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Tour description

Cycle Myanmar - Inle Lake to Bagan

» the roads less traveled


9 days



Myanmarthe golden land, is another exciting destination in our cycling portfolios.  We are the local Myanmar tour operator under our own new outfit  SHANGRILA  ADVENTURE  (MYANMAR)  Travels & Tours Company Limited.

Due to the vast distance of the central region from Yangon, we fly you to Heho airport to start your cycling holiday from Inle lake, a beautiful highland lake filled with many water villages on stilts & surrounded by mountains.  You ride along the back country roads towards ancient capital of Mandalay.  Enroute, you get to see locals using bullock-carts to transport their crops, & village kids waving at you from their homes.

The program includes spending a full day exploring the pagodas of ancient Bagan, cycling on off-road conditions & sandy paths that are usually not undertaken by the normal tourists.   The trip ends in Mount Popa with a visit to the popular Taung Kalat pagoda that sits high atop a huge stone feature.

Overall, we would grade this program as moderate strenuous.  It is suitable even for average cyclists as there are no high altitude, or harsh weather conditions.  We have made the journey more  pleasant & possible for everyone by planning for cycling only on the nicer & quieter countryside roads.

Cycling tour route:  Inle Lake –> Mandalay –> Monywar –> Bagan –> Mount Popa



Cost inclusions: 
01) 2x internal flights Yangon-Heho & Bagan-Yangon at USD260
02) all hotel 3-4star accommodation (twin-share) option: single supplement applies
03) all meals during cycling days (01-07)
04) 1x welcome dinner & 1x celebration dinner
05) air-conditioned passenger support-vehicle (everyone is guaranteed a seat in the bus)
06) support-logistics truck for bikes
07) leader cyclist + mechanic/rear cyclist
08) 24-speed branded MTB bike
09) bottled drinking water + fruits + snacks during cycling days
10) entrance fees to Shan state, Inle lake, Bagan as stated in itinerary


Detailed itinerary


Day01 – Arrive Yangon / Shan state Inle lake (cycle 30km)
Meet & be greeted at the airport by our ground staff.  Transfer to your hotel.  In the evening, visit Shwedagon pagoda follow by dinner.
Highlights: Shwedagon pagoda


Day02 – Yangon / Shan state Inle lake (cycle 30km)

we connect you on domestic flight (650km) to Heho airport in Shan state & cycle from airport  to your hotel by the lake.  There is a gentle uphill from Heho airport, before descending 250m down to the lake

Explore this pristine lake as we cycle on your bike.  hop on the long boats for a cruise on the lake & visit some water villages.

lunch at a local restaurant on the lake.
Terrain: 80-90% tarmac,  mostly flat (easy)
Highlights: Inle Lake, water-villages, local fishing culture


Day03 – Inle / Mandalay (cycle 55km,  drive 220km)
Today is a very long day, as we need to travel from Shan state to the ancient capital of Mandalay.  After early breakfast,  we move off in vehicle to the starting point for cycling.
Experience the back-country roads as we ride off-road for the entire morning to our lunch point.  It is a tough day, but be rewarded with the countryside scenery and quiet & shady roads.
Terrain:  60% off-road,  undulating with some uphill climb (moderate)
Highlights: back country roads, villages, mountain scenery.

Day04 – Mandalay / Monywa (cycle 20-40km, drive 125km)
After breakfast, we will drive out for Mandalay tour by vehicle.   The first stop is the 200 year-old U-Bein wooden bridge.  Next, we continue to Kaungmudaw pagoda before driving towards Monywa.   Due to the busy traffic on the main road, we will drive you to the start point for cycling, at the junction of the smaller road leading up to the standing Buddha.  From here, we bike all the way to your hotel in Monywa.
Terrain:  10-20% off-road, busy traffic & not-so-good road conditions (easy)
Highlights:  200-year old U-bein bridge, Kaungmudaw pagoda,  170m standing Buddha statue


Day05 – Monywa / Pakokku / Bagan (cycle 97km, drive 43km)
We drive to the 1st metal bridge over Ayerwaddy river to begin our cycling section.  This the longest rail bridge in Myanmar.
28km undulating ride to lunch point at a local restaurant.  In the afternoon, cycle another 42km to Pakokku.  depending on time & conditions, we will either vehicle-support or cycle the last 27km into Bagan.
Terrain: 10-20% off-road, mostly undulating, gentle uphill of less 50m (moderate)
Highlights:  local villages & padi cultivation

Day06 – Bagan (cycle 30-50km)
Today, we will cycle to explore this ancient town of 11th century.  55 kingdoms have been established here.
Get on your mountain bikes to visit several key pagodas such as Ananda & Dhamma Yazika.
In the evening, view the magnificent sunset over the plains of Bagan from atop a pagoda
Terrain: 40-50% off-road, sandy, flat (easy)
Highlights: various ancient pagodas in Bagan.  Sunset over the plains of Bagan from a pagoda.

Day07 – Bagan / Mt Popa (cycle 35km, drive 25km)
We drive out to the T-junction off the main road to start our cycling along the quiet & pristine country road to Mount Popa.
The road is undulating with a very steep 1km section before lunch point.  After a nice local lunch, take on the challenge to complete final 4km uphill climb to your destination resort on Mount Popa.
Terrain: 10% off-road,  uphill climb of 600m.  steep  4km to top (strenuous)
Highlight:  Mt Popa national park, Taung kalat pagoda

Day08 – Popa / Bagan / Yangon
After breakfast, get ready to check out of the hotel & we drive you back to Bagan for domestic flight back to Yangon (700km).   Gather for celebration dinner in Yangon.
Highlights: Shwedagon pagoda


Day09 – Depart Yangon
Send-off to airport for departure


Note: cycling distances are as planned for reference only. Actual distance will vary according to ground conditions, cyclist fitness-level.  At any time, individual cyclist can choose to board our support vehicle or when our leaders feel that it may be necessary to do so due to time constraint.


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