Full Day Bike, Boat & Kayak Tour around Inle Lake
An unforgettable day tour by bike, boat & kayak - Explore the stunning Inle Lake and colourful communities who live on & around it, cycling at a relaxed pace on secret village trails away from the crowds, journeying by boat through canals and the maze of floating gardens and exploring the local stilt villages by kayak. This is the best way to discover the hidden side of Inle, both on the lake and its surrounding villages.
This bike tour runs from Nyaung Shwe.
Inle Lake is one of Myanmar's most stunning natural areas and there's no better way to experience the lake and its hidden surroundings than by bicycle, boat & kayak. Our methods of travel and secret hidden routes enable you to get up close and personal with the communities who live both on and around the lake. There is plenty of unique opportunities for you to stop, engage with the locals, learn about local crafts and daily life and savour your experience with some great photos.
Highlights of the day include riding on small tracks away from the traffic, taking us through bamboo forests and remote communities. A local food & produce exploration of village specialties, transfer by boat through the famous floating gardens to our top secret cycling location. Lunch in a Shan house on the lake and a gentle kayak through stilt communities in the cooler afternoon temperatures. A full day of unique adventure taking in some of Inle's hidden highlights and leaving you feeling satisfied.
Please note: Our Inle Lake bike tours will not operate April 13th to 17th due to Burmese New Year holidays. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you enjoy the many celebrations happening this time of year.
1 day duration
25 km distance
Tour Features & Inclusions
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We've spent months researching the area to find the secret paths, trails and backroads. You can expect shade, gardens, villages and possibly a little mud, but you won't be surrounded by traffic, noise or crowds of tourists.
Quality, well maintained GT mountain bikes with hydraulic disc brakes, water bottle and international standard helmet are provided. These are very capable bikes that are a pleasure to ride and able to carry you in comfort throughout the tour. For groups of 6+ people a specialist Bike Mechanic will also accompany the group.
This tour includes boat rides through Inle's unique maze of floating gardens to some of our top secret locations and transfers to the lakes stilt communities. You'll also enjoy a relaxed afternoon kayaking through these communities during the cooler part of the day.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country.
This tour explores the wonderful landscapes in and around Inle Lake. This is the second largest lake in Myanmar, providing a vital source of food and economy for the surrounding communities. Keep your eyes peeled for the lakes famous traditional fishermen rowing with their feet.
Throughout the day we enjoy local delicacies and roadside snacks, and we will stop for lunch at a locally owned family restaurant to experience traditional Burmese cooking at its finest.
1 to 8
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 1 traveller. And we limit the group size to only 8 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
We have a range of kids sized bikes, tag-alongs and child seats so there's no reason to leave the kids at the hotel. And to help families we offer discounts to all children aged 15 years and below: Ages 0 to 4 years - 50% off / Ages 5 to 12 years - 30% off / Ages 13 to 15 years - 10% off
For Inle Bike, Boat and Kayak Tour
Meet at the Grasshopper Adventures Shop
Our day begins meeting at the Grasshopper shop located in central Nyaung Shwe at 7:45am. After introductions comes a bike fitting, safety briefing, and the start of the Inle story from your guide; then it's off on the bikes.
Cycle the local villages and countryside
After passing through town we begin with a bit of a warmup ride, finding our pace on gravel road following a quiet canal. Out here you'll get to witness genuine local life away from the masses, spotting water buffalo, farmers and people on boats going about daily business along the way. Red dirt roads open up to expansive views of the countryside that rings the lake with our surroundings and local activity dictated by the seasons.
Narrow trails and local sights
Cycling on we get into narrower trails through bamboo forests and along the edges of fields full of crops and flowers. Molasses production, rice milling, planting, harvesting, there's always a lot going on in these villages and the kids will almost certainly be out in force to cheer you along. We'll make sure to have some special stops along the ride to check out highlights and snap some great pictures.
Village food & produce exploration
After moving briefly to wider roads we'll arrive in the small town of Khaung Daing. Here we'll take a looping ride through the village from house to house seeing medieval bread kilns, tofu production, rice wine distilling, rice cracker drying and maybe some bright red chillies being bagged up for market; there will also be a chance to sample some of these specialties along the way.
Explore the floating gardens by boat
After exploring Khaung Daing and refuelling on local snacks we hop into our long-tail boat, along with the bikes, for our first trip on the water. This trip takes us through the maze of floating gardens unique to Inle Lake, taking advantage of ample hydration and used to grow a variety of seasonal vegetables and greens atop the water. Our boat will then continue on towards our very own secret destination, an isolated peninsula.
Cycle Hidden Inle
Arriving at our special location we'll take to the bikes again, following a little used rural route along dirt trails, beside water channels and rice paddies, getting far off the beaten track into remote communities that seldom see tourists.
Boat out to the lake and local lunch
Following our adventure of the countryside we'll follow a horse-shoe like loop returning to a different section of the lake where our long-tail boat will be waiting to take us out on the water for lunch at a local Shan house. We arrive into a quieter area of the lake among a small stilt community where we can relax and enjoy a truly 'home cooked' lunch.
After a short rest to let lunch settle and soak up the picturesque views across the lake we will then take to the kayaks for a laid back paddle taking us through three villages, floating tomato gardens and across a stretch of open lake. Our long tail will accompany us and give you complete freedom of choice about how far your adventure takes you.
Transfer back to Nyang Shwe
Following our kayak we will return by boat transferring across the lake back to town of Nyang Shwe. The cruise back is a good opportunity to catch some last minute photos of the lake and surrounding valley in the afternoon light. Arriving in town it is just a short ride to conclude our trip at the Grasshopper Adventures Shop, and maybe drop in on a great little place nearby for a refreshing drink to top off a fantastic day's adventure.
What's the Riding Like?
Flat terrain, some dirt
25 km riding
Can be hot Mar-Sep
We ride on a variety of terrain, from a few paved sections of quiet road, some rougher, unpaved, hard packed dirt roads and some really fun little trails only traversable on two wheels. The ride is almost entirely flat with only a slight rise here and there. The distance is around 40km, although this can vary depending on route variation due to weather and road conditions. It is almost always a comfortable temperature at Inle, but in the months of December and January, it can be cold enough to warrant a jacket or windbreaker.
The kayaking is all on flat water with no currents or major obstacles. It is broadly achievable for anyone, no experience required. We use sit on top, double and single kayaks with life jackets provided. Our staff are first aid trained and have taken courses in water safety also.
Making a Booking
Like what you see? Book Inle Bike, Boat and Kayak day tour with Grasshopper Adventures.
Click on the 'Book this tour' button below or at the top of the page to reserve your place on this tour.
Full payment will be taken at the time of booking.
Should you wish to book less than 24 hours in advance, you should contact the Grasshopper shop on +95 (0) 925 7546 905 to confirm your booking.
This tour departs every day at 8 am from the Grasshopper Adventures shop in Nyaung Shwen. You can book online today or call us to book your spot on this trip.
This tour is not recommended for riders under the age of 8
Starting Time & Meeting Point
Grasshopper Adventures Shop
Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake
Paung Taw Pyan Street, Third Maine Li Quarter, South side of Kangyi Monastery, Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar
Phone: +95 (0) 977 577 3435
Meeting time: 07:45am
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What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
I went on the bike, boat and kayak tour of Inle Lake. What an amazing experience! Sam was the perfect tour guide in showing us hidden trails where we were able to see local communities and various lifestyles. He was also great at answering all of our questions - I learned so much!
I did the bike and kayak day tour of inle lake and it was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life … There are too many highlights to write about but I would urge (no plead) with you to take this tour.
It actually felt like a foodie-tour as we got the chance to taste a lot of delicious things and had a really nice lunch at the lake … if you have just 1 or 2 days to spend at Inle lake (which would be a pity!) you should consider this as the most varied tour you can do in one day without rushing it!
bike and kayak tour was great. a very local experience. knowledgeable guides, good english, great sights, including a spontaneous invitation to a farmer family. lots of food provided on the tour! highly recommended
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