Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
A Land Undiscovered
It is the quiet mystique of Myanmar that proves so compelling. Here is a nation that, for many, feels largely undiscovered and yet is one of the gems of Southeast Asia—and one of the most extraordinary trips in B&R’s long history. From biking the lush countryside, to strolling through ancient villages and spectacular temples, to floating along the current in the deluxe comforts of a riverboat, we take in Myanmar at a pace that reflects the gentle character of the country and reveals a land that will forever live in your imagination. Any decision to travel here must be carefully considered—but we think it’s the right thing to do. The Burmese people embrace us and encourage us to return.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
7 Days / 6 Nights
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Day by Day
Arriving in Yangon and head off for a day in the hustle and bustle of this classic Southeast Asian city. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda and wander the diverse streets of the old downtown district. Tonight dine at Le Planteur, a lovely colonial style French restaurant with some of the best food in town.
Fly to Bagan this morning and ride straight from the airport to the old temples. Explore the culture, history and architecture of this ancient city in depth with our local expert biking along small and easily navigated roads. End the day on a temple terrace overlooking the Bagan Plain, watching the sunset over the stupas.
The next day, embark on a bike ride to view some of the best-preserved temples, such as the large and magnificent Ananda Pahto and the fine stucco carvings of Shwegugyi. Options in the afternoon include shopping, a massage, swimming or perhaps a late afternoon ride.
From Bagan, fly to Heho in northern Myanmar, near the Shan Mountains. After a short drive, stop for lunch in one of the only wineries in the country. The afternoon’s bike ride takes us from the hill station village of the vineyard down to the waters of Inle Lake and to the small town of Nyaung Shwe.
Set out by boat to remote villages on the eastern shore of the lake and walk to a temple overlooking surrounding villages with a picnic lunch in the shade of a bamboo forest. Stop to watch the local fishermen demonstrate their unique and baffling leg-rowing technique before returning to your lakeside home for the evening.
Hop in your boat to the ancient ruins of In Dien and walk from the ruins to the shores of the lake, passing through a number of small villages en route. Board our boats for a trip back across the waters to a lunch spot that was the first of its kind 50 years ago, run by a local Shan chieftain.
Head out to Ngapali Beach on the Bay of Bengal, a perfect place to relax after your time in the deep country of Myanmar. Jump on your bikes and head to the nearby town of Thandwe for lunch near the bustling market. Later, visit a toddy plantation before cruising down the Thandwe River to your hotel.
This morning, bike along the coastal road south ending at the fishing village of Gyeiktaw. On foot pass all sorts of fishing-related activity, from drying squid to the manufacture of fish paste. Pick up some fresh fish for a barbecue lunch on Pearl Island and spend the afternoon back to the hotel on the beach or in the spa.
Shortly after breakfast, fly to Yangon to meet our international connections. Farewell!
Governor’s Residence, Yangon
A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, the Governor’s Residence conjures up a bygone era of elegance and comfort. Set in lush gardens dotted with lotus pools, the hotel is a magical base for exploration of the city of Yangon. View hotel website »
Aureum Palace Hotel, Bagan
Perched on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River and overlooking 800 years of history, the Aureum Palace was originally built as a traditional Burmese temple and now offers luxurious accommodations for all guests. The hotel is complete with an extensive spa facility, a fully-equipped fitness centre, a nightclub and a huge swimming pool affording a stunning view of Bagan’s pagoda landscape. View hotel website »
Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake
Inle Princess Resort is a magnificent and restful retreat situated on the shores of the serene Inle Lake. It is surrounded by lush green rice fields and the rolling Shan Hills and offers awe-inspiring views from all angles. The comfortable rooms are built by local craftsmen in the traditional style using exceptional teak and bamboo throughout. View hotel website »
The Sandoway Resort, Rakhine State
Nestled amongst coconut palms on the pristine beach, this luxury resort stretches six acres of longbeach frontage and tropical gardens. Its traditional architecture uses local materials with various hard woods, stone carvings and marbles to blend modern elegance with South East Asian features. Each private cottage boasts a two-storey design, incredible views in an intimate setting. View hotel website »
This trip is rated Occasional, meaning it’s appropriate for travellers who may not ride often, but are in relatively good shape. The terrain is generally flat throughout our daily rides of 20-30 km (12-19 mi.), although you should expect a few hills and some dirt roads in the countryside. Our walks are mostly through small villages and towns. To avoid midday heat, the days tend to start early.
- All hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated, with wine (as selected by B&R)
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- Use of a customized bicycle and helmet
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
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“Arriving at Inle Lake to an amazing overwater bungalow and divine sunset views. The final night on the sandbar for dinner and concert with a full moon was quite incredible!”
— Gail Williams,
Myanmar Biking 2014
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