Does the prospect of cycling your way around Myanmar appeal to you? Burma by bicycle, now that's a holiday. Burma, which now officially goes by the name of Myanmar, is fast-becoming the go-to holiday destination. From visiting the many magical temples to discovering the coastline and varied terrain, if you want to take yourself off to somewhere slightly different this year then Myanmar might just be the destination for you.
Exploring an unfamiliar place by bike makes for an exciting holiday. Whether you fancy a cycle ride off the beaten track or a journey on two wheels around the Inle Lake, you can find your holiday of a lifetime through Ayuda Myanmar Travel.
With a cycling tour in Myanmar you can discover the Myanmar that not many people see by cycling down the quiet back roads as well as visiting the more renowned sites. Whether on foot or on a bicycle, you'll get to experience the 'real' Myanmar.
You can book your Myanmar cycling tour through Ayuda Myanmar Travel. From cycling day tours in the Inle Lake area to our Best Bike Tour holiday experience, we have a range of cycling tours on offer, and all you need do is choose the right one for you.
Tour at a glance
|Tour Cost||starts from US$ 364|
|Bike Hire||included see our bikes here|
|Tour Grade||5++ out of 5|
|Number of Cycling Days||3 full days|
|Tour Ends||Kume Town|
|Group Size||Minimum 2. Maximum 6.|
|Accommodation||3 nights in 2-star hotels|
|Meals||breakfast at hotels and picnic lunch|
|Single Supplement||US$ 69|
|Total Cycling Distance||214 kilometres|
|Tour Meets||Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)|
|Vehicle Support||No vehicle support|
Nyaung Shwe – Pindaya – Ywa Ngan - Padah Lin Caves - Kume
Day1: Nyaung Shwe – Pindaya (-/L/-)
Today, pick up at your hotel and we bicycle to a small town of Pindaya. Pindaya, which is a small Da Nu, one of the hill tribes' town, is small and full of interests. We cycle via Khaung Daing - Nyaung Shwe road and then head to Taung Lay Lone (4 hills junction) where we start the climbs up to the airport town of Heho.
The climb is about 12 % steep and on the way, we pass by the life-cycle bridge. We will have a panoramic view of the Heho plain and also a glance of the lake view.
Upon arrival at Heho town, right opposite the market, there is the junction and we turn right to hit the road less busier. We ride on and on passing by beautiful fields and shady Bayan trees until we arrive another junction of Pindaya and Baw Sine Ore Mines.
Turning left, we pass by many Pa O villages on the way until we arrive at the town of Pindaya.
Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we ride up to the cave entrance and explore the cave. Then, we ride downhill to one of Paper Umbrella factory where we can see the most beautiful hand-made umbrellas.
41miles (66km) paved roads _a steep climb + rolling hills
Overnight at Pindaya
Day 2: Pindaya – Ywa Ngan (B/L/-)
Scenic ride today, we wills start from our hotel after our breakfast. As the saying goes "Early bird catches the worm", we want to start early so that we can have the opportunity of photos, breaks on the way as the views on both side of the roads are really awesome.
If you come during the high season, from October till February, you will have the chance to get to see the plantations of Seasame fields, mustard oil, ginger and many seasonal crops all the way on the Shan plateau. About an hour or so ride will bring you to the Junction village of Kyone. There, we turn right to our destination of Ywa Ngan.
We keep on riding on the rolling hills passing by some Eucliptus trees, "Blue-water pond" one of the Myanmar pilgrim tour sites, Main Ma Ye hills and so on.
Picnic lunch is at Myaing village where you can try local coffee.
Then, we ride on to Ywa Ngan.
46 miles (73 km) rolling hills paved roads
Overnight at Ywa Ngan
Day 3: Ywa Ngan – Padah Lin Cave - Kume (B/L/-)
Note: Today involves very steep climbs on the uneven rough-surface road, therefore, it is necessary to shoulder your bikes here and there for about 5 to 10 kilometers until you reach the caves of Padah Lin hidden in the middle of nowhere!
After early breakfast at hotel, with water enough for full-day adventure, we will bike from the hotel into the villages heading due west to the mountains. We cycle around 6 kilometers until we reach the last village called Hmyar Kalaw, the Little Arrow and then from there, we turn right to the paved but neglected jungle trails. The trails are for the 4-wheel trucks but with the torrential rains, the earth road turns to deep muddy surface and it is difficult sometimes to ride on it even on the downhill slopes. Crossing the mountains is the most beautiful and adventurous off-the-beaten-track and less beaten track.
The distance from Ywa Ngan to Padah Lin caves actually is about 45 kilometers, however, very difficult climbs and rocky slopes make our pace too slow. And normally, we reach the summit of the mountain in about 2 hours time where we can have bird's eye's view of the Kin Tar Water Storage Dam. From the summit, we hit the downhill cycling challenge and somewhere on the way is a rest house where we can have a break. From there, we follow the dirt trail till we find the cave's sign in the jungle. Explore the Cave 2 where we will see a small pagoda in the middle of the cave on which the spotlight coming from the rooftop hole.
Then, we ride for about 5 mintues to Cave 1 where we can observe the paintings on the wall from the stone age.
Then, we will contine our ride to the dam and get a boat to transfer to Kan Sel village where we have our picnic lunch.
Then, we proceed another 30 kilometers on a bike to Kume town.
47 miles (75 km)_rough surface downhills!
Note: from Kume, you can take either night bus to Yangon or you can take bus transfer to Mandalay on your own arrangement!!
End of the tour organized by Ayuda Myanmar Travel Tour Agency!!!
Have a Great Trip!!!
Package price net per person in US $ based on
|2 pax||3-4 pax||5-6 pax||Single Supplement|
in Tiwn or Double sharing rooms(for high season valid until 31st March 2018)
The group size is limited up to maximum number of 6 pax so that we can give the full attention to all travellers in a way of colse intimacy. We guarentee the departure when the minimum of 2 cyclists are confirmed. For solo travellers, we are happy to welcome them as always and they can have their own room as long as the single supplement is paid. Nevertheless, a shared room with another same-sex solo cyclist can be arranged at no extra cost.
As for 3 days, the bike rental fees are included in the fare. However, if you bring your own bike we will deduct the bicycle fees accordinely from the total cost.
|Pindaya||Golden Cave Hotel (superior room) or similar|
|Ywar Ngan||Shwe Gue Gu Hotel (superior room)|
Services not Included;
|2 Nights Bed and Breakfast in Twin or Double Sharing room at mentioned hotels or similar hotels||Myanmar Visa & Travel Insurance|
|Meals as mentioned in the program as B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner||Other meals not mentioned and Beverages at meals!|
|Entrance fees for the places mentioned above||Early check-in and late check-out fees at the hotel|
|English Speaking Cycling Guide Throughout the Tour||Tips for the guides, drivers, bell-boys, etc.|
|Mountain Bike & Helmet||International flight ticket to and from Mandalay|
|Mineral Water during cycling hours||International airports tax if any!|
How to book and confirm your trip?
The adventure tour and other trips with Ayuda Bicycle Tour Agency are confirmed in a short time normally within 3 days when you agree to confirm and to join the tours. Once you turn on green light for booking the tour, we will start doing all the reservations such as hotels, airline tickets, boat tickets and other items in the field of "SERVICES INCLUDED"!.
Should you send deposit? What are the payment terms?
Upon receiving booking confirmation, we NEED a deposit of 50 % so that your booking can be 100% guaranteed. The rest of the payment is to be paid 40 days before the tour starts. We offer you 2 ways of payment:
1- Visa or Master card with 4.5% bank surcharge
2- Payment by bank transfer. Our bank details are in the below and the bank transfer fee for sending payment has to be covered on your own and CIM will cover the bank receipt fee in order to receive its payment.
Bank Account Details
|Name||:||Ayuda Myanmar Travels & Tours Co. Ltd.|
|Bank Account Number||:||0004103030003435 (USD)|
|Bank Name||:||AYA Bank Limited|
|Bank Address||:||AYA Bank Building 416, Mahabandoola Road, Kyauktada Tsp., Yangon|
In case of cancelation from your end (in very seldom case, we hope!), the followings are the terms;
- 90 to 60 days before arrival: 15% of total cost
- 60 to 45 days prior to commencement 30% of total cost
- 45 – 30 days prior to commencement 50% of total cost
- 30 – 15 days prior to commencement 75% of total cost
- Less than 15 days prior to commencement 100%
- No refund will be guarenteed for late arrival or early departure from trip
- Single Supplements are subject to the above cancelation policy
- Ayuda Bike Tour agency reserves the right to amend route and modifications of the accommodations as required by the conditions
How are the accommodation methods?
(a) Twin sharing room for same gender/age
(b) Double sharing room for couples
(c) Single room for single person (with supplement cost applied)
Clients who join our trips have to go through below our liabilities and will be asked to sign the form of understanding our liabilities upon arrival.
We are not responsible for any baggage or property lost during the tour with us. We advise that, do not wear jewels while walking or cycling on the street. Keep your camera in your backpack. Do not hold it while cycling. Ayuda Bike Tour Agency is not held responsible for any accident, injury or dead during trip conduction with us. Clients who join the trip with us understand that they are willing to join the trip by themselves and at their own risk. We will brief the safety and the road conditions before tour starts. Ensure to follow our guideline, be ware of the hazard. It is absoultely safe now to do also trekking in Myanmar while doing your bike tours with us following our outlined itinerary and our specialized tour guide.
If you, the client, refuse to wear the helmet provided by Ayuda Bike Tour Agency, you will be responsible for any head injury. We ensure the bikes are in good condition, have reliable brakes. We provide all spare parts including puncture repair kits and our guides are trained with a good extent of mechanic knowledge. We try to take quiet road, routes free from cars, wherever possible. If it is necessary to ride a bike on a busy road make sure to be careful to avoid accident and being hit by cars: go slowly, look carefully before turning or crossing roads and stick well into the pavement.
We are not responsible for any health care during the tour with us. Client who join the trip with us has to be wellbeing and we recommend the client to purchase travel insurance before their departure dates. Travel insurance should include and cover evacuation cost. We recommend good hospitals in any town, city and SOS International. We provide first aid kit in the support van and all our guides are trained with first aid.
Clients who fail to sign "Form of Understanding our Liabilities" and personal infomation forms prior to the departure of the tour will not be permitted to join the tour and the policy of cancelations will be applied.
Discount & Child Policy
For our repeated customers, we will offer a discount of 5% when first return for tour with us and discount 10% when return for second and more tours with us.
Children above 12 years old are charged as adult price. Children between 8-11 years old will get 25% discount on the tour. Children below 7 years will get 50% discount but will share accommodation with their parents as possible.
Make sure all travel documents have been prepared including passport (at least 6 months validity), passport size photos for the visas (please check our FAQs for more information) and flight tickets. We cannot however be responsible for your documents not in order or mistakes by embassies, sudden changes to regulations, or actions of border officials that are beyond our control. We are able to advise on mandatory health requirements. Take all the necessary medication including malaria tablet, Tama Flue (bird flue tablet), sun cream, sunglasses, cycling gloves and cycling shorts etc.,
Tour Guide / Tour Leader Responsibility
Ayuda Bike Tour Agency provides cycling tour guide for a group below 6 people; for group starting from 6 people and above, we provide one cycling tour guide and one Mechanic or tour leader. Both tour guide and tour leader are the representatives of the company. Their responsibilities are to make sure the trip runs smoothly and our clients are well looked after in all aspect including the food, snacks, water and drinks, bike mechanic, accommodations. Any complaints about any aspect in the trip, should be brought to the guide's or tour leader's attention and with a copy of written notice to the management team of Ayuda Bike Tour Agency. Our guide or tour leader will act immediately to solve any problem that occurs during the tour with our backup service within 24 hours from our management team. Sometimes, the guide or tour leader is also assigned to take any photos or films during the tour and our partner to do promotion or marketing purpose. As you are being our valued clients joining the trip with Ayuda Bike Tour Agency, kindly permit us to do so without asking any payment.
Welcome to Myanmar!
|Open Dates||Guarenteed departure if 2 pax confirmed|