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Burma by Bike CBR
Burma Cycling Holiday
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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.
- 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
1Trip starts Rangoon (Yangon)
2Fly to Bagan; sightseeing by bus and bike
3Explore the temples of Bagan on two wheels
4Cycle through picturesque countryside to Mount Popa
5Backroads cycle to Monywa
6Cycle to Chaung U village via Thanbudday complex; drive to Mandalay
7Mandalay city tour followed by free afternoon
8Cycle around Inwa ancient capital; visit to Amarapura
9Boat trip on the Irrawaddy after morning cycle
10Mandalay to Kalaw by bus and bike
11Kalaw to Inle Lake, afternoon optional wine tasting
12Sightseeing on Inle Lake by longtail boat
13Fly back to Rangoon; free time to explore the markets
14Tour ends Rangoon
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