Myanmar Bike Tours
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.
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 how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
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.
8 Days / 7 Nights
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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 through bamboo forests to remote villages on the western shore of Inle Lake, stopping for a guided meditation along the way.
Cross Inle Lake to the bustling stilt village of Nam Pan to check out the local style of weaving using lotus root instead of cotton.
Meet some of our friends at a small nunnery in the region before flying to Bagan. That afternoon, bike around the old temples exploring them in depth with our local expert.
Embark on a ride to view one of the best-preserved temples, the magnificent Ananda Pahto. Visit a local lacquer ware producer to see the incredibly skilled craftsmen at work and perhaps do some shopping.
Take a morning flight to Ngapali Beach and jump straight onto your bike heading for the nearby town of Thandwe. Stop in at a toddy palm plantation before gliding serenely down the Thandwe River.
Follow the coastal road south, ending at the fishing village of Gyeiktaw. On foot, tour the fish market and pick up some fresh supplies for our BBQ lunch on the neighbouring Pearl Island.
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 »
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 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 »
Aureum Palace Hotel, Ngapali Beach
A beautiful collection of beach side, individual cottages make up this stunning resort. With white sand beaches and the blue Bay of Bengal stretching out in front of you, it's easy to forget that the resort boasts an incredible spa, perfect after a day spent exploring. View hotel website »
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.
“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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