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10 Day Guided Thrilling Motorcycle Tour in Shan State, Myanmar

The Northern Land Hotel, Hsipaw, Shan State, Myanmar

Scenic Myanmar Motorcycle Tour

Looking for an extraordinary way to explore the hidden charms of Shan State? There is no better way to do that than conquering the dusty trails on the back of a motorbike. Imagine riding on some of the most scenic routes across Myanmar and challenging yourself with the twisty mountain tracks of Shan State. All of these experiences promise to create a once in a lifetime journey. Burma Motorbike Tours takes its pride to be one of the pioneers in the golden land launching the extraordinary Myanmar motorbike tours to bring this beautiful country closer to riders. The young and dedicated team with unrivaled experiences and knowledge about motorbiking in Burma will surely satisfy you with prompt response, 24-hour service and the most authentic riding routes which will create your once-in-a-lifetime Myanmar motorcycle tour!

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (Honda XR150cc, CRF250cc or Kawasaki KLX250cc)
  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and off-road
  • Mileage: 1501 kilometers / 933 miles
  • Daily rides: 80 - 280 kilometers / 50 - 174 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmets, gloves, and knee guards
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

Meet the guides

Bo Bo
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Mandalay
  • Riding through the twisty Gode Dwin Road
  • Incredible scenery and colorful plantation on the way to Pindaya
  • Riding adventure to the twisty trails of Shan mountain range to Kalaw
  • Boat trip to the handrolled cigar factory and a black smith factory
  • Baw Gyoe, Htilominlo, and Shwezigon Pagoda visit
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 riding days
Group size: 2-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Mandalay International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in accommodations prepared by Burma Motorbike Tours.

Program

Day 1: Mandalay - 09 Mile Elephant Camp - Ye Ywar Dam - Pyin Oo Lwin - Naugn Cho - Kyauk Me - Hsipaw (230 kilometers)

Today is the first day of your motorbike journey. You will get out of the busy streets and roll up to the mountainous area of the Northern Shan State which shares the border with China. You will ride about 20 kilometers before reaching the Shan plateau.

Firstly, you will head off to Pyin Oo Lwin and then pay a visit to Dee Doke - the 9-mile waterfalls and the elephant camp where you can take a short break and feed the elephants. Next, you will continue driving up and down the mountain trails surrounded by the scenic view and less busy roads to Ye Ywar Dam. You will have lunch at the local restaurant before hitting the tracks of so many twist and turns (more than 1000 meters above the sea level).

After riding through the twisty Gode Dwin Road, you will stop for a while to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Northern Shan Plateau and the refreshing beverages before heading off to Hsipaw. Overnight at Northern Land Hotel in Hsipaw.

  • Meals: Lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Northern Land Hotel in Hsipaw

Day 2: Hsipaw - Sone Long - Myit Sone - Boat trip down to Hsipaw - Nar Moon Village - Man Pyit Village - Pan Kam (80 kilometers)

The little town of Hsipaw located on the banks of Duthawadi River, is one of the most pristine regions in Myanmar which is locally and internationally famous for trekking through the tribal villages. At first, you will pay a visit to the Central Market which is one of the best markets to explore in Burma. Shan, Kachin, and many other ethnic groups come here to trade regularly. You can find a wide range of products here from radios, spare parts, to diverse foodstuffs, and of course, Shan clothing like trousers, hats or sandals. Then, you will go out of the town to visit Myit Son - the confluence of the Legendary Dokehtawaddy river.

On the way, you will stop at a very untouched Shan village called Sone Long by passing through beautiful paddy fields, lush plantations, and some railway tracks. This village offers you an opportunity to visit the tiny train station and a relaxing walk around the area to experience the different lifestyles of the tribal people and their unique and traditional houses.

As you return to Hispaw, you get back to the hotel and collect your stuffs for loading on the bikes. Enjoy your lunch at a good local restaurant in Hsipaw.

After that, the next adventure will begin with a ride up to Palaung Tribe Village (also known as Pan Kham Village) located on the high mountain of more than 1,400 above the sea level. Overnight at the local house in the village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Local house in the village

Day 3: Pan Kham Village - Ohan Mu - Baw Gyoe - Kyauk Me - Naugn Cho - Pyin Oo Lwin (200 kilometers)

Wake up early this morning and walk around the village to experience the local life as well as interact with the people. After finishing your breakfast at the local house, say good bye to the people here and continue your journey to Pyin Oo Lwin.

You will ride through up and down routes of Shan Plateau until you get to Baw Gyoe Pagoda which is one of the famous and historic pagoda for Shan tribe where to have a lunch break. Continue to ride on the zigzag routes of the mountains approaching to the British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Dahlia Motel in Pyin Oo Lwin

Day 4: Pyin Oo Lwin - Myit Nge - Kyauk Se - Pyin See - Na Htoe Gyi - Myin Gyan (181 kilometers)

Have your breakfast at the hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin and then start riding around the colonial town before you make your way down to the countryside of Myanmar. You will stop to have a lunch break at Kyauk See. Then, continue to ride straight to Myin Gyan by passing through some local villages.

Pha Yar Gyi village in Na Htoe Gyi is an interesting place to come where you can observe the traditional technique of making the beads out of petrified woods.

A small commercial town of Myin Gyan is the last stop today where you will spend a night at Kaung Kaung Hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Kaung Kaung Hotel

Day 5: Myin Gyan - Bagan - Bagan sightseeing (130 kilometers)

Just 2-hour ride from Myin Gyan, you arrive at the next destination - Bagan. This is one the must - see destination in Myanmar bearing the great Burmese archaeological and religious monuments dating back to thousand years ago. Upon arrival in Bagan, you will check in and leave all your luggage and riding stuff at Bagan Emeral Hotel. Take a refreshing shower and replace your protective gears with normal outfits.

After that, your private driver will be ready at your hotel to take you to an exploration around Bagan by car. The tour comes with Nyaung Oo Colorful Market in Nyaung Oo region and a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples in Bagan. For example, Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century; Wetkyi Inn Gubyaukgyi, fine mural paintings of Jataka scenes; and Htilominlo Pagoda, noted for its plaster curving; Ananda Temple, the best preserved masterpieces of Mon architecture and the Tharaba gate. Next, pay a visit to the lacquerware workshop to see how the people here create the masterpiece of lacquer products, and the magical sunset from the best corner of Bagan will end your exhilarating sightseeing day. Overnight stay at Hotel in Bagan.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Bagan Emeral Hotel

Day 6: Bagan - Kyauk Padaung - Meikhtila - Kalaw (280 kilometers)

It’s time to hop on the back of your bike for another incredible riding adventure to the twisty trails of Shan mountain range to Kalaw. This is an old hill station with a laid back atmosphere, refreshing climate, and scenic view. Here still remains many original colonial buildings and it is also known as Myanmar’s trekking mecca.

You will start riding from Mt.Popa to Meikhtila via Kyauk Padaung. Then, driving up to Kalaw through the uphill road after passing through Thazin. Upon arrival to Kalaw, check in hotel and overnight stay at a hotel in Kalaw.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw

Day 7: Kalaw - Look Pyin - Char Pin - Nan Thale Thee - Baw Nin Khone - Pack To Pouk - Kyauk Su - Than Taung - Inle (135 kilometers)

Another full day ride awaits you ahead. This fantastic day offers exceptional riding on Shan mountains trails, incredible scenery as well as a chance to interact with friendly locals and many children who are excited to see their first foreigners.

You will pass through some small villages which are unknown by foreigners like you. Have fun and spend time interacting with local people. Then, enjoy the picnic lunch at the village on the way to Inle. In the late afternoon, you arrive at a hotel in Inle. Relax for the rest of the day. Overnight stay at a hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Nyaung Shwe

Day 8: Inle sightseeing by boat (no riding today)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to jetty and take a boat ride for a full day sightseeing in Inle Lake. You can start your lake exploration to one of the markets in the local five-day markets (if market day is coincided with your stay in Inle lake). Other highlights include Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda which enshrines the famous five Buddha statues who are totally covered by gold and lost their shapes, the unique leg rowers and floating gardens, silk weaving village (Inpaw Khone Village). Then, you will have a lunch break at a good local restaurant in Inle Lake.

Then, the boat trip will take you to the handrolled cigar factory and a black smith factory. The Nga Phae Chaung monastery is another interesting place to visit which is well known for its ancient Buddha images made of teak, bamboo and lacquer and the nickname of “Jumping Cats Monastery” for its trained cats by monks to jump through the hoop. You can also visit the stilt houses and floating gardens on Inle Lake. After that, return to your hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Nyaung Shwe

Day 9: Inle - Heho - Pindaya - Ya Sa Kyi Village (82 kilometers)

You will have an awesome day trail riding today. So, prepare to be amazed by the incredible scenery and colorful plantation on the way to Pindaya. Upon arrival, you will have lunch before driving up to Ya Sa Kyi village - the village of Pa Laung Tribe where you will spend a night at the village monastery. When in Ya Sa Kyi village, you are free to hang around and interact with local people.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Monastery in Ya Sa Kyi village

Day 10: Ya Sa Kyi - Ywar Ngan - Kyauk Se - Mandalay (185 kilometers)

After breakfast at the village monastery, it is time to say goodbye to the local people and start the journey back to Mandalay. You will pass through lots of villages and endless beautiful plantation that are still ploughed by water buffalo. Stop at some viewpoints to relax and record the intact nature of Myanmar through your heart and camera. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant on the way back to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel (book by yourself) or to Mandalay airport for your onward flight home.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Skill level

Intermediate

  • can ride for three to four hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can ride for five to six hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

During the motorcycle tour, you will have excursions to the following destionations:

  • Ananda Temple
  • Baw Gyoe Pagoda
  • Boat trip to the handrolled cigar factory and a black smith factory
  • Dee Doke
  • Hsipaw Central Market
  • Htilominlo Pagoda
  • Inle Lake
  • Lacquerware workshop
  • Nyaung Oo Colorful Market
  • Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
  • Shwezigon Pagoda
  • Tharaba gate

Guides

Bo Bo Zaw

Location

This motorcycle tour will cover some of the destinations in Myanmar, which includes Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Kyauk Me, Hsipaw, Bagan, Meikhtila, Kalaw, Inle, Heho, and Pindaya.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Mineral water, soft drinks, coffee or tea served in the meals
  • Myanmar driving permits
  • Gasoline, petrol
  • Third party liability insurance for motorcycles
  • Mandalay airport pick-up and drop-off
  • English speaking professional Road Captain with license on a motorcycle leading group
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Riding gears (Helmets, Gloves, Knee Guards)
  • T-shirt of Burma Motorbike Tours for souvenir and more!

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Single supplement (upon request)
  • Room service, laundry, phone charges
  • Damage to the motorcycle caused by the user (exclude reasonable wear and tear)
  • Travel insurance (cover against cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
  • Tips and gratuities to guide
  • All other services not mentioned

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mandalay International Airport (MDL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Burma Motorbike Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Mandalay International Airport Airport transfer included: Mandalay International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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