Myanmar

Myanmar

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Myanmar

Yangon, Pindaya Caves and Inle Lake

Myanmar's rich cultural heritage owes much to Buddhism and its neighbors India and Thailand.

Historically, Burmese art and literature were based on Buddhist or Hindu cosmology. More recently, British colonial rule and westernization have had impacts on other aspects of Burmese life. Dramatic theater plays a central role in the society, and just about any celebration is a good excuse for a pwe (show). The renowned pagodas and festivals throughout the country draw international visitors, but it is truly the warmth of the people you meet pedaling through the villages that are the highlight of this country.

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Yangon, Myanmar | Heho, Myanmar

Dates

2015
Feb
Mar

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Activity:

Welcome lunch at hotel | Walking tour of Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda and Special Monk Blessing and Oil Lamp Lighting

Description:

Welcome to Myanmar. Can you believe you’re here? Head downtown to explore the city center filled with both ancient and modern buildings. You’ll pass by the gleaming Sule Paya, Mahabandoola Garden, and Independence Monument. Continue to Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist temple, which local legend claims was originally built 2500 years ago, assuming its current shape in the 15th century. Your guide will take you on a tour of this magnificent complex, dominated by the impressive 8-sided, 400 foot tall gilded central stupa. Afterward, you’ll transfer back to The Strand to freshen up before a fantastic dinner of local specialties.

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Hotel:

The Strand
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Old Bagan to New Bagan
Approximately 12 miles

Today's Activity:

Flight to Nyaung U | Tour of Bagan by Horsecart

Avid Option:

What is the ride?
Approximately 22 miles

Description:

You’ll start today with a short flight to Nyaung U to get fit on your Trek bike. Ancient temples provide the backdrop for our first ride through the history and mystery of Old Bagan, south past Myinkaba Village, before stopping in New Bagan for an authentic lunch at Sunset Garden Restaurant. Then, choose to either return to the hotel and relax by the pool or ride further south through temples and villages lining the banks of the famous Irrawaddy River. This afternoon, you’ll transfer for a private boat ride to a sandbank where a sunset cocktail reception. Enjoy a game of Chinlone-a combination of sport and dance, where beauty is the aim of the game. Dinner at our hand picked beach bistro provides the perfect end to your day.

Hotel:

Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Kalaw to Green Hill Valley
Approximately 20 miles

Avid Option:

Kalaw to Green Hill Valley to Amara Mountain
Approximately 37 miles

Today's Activity:

Flight to Heho


Description:

This morning you’ll cross the river on a private boat to the western banks of the Irrawaddy where you’ll meet your bike* for a ride to Myitche, a typical Irrawaddy River village teeming with cottage industries. You can visit the bustling, locals-only morning market—a colorful shopping center selling everything from fresh goods to bicycle parts. Once you’re done shopping, you’ll continue through fields of tobacco, cotton, chili, and peanuts, toward Pakkoku, where a lunch awaits. Afterward, it’s time to head back across the river to relax by the pool or with a massage for the afternoon. This evening you’ll take part in a memorable dinner under the stars beneath illuminated temples. *Note: Guests may alternatively choose the optional extra of a hot air balloon ride today over Bagan instead of the morning ride and lunch in Pakkoku (not included in trip price).

Hotel:

Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Kalaw to Green Hill Valley
Approximately 20 miles

Avid Option:

Kalaw to Green Hill Valley to Amara
Approximately 37 miles

Description:

This morning you’ll fly to Heho to ride to the former British hill station of Kalaw, through cool pine forests, past both local and colonial-style houses. A sweeping descent brings us to the enchanting Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp, where a refreshing welcome drink and lunch await, along with an educational history of elephants in Myanmar. After lunch you’re invited to take a short walk to the river through a village-run reforestation project. If you’re lucky the elephants may be enjoying a refreshing swim, and you can help the camp workers bathe these gentle giants. In the late afternoon you’ll transfer back to Kalaw, or alternatively bike back up the steady climb to the hotel. This evening the group will enjoy an exquisite dinner at Amara Mountain Resort.

  • Flight to Heho

Hotel:

Amara Mountain Resort
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Kalaw to Pindaya
Approximately 35 miles

Description:

Start the day with a thrilling descent through the Shan Hills to Aung Ban. From there, you’ll ride north through a rolling patchwork of fields, passing workers tending to their wheat fields and rice patties by hand. You’ll arrive at the quiet town of Pindaya for lunch at Green Tea Restaurant on the shores of Pone Taloke Lake. After the short ride around the lake, you’re free to relax and freshen up at the hotel before heading to the astounding Pindaya Caves and their thousands of statues and tributes to Buddha. You’ll meet local Shan paper craftsman on the return trip for some of the most amazing souvenir shopping imaginable. Dinner this evening is family-style at the hotel’s inviting teak restaurant.

Hotel:

Pindaya Inle Inn
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Pindaya to Nyaung Shwe
Approximately 35 miles

Short Option:

Pindaya to Heho
Approximately 20 miles

Avid Option:

Pindaya to Nyaung Shwe to Inle Lake
Approximately 40 miles

Description:

Today’s ride takes us up out of Pindaya on a quiet and picturesque rolling road, arriving in the bustling town of Heho and the shores of Inle Lake. You’ll stop for a delicious, freshly-made fruit juice and special lunch at Golden Kite Restaurant in Nyaung Shwe. This afternoon, you can choose to head for the hotel or make your way up to Red Mountain Estates Winery. Enjoy a brief tour and tasting in this unique and peaceful setting, before arriving at your home for the next two evenings, Inle Princess Resort. Located on the serene shores of Inle Lake, this hotel features individual cabins built on stilts over the water. Watch leg-rowing fishermen pass by from your private balcony before arriving at your home for the next two evenings, Aureum Resort and Spa.

Hotel:

Aureum Resort & Spa Inle
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

7

Today's Ride:

Indien
Approximately 12 miles

Description:

This morning you’ll wander through lily-filled ponds to board a boat for a ride amongst Intha leg-rowers bringing in today’s catch – a truly unique sight to see. Once docked, you’ll mount your bike and set off toward Indein, passing by sugar cane, grazing buffalo and fields of sunflowers, toward an artisan market for those still looking for the right souvenir. Then, hop back in the boat and head to a 100-year old stilted house on the lake for a superb lunch and a cooking lesson at “Aunty Ann’s.” A final boat ride brings you back to the hotel, in time for a massage or stroll through lush gardens and ponds. This evening, you’ll enjoy an exclusive farewell dinner and final toast to magnificent Myanmar.

Hotel:

Aureum Resort & Spa Inle
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

8

Today's Activity:

Flight to Yangon

Description:

This morning, you’ll enjoy a final breakfast on the shores of Inle Lake before you transfer from the hotel to Heho Airport. A short flight brings you to Yangon to bid farewell to your guides and fellow travelers. Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport at 10:30am, you can transfer to the international terminal for your departure. Porters and airport representatives will be available to assist you.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



Dates & Pricing

CURRENT PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book your price and date are guaranteed.

2015


Feb
19th - 26th / 8 days / 7 nights
$6499 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
Feb
28th -
Mar
7th
/ 8 days / 7 nights
$6499 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
Mar
9th - 16th / 8 days / 7 nights
$6499 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
Mar
18th - 25th / 8 days / 7 nights
$6499 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.

Hotels

Yangon hotel on Trek Travel's Myanmar bike trips

THE STRAND

YANGON, MYANMAR

The Strand Hotel is located on the banks of the Yangon River in a restored Victorian mansion. It was built in 1901 by the ambitious Sarkies Brothers at a time when the country was ruled by the British. Guests are effortlessly transported to the bygone colonial romance of elegant comfort and fantastic service all set in splendid mature tropical gardens and idyllic lotus ponds.
Bagan hotel on Trek Travel Myanmar bike trips

AUREUM PALACE HOTEL & RESORT

NEW BAGAN, MYANMAR

Set within Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone amongst the ancient temples of The Kingdom of Bagan this expansive resort and luxury spa set amidst 27 acres of tropical landscaped gardens offers the ultimate in relaxation for guests seeking a unique experience for the historical traveler. Indoor or al-fresco dining options, cultural entertainment or rest by the poolside for ultimate repose.

AMARA MOUNTAIN RESORT

KALAW, MYANMAR

The Amara Mountain Resort is a vivid reminder of the British colonial period - constructed in mock Tudor fashion to remind the former colonial rulers of the English country homes they had left behind. Today it offers visitors a truly unique location from which to explore Burma - with spacious light rooms complete with an open fireplace, shower and bathtub.

PINDAYA INLE INN

PINDHAYA, MYANMAR

To the east of Pindhaya city center this charming property is located close to the shores of of Lake Inle and features individual traditionally-styled wooden bungalows surrounded by rich mature gardens. The rooms are spacious, simple and elegant and the hotel offering an ideal location from which to explore the Pindaya Cave complex complete with 8000 relics and images of the Buddha!
Inle hotel on Trek Travel Myanmar bike trips

AUREUM RESORT & SPA INLE

INLE LAKE, MYANMAR

Inle Lake is stunning and to appreciate the extensive natural waterways from the lake shores of Aureum Resort & Spa offers unsurpassed luxury accommodation of villas. With private outdoor terrace for viewing a spectacular sunset over the lake and hills beyond, Aureum Resort is the perfect location in which to explore the wonders of this unique Myanmar destination.

What's Included

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  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Myanmar trip, you will stay in five hand-selected hotel properties - each impeccably restored with modern features.
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 3 social hours, 6 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Myanmar trip the cuisine, like its culture, is rich and varied a great deal by location, religious influences, and geography. You will be invited to try a range of traditional local delicacies with accents on fresh seasonal produce, featuring local seafood, meat, vegetables, and nuts combined into delicious soups, unique salads, and many fragrant curries. Try local chicken curry, Mont Di noodle salads, Mohinga fish broth, and fresh papaya salads!"
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • Local tour guides that speak the native language
  • Trek 4500 mountain bike
  • The use of bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek dealer

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-­10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.
  • Travel Visa Fees

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 1-2
  • Average Daily Mileage | 30
  • Terrain | Hilly

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Myanmar is best suited for our Type 1-2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is varied with rolling plains. Hills generally are short, but can be steep in places. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Explore ancient temples and pagodas
  • Enjoy a private boat cruise and sunset cocktail reception
  • Participate in historic walking tours with our knowledgeable local guides
  • Visit a traditional market with handicrafts and delicacies
  • Swim with elephants
  • Add a balloon ride over Yangon to your trip (additional fee, inquire for details)
  • Schedule a massage or spa treatment

Myanmar has three distinct seasons - with the effects of the monsoon varying in intensity and impact in different parts of the country. Typically the best time to visit Myanmar is the "cool winter" season from November to February, when the weather is fairly moderate and neither too hot in the day nor too cool at night. Up in the hills it can get quite chilly in the evenings. January and February are the driest months and as such are the more popular travel months to this region.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

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How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Yangon International Airport (RGN). From there a taxi service can take you to The Strand Hotel where you will meet your Trek Travel guides and other guests. The cost of the ride is approximately $20 USD.

The Strand Hotel | Yangon, Myanmar

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the The Strand Hotel (92 Strand Rd) at 12:30 PM on the first day of the trip. Afterwards, you will enjoy a walking tour of Yangon and an introduction to the culture and history of the local area and people.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, The Strand Hotel (+95 1 243 377) , and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. Local taxis, while often a bit run-down, are readily available to take you from the airport to downtown Yangon. Expect to pay $8 to $20 to get to your hotel. Taxis will accept either local currency (kyat) or US dollars, and it is best to confirm the price before getting into the vehicle. The airport’s taxi counter can also help facilitate your booking or alternatively, you can contact your hotel in Yangon to arrange a transfer in advance.

Yangon Airport | Yangon, Myanmar

You will fly from Heho to Yangon in the morning, arriving in Yangon at around 10:30 AM. Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport you can transfer to the international terminal for your departure. Porters and airport representatives will be available to assist you.

Before & After: Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon is the former capital of Burma and the capital of the Yangon Region of Myanmar. With a population over 4 million it is the country’s largest city and most important commercial center. Yangon features the largest number of colonial buildings in the region. Myanmar has only recently opened up to the world and is bubbling with excitement of change while holding on to its ancient traditions. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel.

The Governor’s Residence Dagon Township, Myanmar

Discover timeless charm and elegance in this romantic colonial-style mansion. Spacious rooms are a haven of tranquility in the heart of Yangon’s Embassy Quarter.

35, Taw Win Road, Dagon Township | (91)12-29860 | www.GovernorsResidence.com | ~$550

Park Royal Dagon Township, Myanmar

Experience Myanmar’s rich cultural heritage and old-world charm with cosy accommodations in the

33, Alan Pya Phaya Road, DagonTownship | (95)12-50388 | www.ParkRoyalHotels.com | ~$250

Savoy Hotel Dagon Township, Myanmar

Founded in 1995 and since then in private ownership, the Savoy Hotel is a four star colonial boutique hotel. All of its 85 full time employees are committed to a personalized and attentive service. The Savoy is ideally located in the picturesque area of Yangon, overlooking the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s “twinkling wonder” and the nearby People’s Park. Just ten minutes drive from the city centre and 20 minutes to the International Airport.

129, Dhammazedi Road | (95)15-26289 | www.Savoy-Myanmar.com |~$350


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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