|Duration||: 15 Days/ 14 Nights|
|Destination||: Yangon - Bagan - MT’ Popa - Mandalay - Pindaya - Inle - Sagar - Yangon|
|Tour Code||: MHT-018|
Day - 1 Yangon
Upon arrival in YANGON airport you will be welcomed by your Mai Hsoong guide and transferred to your hotel. Free and leisure. Overnight in Yangon.
Day - 2 Yangon
After breakfast you will be picked up by local Taxi to one of Yangon’s landmarks the STRAND HOTEL. Visit PANSODAN JETTY and observe the busy life on Yangon River. Start your walking tour to PANSODAN STREET famous for some of Yangon’s most impressive colonial buildings and to MAHABANDOOLA ROAD from where you have the perfect view over SULE PADOGA, CITY HALL and HIGH COURT. Cross through the greens of MAHABANDOOLA GARDEN before discovering the gold shops of SHWE BONTHA STREET. Continue to KONE ZAY DAN STREET and SHWEDAGON PAGODA ROAD, before crossing through the lively INDIAN DISTRICT of ANAWRAHTA ROAD. Finally arriving to a local HINDU TEMPLE and stroll further to 31st STREET, well known for its second hand book shops as well as historical shop houses. Visit the BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET (closed on public holidays) with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores.
In the early evening drive to the busy area of Chinatown where the pavement turns into a NIGHT MARKET selling all kinds of goods. Walking time about 3 ½ hours in total, flat, mostly on pavement which is partly broken. Dinner and overnight in YANGON.
Day - 3 Yangon - Heho - Ayethaya - Nyaung Shwe - Inle Lake
After early breakfast, transfer to Yangon airport for a domestic flight to HEHO. Upon arrival to Heho transfer (40 km – 1 hour) to AYETHAYA VINEYARD for a visit and local lunch. Continue to Aye Tha Yar village where we will start our biking journey. Bike to NYAUNG SHWE pier through some of the most beautiful hill scenery of the Shan States, seeing several ethnic minority villages on the way. Transfer by boat to your hotel (about 45 minutes). Dinner and overnight at Inle Lake.Distance between Aye Tha Yar and Nyaung Shwe - 30 k Cycling hours - 2 ½ h Road condition - Mostly tarred winding road with pot holes in many places, wooden bridges and some narrow paths. Slightly up and down hill. Light traffic.
Day - 4 Inle Lake
After breakfast, a full day excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on the lake. Visit PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, the weaving village of INPAWKHON and visit to one of the local markets in the Inle Lake region (on market days only). Dinner and overnight at Inle Lake.
Day - 5 Inle Lake
After breakfast, depart for an excursion by boat to the Western Shore of the lake. The boat ride will take you to the beginning of a stair path leading to the well hidden INN THEIN PAGODA complex. From Inn Thein continue by canoe along a small and narrow creek, with a stop on the way at a rice farm. Depending on the water level, you will have the chance to walk through the rice fields and unique plantations, to observe the typical way of Inthars’ lives.
After lunch, continue your journey by boat to THA LE OO. Tha Le Oo village is a beautiful rural farming community that lies on the eastern shore of the Inle Lake. It is one important heart of farming areas on the lake. The residents of the village belong to Inn Tha and Pao ethnic minority groups. They are well known for their farming skills and use organic farming methods. The major crops farmed are rice, sugar cane, potato, tomato, garlic and a variety of beans, as well as cucumber and flowers. During the winter season (November to February) the harvested sugar cane is sent to small on site molasses plants where the juice is extracted, made into molasses, then sent to larger cities for Mandalay Rum production. You will follow an agro trail that runs from the lake through the village and the surrounding organic farmland in a wide looping curve back to the lake. It grants an excellent window into village life, still rather untouched by modern development. Return to hotel by boat.
Walking time about 3 h in total, mostly over small paths and tracks, farming fields, rice fields and small bridges, mostly flat with a maximum elevation of 50 m. Dinner and overnight at Inle Lake.
Day - 6 Inle Lake - Aung Ban - Pindaya
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer by boat to Khaung Daing village (about 30 minutes). Easy walk up hill under the shade of trees to the wish-fulfilling pagoda overlooking the lake. Start your cycling excursion and travel through Khaung Daing village following a road along the shore of the lake to NYAUNG SHWE.
Observe the unique life of the Inntha people at local farming villages along the way.
After lunch, drive (53 km – 1 ½ hour) to AUNG BAN, a junction point where the local public buses to and from as Yangon and Mandalay stop for a break and where hectic activities of people selling vegetables and groceries take place.
Start the second stretch of the days cycling journey, traveling through the low hills of Pindaya passing several colorful farming fields and villages on the way. Dinner and overnight at Pindaya.
Walking time about ½ hour in total, slightly up and down hill on a small path.
|Distance between Khaung Daing and Nyaung Shwe||- 12 km|
|Cycling hours||- 1 hour|
Road condition- Partly tarred, partly dusty path along the shore of the lake, flat terrain. Light traffic.
|Distance between Aung Ban and Pindaya||- 42 km|
|Cycling hours||- 3 ½ hours|
Road condition- Tarred, winding and hilly road with pot holes in many places. Light traffic.
Day - 7 Pindaya
After breakfast, start your trekking with various stops at Danu and Pa-O villages to see their traditional way of life. Both the Da-nu and Pa-O are mountain farmers and sell their crop at the famous 5-day markets in the Inle Lake area. You will have the chance to visit their villages and plantations. The surroundings are hilly and you will need to walk up and down, in and out of several valleys. Walk back to your hotel.
In the afternoon, visit PINDAYA CAVES, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims and devotees over the centuries.
The walking time is about 4 - 5 hours in total, up and down hill, altitude difference approx. 350 – 400 metre. Dinner and overnight at Pindaya.
Day - 8 Pindaya - Ywa Ngan - Myo Gyi - Mandalay
After breakfast, drive (24 km – 1 hour) to KYONE village, where our bikes will be ready for the excursion. Ride flat terrain until the Shan Hills reach the fertile plains near YWA NGAN. This is a typical Myanmar mountain road traveling through some valleys shaded by forest. Continue the last part of your journey by bus (160 km – 4 and half hours) until you reach Myanmar’s second largest city MANDALAY. Dinner and overnight at MANDALAY.
|Distance between Ywa Ngan and Myo Gyi||- 68 km|
|Cycling hours||- 4 hour|
Road condition- Tarred, winding mountain road with some pot holes, mostly downhill. Medium to light traffic.
Note - Cycling route can be adapted to guests wishing heavier or lighter biking.
Day - 9 Mandalay
After breakfast. morning at leisure for your own explorations in Mandalay. In the afternoon, depart from your hotel by bike along the Moat Road South of the former Royal Palace. Cross through the heart of Mandalay city to ZAYCHO MARKET with hundreds of food and clothes stores. Continue to biking until the Strand Road. Observe the busy life along the shores of the Ayeyarwaddy River and its plentiful piers and merchant activities. Continue biking through the North-Western quarters of Mandalay, to the Northern Moat Road and visit the famous SHWE INBIN TEAK MONASTERY; the GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wooden architecture and KUTHODAW PAGODA the world’s largest book, made of marble. Return to your hotel by bike. Dinner and overnight at MANDALAY.
In the evening, a traditional puppet show at the Mandalay Puppet Theatre. Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
|Cycle around Mandalay||- 20 km|
|Cycling hours||- 2 hour|
Road condition- Good tarred, flat road. Heavy traffic in downtown area, small lanes and walkways will be selected where not so heavy traffic is encountered.
Day - 10 Mandalay - Sagaing - Ava - Amarapura
After breakfast, transfer to the jetty for an excursion by boat on the AYEYARWADDY RIVER to MINGUN about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay. Visit MINGUN BELL, a magnificent sight of the world’s largest un-cracked bell weighing 90 tons, HSINBYUME PAYA and the impressive unfinished MINGUN PAYA. Bike along the western bank of the river to SAGAING visiting several rural villages on the way. These typical Myanmar villages are particularly known for their cottage industry producing pottery and silverware.
Cross the famous Sagaing bridge and ride to the jetty to Ava. Cross the Myit Nge river by small ferry and visit the former Royal Capital of INWA (AVA) by horse cart or on your bike. Visits NANMYINT WATCH TOWER, the remains of the palace building nicknamed “the leaning tower of Ava“; MAHA AUNGMYE BONZAN MONASTERY, built of brick and stucco; BAGAYAR MONASTERY, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Continue by bike to AMARAPURA to the 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Just arrive the time for the sunset.
Return to MANDALAY by car. Dinner and overnight at MANDALAY.
|Estimate Distance between Hotel and Mandalay Jetty||- 5 km|
|Distance between Mingun and Sagaing||- 20 km|
|Distance between Sagaing and Ava||- 8 km|
|Cycling hours||- 1 ½ h - 2 h|
|Distance between Ava and Amarapura||- 17 km|
|Cycling hours||- 2 hour|
Road condition- Mostly tarred countryside road with some pot holes, mostly flat. Light to medium traffic.
Note- Cycling route can be adapted to guests wishes to have heavier or lighter biking.
Day - 11 Mandalay - Bagan
After early breakfast, transfer to the jetty and board a Chinese-built ferry for your journey on the AYEYARWADDY River to BAGAN. The trip takes approximately 8 hours downriver, depending on river conditions and water level. Lunch box will be provided for the journey. After arrival to Bagan, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Bagan.
Day - 12 Bagan
After breakfast, your bicycles will be ready for a tour to old Bagan and the surrounding region. Cycling first to the nearest small town of Nyaung U, to visit the local market. Continue to old Bagan on the historical roads overshaded by magnificent trees. Visit some of the most important temples and pagodas: the SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King ANAWRAHTA in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; KU BYAUK GYI, a temple with superb murals of Jataka scenes and ANANDA TEMPLE with four standing Buddha images. Bagan is not only a site of thousand years old temples and pagodas, but also home for several local villages scattered around the temple dotted plains. Bike along small dirt tracks and tree shaded roads past temple sites and monasteries to Taung Bi village. Visit noodle makers, a Myanmar-style movie theatre, the village hairdresser and a local tea shop. Continue by bike along the Ayeyarwaddy River. Visit some family businesses including blacksmiths, brick makers, dry snack ‘factories’ and bamboo roof producers. These people practice generations old traditions and trade. Complete the day by choosing one of the more off the beaten track pagodas. Climb up to the roof top terrace for a magical moment, as the sunsets into the horizon of distant mountain range and more than 3’000 temples and pagodas. Dinner and overnight at Bagan.
|Distance from Old Bagan||- 25 to 30 km|
|Cycling hours||- 4 hour|
Road condition - Mostly dusty paths and small tracks, some badly tarred roads, mostly flat.
Day - 13 Bagan
After breakfast, bike of the beaten trails to Min Nan Thu village. The village is located near seldom visited TAYOKEPYAY, PHAYA THONE ZU and NANDAMANYA TEMPLES noted especially for their exquisite murals of the 13th century. You will have the opportunity to explore these temples, or alternatively if you prefer to venture further to the countryside. You can visit some more hidden and further off the beaten track to numerous hidden temples and pagodas.
Along the way visit KYAT KAN CAVE monastery, a famous meditation retreat in Bagan.
After lunch break pick up from your hotel by horse cart and venture out to some of the more off-the-beaten track temples and pagodas. We don’t follow the common trails, but take you over unpaved roads and small paths through one thousand years of history. Dinner and overnight at Bagan.
|Distance from Old Bagan||- 25 to 28 km|
|Cycling hours||- 3 to 3½h|
|Distance covered by horse cart||- 20 to 25 km|
Day - 14 Bagan - Yangon
After breakfast, transfer to BAGAN airport for a morning flight to YANGON. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for your own explorations in YANGON. Dinner and overnight at YANGON.
Day - 15 Yangon
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your Yangon international departure flight.
NOTES : Itinerary is subject to changes depending on flights, road conditions and availability of rooms. A supplement for changes might apply.