many ATM machines, credit cards are not widely accepted, and foreign currencies (other than US dollars) and travellers cheques are not accepted in Myanmar. If you intend shopping for souvenirs, you will need to ensure that you are carrying sufficient US Dollars in small denomination notes that are in mint condition.

Only payment for extra charges in larger hotels may be made by Visa and MasterCard. Payment for extra charges at the Governors Residence may be made by Visa or MasterCard (Note: American Express is not accepted in Myanmar nor much of Asia). On tour your expenses will be limited to visa on arrival fees (US$25), some meals, souvenirs, airline departure fees, and gratuities (about $20-50 per day for your guide, about half that for your driver).

Myanmar currency is known as the 'kyat' (pronounced 'chaat'). The market rate was about 950 to one USD as of July 2018. Dollars may be changed into kyat at the local market rate at airports. Major hotels and a few restaurants will charge in USD but most other expenses in Myanmar will be in kyats.

Telecommunications & Internet
Your mobile phone will not work in Myanmar. An inexpensive, international handset may be rented at an airport kiosk in Yangon upon arrival. The rental service, Yadanarpon Teleport, is located within the airport terminal where mobile phones with international capability may now be rented as well as GSM SIM cards* for your own handset (note that you may not currently use international roaming in Myanmar). Current rental rates from this vendor as of September, 2011 are $4/day for phone and $2/day for domestic SIM card, in additional to pre-paid cards from US$12 to $50 for international. Coverage is quite good along the "classic" route (not remote areas).

Internet is widely available at hotels with decent bandwidth, but is unreliable in remote areas. Please plan accordingly.

Electricity in Yangon and most of Myanmar is 220-230V. Electric power sockets come in varieties, including two round pins, English three-prong and round three-prong with dual US style outlets. Your Kindle, iPad, camera, laptop or other device should automatically accept 220v, but check your adapter's fine print. Sporadic power outages are common, but most hotels have generator backup.

What to Wear
Light clothing is adequate for Yangon and most low land tourist areas. High elevations around Inle Lake may reach near freezing at night during the 'winter' season but is usually pleasant during the day. Travelers should bring appropriate cold weather clothing. Revealing clothing is not welcome in this conservative and largely Buddhist culture. When visiting religious shrines and temples, modest dress is required and easily removable footwear is recommended since such sacred grounds must be visited only in bare feet (no socks). A sarong is handy for covering up before entering religious sites. Bring a hat and sunglasses, and umbrella for rainy season.

What to expect
This is not a luxury tour, as Myanmar remains an undevloped destination, but hopefully why you have come — for an authentic, deep cultural experience in a country closed off to the world for decades. You will be very safe, always looked after, and expect wonderful service, comfortable and a typically pleasant if not exceptional trip. However, Myanmar remains a primitive, undeveloped country with the inconveniences are random issues that arise with travel in such places .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Myanmar safe for travel?
Absolutely. Our past travelers always cite how warm and friendly the Burmese are one of their strongest impressions. Past tragic events associated with political unrest have been largely centered in Yangon and have never affected travelers. Almost all of our travel is in remote areas in the central part of the country, places tourists have visited for decades without any issues. Rather, almost every traveler on our Myanmar tours has been struck how tranquil the country is and how warm and gracious the Burmese are to visitors and whose hospitality we've been enjoying since 1999. We'd be happy to put you in contact with our past travelers for their impressions.

What is the weather like?
Daytime temperatures can reach the high 70s between September through December. In January through April, temperatures steadily climb and at lower elevations we can expect 80 to 90s F. Higher elevations like Kalaw Highlands and Inle Lake located at nearly 1,000 meters are temperate and cooler this time of year.

What are the daily rides like?
This is a moderately challenging ride with rolling hills, medium distances on poor condition roads with low traffic. There are no major passes and our support vehicles allow you to ride as much or as little as you would like. See the detailed itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation information. of course, as private tour you may ride as little or as much as you would like.

What are the options for a non-rider travel companion?
Our Myanmar trips are best suitable for non-cycling companions who do not mind a slow, leapfrogging van ride across the central region. If a non-rider wants to accompany a rider guest on this trip, they would need to spend many hours in the van but the support vehicle does stop every 10-15 kilometers allowing access to local villages and sites (where few other travelers venture). Photography opportunities are excellent throughout.

You will be moved by the wonderful people you meet along the way, many who live in poverty. It may be hard not to feel compelled to give something, but think about doing so will change the dynamic of your people encounters and those who follow you. If you do feel compelled to give, we recommend pens, simple to carry with you, useful and beyond the budget of most families. We never encourage giving money, candy or the like. For giving before or after your trip, we recommend these charities.

Other Questions?

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Tour Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation based on Twin Sharing - 17 nights
  • Bikes for complete Tour and helmet
  • All Meals B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D =Dinner
  • Lunch in Midway restaurant/City Restaurant or Pack Lunch
  • Mechanic throughout the tour
  • Boat trip , local ferry in tour
  • Back up AC vehicle for complete tour ( Bus , + Truck for group )
  • English speaking Local Guide - Cum biking guide
  • Fresh Fruits/Snacks (Only Cycling Part)
  • Unlimited filter water during cycling (Only Cycling Part)
  • All road and transport taxes
  • Driver Allowance
  • Toll and Parking charges
  • 10% Government Taxe

Tour Cost Excludes:

  • Flight tickets , visa
  • Accommodation not in tour
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tips and Gratitude
  • Travel insurance
  • Any Hard and Soft Drink with meals
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