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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.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
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.”
Here, life moves at a slower pace
The spiritual lands of Southeast Asia can feel enigmatic even for veteran travellers — luckily, we’ve got the tools (and connections) to completely immerse you. On this exhilarating expedition, let us introduce you to the people of Inle Lake, one of the most beautiful places we know. A hotel highlight? The Inle Princess, a secret paradise visited only by B&R. From biking the lush countryside to strolling through ancient villages and spectacular temples, we take in Myanmar and Thailand at a pace that reflects their gentle character and reveals a world that will forever live in your imagination.
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Day by Day
Fly from Yangon to Northwestern Myanmar and then settle down for a picnic lunch in the midst of a bamboo forest. From here, cycle towards the ancient pagodas of In Dien.
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. This afternoon, watch the local fishermen as they demonstrate their baffling ancient rowing technique.
Make a stop at a local paper and parasol workshop in the region before flying to Bagan. This afternoon, bike around the old temples exploring them in depth with our local expert.
Embark on a ride to view one of the region's best-preserved temples, the magnificent Ananda Pahto. Visit a local lacquerware producer to see the incredibly skilled craftsmen at work and perhaps do some shopping.
Today, head to Mandalay and the nearby hills of Sagaing. Enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding hillside as we pedal along the banks of Irrawaddy. Tonight, arrive in Chiang Mai in time for an introduction to Thai cuisine.
After an early-morning summit, visit Chiang Mai's original Thai cooking school for a private lesson. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the hotel spa or to explore the city's eclectic boutiques.
En route to Wat Phra Haripunchai (the holiest stupa in Thailand), pedal past orchards of seasonal fruit including longans, lychee, mangos, and dragon fruit. Wind down this afternoon with a scenic meander through an 11th century Mon settlement.
After breakfast, your guide(s) will be happy to assist you with your continued travels through Thailand or homeward bound.
Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake
A magnificent and restful retreat situated on the shores of serene Inle Lake. Surrounded by lush green rice fields and the rolling Shan Hills, the Inle Princess Resort offers awe-inspiring views. Comfortable rooms are built by local craftsmen in traditional style using exceptional teak and bamboo throughout. View hotel website »
Aureum Palace Hotel, Bagan
Perched on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, the Aureum Palace was originally built as a traditional Burmese temple and now offers luxurious accommodations. The hotel is complete with an extensive spa facility, a nightclub and one of the most beautiful pools in Myanmar. View hotel website »
137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai
A merge of old world charm and contemporary elegance, this classic teakwood bungalow rests near the banks of the Ping River. All rooms feature private balconies, indoor and outdoor showers, and freestanding, roll-top baths. View hotel website »
Arriving at Inle Lake to an amazing overwater bungalow and divine sunset views was a highlight. The final night on the sandbar for dinner and concert with a full moon was quite incredible!— Gail Williams
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— George Butterfield
Biking is a way of life in Myanmar and undoubtedly the best way to soak up its lush countryside and encounter the gracious Burmese people. Pedal through ancient villages that seem right out of an Indiana Jones movie, stopping to visit hillside temples and meet with artisans such as traditional silk weavers and lacquerware craftsmen.National Geographic Traveler
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, some of which can be busy and potholed. Our walks are mostly through small villages and towns. To avoid midday heat, the days tend to start early.
“I can’t say I really work out, but I am active a couple of times a week.”
Country lanes, footpaths, and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- 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 & Thai national guide and Burmese & Thai 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 local guides, baggage, porters and hotel service
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, we’ll use well-tuned, high-quality, local bikes that provide a good fit to your size and weight.
Notes from the road, on the B&R blog.
You Can Go Home Again, Part 2: A Return to Myanmar, 70 Years in the Making
You Can Go Home Again: A Story of Memoirs, Mothers and Magic In Myanmar
My Kingdom for a (Teak) House: How I Turned a Myanmar Mayor’s Home into a Personal Pop-up Hotel
In Deep: Inle Lake
Balloon Rides in Bagan
B&R Honoured by GCSF
B&R Excursions: Yangon
Cuisine 102: More Myanmar Cuisine
Cuisine 101: Burmese Cuisine
Video: Myanmar Through Tyler’s Eyes
Mohinga: Myanmar’s National Dish
Tyler Dillon: Top Travel Specialist
Know Before You Go: Myanmar Travel Tips
Housing from the Heart in Myanmar
Balloons Over Bagan
Tyler and The Lady: Only in Myanmar
Myanmar on the Mind
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