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Burma Heritage by Bicycle

  • Touring
  • Burma
  • 6 Nights
  • 4* Accommodation

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 regions most fascinating and beautiful countries.Read moreOur trip takes us from Kiplings Mandalay on the imperious Irrawaddy River, to the temples at Bagan, before flying back to the capital, Yangon. We'll ride around Mandalay stopping at the famous 200-year-old teak U Bein bridge whilst greeting warm, friendly people. We visit the ancient city of Bagan and cycle amongst the pagodas, stupas, and temples dominating a river valley that once formed the centre of a great and deeply religious empire. The sunset view of Bagan's skyline is something you will truly never forget. On our way back through Yangon we visit the Shwedagon Paya, Burmas holiest religious site, before heading to the airport for the flight home.Recommended additional activity in Bagan: Start your day with a scenic hot air balloon ride and enjoy the stunning aerial view of surrounding area, including exquisite temples and its golden stupas. Contact us for more information


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  • 7 days/6 nights accommodation in 3/4 star hotels
  • 5 x Cycling Days (Av.49 kms)
  • Ride a total of 247 kms
  • Country trails and quiet tarmac roads
  • Explore Mandalay by bicycle
  • Stop at the 200yr old U Bein bridge
  • Visit the ancient city of Bagan
  • Discover the Shwedagon Paya - Burma’s holiest site
  • Experienced local cycling guide
  • Support Vehicle and Luggage Transfer
  • Quality MTB hire included
  • SpiceRoads jersey
  • Meals Included (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Snacks and drinks on the ride
  • Hotel pick up / drop off
  • Tour can be customised/privatised.

TRIP PROFILE

This is a touring trip for those who know biking can take you to the heart of a country. We ride 247 km on country lanes and quiet roads. There is little traffic, which makes for excellent bicycle touring. The first few days riding are on gentle rolling hills and through rice fields, ancient cities, and scenic countryside. Passing through many villages, you will find the people curious, friendly, and polite. We share the road with ox carts, cyclists, and waving children. There is an unbelievable amount to see throughout the tour, and we stop frequently to view temples, rural scenes (especially if riding during rice harvest), and villages.

Suitability: This trip is a touring bike journey and suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. A support truck is always available to help when required. Inexperienced riders and even non-riding partners can be catered for and are more than welcome to join this tour.

Biking Conditions: This tour covers around 247 km in 4 full cycling days and 1 half day. The roads can vary from being in quite good condition to broken tarmac, to vehicle-wide dirt trails. There is no technical riding on this trip, and the distances have been kept low to allow for plenty of time to visit sites and learn about the local culture.

ITINERARY

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

Dinner

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

+335m

-249m

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

+324m

-202m

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

+214m

-219m

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

+139m

-139m

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

+100m

-880m

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

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  • 7 days/6 nights accommodation in 3/4 star hotels
  • 5 x Cycling Days (Av.49 kms)
  • Ride a total of 247 kms
  • Country trails and quiet tarmac roads
  • Explore Mandalay by bicycle
  • Stop at the 200yr old U Bein bridge
  • Visit the ancient city of Bagan
  • Discover the Shwedagon Paya - Burma’s holiest site
  • Experienced local cycling guide
  • Support Vehicle and Luggage Transfer
  • Quality MTB hire included
  • SpiceRoads jersey
  • Meals Included (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Snacks and drinks on the ride
  • Hotel pick up / drop off
  • Tour can be customised/privatised.

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We believe there's no better way to see the world than by bicycle. Because travel is about the journey and everything it encompasses, never just the destination. Experiencing the moment and place intensely, not chasing the next must-see sight. Discovering new things about the world, and yourself. Then returning home with experiences that remind you of what it means to be alive. Since 1995 we've been sharing our passion for travelling by bicycle. Curating extraordinary cycle adventures in over 30 countries that give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with remarkable cultures, characters and landscapes in a way that no ordinary tour could.

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