Bagan is known as a place to explore for those visiting Myanmar, and justifiably so. For those who crave more of an adventure, to escape the tourist destinations and connect with the real Myanmar, this is the tour for you. In two days of bike riding, you will experience an astounding sample of Myanmar's long history as an ancient civilisation and as a former British colony. But you will also see what Myanmar is today in real terms, more than you would understand by visiting only the towns and cities.
Ride on peaceful, empty roads, shaded gravel paths and riverside tracks that will bring you in direct contact with the village communities of the central Irrawaddy region where subsistence farmers scratch out a living from hard-won harvests and where the traditional way of life is authentically intact. We’ll sail down the river to Salay, home to an incredible collection of solid Colonial-era buildings in dilapidated but enchanting condition, is where the early exploiters of crude oil in Myanmar resided. It's also home to many magnificent and sacred Buddhist sites. The combination of cycling and boating create a wonderful balance in travel styles, and you will step back into modern Myanmar with a completely different point of view.
100 KM riding. The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads, tracks and sandy trails. The riding is easily achievable for those who are comfortable on a bike. You should be comfortable riding in quite hot conditions, especially outside of the winter months and it is highly recommended to get some practice on unsealed surfaces with a little loose sand and gravel as this will help you feel more confident on this ride.
Peak Season: For tours commencing from December 23 through January 3 there is a peak season surcharge of 15% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
Float in a traditional teak boat around Bagan, then after some cycling, board the boat again for a scenic trip to Salay.
Cycle off the beaten path far from crowds of tourists as you make your way through dry zone villages and fields.
Park your bikes to glimpse some intricate medieval mural painting along the route.
Savor a traditional lunch at a restored colonial house and slurp up noodles at a local shop.
WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT
We’ve carefully crafted this itinerary in order to take you off the beaten path to explore a part of Myanmar you otherwise wouldn’t discover. This two-day trip complements our tours in Bagan, or your own travel exploring this region of Myanmar. Cycle hidden paths through small villages that rarely, if ever, see foreigners and take in plenty of cultural stops along the way. The addition of boat travel to this tour provides some relaxation and beautiful views as well as access to places we otherwise couldn’t reach. Our expert guides are full of knowledge and will look after your comfort and safety for the duration of the tour, ensuring you have a premium tour experience. Enjoy fun cycling and a great itinerary on your bike exploration of Bagan and Salay.