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Cycle around the mystifying Thousand Temples of Bagan, relax at U Bein Bridge at sunrise and discover Inle Lake and minority villages.
Destinations > Burma (Myanmar) > Cycle Myanmar
13 nights’ accommodation, transfers and sightseeing as specified and English speaking local guides, bike hire, tour leader throughout, all breakfasts.
11 Sep, 09 Oct, 30 Oct, 13 Nov, 15 Dec '16; 08, 22 Jan, 05, 19 Feb, 05 Mar, 15, 29 Oct, 12, 26 Nov, 17 Dec '17, 07, 21 Jan, 11, 25 Feb, 04 Mar, 07, 21 Oct, 11, 25 Nov, 23 Dec '18
In the words of Kipling 'this is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about'. This may be even truer today when we will arrive on two wheels in Bagan, one of Asia’s holiest cities, giving you the chance to explore this cultural nerve centre of a country only now emerging from international isolation.
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Chance to see Yangon’s colonial charm and glittering Buddhist gem - the Shwedagon Pagoda.
See the famous leg-rowing fishermen casting their nets at the spectacular Inle lake.
The Boditahtaung pagoda, which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in the country.
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Arrive at the Yangon airport and transfer to your hotel.
Fly to Heho and drive to Inle Lake; short ride A short flight takes us to Heho, the gateway to the impressive Inle Lake. We then drive to Nyaungshwe our base for exploring the lake and its surroundings. The Shan Hills flank the lake on both sides, with villages on stilts, inhabited mostly by the Intha people (meaning sons of the lakes). After getting set up with ouir bikes we will have a short warm up ride to visit a local vineyard for some wine tasting (ride approx. 15 km). (B)
Today begins with a ride to Inthein on the western banks of the lake, this intricate pagoda complex has hundreds of Shan style stupas clustered together on the hillside. In the afternoon we cruise on the lake passing cottage industries, and visiting floating markets (if possible). We will see the famous leg-rowing fishermen casting their nets in the lake and visit the 5 day floating market that literally circles the lake. Depending on its current location we will be able to visit it. (ride approx. 54 km). (B)
Heading out on our bikes to visit the villages that surround the lake and the dense farmland, our ride is undulating and on quiet roads. We cycle around the edge of the lake towards Intha minority group villages passing rice paddies, sugar cane, traditional wooden houses and colourfully-dressed villagers. Proceeding to the village of Inpawkhone, famous for its traditional silk weaving before visiting a cheroot factory where cigars are rolled by hand. We will then return to Nyaungshwe. (ride approx. 31 km). (B)
Making our way towards the Shan Highland there are a couple of tough uphills at the start of the day. Continuing through rolling hills we will stop and refuel at regular intervals. The last stretch of today's journey is the most scenic as we near Pindaya with Pa-Oh and other tribes working in the fields. After checking into our hotel we visit Pindaya caves, exploring its caverns and tunnels. (ride approx. 66 km). (B)
Drive and cycle to Mandalay Leaving Pindaya we drive back to Kyone junction in order to avoid starting the day with a steep uphill. From here we continue over the hills to Ywar Ngan passing more fields and small lively villages. After lunch we will transfer the rest of the way to Mandalay - approx. journey duration: 5 hours. (ride approx. 54 km). (B)
An early start as we head out to one of Burma's most iconic sights, U Bein's Bridge. This teak bridge spans over a kilometer and is best seen at sunrise when villagers use it to begin their journey to work. We then cycle to Mingun, the home of the largest uncracked bell in the world until 2000 at 90 tons. We will also visit a huge unfinished pagoda and board a boat and head back to Mandalay. (ride approx. 67 km). (B)
After driving to Myin Mu (approx. 2 hours), we cycle to Monywa visiting the Hindu style Thanbodday temple enroute. We will also stop at Boditahtaung pagoda, which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in the country, at 100m long and 27m high. Nearby is the largest standing Buddha in the world, Laykyun Setkyar. (ride approx. 65 km). (B)
To Pakkoku then boat ride on Irrwaddy River Today is a mix of cycling, driving and a boat ride to Bagan. We start off cycling from Yezagyo after about a 2 hour drive, then on reaching Pakkoku we board a boat on the Irrwaddy River to the ancient wonder of Bagan (Pagan). In Bagan there are over 4000 temples and pagodas in many shapes and sizes to explore amongst the 25 square miles of brick that compare to the Angkor kingdom of Cambodia. (ride approx. 50 km). (B)
This morning is spent exploring the temple complex spreading out as far as the horizon with its peaks of brick stupas that dot the skyline in many shapes and forms. We return to our hotel in the afternoon for free time, but will finish the day with sunset at one of the Temples enjoying a stunning 360 degree views. (ride approx. 25 km). (B)
Our scenic cycle to Mt Popa takes in more stunning brick temples, before reaching the petrified forest that surrounds the extinct volcano. Perched high on the summit of the peak sits the Taungkalat Monastery displaying its 37 Nats (spirits) with frequent spirit ceremonies held in their honour. We take a brief hike up to the summit to pay our respect before having the option of either cycling back to Bagan or hopping on the coach for the journey (ride approx. 50 km / 100km if return cycle chosen). (B)
After a free morning we fly back to Rangoon. The bikes and your leader will be available this morning for one last optional ride to Kyuak Gu U Min north of the main temple area on the banks of the Irrwaddy for anyone who is interested. This temple has intricate stone carvings and is situated away from the main archeological zone, so here we can discover a different side of Bagan. (ride approx. 20 km). (B)
Tour Rangoon visiting the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, the most religious site within Burma and Chinatown with its unpaved streets lined with old wooden shuttered houses, medicine shops, temples and the more colourful markets. Close by, we visit Shwe Bontha, perhaps the most photogenic of all streets in the city, with its leafy sidewalks, pavement tea-shops and magnificent colonial buildings. Finally our tour takes us to Lake Kandawgyi before ascending to Shwedagon Pagoda for impressive views over Rangoon at sunset. (B)
Transfer to the airport (B).
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