Myanmar Cycling Holiday riding through the countryside, we will be greeted by friendly people, who have had little or no contact with foreigners. In the mountains we will encounter a variety of tribal people, as well as enjoying the splendid colonial charm of Kalaw. After a ride through patchwork fields to see the caves of Pindaya, we arrive at Inle Lake. The tour ends in Rangoon, or Yangon, where we visit the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Myanmar Cycling Holidays .14 Days / 13 Nights


This bicycle voyage of discovery starts in Kipling’s Mandalay on the Irawaddy River and follows near empty roads. We travel at ground level through small villages stopping at local teashops, meeting the locals along the way. In Mandalay we visit the ancient cities of Ava and Mingun before riding alongside the Irawaddy River to Bagan. Spend a morning cycling among the thousands of pagodas, stupas, and temples that dominate a river valley. From Bagan we ride to Mount Popa to visit the hill top temple, before riding into the cool Shan hills.

Riding through the countryside, we will be greeted by friendly people, who have had little or no contact with foreigners. In the mountains we will encounter a variety of tribal people, as well as enjoying the splendid colonial charm of Kalaw. After a ride through patchwork fields to see the caves of Pindaya, we arrive at Inle Lake. The tour ends in Rangoon, or Yangon, where we visit the Shwedagon Pagoda.

This is a touring trip for mountain bikers and road cyclists. We ride point to point through central Myanmar, covering just over 700 kilometres. Most rides are on country lanes with almost zero traffic. Rest days are in Bagan and at Inle Lake as well as time out of the saddle in Mandalay and Rangoon.

The first few days riding are in the flat Irawaddy basin. The second phase of the tour takes us east into mountainous Shan State where there are some climbs, including the challenging but optional 20-km accent on Kalaw Hill.

As we ride along major arteries, riders can find their own pace and meet up at prearranged points along the way. The range of surfaces and incredible variety of rides on this tour will ensure that every kind of cyclist is satisfied, whilst the first-class support makes this tour popular with inexperienced and non-riders.

Day 1 Yangon – Mandalay [D]
Pick up the guest at Yangon International Airport and shuttle to our meeting point (the Seasons of Rangoon Airport Hotel) where we have rooms available to sleep or shower.( or pick up at your hotel in Yangon )  There is also a swimming pool available for you to enjoy. In the afternoon we fly to Mandalay and transfer to the Mandalay Swan Hotel.
   Biking distance :  No
Day 2 Mandalay Boat Trip and Ride [B,D]
Take a boat trip in the morning to Mingun, one of the ancient cities up the IrrawaddyRiver from Mandalay. Return in time for lunch and a swim in the pool. In the afternoon, a short ride around Mandalay finishing with a climb up Mandalay hill.
   Biking distance :  45 km
Day 3 Mandalay – Myittha  [B, L, D]
Early ride to U Bein’s bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world. Following back roads, ride through the ancient Ava Kingdon to Kyaukse. In the afternoon we continue to the small town of Myittha, where we stay in the local monastery. (Mosquito nets and mattresses provided).
   Biking distance :  90 km
Day 4 Myittha – Myingyan  [B,L,D]
Heading west along Highway Two, the group has a chance to find its own pace. Ride the Irrawaddy basin through villages. Finish the ride in the busy junction town of Myingyan.
   Biking distance :  85 km
Day 5 Myingyan – Bagan [B,L,D]
Riding south alongside the great IrrawaddyRiver, following a dirt trail through pretty villages and cycle amongst stupas and temples on the way to Bagan. Stay in the heart of the old city in a hotel with swimming pool and enjoy dinner in the famous hotel gardens.
   Biking distance :  75 km
Day 6 Bagan [B]
Bicycles are the prefect way to explore Bagan before returning for a welcome dip in the pool. Returning to enjoy the sunset and a view you will never forget.
   Biking distance :  25 km
Day 7 Bagan – Mount Popa  [B,L,D]
Following the highway east, make the first hill climb to the hill top temple of Mount Popa. After lunch climb up to the NatTemple. Stay at a resort with views of the temple.
   Biking distance :  65 km
Day 8 Mount Popa – Maiktila [B,L,D]
Downhill ride in the morning before reaching Kyauk Padaung. Continue to cycle to Meiktila on a road with light traffic, varied scenery and lots of stops. In the afternoon, ride descends before reaching Meiktila.
   Biking distance :  95 km
Day 9 Maiktila – Kalaw [B,L,D]
The longest, toughest ride of the tour. Enter the ShanState and cycle into the mountains. Ride through Tazi and several smaller towns before the steep, winding 25-km climb to the hill station of Kalaw.
   Biking distance :  90 km
Day10 Kalaw – Pindaya  [B,D]
Downhill ride to Aungban before riding up into the hills. Head north to Pindaya. Riding along the Shan Plateau, enjoying rural scenes. After checking into the hotel, visit the famous Pindaya caves.
   Biking distance : 55 km
Day11 Pindaya – Nyaungshwe  [B,L]
Ride to Aungban. The last section has two sweeping down-hills, leading to InleLake. Cycle inland to Nyaungshwe, located at the north of the lake. There is a variety of restaurants and dinner is the choice of the guest.
   Biking distance :  95 km
Day12 Nyaungshwe [B,L,D]
Enjoy a full day boat trip on InleLake. Visit the five-day-market, Indein temples, floating gardens, monasteries and the Intha fishermen. Lunch is in a secluded bamboo forest by the lake. After lunch visit several Intha cottage industries.
   Biking distance :  20 km
Day13 Nyaungshwe – Yangon  [B,D]
Transfer to Heho airport and fly back to Yangon . Visit the Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, Burma’s holiest religious site. Dinner is at Le Planteur.
   Biking distance :  No
Day14 Yangon Departure [ B ]
The morning is free for shopping. Possibility to visit Bogyoke Aung San market before heading to the airport for the flight home.

 ** B – Breakfast; L – Lunch; D – Dinner

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 ( IHT ) 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?

Please call our reservations office at (+84) 91337755 or email : [email protected]

Tour Cost Includes:

  • Bikes for complete Tour and helmet
  • Accommodation in tours - 13 nighs in twin sharing room
  • All Meals = L = Lunch , D =Dinner
  • Lunch in Midway restaurant/City Restaurant or Pack Lunch
  • Mechanic throughout the 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:

  • International flight tickets and visa
  • Accommodation not in tour
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tips and Gratitude
  • Travel insurance
  • Any Hard and Soft Drink with meals
  • Myanmar Cycling Holiday – 14 days 1
  • Myanmar Cycling Holiday – 14 days 2
  • Myanmar Cycling Holiday – 14 days 3
  • Myanmar Cycling Holiday – 14 days 4
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