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Cycle Yangon to Bagan - 8 Days


Cycle from Yangon to the historic temple-filled plains of Bagan on this 8-day Myanmar tour - an unprecedented chance to discover the rhythms of the Burmese countryside.

You'll pedal quiet, flat side streets through countless villages and the towns of Pyay and Magway before climbing your way to the top of Mount Popa and descending into Bagan.

Fully guided and with a support vehicle on hand, this active vacation allows you to set your own pace.


Day 1 - Yangon - Pyay


Yangon, MyanmarUpon arrival in Yangon, your car and guide will greet you at the airport. The morning is free for sightseeing or shopping (no entrance fees are included). We recommend to pick up snacks and drinks at the grocery store nearby.

Around noon, transfer to the Yangon train station where you will board the ’71 up’ train to Pyay. You’ll be seated in cushioned chairs perfect for enjoying the beautiful scenery of Burmese countryside. The journey takes around 5-6 hours. There are vendors hopping on and off the train selling snacks, drinks and tea.

Disembark at a station just outside Pyay and continue by road the last hour to Pyay.

Overnight in Pyay.

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Yangon to Pyay: 6 hours


Day 2 - Pyay (B,L)


Cycling in MyanmarFuel up with a good breakfast before setting off on your first day of riding.

Starting from the hotel, bike to Paung Ta Le to see the morning market. The market is 12 miles from the town center along a quiet road. The market is very lively in the morning and the vendors are extremely friendly. Enjoy perusing the stalls and stop for a cup of tea if you wish.

Then bike back to Mhaw Zar, around 5 miles, to see Sri Khetra archeological museum. On the way stop at Payama. Payama is one of four stupas that once sat at the corners of the old Sri Khetra city walls and at this particular site unique bronze statues of musical troops were excavated.

After visiting the Museum, proceed to Baw Baw Gyi Paya, another of the four corner stupas. From Baw Baw Gyi you can also visit to the sites of Lay Myat Nar temple and Ba Yin Ma cemetery. Then return back to Pyay to visit Payagyi (the third corner stupa). Nearby is a famous Sal Tree, the tree under which Buddha was born.

We’ll return to the hotel for lunch and a break from the midday heat.

This afternoon, cross the river to visit Shwe Bon Thar Muni Paya. From this elevated point enjoy views of Pyay town across Irrawaddy River. Return back to Pyay and climb up to Shwesandaw Paya to enjoy sunset.

Overnight in Pyay.

Distance and journey time:

Cycle distance: up to 48 km

Difficulty: Easy


Day 3 - Pyay - Magway (B,L)


After breakfast, you will depart Pyay by car and head toward Magway.

At Koe Pin Junction we’ll start today’s biking. The route covers 60 km, passing many villages. The road is flat and limited traffic allowing plenty of time to stop and interact with the locals.

A lunch box will be served on the way, as well as some local soft drinks and fresh fruits.

When you arrive to the main street near Thit Yar Kaut Village, you will get your car again and transfer the final 26 km to Magaway.

There is plenty of time to relax and prepare for tomorrow’s challenging ride, or you can explore the town. Across the Irrawaddy from Magway is the unusual Na Ka Pwe Taung, an unusual pool of bubbling mud with a nearby temple.

Overnight in Magway.

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Thit Yar Kaut village to Magway: 30 mins

Cycle distance: up to 60 km

Difficulty: Medium


Day 4 - Magway - Popa (B,L)


Wake up early this morning and fuel up for a challenging ride to Mount Popa. On the way, the scenery changes as you cross into one of the most arid regions of Myanmar. The landscape is filled with toddy palm fields and you will have a chance to stop and observe the process of creating toddy juice. The toddy-palm plays an important role in Myanmar rural life, beyond creating juice and sugars for the people, it also provides shade as well as provides materials for making household utensils, building and medicines.

A lunch box will be served on the way, as well as some local soft drinks and fresh fruits.

This afternoon you’ll reach Popa Mountain Resort in evening. This beautiful eco-friendly resort is perched on the slopes of a volcanic peak and features spectacular views of the surrounding planes. Take a swim in the pool or simply relax in the quiet environs.

Dinner this evening is at the resort.

Overnight at Mt Popa Mountain Resort.

Distance and journey time:

Cycle distance: up to 122 km

Difficulty: Hard


Day 5 - Popa - Bagan (B,L)


Mount Popa, MyanmarCheck out of your hotel this morning and climb up on the top of the Mount Popa. Mount Popa has played an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since earliest times. Its shrine is dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. Learn about nats and nat worship as you climb local the stairs to the top with your guide. The view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the volcanic peak is impressive.

Return to the base where your bikes will be waiting for the journey to Bagan (50km). The route begins with a downhill ride followed by flat roads through toddy palm farms and small villages. As you approach Bagan, you will begin to see the temple tops of the ancient stupas appearing in the distance.

Before reaching Bagan we’ll stop in a local village for lunch. The village residents grow toddy palm trees as a livelihood and you’ll see how they collect the sap from the trees and process it into molasses, alcohol and other goods. Enjoy lunch in the shade of the toddy climber’s hut.

Reach your hotel in Bagan, check in and relax.

Overnight in Bagan.

Distance and journey time:

Cycling distance: 50 km

Difficulty: Easy


Day 6 - Bagan (B,L)


Bagan temple and oxen, MyanmarSpend today biking around the plains of Bagan - we’ll visit a mix of villages, markets and of course temples.

Begin with a visit to the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods. Continue to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.

Lunch at local restaurant.

This afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue biking through the temple plains and arrive at an elevated temple to watch the sun set.

Overnight in Bagan

Distance and journey time:

Cycling distance: 20 km

Difficulty: Very Easy


Day 7 - Bagan - Myitche - Pakokku - Bagan (B,L)


Irrawady River, MyanmarThis morning your guide will greet you at the hotel with your bikes for a ride to the jetty. A short ferry ride takes you across the waterway to the western banks of the river where it’s time to start pedaling.

From the jetty we’ll embark on the first leg of our journey to Myitche, a typical Irrawaddy River village with many cottage industries. We’ll stop for a visit at the morning market, a huge, colorful market selling everything from fresh goods to handicrafts. This is a very local market and the vendors will be surprised to see tourists as very few go. There are many delicious treats being made, a good chance to try the local snacks. Nearby there is a small village where the locals weave housewares from rattan (or cane) and we will make a short stop there to see the production.

Then we start on the road to Pakokku, a 40 kilometre ride that is flat and mostly on sealed tarmac. There are large trees providing partial shade and very few cars on the road, only the occasional cyclist, motorbike or ox cart. The land in this area is extremely fertile and the road is lined with fields growing tobacco, cotton, chili and peanuts. Depending on the time of year the locals may be planting, harvesting or processing the crops and there are plenty of chances to stop and interact with the local farmers.

We’ll arrive in Pakokku at midday. Pakokku is a thriving market town which is famous throughout the country for making the best ‘slippers’ (velvet sandals popular with the locals). Take time to pedal around the town and stop to have a bite of lunch. We will also visit a slipper-making workshop.

After the morning’s adventure, it’s time to take a break from the midday heat and cruise back down the Irrawaddy River by private boat (approximately 2 hours). Put your feet up, relax and enjoy this scenic stretch of the river reaching Bagan mid-afternoon where you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Overnight in Bagan.

Distance and journey time:

Cycling distance: 40 km

Difficulty: Easy


Day 8 - Bagan - Departure (B)


This morning is at leisure before transferring to the Nyaung Oo Airport for your onward flight.

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