On the Road to Mandalay - Burma by Bike
Burma, Bike - Semi Slick, 14 days - from £2,395 (land only) - from €2,875 (land only) - from $3,950 (land only)
- A cycling holiday amongst the cultural highlights of Burma
- See the real Burma during 10 days of rural, backroads cycling
- Ride the sweeping downhill on quiet roads to Inle lake
- Spend time in Mandalay, see the Mingun Bell and the U Bein Bidge
- Watch the sun set over the temples and pagodas of Bagan
We begin this cycling holiday in Burma with a visit to the awe-inspiring Schwedagon Pagoda in the capital city of Yangon. Our adventure continues with an exploration by bike in the cool highlands around the former hill-station of Kalaw. At an elevation of around 1300 metres, we take our first ride amongst the Palaung, Intha and Shan villages that are a feature of this partly forested upland area. We then head down to the wondrous Inle Lake and embark on a relaxing full day boat trip where we can marvel at the Intha fishermen, who famously manage to row with their legs. Throughout our time in Burma, we can expect to be greeted by warm, friendly people who have, as yet, relatively little experience of meeting foreign travellers, let alone cyclists. Crossing the Shan Plateau to Mandalay, a city made famous by one of the greatest of Kipling's poems, we can bike to the towns of Sagaing and Mingun on opposite sides of the Irrawaddy River. We will visit the famous U Bein teak bridge and the Mingun Bell and take a boat ride on the river. Then, after a welcome free day in Mandalay, we ride south through the ancient Ava Kingdom and pay a visit to the unique, hill-top temple of Mount Popa, before continuing our journey on a snaking mountain road to Bagan. We spend a day here, exploring amongst the hundreds of temple - by bike. Watching the sunset from a prime viewpoint at Bagan will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Travelling by bike allows us to see the very best of Burma and to strike up a rapport with the people we meet along the way.
Is this holiday for you?
SEMI-SLICK ADVENTURE. Averaging between 50 and 60 kilometres on each of 10 days cycling, this cycling holiday in Burma takes us between the most amazing of the country's highlights: Yangon, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Mount Popa and Bagan. Two short internal flights and a number of easy transfers in our full-time support vehicle allow us to fit all of this within a 2-week trip. The riding is on quiet backroads and dirt tracks and includes something for everyone - from steady climbs and fast descents, to more leisurely riding through picturesque farmland and fascinating tribal villages, well off the beaten track. Anyone who rides a bike regularly and has a reasonable level of fitness will cope well with the demands of this cycling holiday. More than just a cycling holiday, this one is as much about meeting the Burmese people, spending a day on Inle Lake and watching the sun go down over the temples of Bagan. Vehicle support is available for almost all of the route. Average 57 kilometres of biking per day. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.