Life at a Slower Pace
Here is a nation that, for many, feels largely undiscovered, 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 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. Thankfully, the Burmese encourage us to return.
Myanmar Biking is a signature B&R Biking trip—expertly guided, small groups, premium hotels.
Yangon to Yangon
9 Days / 8 Nights
Price per person from: $7,495
Single supplement: $1,000
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Day by Day
Fly from Yangon to northwestern Myanmar and then take lunch at a local winery (seriously). From here, cycle past sugar cane fields and through quiet, local villages.
Bike to remote villages on the eastern shore of Inle Lake and meet some of our friends at a small nunnery in the region.
Board a boat to the bustling city of Nam Pan where we'll explore the village and check out the local style of weaving.
Cross Inle Lake and visit a monastery in Khaung Daing before flying to Mandalay. That afternoon, bike the rural outskirts of the city, passing the ox-carts and the rice paddies of the plains.
Bike along the banks of the Ayeyarwady river and watch the busy unloading of cargo. Head inland to the Amarapura Monastery—considered one of the best monasteries in Myanmar for higher education.
Take part in an early sunrise bike ride around the countryside near Mandalay and cruise the Ayarwaddy by boat, stopping in at trading posts and isolated villages along the way.
Enjoy a temple tour by bike in Bagan and experience further cultural explorations. Late that day we’ll sit back and enjoy sunset views form the terrace.
Ride from temples to a lacquerware studio to observe an artist at work. This afternoon’s ride takes us past numerous palaces before returning to the hotel in time for a special final night dinner together.
After breakfast, fly to Yangon to catch international connections or to stay a few extra days.
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 »
Rupar Mandalar, Mandalay
Located only minutes from the bustling and vibrant city center, Rupar Mandalar Hotel provides guests with an ideal location in a comfortable and relaxed setting. You can expect gracious Myanmar hospitality and complete western comfort at this luxurious four-star hotel set on four acres of exotic, lush, tranquil landscaped gardens. View hotel website »
Irrawaddy Princess II, Yangon
One of the smaller traditional riverboats plying the Irrawaddy River, the Princess II connects us intimately with this historic waterway. It offers basic accommodation, with lively common areas and in-room air conditioning. View hotel website »
Aureum Palace, 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 accomodations 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 »
We rate this trip as Easygoing. 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 take us through villages. To avoid midday heat, the days tend to start early.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, you'll be riding customized Rocky Mountain Hybrid Bikes. Click here for a detailed description. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
- All hotel accommodation
- All meals, including wine
- All internal flights and boat transfers
- Use of a hybrid bicycle, handlebar bag and helmet
- Services of B&R guide(s) Burmese national guide and Burmese local experts, as well as support vehicles
- All special events and private tours
- All baggage transportation
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All gratuities for the ship’s crew, local guides, baggage, porters and hotel service
- NOTE: The hot air balloon ride over Bagan is not included in the trip cost; at time of booking we can provide more info on how to arrange it yourself
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“The most memorable moment of the trip was sitting on the floor of the new house on stilts in Inle Lake, surrounded by the new home's family and all the praying villagers, while the Buddhist monks chanted during the house-blessing ceremony. It was incredibly touching and such a privilege to be invited to share this experience.”
— Steve & Susan Thompson,
Myanmar Biking 2011
Notes from the Road
- Myanmar Through Tyler’s EyesRecently named a Top Travel Specialist for Myanmar by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, B&R Trip Designer Tyler Dillon shares his passion for the country where he says “magic still exists.” Feeling inspired? Check out our full roster of Myanmar trips to …
- Mohinga, Myanmar’s National DishIt’s hard to go hungry while walking the streets of Yangon or Mandalay. Assuming you don’t mind fish soup from a cart, that is. Mohinga A mohinga dish with fritters and egg. Regarded as Myanmar’s national dish and prolific across the country, mohinga …
- Tyler Dillon: Top Travel SpecialistToday Condé Nast Traveler magazine made official what we at Butterfield & Robinson have known for years, naming our very own Tyler Dillon a Top Travel Specialist for Myanmar. Formerly B&R’s Regional Director for Myanmar, Tyler has spent seven years w …