Mandalay To Inle Cycling (15 Days / 14 Nights)
Day 1: Arrive Yangon
Arrive in Yangon. Meet your our guide at the airport and transfer to hotel. Enjoy your day leisurely and sight seeing around Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Mandalay
Morning fly to Mandalay. On arrival Mandalay, welcome by English speaking guide and transfer to hotel for check in. (the bikes will be carried by car to the hotel). Full day free at leisure with car and guide available for sightseeing.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 3: Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay
After breakfast at the hotel, start by bike for your first biking day in Myanmar. From the hotel your guide joins you on bike to show you the best ”hidden” places in Mandalay including a gold leaves workshop and the Mahamuni Pagoda. Continue to the 18th century capital, Amarapura and cross the 1.2 km wooden U-Bein Bridge.
On the way back in the direction of Mandalay you visit a silk weaving workshop and the old wooden Shwe Inbin monastery, known for its woodcarving. Arrive back at the hotel at the end of the day and overnight in Mandalay.
(Total Cycling Trip: 20 km)
Day 4: Mandalay – Myittha
Start early and bike from the hotel (Car & guide are following the bikers). You pass the ruins of the ancient Ava kingdom and continue passing fields and small villages in an area where hardly any tourists are seen. Arriving in Myittha you will have a unique experience of staying overnight in a Myanmar monastery. Exotissimo will provide thin mattresses and mosquito nets; clients are requested to bring a blanket or sleeping bag. Overnight in Myittha, local monastery.
(Total Cycling Trip: 70 km)
Day 5: Myittha – Myingyan
After a local breakfast at a teashop you continue riding through a landscape of local villages and scenic fields where farmers are working and children are playing. On the way there are plenty of interesting places to stop and take a rest or to have a chat with the local people. At the end of the day you arrive in Myingyan. Overnight in Myingyan. (Total Cycling Trip: 107 km)
Day 6: Myingyan – Bagan
Going to the south you will see the mighty Irrawaddy River, once the most important way of transportation from the north to the south of the country. In the afternoon you arrive in Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. The 230 years, from 11th to 13th centuries when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, were marked by a religious fervour and building frenzy resulting in the thousands of stupas and temples many of which are still standing today. You arrive at the Bagan hotel in old Bagan with beautiful gardens at the bank of the Irrawaddy River. Overnight in Bagan.
(Total Cycling Trip: 75 km)
Day 7: Bagan
After breakfast at the hotel, full day of biking around the ancient temples. Morning sightseeing of Bagan features the colourful Nyaung Oo Market, the Shwezigon Pagoda and its magnificent golden stupa, Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
In the afternoon, observe the process of traditional lacquer ware, one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. Visit Ananda, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple with four impressive standing Buddha images, Ananda Okkyaung, one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period. Overnight in Bagan.
(Total Cycling Trip: 30 km)
Day 8: Bagan – Mt.Popa
After breakfast at the hotel, ride a bike to Mount Popa passing small settlements where men climb up the palm trees to collect the juice of it to make sugar or liquor. Mount Popa has played an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since the earliest times.
Its shrine is dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. The view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the Popa-Taung Kalat volcanic peak is simply breathtaking. Overnight at the Mt Popa.
(Total Cycling Trip: 59 km)
Day 9: Mt.Popa – Meikhtila – Kalaw
After breakfast at the hotel, leave Mount Popa and head in the direction of Shan State. On the way you will pass the village famous for the best chicken in Myanmar (people will certainly ask you if you want to eat chicken here) and you continue to Meiktila, a small city with a pretty lake. From here you can put the bikes in the car and continue the steep climb up to the Shan plateau by car.
Arrive in the former British hill station of Kalaw. The cool mountain air, pine forests and beautiful colonial houses make it a pleasant city to stay the night.
Overnight in Kalaw.
(Total Cycling Trip: 120 km)
Day 10: Kalaw – Pindaya
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a scenic ride from Kalaw to Pindaya through the picturesque countryside of Shan State, passing fields where often people of the Pa O hill tribe with black clothes and colourful orange headdresses are working.
Visit Pindaya’s limestone cave with its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues and local handicraft workshops producing Shan Paper made from mulberry bark and traditional umbrellas made from the same paper that are used by monks all around the country.
Overnight in Pindaya.
(Total Cycling Trip: 50 km)
Day 11: Pindaya – Khaung Daing
From Pindaya, enjoy a scenic ride to Khaung Daing, a small village on the side of the Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s best-known sights. The Intha people, a tribe of Mon descent, mostly inhabit the lakeshores and floating villages. On arrival at Khaung Dine, transfer to hotel & check in hotel.
Overnight in Khaung Daing ,Inle Lake.
(Total Cycling Trip: 94 km)
Day 12: Pindaya – Khaung Daing
Visits on the lake by private boat. The sightseeing tour of Inle Lake including a chance to see the leg-rowing fishermen. Continue to see the floating gardens, built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. There are also floating villages like Ywama, the lake’s downtown, where a floating market is held every 5 days. In the afternoon continue visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and the jumping cat monastery.
Overnight in Khaung Daing ,Inle Lake.
Day 13: Inle – Indein – Heho/Yangon
After breakfast, excursion by motorized boat to In Dein, an off-the-beaten-track site in the south of the lake. From Ywama, the boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal with a beautiful natural environment to continue to a small Pa O tribe village. From the market place of the village, follow an old covered path to a 13th century monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden in the vegetation.
The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and the lake in the far distance. In the afternoon, transfer to Heho Airport for the flight back to Yangon. On arrival transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 14: Yangon
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quite and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South East Asia. A full day city tour with English speaking guide and A/C car includes the National Museum, Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda’s 70m long reclining Buddha, downtown Yangon with its faded colonial atmosphere, Sule Pagoda, Mahabandoola Park, India town and bustling Chinatown.
In the afternoon during a visit to the Bogyoke Market formerly known as Scott Market (closed on Monday and public holiday), you can find all the souvenir items you were searching for. End the day with a visit just before sunset to the world famous golden Shwedagon Pagoda, a breathtaking and colourful sight visited by Buddhists from all over Myanmar.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 15: Departure Yangon
After breakfast at the hotel and free at leisure till the transfer to the airport for the departure flight.
Cost in US$ per person in the party (valid 30 Sep’14)
MANDALAY TO INLE CYCLING
3 – 4 pax
5 – 6 pax
7 – 10 pax
11 – 15 pax
– 14 nights accommodation in half double/twin at selected hotel category with Abf including 1 night at local monastery
– Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
– Entrance fee for the visit mentioned in the program
– 2 domestic flights RGN/MDL and HEH/RGN on Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways or Air Bagan including insurance surcharge & current fuel surcharge
– All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles
– Supporting van/bus (with space for bikes) during the biking trip
+ 2 pax: Town Ace van
+ 3-4 pax: Hice Ace van
+ 5-6 pax: 22 seater minibus
+ 7-10 pax: 29 seater minibus
+ 11-12 pax: 33 seater coach
– Transportation of the bicycles RGN – MDL and Inle Lake – RGN
– English-speaking throughout biking guide from Mandalay – Heho (who will bike with the grp together) & English-speaking station guide in Yangon
– Private boat for visits on Inle Lake
– Private boat for Mingun trip
– Other meals not indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
– Entrance fees for the sites not mentioned in the program
– Bike rental (usd 100/pax)
– International flights to/from Yangon
– Other transfer for visits
– International Airport departure Tax: 10 USD/pax
– Visa fees
– Tips & porters at the hotels
– Drinks and Personal expenses
– Any other items not mentioned in the included services
Due to the constant fluctuations of the world oil prices, local suppliers are liable to raise their contract rates without notice due to fuel increases. We always do everything we can to absorb such increases, however in some cases it can be impossible for us to operate the file without incurring a loss. In such cases we reserve the right to increase our price if necessary. This will always be with a minimum advance notice of 30 days. We apologize for any inconvenience that may arise from these conditions. However we hope your clients understand that in this increasingly uncertain world, such measures are necessary and that by guaranteeing the price with full payment in advance, they at least have some control over the cost of their holiday.