Highlights Of Myanmar Motorcycle Tour

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Join us on a motorcycle tour through the beautiful and varied landscape of Myanmar. Experience the ancient Burmese capitals, drive through the fertile highlands of Shan State and admire the ancient temple ruins on of Bagan Kingdom. On this 10-day Myanmar motorcycle tour you will drive mostly on paved roads and experience the country at close range. Driving a two wheeler is the best way to explore the hidden gems of the country.

Duration: 10 days
Route: MandalayPindayaInle LakeKakkuKalawMt PopaBagan – Mandalay
Price: Contact our office
Meals: BB
Guide: English speaking local motorbike guide

Join-in tour departures:
2016: 18thSep, 2ndOct, 6thNov, 11th Dec
Private departures are available on any dates (subject to availability)  


Tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Mandalay

Today is arrival day. If you would like us to arrange airport transfer for you please do let us know otherwise you can take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Settle in and free time to explore Mandalay before our evening get-together. Meet the local tour leader for trip briefing.

Overnight stay: Hotel Yadanarbon 3* or similar in Mandalay

 

Day 2: Explore the Royal Capitals on two wheels

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This is perfect warm up day exploring highlights of Mandalay and old royal capitals south of the city.
We first drive up to Mandalay Hill for panoramic views over the city and visit the only teak palace building that survived WWII bombs and fire. We drive through small lanes of Zegyo market teeming with life and continue to jade market where you will find traders walking around with stacks of cash and precious stones. Our next stop is at the Mahamuni Buddha “the holiest in Mandalay” brought to Mandalay as war bounty from Rakhine. We continue drive to Ubein bridge for a photo and then cross the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing and drive to Sagaing Hills for great views over the river, temples and pagodas of the monastic center Sagaing. From here we follow Irrawaddy River and enjoy pleasant drive to Mingun. From Mingun we return to Mandalay by boat and enjoy some refreshments on the boat during the 1hr river journey.

Distance covered: approx. 80 km
Overnight stay: Hotel Yadanarbon 3* or similar in Mandalay

 

Day 3: Mandalay – Kyaukse – Ywagan – Pindaya

After breakfast we drive on old Mandalay Yangon highway to Kyaukse and take a smaller recently improved road leading through mountainous region to Ywagan town. Lunch break at Ywagan and continue ride to Pindaya. Pindaya is known for its limestone caves. According to legends they connect all the way to Bagan. This is long driving day and we will arrive to Pindaya late afternoon.

Distance covered: Approx. 210km
Overnight stay: Brilliant Hotel 3* or similar in Nyaung Shwe

 

Day 4: Pindaya – Inle Lake

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Morning stroll at the colorful Pindaya market where Taung Yoe, Danu and Pao minorities come for trading. Visit to Pindaya cave and continue with drive to Inle Lake (around 2hrs). This afternoon will be on the lake steered by our boat drivers. During the boat trip you will see Inn Thar fishermen with interesting rowing and fishing techniques and floating gardens. Our hotel is situated in Nyaung Shwe town where you will find many restaurants and bars.

Distance covered: Approx. 90km

Overnight stay: Brilliant Hotel 3* in Nyaung Shwe or similar

 

Day 5: Taunggyi – Kakku – Pao leader’s village – Inle

Day trip to explore Kakku and Pao leader’s village. If you want to take a break from driving you can just take it easy on this day. We first drive to Aye Tha Yar wineyard where German wine maker has been perfecting his produce for a decade already.  Continue ride up the mountain to Taunggyi capital of Shan state. From Taunggyi  we drive to ancient ruins of Kakku located east of Inle Lake sheltered by a mountain range. From Kakku we drive over the mountain range through Pao territory area where most ladies are wearing Pao national dress black tunic and bright orange or pink turban. Return to Nyaung Shwe for the evening perhaps with a stop at the Red Mountain wineyard which is on the way.

Distance covered: Approx. 90km

Overnight stay: Brilliant Hotel 3* in Nyaung Shwe or similar

 

Day 6: Inle – Indein – Kalaw

Our Myanmar motorcycle journey continues along paddy fields on the western shore of the lake to Indein where we will do a short photo stop at the Indein archaeological site and continue on road to Aung Ban. This is a pleasant 50km ride with some green mountains and vast farming field scenery. In Aung Ban we join main road to Kalaw. Afternoon is free for exploring Kalaw and around. You can drive to a reservoir lake for a swim or explore where the railway tracks lead and explore some minority villages that rarely get western visitors.

Distance covered: Approx. 80km

Overnight stay: Pine Breeze Hotel 2* or similar in Kalaw

 

Day 7: Kalaw – Meiktila – Mt Popa – Bagan

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This morning we head out of Kalaw hill station town. Soon after leaving town the winding road starts to decent from Shan Highlands to Meiktila. The green mountain valleys change to flat and dry zone terrain of Magwe. After a little break in Meiktila “time permitting “we can do a little detour to Mt. Popa, a center for “Nat” spirits worshipping. Visit a Nat shrine and climb to top of the volcanic plug mountain standing up in the middle of the farming fields near the Mt Popa extinct volcano. From here we continue further 80km/ 2hrs to Bagan.

Distance covered: Approx. 230km
Overnight stay: Bagan Umbra Resort 3* in Bagan or similar

 

Day 8: Bagan

Leisure time in Bagan. Enjoy swimming pool and relaxing. Explore Bagan with bicycle or by e-bike. Foreigners are not allowed to drive motorbikes in the Bagan area. E-bikes are the latest craze in Bagan and fun way to explore small tracks and hidden temples where tourist busses can’t reach.

Recommended Optional tour: Sunrise hot air balloon flight over Bagan

Overnight stay: Bagan Umbra Resort 3* or similar in Bagan

 

Day 9: Bagan – Mandalay

Your last day of the Myanmar motorcycle tour, drive to Mandalay is around 5 hrs via Myingan town. This road is paved and has light traffic passing through small villages en-route. Most of the vehicles use the new Yangon Mandalay highway so we will have this road almost for us. We will arrive to Mandalay in the afternoon. Spend the last afternoon exploring Mandalay on your own or relax at hotel.

This evening we enjoy together a celebratory farewell dinner with the team.

Distance covered: Approx. 170km
Overnight stay: Hotel Yadanarpon 3* in Mandalay or similar

 

Day 10: Mandalay

Check out from your hotel. If you would like us to arrange transfer for you please do let us know. It is not included in the join in tours price.
Ask for beach and other Myanmar extension packages!


Our tour price includes

* English speaking local tourleader
* Motorbike and helmet for each participant
* Accommodation
* Meals as indicated in our itinerary
* Entrance fees and zone fees


Not included

* Flights to and from Myanmar
* Private Insurance
* Expenses of a personal nature