Day 1: Mandalay Arrival ( D )
Upon arrival at Mandalay airport, drive to Mandalay City. Then drive to your hotel for check-in.
In the afternoon, taste your biking visiting the Kuthodaw Pagoda which is known as the world biggest book of the world, Golden Palace Monastery where you can see the best wood-carvings. The monastery was at first in the Palace City wall and 5 years before the British Annexation, it was dismantled and reassembled to the present site to be donated to the venerable monks. The Golden Palace so called because the interior and exterior surfaces of wood structure have been gilt with millions of Gold Leaves that are fabricated in Mandalay. Finally, go up Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the city with sunset.
Overnight at Mandalay
Total Biking Distance 15 KM
Day 2 : Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Mingun-Mandalay (B/L/-)
Today Excursion is by Bike to the Ancient capitals of Amarapura aka the Southern City, the ancient Royal Capital before Mandalay. In Amarapura, visit one of the biggest monasteries with more than 1200 Buddhist monks where under the strict tight-scheduled Rules the monks study very hard the Buddhist Canons day and night in order to be able to carry on the Budda’s teachings verbally like the Noble Theras did after the Buddha’s demise in the 6th Century B.C. Then visit the Silk- Weaving workshop. Here, Amarapura hand-weaving silk Designs are very famous as Lun Yar Kyaw Cheik, More-than-hundred Loom Design, in which many small colorful silk thread looms wave through the weft creating the unique Myanmar Ceremonial silk longyis. Depending on the designs, to finish a longyi with a hundred or so looms, it can take at least a month! Then drive to U Bein Bridge believed to be the longest wooden bridge in the world that spans Taung Thaman Lake. Take a walk on the bridge and enjoy a photo opp!
And then ride the bike to Sagaing crossing over newly-opened bridge paralleling the first British- built Span side by side
Lunch at Sagaing.
Sagaing, the capital city of Sagaing Division, has been quite a few times Royal Capital and now stands as a Buddhist Center.
And then continue to Mingun where the World’s Biggest Mingun Bell, weighing over 90 Metric Tons that is believed to be the world heaviest hanging bell in the world and Migun Stupa unfinished due to the mysterious beliefs of its builder. Then, visit the very first Home for Aged founded purely by a Burmese Lady. Meeting with the long-term nurse who speaks fair English at the Center of Old Age pays a lot. Finally visit Mya Thein Dan Pagoda which represents famous Mt. Meru according to Buddhist Cosmology.
After that, take the boat back to Mandalay along Ayeyarwaddy River relaxing on chairs provided on board. Dinner at Green Elephant Restaurant.
Overnight at Mandalay
Total Biking Distance 62 KM
Day 3: Mandalay –-Mandalay Airport Junction – Pyinsi – Mt. Popa (B/L/-)
Start the cycling along the Virgin Cycling Route(Myit Nge-Pyinsi) for 35 Kilometers passing by many Authentic Myanmar Small Villages learning local culture and daily life of people living in the countryside.
During cycling, you may take some breaks for fruits, water, towels under the big shady trees that you can see all the way along the cycling route, talk to the local people you meet on the way. The route stretches nearly 40 Kilometers and many villages lies along whose dwellers live mainly from farming and agriculture. The views and landscapes are so picturesque and wonderful that will pay you off.
Finally you will reach the destination, Pyinsi village where the highway joins the cycling street.
Lunch at a local Restaurant at Pyinsi Village in picnic style.
After relaxing at the restaurant with the full stomach lying on the wooden benches, and bamboo mixed with palm tree wooden chairs, drive to Kyauk Pa Daung also known as the town of Democracy Supporters because nearly the whole town voted always in favor of the Political Party of Aung San Su Kyi. And then from there continue to Mt. Popa(approx: 2 and a half hours!) the Oasis of the Dry Zone.
Upon arrival at Mt. Popa, drive up to the Popa Mountain Resort for check-in. You can soak up in the so lovely swimming pool at your hotel facing towards the Myin Gyan Plain full of farms and most outstanding thing is that you will have the unforgettable view of Popa Taung Kalat from your hotel’s swimming pool as well as from the outdoor restaurant.
Overnight at Popa Mountain Resort.
Total Biking Distance 40 KM
Day 4: Mt. Popa-Palm Tree House -Majestic Bagan (B/L/-)
Today, start your biking adventure downhill up to the Nat Shrine located at the foot of Mt. Popa. You can study the Myanmar Official Nat Histories at the Nat Museum. There are 37 Nats altogether officially recognized by the authorities, and of course there are millions of Nats that are not registered. Mt. Popa is the abode of all the official nats and the museum is the place where you can see the Life-size statues of Registered Nats.
It is optional to ascend the 800-step Mt. Popa on top of which, from the pagoda and shrines, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Oasis area looking out west, you can see the plain of Bagan. Along the staircase, you will see many pilgrims, shops selling the souvenirs of Mt. Popa, and lastly the Mt. Popa monkeys.
Then continue your cycling to Bagan.
Biking route is uphill at the beginning from the base of Mt. Popa and after that it goes downhill up to the village called Gyan Hlee. You can explore the village where you can see the village culture and ways of living of Upper Myanmar. Then continue to the Palm Tree Hut to study how the Myanmar people from Upper Myanmar make good use of Toddy palm trees; the branches for furniture, the wood from the stem to make stools and tables and house beams and the leaf for roofing, and the palm juice to make several drinks including distilling the strong country spirit.
Lunch at the Palm Tree hut.
Then proceed your cycling to the Majestic Bagan. Upon arrival at Bagan, do the excursion by bike around the old Bagan area visiting the most beautiful temple, Ananda Temple, the highest temple in Bagan called Thabyinyu Temple and finally go up Shwesandaw Pagoda to enjoy the sunset over Bagan.
After that, bike to your hotel for check-in.
Overnight at Bagan
Total Biking Distance 50 KM
Day 5: Bagan – Pakkokku – Yesagyo – Monywa (B/L/-)
After breakfast, explore Bagan area including the morning market at Nyaung U. The market, as we call it, Market On The Floor because the products both local and foreign are sold on the ground.
And then from there, bike to the Nyaung U Jetty to embark on the small boat to travel up-stream approximately 2 and a half hours up to Pakkokku, the biggest Myanmar town trading tobacco, Thanatkha or Myanmar traditional make-up, beans and so on. Upon arrival at Pakkokku Jetty, get on your bikes to explore the town Pakkokku visiting the home industries to see the hand-made paper-mache, Myanmar slippers, Myanmar Cigarettes or Charoots.
Lunch at Pakkokku Local restaurant.
Then, continue your biking tour to Yesagyo. Yesagyo is a small town where huge amount of the Scented Sticks to burn as offering to the pagodas and Buddha are fabricated and then distribute on the wholesale deals to other cities in Myanmar. On the way, you will pass by many villages whose people live from farming many crops including Thanakha, Myanmar traditional make-up used daily by Myanmar women. You will also pass by the ancient city called Pa Khan Gyi Town where you can still see the old City Walls and many historic pagodas.
In the afternoon, you will arrive at Yesagyo. From there transfer by car to Monywa (approx: 1 and a half hour).
Overnight at Monywa
Total Biking Distance 60 KM
Day 6 : Monywa – Nyaung Bin Gyi Village Jetty – Monywa – Mandalay (B/L/-)
After breakfast, cross the Chindwin River, the second longest river which is about 600 miles long, by the ferry boat. Upon arrival at another bank at the big village called Nyaung Bin Gyi Village or Big Banyan Tree village, mount your bike to head to the century-old Caves, Po Win Taung Hill Caves.
On the way to the Po Win Taung Hill Caves, you will see some villages living mainly on the agriculture, nearby Copper Mines and enjoy the landscapes on the way so peaceful with the big shady trees and hill-locks here and there that appear in the sight. In the Division, Sagaing, and around Monywa town, there are many mines including copper, silver, and gold.
Green plantations and friendly people will meet you all the way up to the caves. Upon arrival at the caves of Po Win Taung Hills, the lovely monkey will welcome you to the land of Buddha Shrines in the sand-stone caves. Walk uphill going around the mountain with the caves carved out of the living sand-stone rocks. The caves accommodate the Buddha images and also on the walls and ceilings of the caves, you can see the mural paitings.
After visiting the caves, bike back to Nyaung Bin Gyi jetty to cross the river and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant at Monywa.
In the afternoon, drive to Mandalay (approx: 3 hours).
Overnight at Mandalay
Total Biking Distance 40 KM
Day 7 : Mandalay Departure (B)
After breakfast and pick up to the airport for departure