Get to know enigmatic Myanmar the two-wheeled way on a cycling tour from Yangon up to Mandalay and Inle Lake
With its softly rolling terrain, quiet roads, abundance of outdoor attractions and idyllic rural countryside, Myanmar is the perfect place to get to know by bike. After a couple of days checking out Yangon's attractions, head north to the ancient city of Bagan – a landscape defined by thousands of ornate ochre-coloured temples. Cycle through toddy forest to Mount Popa, the reputed home of the country's spirits, watch fishermen working their trade on Inle Lake and creep through limestone caves stocked with Buddha effigies. Exploring Myanmar and its provincial backroads by bike opens up the country's essence in myriad ways.
Bask in the golden glow of Yangon's giant Shwedagon Pagoda
Get off the beaten track and into Myanmar’s past cycling around Bagan's temple-strewn landscape
Ride through toddy forest towards Mount Popa, a volcano in the Pegu Range that's revered as the spiritual home of Myanmar's nats
Ditch the Gatorade and rehydrate with fresh coconut and fruit juice
Cruise along the Ayeyarwady to Mingun, a small riverside town situated at the base of an enormous temple
While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short and the terrain relatively flat the climate is warm and often humid so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip – but remember we will always have the support vehicle on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.
As our riding is done on a mixture of sealed and gravel roads there are no technical cycling skills required - but given the gravel sections we do suggest practicing riding off-road so you are comfortable with this once the trips begins.
There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – a puncture here and there maybe – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.
The weather in this region can be varied depending on the season. Be prepared to get sweaty and for the occasional rainstorm, which may require a change of plans.
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
3. Due to restrictions on the internal flights clients cannot bring their own bike on this trip.
4. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
5. Please provide passport details at time of booking with name as per passport, as these are essential for booking services on this trip.
6. Intrepid can book an optional sunrise balloon ride over the Bagan (operating October to March). Please refer to the itinerary for more information. Places are limited and we recommend advance booking with your agent.
Our Cycle Myanmar trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1 review in the last year.
Based on my experience, I would recommend the following: Make sure you bring a helmet, quick drying shirts and clothing, sunblock, bug spray, sunglasses, camera, your own bike seat, a handlebar bag, and newer, crisp USD for exchange. Make sure you understand and practice how to shift a 27-speed (3 chainrings in front and 9-speeds in the rear) drivetrain since the terrain is "rolling with a few challenging uphills." And be prepared for the occasional funky smell of exhaust fumes, and blazing equitorial heat when cycling after lunch. Naing - Thank you very much!! From Joe and Diana.
Review submitted 25 Mar 2017