Full Day Bike & Boat Tour of Inle Lake's Surrounds
This is a thrilling full day bike tour, perfect for those who love a mix of adventurous riding and cultural insight. The specially crafted route has taken us time to refine and perfect, passing through tribal farming areas of the plateau before a wind-in-your-hair descent through the beautiful Shan Hills to reach the shores of Inle Lake. The adventure doesn't stop here though! A day that's guaranteed to be in your top highlights from Myanmar.
This bicycle tour runs from Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake.

On this tour we start high in the hills above the lake to explore the farms, villages and pasture lands of the plateau before a sweeping descent down to the lake, making today's distance quite achievable.

The exertions of the morning will be rewarded with lunch before we visit the romantic stupas of Indein, giving us an idea of what Bagan would look like today if left to itself. At the end of our ride we will board a long-tail boat for an exciting journey up a narrow, jungle-sided canal to reach the open waters of the lake, bringing us back to Nyaung Shwe.

Please note: Myanmar day tours will not operate April 13th to 16th due to Burmese New Year holidays. We will re-open April 17th and apologise for any inconvenience. Hope you enjoy the many celebrations happening this time of year!

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Tour details

$95 USD

1 day duration

38 km distance

Difficulty: Somewhat challenging

Tour code: GHIM16

Tour Features & Inclusions

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Cycling hidden routes & Villages - Grasshopper Adventures Bike Tour

Hidden Trails

There's enough tarmac at the start of the ride to warm your legs up and get a feel for the bike but then it's gravel and dirt roads for pretty much the rest of the day. The morning's hilly roads are all wide and open (with great views!) and as they are not technically challenging they should present no problems for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. In the afternoon we disappear into the forests along narrow dirt paths which climb gently through the foothills. In the wetter months these trails do become muddy, which adds to the fun!

Kayaking through the floating forrest


This tour includes a boat ride across Inle Lake to break up the riding. It's a great way to see traditionally made bamboo stilt houses, floating vegetable gardens and witness the daily lives of the famous lake fishermen. 

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Nice Wheels

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.

Local tour guide Asia smile

Your Guide

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.

Leg Rowing Fisherman on Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

Inle Lake

This tour explores the wonderful landscapes around Inle Lake. This is the second largest lake in Myanmar, providing a vital source of food & economy for the surrounding communities. Keep your eyes peeled for traditional fishermen rowing with their feet.

Bike Tour Snacks tropical fruit


Breakfast starts with tea at a typical Burmese Tea Shop in the small mountain town of Aung Ban. Throughout the day we will stop to savour local delicacies and roadside snacks. Lunch at a family run restaurant is complimented by a visit to a local vineyard for a wine tasting, a perfect way to end the day.

Small group cycling tours

2 to 8

This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 people. And we limit the group size to 8 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.

Smiling Kid - Childrens Discount

Kids' Prices

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

Tour Itinerary

For Mountains and Lake Bike Adventure

Pickup from your Hotel
Our Mountain and Lake Day Tour starts with a pickup from your hotel at approximately 7:00am for a drive up into the western mountains of the southern Shan State. The drive takes around 1 hour 15 minutes, giving us a good head start up at a high elevation. Here we have a bike fitting, safety briefing and an introduction to our day's riding before hitting the bikes and really beginning our journey.

Scenic Morning Ride
The ride starts out with enough tarmac to warm up our legs (around 14km) as we move quickly out of town with grand views over patchwork fields and a backdrop of high mountains. Local farmers and villagers from the Pa-O and Danu tribes go about their daily life, quick to return a smile and a wave as we roll by. There are four sustained but steady climbs to tackle as we leave the tarmac and move onto a wide gravel road. We'll be stopping at times to catch our breath and see local highlights such as basket weaving, an activity that supplements local farming income. The landscape opens up to expansive views over the Shan Plateau. Amid the scenic rural landscape and cabbage fields we see towering shady trees that are sacred and believed to be the abode of Nat spirits.

Downhill Coast
After around 25 km we'll stop in one of the local villages for a snack stop before riding into scenery that gets more and more dramatic. Some small climbs en-route present a moderate challenge, but soon we are rewarded with our most exciting descent - one that extends for 12 km - giving scenic views of the lake and distant mountain range.

Boat Ride on the Lake
We reach the lake at Indein Village where we'll enjoy a hearty lunch in a typical restaurant. We will visit the romantic stupas on Indein before loading our bikes and ourselves into a long-tail boat for a thrilling  trip down the Indein Canal. This narrow, jungle-lined waterway has a unique set of bamboo weirs through which we will drop before heading out across the open lake. We'll pass by villages of the Intha People and see their unique farming and fishing methods. Floating vegetable gardens, anchored by bamboo stakes grow delicious tomatoes,  and conical framed fishing nets provide us the iconic image of the famous leg rowing fisherman. There is plenty to see as we make our way across the lake eventually arriving back in Nyaung Shwe.

What's the Riding Like?

some hilly terrain

38 km riding

can be cold Nov-Feb

This trip rides on a wide variety of surfaces, from tarmac to gravel to dirt, but does not encounter anything particularly technical and does not require serious mountain-biking skills. Some experience in riding on unpaved roads and trails on loose gravel and rough surfaces would help you get the most from the day and you should be confident in controlling the speed of a bike. We will help you to develop all these skills a little more during the ride, but you should be familiar with a bike to start with. There are a few rolling hills at the start, but for the most part this tour is downhill or flat which makes the experience a very achievable one. It's important to note that this tour is as much about the scenery as the riding, so the pace is no race....we always ride to the speed of the slowest member of the group.

During November to February, we recommend a wind breaker or jacket as the weather up in the hills can be quite cool. 

Making a Booking

Like what you see? Book Mountains and Lake Bike Adventure 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.

A minimum of two people are required for this tour to run.

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 to confirm your booking.

For Assistance Phone:+95 977 577 3435

Departing Daily

We will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00am for a van transfer to the mountains, where your bikes will be waiting. You can book online today or call us to book your spot on this trip.

This tour is not recommended for riders under 15 years old.

Please note: Myanmar day tours will not operate April 13th to 16th due to Burmese New Year holidays. We will re-open April 17th and apologise for any inconvenience. Hope you enjoy the many celebrations happening this time of year!

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Pickup Time & Office Address

This tour begins with a pickup from your hotel at approximately 7:00am

For a face to face chat about this and other amazing tours feel free to visit us at our shop.

Grasshopper Adventures Shop 
Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake                                
Paung Taw Pyan Street, Third Maine Li Quarter, South side of Kangyi Monaster, Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar
For Assistance Phone: +95 977 577 3435

What our guests tell us...

Just a selection of our great reviews!

Another fantastic ride with Grasshopper Adventures, this time with our guide Wai from the Inle shop. My girlfriend and I opted to do the Mountains and Lake Bike Adventure, a full day of experiences you just wouldn't get if you tried to explore this area on your own. Wai was very knowledgeable and he gave a comprehensive & detailed account of the area and its history throughout the day, various stops along the way gave the opportunity to interact with locals in ways you wouldn't normally have the opportunity to do. We certainly recommend Grasshopper Adventures for their bike tours. Thank you again Grasshopper.

MikeJanuary 2018

Excellent experience & would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone willing to dust it out a little, enjoys hiking up & down hills on a MTB and loves countrysides.

jeetsterrFebruary 2019

Can’t recommend this trip enough. Bikes were great, Sam & our driver were great & itinerary was a perfect mix to get you off the beaten track around Lake Inle

ElaineApril 2018

although I'm not really the sort of person who likes organized tours, something about your company told me I could expect an adventure. What a great choice! We loved every minute of it

801colleengNovember 2018

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