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2 days/1 Night
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Explore the lesser-known, but even more spectacular lower part of the Inle and Samkar lakes. In just 2 days we will cycle the upper and lower lake on little-traveled roads and discover parts of the Inle lake area that remain very authentic, hidden from the eyes of tourists. Here you’ll see village and farm life the way it has carried on for centuries in Myanmar. We will use bikes, boats, and kayaks to fully absorb the beauty of the lakes and its surroundings. Our accommodation for the night will be a beautiful family-run Resort, boasting with individual bungalows and views on the lake in the village of Phaya Taung.
+ Cottage industries
+ Ethnic communities
+ Off-road riding
+ Indein canal and lake crossing
+ Expert guide
+ Boat fares
+ Hotel pickup
Please note: Myanmar day tours will not operate April 12th to 17th due to Burmese New Year holidays. We will re-open April 18th and apologize for any inconvenience. Hope you enjoy the many celebrations happening this time of year!
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Bike & Boat Trip to Samkar
Your excitement to begin this journey will make the early morning start easier. After picking you up from your hotel at 7:00 (time may differ if you are staying on the lake), we’ll securely store our bikes and luggage on a boat and start the day by crossing the lake.
At Indein, we disembark and start our ride. As we pedal off, we’ll leave the crowds of tourists in our dust, then follow a small countryside road with the beautiful Shan hills passing by on our right side and glimpses of the lake on our left. Once we’ve cycled around 26km, we’ll reach the bridge that connects the two lakes. This is an optimal place for a break, with amazing views of the converging bodies of water. Let’s hop back on the bikes, cross the bridge and continue our way to Samkar. Samkar is our well-guarded secret, but won’t stay this way for long, as its stupas that look as though they rise directly from the calm water are gaining a reputation for their beauty.
A well-deserved and satisfying lunch will be prepared us for the second half of the day, as we set off to explore the village by foot before returning to the boat for a relaxing ride to our final destination for the day: Phaya Thaung.
Phaya Thaung is still far off the tourist radar, but thanks to Aung Min and his wife, it boasts a beautiful, high-end accommodation, the Inle Sanctuary, where we will be spending the night. This little village is located on a hilltop that houses a monastery with splendid views over the lake. A relaxing afternoon will have us wandering around this charming town, discovering local handicrafts as we learn about village life and relax on our bungalow’s terraces. Taking in the views from here will be a wonderful end to an enjoyable day of cycling.
Bike, Boat & Kayaking
With a hearty breakfast to prepare us for the exciting day ahead, we will load into the boat again, setting off to the other side of the lake. Today we will cycle the small countryside track that winds along the shore of the lake. On our way, we will have the opportunity to visit some small villages and some beautiful pagodas off the beaten path.
After 20km of riding, we will make our way back to the bridge that connects both lakes. From here, we board our boat and ride to where lunch awaits - in a private stilt house on the lake. This is an excellent way to get a true taste of traditional Shan cooking and spend some time with locals. Fully satisfied from this delicious local meal, next we hop into kayaks and discover the floating villages from a different perspective. Stay active as you paddle your way through a floating village, visiting family businesses that are normally hidden from the eyes of tourists.
To end a great adventure we will ride back by boat to Nyaung Shwe and give our last farewells to the lake and its people, fully satisfied with our multifaceted active adventure.
Quality, well-maintained GT mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour, fitted with full hydraulic brakes, hybrid tires for touring. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and comfortable saddles are also provided, with a women's specific version available.
We will spend the night in the Inle Sanctuary Resort - an ecolodge, the boasts with luxury stilt houses and splendid views on the lake.
We will introduce you to authentic Shan cuisine. Included meals are listed in the day-by-day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
Small Group Size
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travelers. And we limit the group size to only 8 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
Take it Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
Price for teenagers from 13 to 15 is $240USD.
Take a look at our Myanmar Travel Guide.Here is some general information about travel in Myanmar.
Fabulous! In our opinion, it is one of the most delicious and exciting cuisines in Southeast Asia. Read our blog about the pickled tea leaf salad.
Follow this link for general questions about our multi-day cycling tours: Multi-day Cycling Tours Frequently Asked Questions
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This trip is packed with cultural exploration, scenic rides, and kayaking. This is the ideal way to explore Myanmar as a family, taking in some of its highlights along with off-the-beaten-track countryside and villages for a more in-depth look at this fascinating country. Rest assured knowing that we’ve taken care of all of the small details, choosing accommodations that are happy to have kids around and planning out the best route that will keep everyone engaged and comfortable on the bikes.
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