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9 Day Highlights of Myanmar Guided Motorcycle Tour in Myanmar

Yuan Sheng Hotel, No 183 35th Street, Bet 77 And 78th Street, Maha Aungmye Township, Mandalay 00952, Mandalay District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar

Marvelous Motorcycle Tour in Myanmar

Join Discovery Destination Management on a motorcycle tour through the beautiful and varied landscape of Myanmar. Experience the ancient Burmese capitals, drive through the fertile highlands of Shan State, and admire the temple ruins of Bagan. On this 10-day Myanmar motorcycle tour, you will drive mostly on paved roads and experience the country at close range. Moreover, driving a two-wheeler is the best way to explore the hidden gems of the country!

Key information

  • Terrain: 60% asphalt and 40% off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (Honda CRF 250cc and Royal Enfield Classic 350cc)
  • Mileage: 785 kilometers / 488 miles
  • Daily rides: 68 - 212 kilometers / 42 - 132 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet
  • Meals: all breakfasts, 2 dinners

Meet the guides

Japhase
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Mandalay
  • Experience the serene beauty of Inle Lake
  • Discover the remnants of last Burmese kingdom in Mandalay
  • Visit the fascinating limestone caves of Pindaya, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site
  • Explore lush landscapes and colorful ethnic tribes in Shan State
  • Cool down in the picturesque hill station of Kalaw
  • Explore the ancient temple plains of Bagan
  • 8 nights of accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


7 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Mandalay International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, your accommodations will be as follows:

Yuan Sheng Hotel

Yuan Sheng Hotel is located in Mandalay.

Shwe Gu Gu Hotel

Shwe Gu Gu Hotel is located in Ywagan.

Golden Cave Hotel

Golden Cave Hotel, your second home in Pindaya, this exotic destination is in the Southern Shan State, Myanmar. Pindaya itself is located 3,880 feet above the sea level and at the base of Shan Mountain ranges. It is about 24 miles from Aungban, the junction town on the road from Kalaw to Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, Myanmar.

81 Hotel Inlay

Located at Myo Lal Quarter, the heart of Nyaung Shwe, 81 Hotel Inlay offers a sophisticated blend of contemporary Burmese style, contemporary comfort, and privileged services. Modern touches such as English-speaking staff, free breakfast, and modern design are complemented by the timeless appeal of hospitality and cool breezes.

Pine Breeze Hotel

Located in Kalaw, Pine Breeze Hotel is a five-minute ride to Bamboo Pagoda and just a five-minute walk from Kalaw Market. The property is a 55-minute drive to Heho Airport. Pine Breeze Hotel offers accommodation with free Wi-Fi access in all areas. Guests with special needs can be enjoyed facilities for disabled at this property. Free private parking can be found at a location nearby.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Mandalay

Welcome to Myanmar! Your guide will meet you at the Mandalay International Airport (MDL) and transfer to your hotel in town. Settle in and then, enjoy free time to explore Mandalay. Welcome dinner, trip briefing and meet the local team tonight.

  • Accommodation: Superior room at Yuan Sheng Hotel
  • Meal plan: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant

Day 2: Mandalay city highlights

Explore highlights of Mandalay on the motorcycle. You will cruise through lively markets and streets of Mandalay making stops at some historical sights including the Mahamuni temple, Golden Palace Monastery, and Kuthodaw Pagoda. On the way to Sagaing Hills, you stop by the famous teak bridge of Amarapura. Continue to drive to Mingun where after some visits, you load the bike on the boat and enjoy sunset drinks on the way back to Mandalay crossing the Irrawaddy River.

  • Accommodation: Superior room at Yuan Sheng Hotel
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive to Ywagan, visit the cave, and waterfalls, 132 miles / 212 kilometers

This morning, you drive south to Kyaukse on old Mandalay Yangon highway and take a scenic countryside road to Ywagan climbing over a mountain range. After lunch and dropping off gear at Discovery Destination Management’s base in Ywagan, you head off to explore a cave and waterfall by limestone mountains.

  • Riding time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Shwe Gu Gu Hotel
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 4: Blue pond, pindaya cave, and drive to Inle, 42 miles / 68 kilometers

Today, you will start the day with a simple breakfast and a visit to the Genius Coffee roastery pioneers of decent coffee in Myanmar. After a cuppa, you continue to drive to Pindaya stopping by a blue pond on the way. Pindaya is known for its caves. There will be a photo stop at the Pindaya Cave and lunch in town. You’ll take a scenic route to Heho by riding on the small road through a region that is often said to be the “Tuscany” of Myanmar. You will arrive at today’s destination Nyaung Shwe by Inle Lake in the late afternoon or in the early evening.

  • Accommodation: Superior room at 81 Hotel Inlay.
  • Riding time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 5: Boat excursion on Inle Lake

Today is a day-off riding. You will explore Inle Lake by boat. Stop at local markets, visit villages built on stilts, boat makers house, and artisan village producing silver items and traditional garments. Marvel at floating farms over the lake and fishermen balancing on one foot on small canoes. Please note that foreigners are not allowed to ride motorcycles in Nyaung Shwe town.

  • Accommodation: Superior room at 81 Hotel
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 6: Inn Thein - Aung Ban - Kalaw, 50 miles / 80 kilometers

Today, you will leisurely drive along the shores of the lake to the archeological site of Inn Thein. You take a small rural road to Aung Ban from here through scenic landscape and join the main road for the last 10 kilometers to Kalaw. Free time in Kalaw this afternoon. You can drive to a reservoir lake for a swim or explore the roads or hiking trails of this charming hill station town.

  • Riding time: 2 hours
  • Accommodation: Superior room at Pine Breeze Hotel
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 7: Drive to Bagan via Mt Popa, 160 miles / 265 kilometers

Today will be a long day and early start. Driving down from Shan highlands, you’ll pass through a flat region and Thazi and Meikhtila towns. Late afternoon arrival to old volcano Mount Popa and its volcanic plug which has become one of the most important pilgrimage sites for “nat” spirits worshippers in Myanmar after we continue ride to Bagan.

  • Riding time: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Superior room at Razagyo Hotel
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 8: Explore Kingdom of Bagan

Today you can explore Bagan independently on electric scooters, as there’s a regulation concerning conventional motorcycles use by foreigners in the archeological zone. There are many options ranging from hot air balloon flights to cycling and horse cart rides and sunset viewg cruise along Ayeyarwaddy river. Discovery Rides can help arranging an optional city tour for your exploration day should you wish.

  • Accommodation: Deluxe room at Razagyo Hotel
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 9: Drive to Mandalay, 111 miles / 179 kilometers

You take an old road with light traffic to Mandalay passing through Myinchan town. It usually takes around 4.5 hours so depending what time you start you might have some time for seeing or doing something in Mandalay. You will have a farewell dinner this evening with the crew.

  • Riding time: 4 hours
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Motorcycle details

Honda CRF 250cc

Comfortable dual sport motorcycle that has enough power to carry taller and heavier rider, CRF is good all rounder dirt and road travel bike. It comes with an electric starter.

Skill level

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

On day five, You will explore Inle Lake by boat and stop at local markets, visit villages built on stilts, boat makers house, and artisan village producing silver items and traditional garments. Moreover, marvel at floating farms over the lake and fishermen balancing on one foot on small canoes.

Guides

Japhase

Location

This motorcycle tour will be located in Myanmar. The covered destinations of the tour are Ywangan, Pindaya, Inle Lake, Kalaw, Mount Popa, Bagan, and Mandalay.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Drive to a reservoir lake for a swim or explore the roads or hiking trails of the charming hill station town
  • Explore the world’s heritage site of thousands of temples by e-bike or mountain bikes

What's included

  • English speaking local motorcycle guide
  • Honda CRF 250cc or Royal Enfield Classic 350cc motorbike and helmets for each participant
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts and two dinners
  • Entrance fees for sites visited

What's not included

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • International airfare or domestic airfares
  • Early check-in, late check-out, and services
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras, and personal spending
  • Bike rental deposit

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. Discovery Destination Management 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 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information
Royal Enfield Classic 350cc
  • Price for 3 persons is 1,780 USD per person
  • Price for 4 - 5 persons is 1,707 USD per person
  • Price for 6 - 7 persons is 1,486 USD per person
  • Price for pillion rider is 1,383 USD
Upgrade price for Honda CRF 250L is 2,00 USD per bike

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