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Mandalay To Bagan Cycling - 11 Days


Cycle through evergreen jungles, mountains and rural countryside in one of the less visited countries in the world with the Mandalay To Bagan Cycling tour including stops at Amarapura and the world's largest teak bridge and the extinct volcano at Mount Popa. You will pedal your way to flavorful markets and to simple riverside life along the Irrawaddy River. You will also find your way to temple sites in this Myanmar tour filled with exciting cycling adventure.


Day 1 - Mandalay (D)


Upon arrival at Mandalay, your Exo guide will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

This afternoon is at leisure- a car and guide are at your disposal for sightseeing.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Mandalay Airport to hotel: 1 hour


Day 2 - Mandalay - Amarapura - Mingun (B,L)


After breakfast at the hotel, it’s time to begin cycling! We will take some time to do a bike fitting before heading out to Mandalay’s outskirts.

Heading to the southwest of the city, your first destination is the 18th century capital of Amarapura (17 kms/ app 1 hour). Stop here to visit U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. The bridge spans over 1.2 kilometers in length and offers fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.

Continue by bike across the Irrawaddy River to Mingun (33 kms/ app 2 hours). Visit the main sites of Mingun beginning with the famous Mingun Pahtodawgyi. This huge brick structure was left unfinished after an astrologer predicted the King’s would die should the temple be completed. In the 1800s, an earthquake left several large cracks in the structure. Continue your visit at the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda whose distinctive style is meant to resemble the mythical Mount Meru. Then, see the Mingun Bell which weighs 90 tons and is considered the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell.

Lunch at local restaurant.

This afternoon, return to Mandalay by boat. This 1-1.5 hour journey along the Irrawaddy is a great way to observe the lives of the fishermen and enjoy the beautiful, tranquil scenery.

Upon reaching Mandalay, you will explore the hidden places of the city by car. Stops will be made at a workshop making gold leaf, where the craftsmen use ancient techniques handed down over generations. You’ll also visit Mahamuni Pagoda, home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years, has been covered with gold leaf giving it an almost ‘lumpy’ texture. End the day with enjoying the magnificent sunset view from the top of Mandalay Hill.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Distance and journey time:

Cycle distance: up to 50 km

Difficulty: Easy


Day 3 - Mandalay - Pyin Si - Meikhtila (B,L)


Today’s journey takes you to Meikhtila. The journey starts on bike from Mandalay to Pyin Si Junction and then continues the last stretch by car. (Bike: Mandalay – Pyin Si Junction 45 km/ 2 hours; car from Pyin Si - Meikhtila 2-3 hours)

Along the way, you will pass by the villages and you will have unparalleled opportunities to observe traditional lifestyles of the rural Burmese. After biking we’ll stop for lunch at the village or on route (lunch box) and then switch to our bus for the remainder of the journey. Should you wish to continue biking you may but the road is quite hilly.

Upon reaching Meikhtila, check in to your hotel and, if you’re not feeling tired, explore this small town on foot. The city is centered on a lake and is home to several well-known pagodas. Meikhtila was also the site of a famous battle during World War II although these days there is little evidence of this event.

Dinner at local restaurant (own account)

Overnight in Meikhtila.

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Pyin Si to Meikhtila: 2-3 hours

Cycle distance: 45 km

Difficulty: Easy


Day 4 - Meikhtila - Popa (B,L)


This morning is a scenic ride to Mt Popa. The road is good and the light traffic, varied scenery and lots of stops make it an enjoyable ride. The terrain starts out quite hilly but there are options to ride in the support van if you wish.

Mid-afternoon we’ll arrive at Popa Mountain Resort, a lovely hotel on top of a hill overlooking the country’s most famous nat shrine. Relax and enjoy the tranquil setting as you go for a swim or simply sit on your balcony and soak in the views.

Overnight at Popa Mountain Resort.

Distance and journey time:

Cycle distance: up to 110 km

Difficulty: Hard


Day 5 - Popa - Bagan (B,L)


After breakfast, start with an easy bike down from your hotel to the base of Mt. Popa. From here you can climb the almost 900 stairs to the top of Popa Taung Kalat. As you walk to the top you will pass dozens of nat shrines and many local pilgrims who come to honour these spirits. From the top you will have superb views of the surrounding plains.

Then proceed to Bagan by bike along Byatta Pan Sat Road which leads to Kyauk Padaung – Nyaung U road.

En-route stop at a village and palm garden to see ways of life of rural people in this area. A picnic lunch box will be served along the way.

Arrive in Bagan this afternoon and check into your hotel.

After freshening up take a horse cart ride to an elevated temple to watch the sunset over the pagoda-filled plains.

Overnight in Bagan.

Distance and journey time:

Cycling distance: 50 km

Difficulty: Easy


Day 6 - Bagan (B,L)


After breakfast at the hotel, spend a full day biking around the ancient temples.

Start with a visit to the colourful Nyaung Oo Market where the locals come to buy and trade fresh produce and handicrafts. Continue to Shwezigon Pagoda, known for its magnificent golden stupa, and Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings. Your final visit this morning is at the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

Take a break from the midday heat for lunch and a chance to relax.

This afternoon, observe the process of traditional lacquer ware, one of Myanmar's best-known handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. Then, visit Ananda, an architectural masterpiece reflecting the early-style of Bagan temple construction and containing four impressive standing Buddha images. Continue to nearby Ananda Okkyaung, one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period.

Overnight in Bagan.

Distance and journey time:

Cycling distance: 20 km

Difficulty: Very Easy


Day 7 - Bagan - Departure (B)


After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for your departure flight.

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