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Inle Lake Cycle To Mandalay – Bagan – 9 Days

Inle Lake Cycle To Mandalay – Bagan .On this trip we get closer to the wonderfully friendly local people with bike rides between the major highlights. Cycle to the ancient capital of Mandalay, temple-studded plains of ancient Bagan, the colonial hill station of Kalaw and stilt villages of Inle Lake. Our itineraries have been carefully planned to limit the use of services owned by, or affiliated with, the government. This ensures that the Burmese people benefit as much as possible from our tours. We strongly believe that we contribute positively to the local economy, whilst providing our customers with the privilege of direct and genuine interaction with the local people, as well as an insight into the country’s unique culture and heritage. 

Inle Lake Cycle To Mandalay – Bagan .On this trip we get closer to the wonderfully friendly local people with bike rides between the major highlights. Cycle to the ancient capital of Mandalay, temple-studded plains of ancient Bagan, the colonial hill station of Kalaw and stilt villages of Inle Lake. Our itineraries have been carefully planned to limit the use of services owned by, or affiliated with, the government. This ensures that the Burmese people benefit as much as possible from our tours. We strongly believe that we contribute positively to the local economy, whilst providing our customers with the privilege of direct and genuine interaction with the local people, as well as an insight into the country’s unique culture and heritage. 

 

Day 01:  Inle Lake Arrival ( Nyaung Shwe ) ( L )

Day 02:  Ride around Inle Lake to Shwe Indein pagoda complex; optional wine tasting ( B , L )

Day 03 : Inle lake Cycle To Kalaw ( B , L )

Day 04: Ride north to Pindaya; Visit Pindaya Caves ( B , L )

Day 05: Cycle backroads to Myaing then drive to Mandalay ( B ,L )

Day 06: Morning ride then Irrawaddy Boat back to Mandalay ( B , L  )

Day 07: Visit Ubein Bridge followed by a tour of Mandalay city ( B , L )

Day 08: Mandalay to Chaung U village, cycle to Monywa via Thanbudday complex ( B , L )

Day 09: Morning on the bikes; afternoon cruise to Bagan ( B , L )

Day 10 : Bagan sightseeing by bike ( B )

Day 11 : Return cycle ride to Mount Popa- Bagan ( B ,L )

Style

fully supported cycling

Tour Leader

this tour will be lead by one of our experienced and charming Myanmar cycling leaders

Inclusions
support vehicle, boat trip to Bagan, local cycling guide, most meals, entry fees

Group Size
minimum 2, maximum 10

Accommodation
10 nights superior hotel

Meals Included
B =  breakfasts, L =  lunches, D = dinners

Days Cycling
9 days

Kilometres Cycled

428 km

Bike
Included in the tour price. Giant,Trek  and Merida Mountain Bikes adjusted for touring.

Difficulty
(1 = easiest, 10 = hardest)

Cycling Conditions
We cycle on sealed roads most of the time, but these can often be in disrepair. We have some riding on unsealed roads and tracks. 

Day 01:  Inle Lake Arrival ( Nyaung Shwe ) ( L )

Pick up at the Heho airport or from your hotel –  followed by a drive to Nyaung Shwe, brings us to the beautiful setting of Inle Lake, one of the highest lakes in the country. Devout Buddhists, the local population live in simple stilted houses, fishing in the lake and growing their food on floating gardens of grass and seaweed. Heading out in a boat later today, we have a chance to witness some of the lake’s famous ‘one-legged’ fishermen at work, as well as paying a visit to Phaungdaw U Pagoda. No cycling today.

Day 02:  Ride around Inle Lake to Shwe Indein pagoda complex; optional wine tasting ( B , L )

After checking out our bikes this morning we begin our ride around the side of Inle Lake to the Shwe Indein pagoda complex on the western shores. Sitting above Indein village there are around one thousand stupas of varying sizes, built in the 17th and 18th centuries. After some free time to explore these overgrown ruins with fine views of the lake itself, we make our way back to Nyaung Shwe and the hotel by long tail boats. The rest of the afternoon is left free to either relax, explore Nyaung Shwe or there is even to option to do some local wine tasting. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 30 kilometres

Biking distance : 30 km

Day 03 : Inle lake Cycle To Kalaw ( B , L )
We start today’s cycle with an uphill climb from Nyaung Shwe to Kalaw, set high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. Popular with the British during their time in Burma, Kalaw still retains a little something of its colonial charm. We plan lunch either in Heho enroute or in Kalaw upon arrival. This afternoon, time permitting, we then have a chance to continue exploring the town by bike. Attractions include the gold lacquered bamboo Buddha of Nee Paya and the Catholic church of Christ the King. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 60 kilometres

Biking distance : 60 Km

Day 04: Ride north to Pindaya; Visit Pindaya Caves ( B , L )
Following breakfast this morning we head north, leaving the main road to take a vehicle-less track, cycling off road through a lovely rural landscape of farmland and pretty villages. This first section is challenging but the views are stunning. After rejoining the road we cycle through a rolling countryside of rice fields and vegetable gardens, accompanied by ox carts full of cabbages and open top vehicles being taken to market by Pao and Danu villagers. After lunch we approach Pindaya, a small pretty lakeside town, which sits beneath a limestone landscape dotted with cave shrines and stupas. Before checking in to our hotel we plan to visit the famed Pindaya Caves, a revered pilgrimage site that is home to some 8,000 images of the Lord Buddha. Extending into the limestone hills above the town, the chambers are filled with a rich assortment of iconography that dates back to the middle years of the 18th century. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 55 kilometres

Biking distance : 55 Km

Day 05: Cycle backroads to Myaing then drive to Mandalay ( B ,L )
We start the day with a drive through a patchwork of green countryside and mountain scenery to Kyone where we commence our ride. We plan to cycle along quiet back roads for around three hours today, on a road rarely used by travellers. We make our way towards the village of Myaing where we end today’s beautiful ride through the Shan highlands. There is a 1 hour drive to Saim Yaung where we stop for lunch. Continuing on this afternoon we complete the remaining 130km by bus arriving into Mandalay in the early evening. Our route passes through spectacular mountain scenery alongside the Zawgwi River, and amongst the variety of produce along the way we will see cotton, turmeric, mangos and teak. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 37 kilometres

Biking distance : 37 km

Day 06: Morning ride then Irrawaddy Boat back to Mandalay ( B , L  )
Mandalay was Burma’s last royal capital and, for many, the centre of its most historic and culturally rich region. Today we explore the countryside around the city, starting first with a ride out to Sagaing, some 20 kilometres away. Overlooking the waters of the Ayeywaddy River, Sagaing is considered one of Burma’s most important religious centres and its hillside is covered in pagodas and temples. From the Soon U Ponya Shin Paya atop of Sagaing Hill we will enjoy spectacular views of the river and more than 500 pagodas dotted around the countryside. From here we continue along the river to the ruins of the Mingun Pahtodawgyi which, had it been completed, would have been the world’s largest pagoda. We will have time to take a look around the site, before taking a scenic Irrawaddy river boat ride back to Mandalay. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 38 kilometres

Biking distance : 38 km

Day 07: Visit Ubein Bridge followed by a tour of Mandalay city ( B , L )
The former royal capital of Amarapura is a short drive south from Mandalay and is perhaps best known for Ubein Bridge – the 1.2 kilometres footbridge that spans Lake Taungthaman. We will have the opportunity to see the bridge from the lake on an optional short boat ride. Returning to Mandalay via the jade market, we then spend this afternoon exploring some of the city’s major highlights, including the world’s largest book at the Kuthodaw Pagoda, the intricate wooden majesty of the Shwenanda (Golden Palace) Monastery and Mandalay Hill. 40 cycling today.

Biking distance :40 Km

Day 08: Mandalay to Chaung U village, cycle to Monywa via Thanbudday complex ( B , L )
Our morning starts with a vist to the 17th Century Kuang Madaw Pagoda, which houses the biggest dome in Burma – modelled on the Mahaceti in Sri Lanka. We continue by bus to Chaung U village where we begin the day’s cycling. Taking the quiet backroads towards the bustling river hub of Monywa allows us to visit some of the most unique Buddhist structures in Burma. A giant 128-metre tall standing Buddha and a 95-metre long reclining Buddha look out over Bodhi Tataung, a garden of over 1000 sitting Buddhas – all facing the same direction. A little further through the villages we arrive at the bizarre Thanboddhay Paya complex, the result of a monk’s dreams and visions which resulted in him designing a stupendous pagoda containing 582,363 Buddha images. We continue our journey by bicycle arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon, in time to relax beside the lake. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 40 kilometres

Biking distance : 40 km

Day 09: Morning on the bikes; afternoon cruise to Bagan ( B , L )
Heading out of Monywa on the bikes, we leave the main road to cycle the back roads towards Pakkoku. Our route takes us along a dusty path through traditional wooden villages, bisecting fields of rice, sesame and peanuts and giving a unique close-up of rural life. Ox carts amble through the villages, some of which conceal impressive frescos inside small temple complexes. Later we rejoin the main road, cross the impressive Chindwin River and cycle to Aung Moe junction, where we end our cycling for today. Later this afternoon we drive to Pakkoku, where we take a local ferry down the Irrawaddy River to the once imperial capital of Bagan, one of the most impressive religious archaeological sites anywhere in Asia. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 57 kilometres

Biking distance : 57 km

Day 10 : Bagan sightseeing by bike ( B )
Bagan rose to prominence during the 11th to 13th centuries. At its height it presented a sea of colour and spectacle, with over 13,000 temples and pagodas spread across its expansive plains. Today just over 2,000 remain and we visit some of the most important ones today. We begin our day with the option of enjoying sunrise from the terraces of the stunning 12th century Dhammayazika Temple, which puts the enormity and majesty of this ancient capital into perfect perspective. We will then cycle along sandy tracks between the temples visiting the distinctive Shwezigon and Ananda Pagodas, as well as the 13th century Wetkyi-in-Gubyaukgyi cave temple. After enjoying the wonders of Bagan, the rest of the afternoon is left free for you to relax or explore further, maybe enjoying the sunset from one of the temples or taking an optional late afternoon boat ride on the Irrawaddy River. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 17 kilometres

Biking distance : 17km

Day 11 : Return cycle ride to Mount Popa- Bagan ( B ,L )

This morning we take a ride across the Bagan plateau out to Mount Popa, Burma’s sacred abode of the Nats (spirit gods). A volcanic plug that rises to a height of 1,500 metres above the surrounding landscape. The summit is covered by rare flora and fauna and is designated a national park as well as boasting some fine panoramic views of the surroundings. The small temple on the summit is also home to troops of wild monkeys. Depending on time available and your energy levels there may be the opportunity to climb on foot the 777 steps that lead to the summit and temple or even cycle the distance. After taking lunch we return to Bagan on bike by way of a local farm producing traditional ‘toddy’ palm juice. The remainder of the day is free in Bagan with the option to see the sun set from a temple. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 54 kilometres.

Biking distance : 54  km

 (End of Tour Program) – You can stay longer in Bagan or fly to Mandalay or Yangon .

Tour price : Contact us

  Includes:

  • 10 night accommodation on twin shared basic with daily breakfast
  • Accompanying English speaking bike guide
  • Accompanying support vehicle or bus for group
  • Water stop for every biking day (snacks, seasonal fruits, mineral water)
  • Private boat ride
  • Entrance/zone fees
  • Bicycle & Helmet
  • Meals B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner

 Not included:

  • international air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Accommodation from day 11 in Bagan
  • drinks with meals
  • visa costs
  • optional excursions
  • camera fees
  • personal expenses and tips
  • international airport taxes
  • travel insurance

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