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This is one of the most recommended motorbike tours in Myanmar which will definitely satisfy any bikers. The tour includes a wide variety of routes from paved roads to dirty mountainous tracks, passing through many scenic landscapes and taking you to the less touristy places and hidden villages.
You will stay at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts along the route.
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 equipments 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.
Pick up from your hotel in Mandalay at about 8 a.m., then be transferred by private car or taxi to the bike store. This morning, you are to start riding from Mandalay to Pindaya. First, you ride to Kyauke and Han Myit Mo, where you ride through the villages. Continue the ride by zigzagging your way up the mountains and then arrive at Ywan Ngan: A small town located on the top mountain” where you will enjoy lunch.
After that, you ride through the narrow road of the Shan Plateau. This will take you through some tea growing villages and cliff-side trails to a sealed road on the other side and you are to drive to the little village of Pa Laung Tribe called Ya Sa Kyi located on the top of mountain in Pindaya. Be noted that yhe village for your overnight stay is located above the sea level of more than 1,300 meters.
This morning, you are to enjoy the breakfast at a village monastery and walk around the little village to meet up with friendly tribal people and kids for doing charity activities. Then, you ride down to Pindaya through narrow village road of Taung Paw Gyi to get to Pindaya. From Pindaya, you head off to Nyaung Shwe (Inle). On the way along the road side, you can see panoramic plantation fields of cabbages, paddy fields, and seasonal flowers. Upon arrival to Nyuang Shwe, you are to enjoy lunch before you check into the hotel in Nyaung Shwe. In the afternoon, you will be sightseeing in Inle by private boat.
It is a chance to see not only the magnificent scenery but also the authentic local life on the water. Here, a boat is your main transportation which will take you through flourishing floating gardens with all kind of vegetables and fruits. Moreover, you can see the incredible image of the one - leg rowing fishermen with your own eyes, watching them with their daily work.
Next, you will pay a visit to Phaung Daw Oo pagoda - the largest and most outstanding structure on the lake. It is said that the place holds the five holy Buddha images made of gold. After that, Nam Pan village is your last stop of the day where you can see how people make cheroot (Myanmar Cigar), lotus silk, and cotton.
Today, you are to set off from the low-lying lands at Inle Lake toward Kakku, through the rolling hills toward the east of the lake. The drive is spectacular, crossing over the railway line and through small villages inhabited by the Pa-Oh people. This area was closed to visitors for many years and even now only a few intrepid tourists make their way through here.
After two hours, you'll arrive at Kakku. The first view of Kakku is breathtaking: there are more than 5200 individual stupas, some of which are 20 metres high, and several Buddha images scattered throughout. There are no clear facts about the history of the stupas but most date back to the 11th to 13th century, the same period when Bagan was thriving. Wander throughout the temples, taking your time to enjoy the wonder and awe of this site and discover the intricate carvings and details on the structures. Enjoy lunch at Kakku pagoda. After that, you ride back to Nyaung Shwe by way of Taung Gyi.
Today shall be one of the exciting days of your trip to ride to Kalaw from Nyaung Shwe through all unexplored villages of Shan Plateau that provides the unlimited possibilities for off-road rides in the region. Riding along the scenic landscapes of the plateau is an incomparable way to get closer to the real and typical life of the people and to enjoy the panoramic and colourful sceneries. Upon arrival to Kalaw, you are to check into the hotel and have a free and easy time for the rest of the day.
Today after breakfast at the hotel, you are to start riding around Kalaw, located on the western edge of the Shan Hills at an elevation of 4,356 feet. Kalaw was built as a hill station during the British colonial period.
The climate here is very pleasant and in spring and summer, the roads around town are lined with thickly flowering crocus. The cooler temperatures and scenic surrounding countryside, filled with ethnic hill tribe villages, make this area the most popular part of the country, where you can explore the forgotten tribes of Shan Plateau by two wheels. As you are back to Kalaw in the afternoon, you are free to relax and refresh for the rest of the day.
After breakfast, you will be riding downhill from Kalaw to Meiktila for about 130 kilometers, then you will arrive at Meikhtila. After that, you will continue the ride to Kyaukpadaung, a small town to drive up to Mount Popa. Lunch will be at the local restaurant on the way. Arrive at Mount Popa in the late afternoon for check in at the hotel.
After breakfast, you will be downhill riding to Bagan through a countryside road. You will witness local village life along the road side and upon arrival to hotel in Bagan, check in the room and continue sightseeing in Bagan by car which includes the Shwezigon pagoda, one of the four most significant buildings in Bagan.
Continue to visit the Htilominlo pagoda, famed for its original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations which are remarkably well preserved before the visit to the Ananda Pagoda, one of the finest, largest and best persevered in Old Bagan. You will also have a chance to see a lacquer ware workshop whose birthplace is in Bagan. Finally, visit the Dhammayangyi pagoda, Bagan’s largest temple. Enjoy sunset from one of the most scenic spots in town and return to the hotel. Have dinner with a puppet show in the local restaurant.
After breakfast, you will drive to the Bagan Jetty for a leisurely boat journey on the Irrawaddy River to Pakokku. After three hours boat ride on the Irrawaddy River, you will get to Pakokku. Then, you start driving to Ma Ahu Alae Village - a small village full of ancients pagodas and lovely people with great smiles. Take a short break, then continue riding through the unexplored villages of A Neint and A Myint. You can take regular stops and interact with the locals who rarely come into contact with foreigners. Then, continue riding to Monywa. Upon arrival, enjoy the beautiful sunset from the top of Pagoda in the pagoda complex of Lay Kyun Sakkya, Standing Buddha Image in Monywa.
Today after breakfast at hotel in Monywa, you drive back to Mandalay. On the way, you drop in at a nunnery in Sagaing just 21 kilometres southwest of Mandalay. Sagaing is another of Myanmar’s ancient capitals, famous for its many hundreds of white, silver, and gold pagodas and monasteries that dot its hilly landscape. Take the short break for lunch at the nunnery before continuing the drive to Mingun along the Ayeyarwaddy River Bank. From Mingun, you cross the river by ferry to Nan Daw Kyun: The Island of Royal Palace, then drive back to Mandalay.
Return your bikes to the ground service team. Your private car or taxi will take you back to your hotel in Mandalay or Mandalay International Airport (MDL) where you check in for your departure flight home.
Mr. Bo bo Zaw is a professional off road motorbike adventure tour guide and a travel photography guide. He is an adventure-seeker with outstanding off road riding skills. Bo bo is has an outgoing and friendly personality with conversational knowledge of English and has excellent leadership and problem-solving skills. He aims to provide the most worthwhile and enriching tour experience for local and foreign tourists alike and to make a significant contribution to Myanmar’s local tourism industry.
On this special journey, you will visit some of the most popular spots in the Golden Land like Mandalay, Pindaya, Inle Lake, Kakku, Kalaw, Bagan, Monywa, and also meet the ethnic groups in Shan State.
Mandalay International Airport
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.
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