Explore Myanmar's stunning and diverse landscapes by bike. Start in the bustling Yangon to see busy Bogoyoke Aun San Market and the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, then visit the sprawling temples of Bagan. See historical sites in the ancient capital of Mandalay and Amarapura. End your journey with a ride around the famed Inle Lake to explore local culture, meet local Inthar artisans, and enjoy the beauty of Myanmar's lush countryside.

Highlights

  • Escape the crowds and enjoy a sunset ride on the plains of Bagan
  • Cycle around the picturesque Inle Lake and meet the local Inthar people
  • Ride through temples and pagodas in the ancient capital of Amarapura
  • Rub shoulders with Yangonites in the bustling capital city

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Yangon arrival and leisure day Yangon
Day 2 Wandering in Yangon Yangon
Day 3 Flight to Bagan and exploring Bagan by bike  Bagan
Day 4 Visit Mount Popa by car, back to Bagan by bike Bagan
Day 5 The Jewels of Mandalay Mandalay
Day 6 Excursion to ancient cities of Mandalay by bike Mandalay
Day 7 Mingun by boat and back to Mandalay by bike Mandalay
Day 8 Longtailed boat on Inle Lake Inle Lake
Day 9 Exploring around Inle Lake by bike Inle Lake
Day 10 Depart from Yangon  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon arrival and leisure day

The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Welcome to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma! Arrive at Yangon International Airport with a warm greeting by a tour representative, who will transfer you to the hotel. Settle in and relax, and enjoy the rest of the afternoon before a packed trip ahead. 

Day 2: Wandering in Yangon

Busy downtown market
Busy downtown market

Start your morning with a tour of the city's highlights. See the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htet Gyi, a popular destination for Buddhist worshipers, then continue to the National Museum to see historical artifacts and art. 

Afterward, visit the bustling downtown streets to see the remaining British influence on the city. In the afternoon take a walk down Pansodan Street to see the colonial-era buildings.

In the evening head to bustling Bogoyoke Aun San Market to peruse and purchase gifts and souvenirs. The cobblestone streets of the 20th-century bazaar are always packed with tourists and locals doing their shopping. Browse through antiques, Burmese handicrafts and jewelry shops, and art galleries. 

End your day with a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Myanmar's most important religious structures and a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists worldwide. 

Day 3: Flight to Bagan and exploring Bagan by bike 

Hot air balloons above Bagan
Hot air balloons above Bagan

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites of Bagan by e-bike. Tour the complex with an expert guide, explore the biggest pagodas, and visit some of the lesser known temples and scattered villages. 

Start with a visit to the Nyaung U Market and the Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype which inspired the construction of many subsequent stupas. Visit Wetkyi-in- Gubyaukgyi, a 13th-century cave temple, and the Ananda Pagoda, one of the finest and best-preserved pagodas in Old Bagan. 

In the evening enjoy Bagan's famous sunset from a hilltop location. 

Day 4: Visit Mount Popa by car, back to Bagan by bike

The production process for toddy palm juice
The production process for toddy palm juice

Start your day with a drive to Mount Popa, which allegedly rose from the ground during a massive earthquake in 442 C.E. Mount Popa is famous as the dwelling of the Nats (Myanmar's pre-Buddhism worshiped spirits) and for its panoramic view of the region. 

Visit the Sint Luu village to see the production of toddy palm juice and sugar, then return to Bagan by bike. 

Day 5: The Jewels of Mandalay

Silhouettes of people walking on the U-Bein bridge in the evening in Amarapura
Silhouettes of people walking on the U-Bein bridge in the evening in Amarapura 

Drive to Mandalay, the final capital of then-Burma's Konbaung Dynasty until its decline in 1885 at the hands of the British. From here continue to the ancient capital of Amarapura to see the U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world. The 0.75-mile (1.2 km)  bridge spans Taungthaman Lake and was built around 1850 from wood reclaimed from the former royal palace in Inwa. 

Day 6: Excursion to ancient cities of Mandalay by bike

 Tourists and locals travel by traditional long riverboats to the ancient city of Inwa
 Tourists and locals travel by traditional long riverboats to the ancient city of Inwa

Today visit Sagaing, located to the southwest of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the Ayarwaddy River. Saigang is an important religious and monastic center, and the numerous pagodas and monasteries crowd the hills next to the river. From here bike across the bridge which spans the Irrawaddy River, then continue to explore Sagaing's stupas. 

Head to the former capital city of Inwa, which was founded in 1364 C.E. and lasted nearly 400 years as the royal capital. Highlights of the city tour include the Nanmyint Watch Tower, the Maha Aung mye Bonzan brick-and-stucco monastery, and the elegant teakwood Bagaya Kyaung monastery. 

Return to Mandalay in the evening. 

Day 7: Mingun by boat and back to Mandalay by bike

Mya Thein Tan Pagoda in Mingun
Mya Thein Tan Pagoda in Mingun 

Start your morning with a short trip upriver to Mingun to see the remains of the world's largest pagoda. Construction of the pagoda halted in 1819 and a 1938 earthquake reduced the massive monument to rubble. Despite the destruction, the remaining base of the pagoda is an impressive sight.

Explore the surrounding area by bike, then head to nearby Myathein Than Pagoda to see the Mingun Bell, the world's largest hanging intact bell. Return to Mandalay by bike, then continue for an afternoon of sightseeing. Visit the revered Mahamuni Pagoda, famous for its gold leaf hammering workshop. Stop to see Shwenandaw Monastery's exquisite wood carvings, then continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda. The pagoda houses 729 stone slabs with Buddha's teachings written in the ancient Pali language. 

Day 8: Longtailed boat on Inle Lake

Wooden houses in the floating village on Inle Lake
Wooden houses in the floating village on Inle Lake

Your day sightseeing begins aboard a longtailed boat to see Thale Oo village, a traditional agricultural village. Learn about the local agricultural methods, and explore the vibrant culture. Continue to Inn Paw Khone village to tour the lotus and silk weaving facilities, then head to Nanpan to learn about traditional boat making and cheroot (Burmese cigar) production. 

Afterward, visit Phaung Daw U Pagoda, the area's most revered monastery, to see its five ancient gold-leaf covered Buddha statues. End your day with a tour of Nge Phe Chaung monastery's floating gardens.

Day 9: Exploring around Inle Lake by bike

Inle Lake
Inle Lake

Spend the day exploring Inle Lake and surrounding areas by bike. The lake is one of Myanmar's top natural areas, with no shortage of things to do. Stop at markets to shop for your lunch, learn about local artisans, and experience everyday life in the rural countryside. 

Head out for an excursion to the local villages around Inle Lake, beginning in central Nyaung Shwe. Ride along a gravel road next to a quiet canal—an easy and pleasant ride.

Day 10: Depart from Yangon

Old apartments in Yangon
Old apartments in Yangon

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to Heho airport for your connecting flight to Yangon International airport and your hourney home.  Safe travels! 

Map

Map of Explore Myanmar by Bike - 10 Days
Map of Explore Myanmar by Bike - 10 Days