Overview

This multi-activity tour lets you go for an exciting adventure in Myanmar. The trip begins from the beautiful colonial city of Yangon, followed by a flight to Mandalay that lies on the banks of the Irrawaddy. After enjoying the gorgeous views of the city from Mandalay Hill, we begin cycling to Mt. Popa and Bagan, one of the finest collection of temples in Asia. Getting the view of sunrise from the upper terrace of temples is one of the best unforgettable moments you will ever have. We head off the beaten path to get the view of genuine culture and traditions of Myanmar with a trek on the Shan Plateau. Then, we kayak to Inle Lake moving past the stilt houses and floating gardens of Intha people. This adventurous trip blends cycling, hiking, and kayaking through the gorgeous village that hosts some of the most hospitable people in the world.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Ground Transportation

What's excluded?

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Arrive Yangon

After arriving Yangon in the morning, your driver will drive you to the hotel. After lunch, gather in the lobby with your fellow travelers to begin your sightseeing tour of the city. We begin the trip with visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda that hosts a seventy-meter long reclining Buddha. This Pagoda offers an excellent overview of Buddhism with pictures depicting the life of Buddha. The feet of the reclining Buddha carved with traditional symbols attract many locals visiting to pay homage and pray. From here, we make our way to downtown Yangon to explore the remarkable blend of religious monuments and colonial architecture. Here, we tour some of the most popular buildings like the City Hall and the Post Office on foot. If time permits, you can enter a local tea shop where you can drink local tea and experience an integral part of Burmese life. The tea shops attract a wide array of people coming to socialize or doing business, sip on tea or coffee with a variety of snacks while watching the buzz of many other people. the tea shops in Myanmar uniquely prepare tea, so be sure to keep your camera ready. From here, we head back to the hotel to freshen up. Later this afternoon, we pay a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the most worshipped Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The central stupa is 90meters high and gilded with gold leaf. Enjoy the enchanting views of the Pagoda and surrounding skyline as the sun begins to go down.

Day Two:

Mandalay

This morning, we head to the airport to board the flight to Mandalay. There will be bikes waiting for you in the hotel of Mandalay; however, it takes some time to fit it according to your needs. So, you can spend this time exploring the city on a car. You can visit a workshop that makes gold leaves using some ancient technique famous in Myanmar. Then, we move on to Mahamuni Pagoda, which hosts the country’s one of the most revered Buddha images that has been covered with gold leaves over the years and now almost has a ‘lumpy’ texture. Then, we head to the top of Mandalay Hill from where we will conclude the day with a breathtaking sunset view.

Day Three:

Cycling outskirts of Mandalay

We begin our cycling today after breakfast to the outskirts of the city. We move southwest to the city to our first destination, the 18th century capital of Amarapura. Here, we will visit the famous U Bein Bridge and walk on this two-century-old teak bridge. The bridge has a length of 2km and offers some stunning views of nearby farms and streams. From here, we ride past the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing and past a serene road to Mingun. We visit some major sites of Mingun, beginning with the famous Mingun Pahtodawqyi. This colossal structure is unfinished as an astrologer predicted if this temple completed, the King would die. Next, we visit the splendid white Hsinbyume Pagoda that has a distinct design resembling Mt. Meru. Then, we will see the Mingun Bell, which is the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell with the weight of 90tons. In the afternoon, we return Mandalay by boat. On the way, you get to observe the lives of the fishermen and enjoy the beautiful, tranquil scenery. After boarding down the boat, we head back to the hotel on the bike.

Day Four:

Cycle and transfer to Meiktila

After breakfast, we prepare our bike and begin the trip to Mektila. We ride from Mandalay to Pyin Si Junction. Along the way, we move past many villages while getting the chance to see the traditional lifestyle of the rural Burmese. Their life seems lacking in many amenities when compared to city life. However, the concepts of mutual help and cooperation are central to their life in the village. You will also get to see a social and religious customs of upper Myanmar. Riding for around a couple of hours, we reach Pyin Si Junction, where a vehicle awaits us. We hop on the vehicle and move to Meiktila.

Day Five:

Cycle to Mt. Popa

In the morning, we depart for Mt. Popa. Toda’s ride will be on a scenic road that makes the trip very enjoyable. We begin the day on the bike, and for the final section, we transfer by vehicle. The terrain begins with a hilly path, so if you get tired or are unable to ride anymore, you can ride the support van. We will enjoy a home-cooked lunch today prepared by the host family. Here, you can get insight into the local life of people. we enjoy the meal on a low round table on a traditional way. After lunch, we head to the hotel where we will spend the night.

Day Six:

Mt. Popa to Bagan cycling

After breakfast, the trip begins with an easy ride from the hotel to the base of Mt. Popa. From here, you have to climb about 900stairs to the peak of the Popa Taung Kalat. Along the way, you will pass lots of nat shrines and see many pilgrims visiting to honor these spirits. Form the top; you will get splendid views of the surrounding plains. Then, we proceed to Bagan by bike along Byatta Pan Sat Road, which leads to Kyauk Padaung – Nyaung U road. Along the way, we stop at a village and palm garden to see the rural lifestyle of the region. From here, we catch a vehicle and move to Bagan in the afternoon. After freshening up at the hotel, go for a horse cart ride to an elevated temple from where you can watch the sunset over the pagoda-filed plains.

Day Seven:

Bagan cycle

After breakfast, we spend a full day riding around the gorgeous ancient temples. The trip begins with a visit to the bustling Nyaung On Market, where locals often visit to buy and trade fresh products and handicrafts. From here, we head to Shwezigon Pagoda, a pagoda famous for its majestic golden stupa. next, we visit Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple that contains exquisite jatakas mural paintings. The final visit for this morning will be the elegant Htilominlo Temple famous for its beautiful plaster carvings and glassy sandstone decorations. Then, we visit handicrafts workshop and observe the process of making traditional lacquerware, Myanmar’s famous handicraft, and Bagan’s specialty. Later, we visit Ananda, which is an architectural beauty that reflects the earthly-style of Bagan temple construction and contains four magnificent standing Buddha images. We continue the trip to Ananda Okkyung, which is one of the handfuls of brick monasteries that have survived from the early Bagan period. Today, w will have lunch at a monastery. Today’s lunch will be organically cultivated in Bagan.

Day Eight :

Fly to Heh, transfer to Kalaw

Today, we bid goodbye to a few cycling companions who will go for another trip. After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport from where you will board the flight to Heho. Upon arrival, your guide will take you for a scenic drive to Pidaya. Today, you will visit the renowned Shwe U Min cave, where you will notice thousands of Buddha images that date back to several centuries. Then, we see the ways of making paper parasols and traditional Shan Paper at a small workshop on the base of Shwe Oo Min Hill. Today, we will have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we continue our trip to Kalaw. Kalaw is a beautiful hill station in the middle of the rolling hills and pine forest. this was also the summer resort in the colonial era.

Day Nine:

Walk to Htee Thein village

This morning, we visit the morning market of Kalaw. On the market days, many people from surrounding villages come to buy and sell their products and crops. This market has an interesting blend of products and goods. Them, we transfer to Bw Hnin Gone village from where we begin the trek to Inle Lake. Today, we will be walking for about 4-5 hours through the gorgeous landscape of the Shan Plateau. This terrain is scattered with villages of the Palaung, Shan, and Danu people as well as many other hill-tribe groups. You will see many friendly locals, farmers working in the fields, curious kids playing in the woods, and villagers going about their daily lives. We reach Htee Thein Village in the afternoon and spend the night either in a village monastery or in a homestay, tonight. Living in these remote villages is a great way to learn about the rural culture and traditions of Burmese and see how they live their daily life.

Day Ten:

Trek to Inle Lake

After breakfast, we bid farewell to our hosts and continue the walk to Inle Lake. We will be walking for another 4-5 hours to our todays’ destination, Than Daung Village. We pass through Kyauk SU and Ngue village on the way. We will enjoy lunch at a village near the lake shores. After reaching the lakeshores, we will hop on a boat and transfer to the hotel in Nyaung Shwe. the rest of the day is free for leisure in Nyaung Shwe.

Day Eleven:

Kayak on Inle Lake

Today, an active adventure awaits you. This morning, we will transfer you to the starting point of this kayaking trip where you kayak through rural villages in the part of Shan state. You will head to In Phay Khone by a motorboat that takes about thirty minutes. In Phay, Khone is the popular weaving center of the Intha people that lies right in the middle of Inle Lake. After you reach here, you will see light kayaks ready to paddle. Each kayak accommodates two persons. Today, you will paddle for about 2/3 hours past rarely visited rural areas. You pass by many scenic villages, splendid nature with Shan mountains in the backdrop and floating gardens, and occasionally we stop at traditional Intha villages. After kayaking for about an hour, we stop in a village to take a short walking tour and meet some villages in their traditional houses. Here, we can learn about the daily life of the villagers and also taste some local food productions. Then, we continue paddling and reach an Intha house around lunchtime to enjoy a home-cooked lunch. leaving the kayaks behind, we board a motorboat and head back to the hotel, or if you have enough time, we will make more visits on the lake by boat.

Note: we will be kayaking for about 2-3 hours on the lake. However, including stops and lunch, the total trip takes more than half a day, and for the rest of the day, a motorboat and guide are available for an additional tour.

Day Twelve:

Drive to Heho, Fly to Yangon

After breakfast, head out to the lake’s morning market for some shopping. The market rotates its located around the village, and many inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes visit this village to sell and trade their wares. Here, you will find local crafts of the Inle Lake. Then, we visit the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory. Here, people make classic Burmese cigars by hand. The rest of the time till afternoon is free for you to explore the lake and surrounding villages. After lunch, we drive to Heho from where you take a flight to Yangon.

Day Thirteen:

Trip concludes

The bike, hike, and kayak in Myanmar end today. We will transfer you to the airport approximately three hours before your flight.

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