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Inle to Bagan Bicycle Trek

Inle to Bagan Bicycle Trek

Inle to Bagan Bicycle Trek Map

9 Days / 8 Nights

from Yangon / to Bagan

Tour Highlights
• 9 days and 8 nights of physical adventure
• Explore the Shwedagon Pagoda
• Bike through rice paddy fields to the village of Khaung Daing
• Board your private boat on Inle Lake
• Explore the Indein and Kalaw villages
• Pass through pine forests and both local and colonial-style houses
• Take a scenic ride to Mt Popa
• Climb the almost 900 stairs to the top of Popa Taung Kalat
• Take a horsecart ride to an elevated temple
• Bike around the plains of Bagan
What better way is there to travel than by bike? On this tour, you’ll take leisurely rides through tranquil villages and watch lush countryside rolling by. You’ll get to know the friendly locals, who are only too happy to stop by the roadside for a chat. As well as discovering regions that are off the beaten path, you’ll visit many of the country’s best-known sights, including the Inle Lake, Yangon and Bagan. You’ll also enjoy an unforgettable overnight stay in the guesthouse of a tiny village. Come with us on this one-of-a-kind nine-day journey!


Day 1: Arrival Yangon

Upon arrival at Yangon, your guide will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Next, you will continue to Shwedagon Pagoda. Said to enshrine strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics, this is the most revered Buddhist temple. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend claims that the original structure was built 2600 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and gold plates is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas. As you marvel at the breathtaking structures and holy ambiance, your guide will share with you the customs and traditions of Buddhism.

Overnight in Yangon.

(Your hotel room is available from about 2.00 pm available. Your luggage may already be parked in the hotel and is a former reference of rooms subject to availability on arrival.)

Day 2: Fly to Inle Lake (B)

The group will meet this morning at the domestic terminal of Yangon Airport for our flight to Heho. The flight will leave between 10am and 11:30am, so you must arrive no later than 8am. Alternatively, you may wish to stay the night before in Yangon. Our flight to Heho takes a little over an hour and is followed by a drive of around the same length to reach Nyaung Shwe, the main town of the Inle Lake area. We stay on dry land rather than on the lake as it’s a far more interesting experience and allows more freedom of movement.

Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

 Day 3: Bike [&] Boat Inle Lake 25km  (B)

Take a ride around the area to learn a little about the local culture and the farming habits of the people here. Then, cycle along the eastern bank of the lake, before taking a boat trip on the lake itself. You will see the famous leg rowing fishermen, silk weaving, and whole communities that exist in stilt houses on the lake. Everything from schools, shops, even basketball courts can be found out here, all within a short boat ride of each other. Depending on the rotation, we hope to encounter the revolving market which sets up in a different location each day of the week. This is a huge social affair for the villagers surrounding the lake as it is their once a week chance to mingle. Aside from trading in produce and goods, it’s a great opportunity to eat, drink and gossip. This is usually a full day and you can expect to return to town by 4pm.

Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

Day 4: Cycle from Nyaung Shwe to Kalaw 70km  (B)

Leaving early this morning and after a flat ride to start, we climb out of the valley and up into the Western Shan Hills. This is a challenging ride, but with some lovely views. Reach the town of Kalaw in the mid afternoon. Kalaw was a British Hill Station in colonial times and is well populated by British designed buildings. The climate here is cool and was much more agreeable to the British than the humid flatlands. Kalaw is populated by a diverse range of peoples, with Muslims (mainly originating from Bangladesh), Pa Oh and Paluang hill tribes, and even descendants of Nepalese Gurkhas who settled here. The Shan hills are noted for their fresh produce and tonight you’ll have a chance to try it at a family-run restaurant.

Overnight in Kalaw.

Day 5: Cycle from Kalaw to Pindaya 45km  (B)

Another early start today sees us leaving our bikes behind for the morning for a different type of activity. A short drive takes us to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Sanctuary, a conservation project founded by two passionate and dedicated tour guides and managed by a retired veterinarian. The project is currently home to seven elephants, five of whom were recently retired from working service in the logging industry. Take a walk of around an hour to see the property, the reforestation project and with luck the elephants. From Green Hill Valley, drive down past the trucking town of Aung Ban to start our next ride. This is a lovely ride through rolling hills with patchwork crops, punctuated by groups of villagers working the fields. We roll into the tiny town of Pindaya in the late afternoon and have a little time to visit the Golden Cave for which the town is famous.

Overnight in Pindaya.

Day 6: Cycle from Pindaya to YwarNgan 65km  (B)

We start with an off-road ride through a seldom visited area where small communities of Pa Oh will watch curiously as you pedal by. The scenery today just gets better at every turn, with limestone crags topped with gold and white stupas giving way to lush flower gardens as we pass through tiny towns. One of these towns is our home for the night. Here a simple guesthouse in a small community awaits and offers an enjoyable night in a truly off the beaten path setting.

Overnight in Local Guest House

Day 7: Cycle from Ywar Ngan to High Way [&] Transfer to Bagan 75km  (B)

This is a challenging, but rewarding ride. The day includes some fun downhill sections, but also some short climbs to keep you warm. We leave the hills today and as we drop into the Irrawaddy Basin we get some fantastic views from the hills as we fly down them. There are few towns today due to the steep landscape but there are lots of villages whose inhabitants will be truly surprised to see you. This is a much less travelled route where it is uncommon to see many people on bikes. As we reach the main north-south highway, we board the vehicle for a drive to Bagan which will take around 3 hours.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 8: Cycle around the Pagodas of Bagan 25km  (B)

The pagodas of the Bagan Plain are best visited early in the morning as the sandy landscape heats up by the middle of the day. We make good use of an early start and focus our visit on the temples that were built between 14th and 19th centuries: Shwezigon, the Sulamani, the Htilominlo, the Dhammayazika. In the late morning we find a shady tree to enjoy lunch under and then have an afternoon for free time before we find a quiet view to enjoy a peaceful sunset overlooking the pagodas.

Overnight in Bagan.

Option Tour: Day 8 is the ideal timing for Balloons Over Bagan, a professional ballooning operation based in Bagan. They run sunrise balloon flights that are considered some of the best ballooning in the world. Please inquire when booking on the tour if this interests you.

Day 9: Conclusion of Tour in Bagan  (B)

The tour concludes today after breakfast. Options for onward travel are many, and include a 3.5 hour drive to Mandalay Airport for an International flight, or a 50 minute flight to Yangon for a connection to an International flight. Either option can be booked for you at an additional cost. Please inquire at the time of booking.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.05. 2016 – 30.09.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 2.521 4.944 215
Hotel Category Superior 2.611 5.110 292
Hotel Category First Class 2.849 5.592 536
Note: On 24.12 and 31.12, some hotels charge for compulsory gala dinners. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.During certain dates, seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and Myanmar Water Festival in April. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

Rates: 01.10. 2016 – 31.03.2017

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 2.633 5.165 284
Hotel Category Superior 2.780 5.454 426
Hotel Category First Class 3.102 6.096 746
Supplement for Christmas Eve (24 Dec) & New Year Eve (31 Dec) not included.
Note: On 24.12 and 31.12, some hotels charge for compulsory gala dinners. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.During certain dates, seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and Myanmar Water Festival in April. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

Surcharges for the option tour

Surcharge per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons 1 person (single traveller)
Ballon ride in Bagan (Day 8) 342 342

Would you like to book this tour or request changes to the itinerary?

Please fill out our form for tailor-made changes to an itinerary here.

For rates for 3 or more travellers in one booking, please inquire with our team.

Services included in our rates:
Accommodation with daily breakfast at the hotel booked
• Transportation as per the itinerary
Air-conditions back up support vehicle
English Speaking Biking guide
Zone fees and entrance fees as per places in the itinerary
Mechanic for groups of 5 and above
Helmet, water bottle, Myanmar cycling jersey
Snacks, meals as mentioned
Tips for porters and restaurant
Entrance fees
Domestic flights & boats mentioned in the program
Services NOT included in our rates:
International and domestic flights (unless expressly mentioned differently above)
Applicable Visa/s and fee/s
Travel insurance of any kind
Additional meals, drinks, tips etc
• Any meals that are not mentioned in itinerary
• Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels
• Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping etc)
• Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (eg. typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.
• Any extra surcharges or fees (e.g. peak season, historical sites, camera/video fees etc)
• Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above all entrance fees, tours and activities as outlined in the itinerary
• Bikes info: Impeccably maintained Merida mountain bike with handle bar bags are included in the price. These are 9 speed (27 gears), aluminum frame bikes with hydraulic disc brakes, comfortable saddles and tyres to suite the terrain.
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes.

Our Selection of Hotels for You

Hotel Category Standard:
Yangon: East Hotel **(* ) (Deluxe Room) / Hotel 51 **(*) (Deluxe Room)
Nyaung Shwe: Hotel 81 **(*) (Superior Room)
Pindaya: Conqueror**(*)(Superior Room)
Kalaw: Pine Breeze Hotel **(Superior)
Bagan: Shwe Yee Pwint Hotel *** (Bagan Room) / Bagan Thande Hotel *** (Superior Room)
Hotel Category Superior:
Yangon: Best Western Green Hill ***(*) (Deluxe Room)
Nyaung Shwe: Amazing Nyaung Shwe ***(*) (Deluxe Room)
Kalaw: Drean Mountain **(*) (Deluxe Zimmer)
Pindaya: Tha Hara Pindaya Hotel ***(Farm House)
Bagan: Bagan Thande Hotel  ***  (Deluxe garden view )
Hotel Category First Class:
Yangon: Sule Shangrila Hotel  ***** (Deluxe Room)
Nyaung Shwe: View Point Lodge **** (Cottage Suite)
Kalaw: Amara Mountian Resort ***(*) (Deluxe Bungalow)
Pindaya: Pindaya Inle Inn ***(*) (Chalet)
Bagan: Aureum Palace Hotel ***** (Deluxe Room)

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