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6 Day Road to Chin State Guided Motorcycle Tour in Myanmar

Mandalay, Mandalay District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar

Motorbike Tour in Myanmar

This tour is the one you shouldn't miss. You will have a chance to explore Chin State in Myanmar and visit many beautiful regions of the country, discover secret villages, and experience the culture of the ethnic communities. The road is usually dirt roads, winding trails but that is awesome to conquest. Get ready for the adventure!

Key information

  • Terrain: 55% off-road and 45% on road
  • Bike: rental bike (Kawasaki KLX 150cc, KLX250cc or Honda CRF250cc)
  • Mileage: 815 kilometers / 507 miles
  • Daily rides: 50 - 360 kilometers / 31 - 224 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmets, gloves, and knee guards
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners

Meet the guides

Bo Bo
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Mandalay
  • Ride through the off beaten tracks
  • Visit the Chin ethnic minorities in Mindat
  • Interact with local villagers in Pann Awaw Village
  • Ride to Kanpetlet and visit Natmataung National Park
  • Visit local villages and markets
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

For this tour, Burma Motorbike Tours carefully selects quality hotels and monastery. On the first and last night, you will stay in a hotel in Mandalay. Your second and third nights will be spent in a hotel in Mindat. The fourth night will be spent at Pinewood Villa in Kanpetlet.

Program

Departure time

The tour will start in the morning at 08:00 with a pick up from your hotel in Mandalay. Please be noted that you need to arrive at least one day before the tour starts (Burma Motorbike Tours recommends two days earlier to acclimate and avoid jet lag). Burma Motorbike Tours are pleased to arrange a hotel in Mandalay upon your request at an additional cost.

Return time

On the last day, you are free until your departure time so it is possible for you to catch a departure flight or take a connecting flight to extend your beach holiday in Ngapali (Ngapali Beach is not recommended between May to end of August due to the rainy season).

Pre-arrival

Today should be your arrival day to Mandalay. Upon your request, Burma Motorbike Tours will be pleased to arrange your ground transport or accommodation in Mandalay. It is to be noted that you are informed to meet up with your ground operation team in Mandalay on that day to do the technical inspection to the motorbike and other necessary gears and equipment arranged for your trip with Burma Motorbike Tours in Myanmar. In addition to that, the agreement of taking and using the motorbike of Burma Motorbike Tours shall be made on that day.

Day 1: Mandalay arrival - Tour briefing

Upon your arrival to Mandalay, your local guide will pick you up at Mandalay International Airport (MDL). What's here? Myanmar's second-largest city, a population of one million souls, and the busy economic hub of the top half of Burma. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel where your local guide will give you a briefing about the riding trip in Myanmar. Next, you go to the motorbike store to check the bike that you will use during motorbike adventure in Myanmar. Overnight stay at a hotel in Mandalay.

  • Meals: No
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 2: Mandalay - Myin Gyan - Pakkoku - Mindat (320 kilometers / 199 miles)

Today you are suggested to leave Mandalay as early as possible because of the long ride ahead. Your first stop is Mindat, a small town of the Chin State, impressively perched on a hillside at an altitude of about 1,500 meters offering scenic and varied adventures to visit the Chin ethnic minorities. The road condition from Mandalay to Mindat is good, but there will be uphill roads with twists and turns to Mindat. Furthermore, the weather in Mindat area will be very misty or rainy during the monsoon season (May to Sept) in Myanmar. Overnight at a hotel in Mindat.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Mindat

Day 3: Mindat - Pann Awaw Village - Hay Kaung - Ma Dam (around 50 to 55 kilometers / 31 to 35 miles)

This morning, you ride steep winding roads up to the spectacular mountaintop and riding through the villages of tattooed women. Firstly, you move to Pann Awaw Village (15 kilometers away from Mindat) where to take a break and interact with local villagers. Then, you continue riding through the jungle and off the beaten tracks to get to next village, Hay Kaung, where you enjoy the simple picnic lunch arranged by the local guide. Later, you move to your last destination of the day, the village of Ma Dam before it is late. Please note that the route will be slippery and muddy during the monsoon. The itinerary will be changed by the local trekking guide depending on weather condition and road condition during traveling day in this area. Overnight at a hotel in Mindat.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Mindat

Day 4: Ma Dam Village to Kanpetlet (more or less 80 kilometers / 50 miles based on the route you choose)

Today, you move to Kanpetlet which is known for Mount Victoria, the highest peak of the Chin Hills and one of the highest mountains in Western Myanmar. Natmataung National Park, home of some of the world's rarest bird species, will also be visited. The picnic lunch will be arranged by the local guide on the way and you stay overnight at Pinewood Villa in Kanpetlet.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Pinewood Villa in Kanpetlet

Day 5: Kanpetlet - Pakkoku - Mandalay (360 kilometers / 224 miles)

Today, after breakfast, you drive back to Mandalay and on the way, you will visit some local villages and markets. After that, you will head back to Mandalay and leave the bikes at the bike store in Mandalay. Check in at a hotel in Mandalay and enjoy your evening time.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 6: Mandalay - Departure

The driver (no guide) comes to pick you up at hotel and transfers you to Mandalay International Airport (MDL) for your departure flight. End of services.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: No

Note: Burma Motorbike Tours reserves the right to amend the tour route due to road works, weather conditions, politics or various other reasons. No refunds will be given due to any route change.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate and advanced

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 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 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Riding skills

Burma Motorbike Tours' tours are not for novice riders. Your riding skill must be good enough to ride a motorcycle competently, comfortably, and confidently. The itineraries are various and interesting, from the challenging off - the - beaten trails, on - road to dusty countryside riding which guarantee you will get the real of Myanmar.

Some days, you will ride up mountains to reach remote villages where the roads are steep, winding, narrow and required experienced riding skills. Also there are days when you just drive through the peaceful countryside to immerse in the beauty of the stunning paddy fields and rustic towns.

Driving license

Each and every motorcycle rider must have a valid motorcycle license and must be over 25 years old with at least two-year experience of driving. Bikers are also required to show their original driving license and passport before getting the show on the road.

Myanmar traffic

It is prohibited to ride a motorcycle in Yangon and in the center of Bagan. In other regions, motorcycles are widely used by local people (mostly small Chinese motorcycles). Traffic is not crowed in town and you will venture many places less travelled, unspoiled and not yet mentioned in guide books. Conquering the high twisty roads, hairpin bends and meeting real friendly local people who welcome foreigners as special guests. You drive on the right and all vehicles will share the lane. All speed limits are in km / h, 40 for towns, 60 for suburbs and 70 for major roads and dual carriageways. It is important to follow the guide and do not get separated from the group.

Included excursions

  • Interact with local villagers in Pann Awaw Village
  • Visit the Chin ethnic minorities in Mindat
  • Visit to Hay Kaung and Ma Dam
  • Visit to Natmataung National Park

Guides

Bo Bo Zaw

Location

This tour will let you explore Chin State in Myanmar. You will visit Mandalay, Mindat, Kanpetlet, and various local villages.

Food

During this tour, you will be provided with five breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners. Mineral water, soft drinks, coffee or tea will be served during meals. You will have breakfast at the hotel (usually an international buffet), lunch and dinner at a local restaurant during the day tour, normally Burmese food. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please inform Burma Motorbike Tours when booking so they can make the appropriate arrangements for you.

Upon request or in some special group tours, the companion vehicle will carry cool bottled water and cool refreshing towels. Snacks can be purchased during stops. Burma Motorbike Tours do not provide any alcohol on tour and do not allow any alcohol consumption during the day while motorcycles are in use. The agreement with the client (rider or pillion) may be canceled and riding privileges will be suspended from anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Clients agree to refrain from alcoholic beverages until the motorcycles have been parked for the night.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • 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)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Optional trips to Ngapali Beach and Yangon are available upon request at an extra cost.

What's included

  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
  • Myanmar driving permits
  • Gasoline and petrol
  • Third party liability insurance for motorcycles
  • English speaking professional road captain with license on a motorcycle leading group
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Riding gears (helmets, gloves, and knee guards)
  • Myanmar souvenir
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Mandalay International Airport (MDL)
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Mineral water, soft drinks, coffee or tea served in the meals

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Single supplement (upon request)
  • Room service, laundry, and 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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Availability

This tour is available from October to May. Please select an arrival date below.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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