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13 Day Grand Chin Circuit Guided Motorcycle Tour in Myanmar

42b/9-10, Pantra Street, Dagon Township Yangon, Myanmar

Motorcycle Tour Myanmar

Join Discovery Destination Management on a motorcycle tour through the amazing Chin State's hill region which is one of the scenic regions in Myanmar. Your tour kicks off in Mandalay from where you will drive to Kalaymyo and head up to the hills. The roads here are being improved as we speak. So be prepared for all sorts of terrain from good to very bad. Very few foreigners make it to these remote roads. This is proper off the beaten trails adventure with often basic accommodations.

Key information

  • Terrain: 60% asphalt; 40% off-road
  • Bike: Honda CRF 250L (2018 model) rental bike
  • Mileage: 1,481 kilometers / 920 miles
  • Daily rides: 54 - 364 kilometers / 34 - 226 miles
  • Riding gear: included: Open face helmet; not included: Off road helmets, gloves, boots, trousers, knee/elbow/spine guards, etc.
  • Meals: all meals

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Mandalay
  • Remote Rih Lake by the Indian border
  • Scenic ride across the lush and wild Chin hills region
  • Off the beaten track roads and sights few visitors experience
  • Chin Tattoo tribes villages and the temple valley of Bagan
  • Old royal capitals surrounding the city of Mandalay
  • Mt Victoria, the highest summit in Chin State
  • 12 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

Your accommodation will be in various 3 or 4-stars hotels as follows:

  • Day 1 - Hotel in Mandalay(The Home Hotel)
  • Day 2 - Hotel in Kalaymyo (Hotel Moe Superior)
  • Day 3 - Guest house in Falam (Guest house standard)
  • Day 4 - Hotel in Hakha (Grace Guest house standard)
  • Day 5 - Hotel in Gangaw (Hotel Gangaw standard)
  • Day 6 and 7 - Hotel in Mindat (Hotel Mindat Superior room)
  • Day 8 - Hotel in Kanpetlet (Mountain Oasis Resort Superior room)
  • Day 9 - Hotel in Bagan (Hotel Razagyo Superior room)
  • Day 10 to 12 - Hotel in Mandalay (The Home Hotel Superior room)

Program

DAY 1: ARRIVE TO 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.

DAY 2: DRIVE TO KALAYMYO (364 kilometers / 226 miles)

Early morning start and nice warm up ride to Monywa and on to Kalaymyo. Depending on your bike, you may take a couple different routes to travel to Kalaymyo which is a trading town on the foot of Chin Hills; a gateway to India. You spend the night in Kalaymyo.

DAY 3: DRIVE TO TEDIM, RIH LAKE, AND FALAM (107 kilometers / 66 miles)

Awesome riding day driving up to Chin Hills passing Kennedy Peak on to Tedim and Rih Lake by the India border. Late afternoon, you continue the motorcycle ride to Falam town which is built on steep and scenic mountain slope.

DAY 4: FALAM TO HAKHA (66 kilometers / 41 miles)

Explore Falam in the morning and continue with a scenic mountain ride to northern Chin State's biggest town, Hakha. Afternoon is time for exploring Hakha surroundings by bike or on foot.

DAY 5: HAKHA TO GANGAW (112 kilometers / 70 miles)

You will ride the beautiful and varied mountain road to Gangaw, traveling contouring Chin Hills and mountain ranges. The scenery will be breathtakingly beautiful.

DAY 6: GANGAW TO MINDAT (319 kilometers / 198 miles)

This will be a scenic drive to Mindat, the largest community in southern Chin; a gateway to explore tattoo tribes.

DAY 7: EXPLORE THE TRIBES NEAR MINDAT

You can either hike to ethnic Chin villages to visit ladies with facial tattoos or go on the back of motorbikes ferried by villagers.

DAY 8: MT VICTORIA AND KANPETLET (54 kilometers / 34 miles)

The motorcycle tour continues as you take a road through Natma Taung National Park jungles, traversing the range to the foot of Mt Victoria peak; from where you can drive to the summit. This is a nice and varied day with some elevation and more challenging road than on the previous day when driving to Mindat.

DAY 9: KANPETLET AND DRIVE TO BAGAN (214 kilometers / 133 miles)

Discovery Destination Management has reserved this morning for exploring Kanpetlet surroundings before driving down to Saw and heading over Magway Division flats to Chauk; where you cross the river and drive up to Bagan. You will have a late afternoon dip in the pool and enough time for sundowners.

DAY 10: BAGAN TEMPLES

You will have a rest day in Bagan. You can hire e-bikes to explore temples and villages around Bagan.

DAY 11: DRIVE TO MANDALAY (179 kilometers / 111 miles)

Drive to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano and a center for spirit worshipers. Visit Nat Shrine and continue to Mandalay. You will enjoy a sunset by Ubein Bridge.

DAY 12: MANDALAY AND PYIN OO LWIN (66 kilometers / 41 miles)

A nice day ride, you check out one of two of Mandalay’s attractions and drive to Pyin Oo Lwin, hill station town 50 kilometers north east of Mandalay. There are waterfalls to explore and a nice back road trail to a perfect swimming spot before driving back to the city. You will have a farewell dinner in the evening.

DAY 13: DEPARTURE FROM MANDALAY

You will have free time until your airport transfer.

Skill levels 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

Included excursions

  • Scenic ride across the lush and wild Chin hills region
  • Remote Rih Lake by the Indian border
  • Off the beaten track roads and sights few visitors experience
  • Chin Tattoo tribes villages
  • Mt Victoria, the highest summit in Chin State
  • The temple valley of Bagan
  • Old royal capitals surrounding the city of Mandalay

Location

You will explore the Grand Chin Circuit of Myanmar: Mandalay, Monywa, Kalaymyo, Chin Hills, Tedim, Rih Lake, Falam, Hakha, Gangaw, Mindat, Natma Taung National Park, Mt Victoria, Kanpetlet, Saw, Magway Division flats, Chauk, Bagan, Mt Popa, Ubein Bridge, and Pyin Oo Lwin.

Food

This tour includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On the first day, you will only have dinner and on the last day, you will only have breakfast.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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

What's included

  • English speaking local guide
  • Royal Enfield Classic 350cc Motorcycle
  • Helmet for each participant
  • Airport transfers from and to Mandalay International Airport (MDL)
  • 12 nights accommodation in 2-3* Hotel
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner, except Days 1 & 13)
  • For 6 and more participants – support truck
  • Fuel charges
  • Entrance fees for sites visited

What's not included

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • International air fare or domestic air fares
  • Early check-in and late check-out services
  • Extra meals
  • Items not described in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during meals and hotel extras
  • Bike rental deposit - 300 USD
  • Travel insurance

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 on arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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