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Burma by Bike CBR

Visiting: Burma
Trip Duration 14 Days
 

Burma Cycling Holiday

Exploring Burma (Myanmar) by bicycle offers a fantastic insight into this beautiful country. On this tour we cycle along rural backroads between the principal attractions of Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. Additionally we get closer to the locals in less visited but equally rewarding places such as Popa and Monywa. Burma is a tremendously friendly and welcoming country to visit and decades of political isolation mean that many of the traditional ways of life remain unchanged in modern times, from the lowland Buddhist beliefs to the highland animist hilltribes.

Should I go?
Signalling the end of a fifteen-year tourism boycott, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, gave her blessing for the return of tourism to Burma in November 2010. National League for Democracy (NLD) leader U Win Tin said, "We want people to come to Burma, not to help the junta, but to help the people by understanding the situation: political, economic, moral - everything." The return of small groups and individuals to Burma has been endorsed by Burma Campaign UK and the Free Burma campaign. We are delighted to have returned to the country, having respected the boycott, we remain acutely aware of our ethical responsibility. We use a privately-owned Burmese agent for all of our local services, and our itineraries have been carefully planned to limit the use of services owned by, or affiliated with, the former military junta. 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 interaction with the local people, as well as an insight into the country's unique culture and heritage. On the 8th November 2015, 50 years of military rule came to an end when the NLD won a land-slide victory in Burma's first national vote. The country is embracing an unprecedented period of change, but with the military junta still retaining 25% of its seats. Visiting Burma now offers a fascinating insight into the politics of a country grappling with, and slowly embracing democracy and the 21st Century.

Tour Highlights

  • Easy Cycling through Burma (Myanmar) - Along quiet backroads getting off the beaten track away from tourist areas for an unforgettable real country experience as well as visiting the major highlights
  • Rangoon (Yangon) - Colonial grandeur, golden temples and street markets
  • Inle Lake - Backwater boat trips and cycle rides across the Shan Plateau
  • Bagan - Explore one of South East Asia's most spectacular archaeological sites by bicycle
  • Bagan to Mandalay - Stunning cycling on a little travelled route via Monywa through forests, farmlands and palm-thatched villages - a taste of real Burma
  • Mandalay - Ancient capitals, river cruises and sunset from Mandalay Hill
  • Shan Highlands - Tribal villages and the former British hill station of Kalaw

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Trip starts Rangoon (Yangon)

  • 2
    Fly to Bagan; sightseeing by bus and bike

  • 3
    Explore the temples of Bagan on two wheels

  • 4
    Cycle through picturesque countryside to Mount Popa

  • 5
    Backroads cycle to Monywa

  • 6
    Cycle to Chaung U village via Thanbudday complex; drive to Mandalay

  • 7
    Mandalay city tour followed by free afternoon

  • 8
    Cycle around Inwa ancient capital; visit to Amarapura

  • 9
    Boat trip on the Irrawaddy after morning cycle

  • 10
    Mandalay to Kalaw by bus and bike

  • 11
    Kalaw to Inle Lake, afternoon optional wine tasting

  • 12
    Sightseeing on Inle Lake by longtail boat

  • 13
    Fly back to Rangoon; free time to explore the markets

  • 14
    Tour ends Rangoon

Trip notes

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Why Book this trip
Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.
Included meals 13 9 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Boat, Bicycle
Accommodation
13 nights Standard Hotel
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Local Guide(s), Boat Crew, Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide
Cycling Information
On this tour we cycle 285 km over nine days (an average of 32 km per day) with a further optional 20 km available. We mostly follow provincial roads with less car traffic (90% tarmac roads, 10% earth or gravel roads). The terrain is generally flat with some gentle slopes on limited sections. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the tour. We have graded the route as easy.
Included Bike
24 gear Specialized or Trek mountain bikes with front suspension except in Bagan
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16