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This active adventure tour takes you from Inle Lake across the scenic countryside and the fertile Shan Hills, cycling through the historic Bagan plain with its awe-inspiring ancient pagodas and concluding on pathways of the Irrawaddy. This tour is an excellent introduction to the variety this long-undiscovered country provides. Explore Myanmar by Bike.
Friendly Myanmar Team
4 to 14
Myanmar is a complex country struggling to find its identity, which makes it an enthralling tour destination! Our bike, boat and train journey takes us through the most picturesque parts of this country that has been shrouded in mystery for too long.
From the natural beauty of Inle Lake and the intrigue of the communities that inhabit it, to the scenic views of the Shan Hills, to the ancient ruins of Bagan and a different perspective from the waters of the Irrawaddy, this is a trip that takes in a diverse range of landscapes and includes some amazing riding. This tour is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in the culture, traditions, and cuisine of Myanmar and a unique opportunity to learn from natives why they remain hopeful for a peaceful and prosperous future. Experience the beauty of Myanmar by bike!
208 Km riding. You can expect to be on a range of paved roads and unpaved, hard-packed roads with a good rolling surface. The key element to the route is that it is low on traffic which is important in a developing country. We ride through villages, away from the noise and the fumes. Of course, with the weather, what it is and the country in a state of rapid development, the condition of any road can change quickly, but we have detailed knowledge and can always re-route for an optimal ride experience.
Glimpse the one-leg fishermen and floating communities on a boat ride around Inle Lake.
After a train ride into the Shan Hills, cycle back to the lake with views of rolling green valleys below.
Take in the sunset from the top of Mount Popa, a sacred pilgrimage site with killer views.
Pedal through the mystical pagodas of Bagan and stop at some significant temples.
Welcome to Yangon. Meet your tour guide this afternoon in our lovely, centrally located hotel. The best way to understand this sprawling capital city is to avoid the traffic and set off on foot. There’s plenty to see, taste and experience in the area just adjacent to the hotel, and your guide will show you all this with a walking tour to get you acquainted with your surroundings and each other.
We navigate Yangon’s legendary traffic heading out to the airport for our morning flight to Heho. It’s just over an hour by plane to the airport nearest Inle Lake and then a drive of around the same duration to reach Nyaung Shwe: the main town of the Inle area.
We stay on dry land rather than on the lake, to allow for more freedom of movement. In the afternoon we’ll start with a bike fitting before the warm-up ride around the Nyaung Shwe area to a mysterious local cave. From here, we’ll pedal to a beautiful sunset spot for a drink before settling into our hotel.
We’ll start our day with a ride around the area to learn about the local culture and farming habits of the people here, cycling around the eastern bank of Inle Lake before we hop on a boat. Once on the water, we’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the famous fishermen who stand on one leg as they row, as well as traditional silk weavers, and whole communities of stilt houses on the lake.
Everything from schools, shops, even the post office can be found out here, all within a short boat ride of each other. We will stop at some of the more interesting sites and visit the lake's renowned cottage industries. Depending on the day, we may come across local small businesses such as tofu and rice cracker production, bread baking, or lotus-silk weaving. This is usually a full day and we can expect to return to town by around 4pm.
We’ll start the day with a scenic train ride up into the Western Shan Hills. Once we’ve had a look around, we’ll hop on our bikes and cycle back down through the hills to Inle Lake, enjoying sweeping views over the lake along the way. We’ll stop at the pagodas of Indein before once again taking to the water for a boat back to Nyaung Shwe. Tonight try the fresh produce of the Shan Hills in a family-run restaurant.
This morning we’ll take a transfer up the surrounding hills again before cycling around two hours to the town of Pindaya. Once we’ve reached the town, we’ll head to a small suburb of Pindaya that is covered in tea plantations for a fun activity. We’ll walk around this small village and learn to pick tea leaves and sort them before making a tea leaf salad: a unique traditional Burmese dish.
Today we’ll take a rest from the bikes with a one hour transfer to Heho and flight to Bagan. Bagan is an ancient Burmese city situated on the eastern banks of the Irrawaddy river and is a sight to behold. The stunning, arid plains host a high density of Buddhist pagodas and monuments that give Bagan an other-worldly feel, and make it one of the country's main tourism drawcards.
We’ll spend the afternoon getting acquainted with this new setting before the opportunity to transfer to the pilgrimage site of Mt. Popa: a volcanic mountain that sits high above the Bagan plains and provides the optimal spot to watch the sunset over the mystical landscape below. It's enough to give anyone goosebumps! We’ll spend the night in Bagan.
We’ll start off the day by pedaling through Bagan, with stops at some of its more significant Buddhist sites such as Shwezigon, Dhamagyangyi, and Ananda, all built between the 14th and 19th centuries. Enjoy a free afternoon to make use of the hotel’s pool or go for your own exploration before we board a boat that will take us out on the Irrawaddy for sunset. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
A traditional teak boat is our first vehicle of the day, and we’ll enjoy the morning light from the boat illuminating the pagodas of Bagan from the Irrawaddy. Soon we’ll hop on our bikes and head out on dirt tracks through farmland, then onto sandy roads into villages that are rarely visited by foreigners. We’ll pedal away from the flatlands, through fields and bamboo villages. The riverbank trail eventually leads us to our boat, waiting to continue the journey towards Salay.
We will disembark at the restored Colonial house that is our home for the night, where a delicious traditional lunch awaits. This small, quiet riverside town hides a surprising number of intriguing sights and luckily is still off the typical tourist’s map. Once elegant, now slightly dilapidated Colonial-period houses line the Strand Road on the riverbank, some still emblazoned with the rampant lion emblem of the British Royals. We will explore this interesting town by bike and foot in the afternoon, checking out the largest lacquerware Buddha image in Myanmar, which is said to have washed up from the river after heavy flooding in 1888.
A morning walk of the town is a lovely way to spend your last few hours in rural Myanmar. The villagers will be out, trading produce at the market and selling the various breakfast snacks that you will likely be familiar with by now. All will be chatty and curious to have a rare visitor in town. Breakfast is a simple, but fulfilling meal and it’s then time to pack up and return to Bagan by vehicle. Your tour concludes on arrival Bagan. For those departing the country today, flights to Yangon or Mandalay for connection to international flights are frequent (and can be booked with us) and we can deliver you to the airport as required.
Quality, well-maintained Cannondale CX3 mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and comfortable saddles are also provided, with a women-specific version available.
4 nights are in supremely comfortable and well-run hotels which are a great and sometimes unexpected part of this tour. 2 nights are in a clean, 2-star hotel with private bathroom. 1 night is in simple but clean and functional guest houses with private bathrooms. In the simpler locations, we have chosen these properties for a number of reasons including the outstanding hospitality offered by the teams who run them and the fact that they enable us to actually ride some amazing routes.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very knowledgeable, and charming. For tours of 7+ people, an assistant guide will accompany the group to allow for flexibility and ensure attention to service & detail.
Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local guides 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 and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way. They will also keep your safety and comfort top priorities at all times.
An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
Burmese cuisine has a distinct flavor and theme. We will introduce you to authentic Burmese and Shan cuisine which is less about the central dish and more about the array of side dishes and condiments that it is accompanied by. 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.
Energy bars and 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.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
4 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 4 travelers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travelers - we will match you with another same-sex single traveler. If you want a single room there is an optional upgrade that you can book.
On this tour we provide Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers for additional navigational support. These are the latest in user-friendly navigation tech from Wahoo Fitness. With Wahoo devices you will be able to track your progress and monitor your route. Beyond their basic setup, the geek-cyclists will find Wahoo ELEMNTs to be excellent data mining devices allowing to measure almost any aspect of the ride.
This unique upscale hotel close to the heart of Yangon features classic Burmese style mixed with modern, high-quality facilities and amenities. Take a swim in a beautiful pool in a garden area, or browse a selection of shops and a gallery.
Experience an authentic look at local life near Inle Lake at this beautiful Eco Lodge set in between a canal and scenic rice paddies near the village of Nyaung Shwe. Stay in comfortable rooms built in the Shan eco-friendly way, enjoy modern amenities, an organic greenhouse, and relaxing spa during your visit.
This luxury hotel, located just a few minutes away from Old Bagan, offers gorgeous verdant surroundings, a relaxing pool, and plenty of outdoor seating. Get a good night’s rest in deluxe rooms before exploring Bagan.
I felt like I had time transported back in time when my husband and I visited Myanmar for a bike trip. Most people wear traditional dress and are so nice. We would be biking along and someone driving an ox cart would cross our path. Scooters with a family of three or four were ubiquitious. And the cry of "Mingleabba" (Burmese for Hello) was constant welcoming us as we biked through this country. We biked along the paths and roads along Inle Lake, in the Shan Hills, and near Mandalay and Bagan and saw amazing countryside. Our guide Phyo made sure we really got to experience his country. He knew so many people and places off the beaten path and we got to see how people really live and work.
The only way to truly experience the magic of Myanmar is by bike with Grasshopper Tours and their wonderful team!
Grasshopper Adventures put together a lovely trip and a great team with local people. The pace was perfect and the blending of cycling and touring/learning was well balanced. Kudos and we look forward to another adventure on 2 wheels.
A great introduction to Myanmar countryside, culture with some physical activity as well. A very well planed and organised tour with an excellent guide.
Myanmar was a beautiful country, with beautiful people. I cannot help thinking that it was the Grasshopper group that made the trip so extraordinarily pleasurable. We all loved it. Wonderful!
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.
Yes, it was a made a World Heritage Site in 2019. Read a our blog: Tour the Latest UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Multi-day Cycling Tours Frequently Asked Questions
On this tour, we have done our best to give you a comprehensive look at the heart and soul of Myanmar, with a visit to the capital city of Yangon, a thorough exploration of Inle Lake and the Shan Hills by bike, then a tour of captivating Bagan and the Irrawaddy. Along the way, you’ll cycle quiet roads away from traffic with some of the best sights and have the chance to participate in cultural activities as well as a couple of relaxing boat rides. This is by far the best way to discover this diverse country, by bike.
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