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Cycle Burma CBUR

Visiting: Burma
Trip Duration 14 Days

Burma Cycling Holiday

Burma (Myanmar) only recently reopened its doors to visitors, which makes it an exciting and rewarding place to visit. On this trip we get closer to the wonderfully friendly local people with bike rides between the major highlights. Cycle the ancient capital of Mandalay, temple-studded plains of ancient Bagan, colonial hill station of Kalaw and stilt villages of Inle Lake. We also cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River and admire jewel-encrusted pagodas in Rangoon.

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

  • The road less travelled - Discover untouched Burma by bike
  • Rangoon (Yangon) - Colonial grandeur, golden temples and street markets
  • Bagan - Explore one of South East Asia's most spectacular archaeological sites by bicycle
  • Inle Lake - Longtail boat trips and cycle rides across the Shan Plateau
  • Shan Highlands - Hilltribe villages and former British hill station of Kalaw
  • Mandalay - Ancient capitals, river cruises and sunset from Mandalay Hill
  • Mount Popa - Burma's sacred 'Abode of the Spirit Gods'


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour Rangoon (Yangon)

  • 2
    Fly to Heho and explore Inle Lake by boat

  • 3
    Ride around Inle Lake to Shwe Indein pagoda complex; optional wine tasting

  • 4
    Cycle Inle Lake to Kalaw

  • 5
    Ride north to Pindaya; Visit Pindaya Caves

  • 6
    Cycle backroads to Myaing then drive to Mandalay

  • 7
    Morning ride then Irrawaddy Boat back to Mandalay

  • 8
    Visit Ubein Bridge followed by a tour of Mandalay city

  • 9
    Mandalay to Chaung U village, cycle to Monywa via Thanbudday complex

  • 10
    Morning on the bikes; afternoon cruise to Bagan

  • 11
    Bagan sightseeing by bike

  • 12
    Return cycle ride to Mount Popa

  • 13
    Fly to Rangoon (Yangon); afternoon city tour

  • 14
    Tour ends Rangoon

Trip notes

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Cycle Burma
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
Bus, Boat, Bicycle
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 388 km over nine days (an average of 43 km per day). We mostly follow provincial roads with less car traffic (80% on tarmac roads and 20% on earth/ gravel roads). The terrain is generally flat except for the sections around Kalaw, Maymyo, Pindaya and Inle Lake which are in the hills. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the tour. We have graded the route as moderate.
Included Bike
21 gear Cannondale Trail 8 mountain bike with front suspension.
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16