Burma cycling holiday

“Get under the skin of beautiful Burma on two wheels. Pedal the key sights – Inle Lake, Bagan temple complex and U-Bein Bridge – and quiet back roads, with flights to cover more ground, on this two-week guided tour.”

Highlights

Rangoon | Heho | Inle Lake | Nyaungshwe | Inthein pagodas | Intha minority group villages | Inpawkhone | Shan Highland | Pindaya | Ywar Ngan | Mandalay | Mingun | U-Bein Bridge | Myin Mu | Thanbodday temple | Monywa | Pakkoku | Irrwaddy River | Bagan | Mount Popa

Description of Burma cycling holiday

Any trip to Burma is a mind-expanding, photo-album-filling experience, but cycling around this extraordinary nation is truly unique. Get to know the small villages, warm people and extraordinary scenery of this country, which only recently emerged from international isolation.

Our route takes us to tranquil Inle Lake with its famous water-side markets, the striking countryside of the Shan Highlands and the central plains around Mandalay, with time spent cycling through the amazing temple complex at Bagan. The key sites are joined up by some fantastic rural cycling in more remote areas where tourists are still very much a novelty and villagers will be keen to greet you.

The trip involves 10 days cycling on roads that are mostly good, with just a few unsurfaced sections. You’ll occasionally also cycle along main roads, which have minimal traffic, but generally you’ll be pedaling along back roads. The longest day of cycling is a distance of 40 miles, the shortest is nine miles. Taking two internal flights allows you to see more of this fascinating country in just two weeks and the trip has 95% vehicle support to get you to the start of trails and bring you back again. Depending on the time of the year, conditions will be hot and humid, but rest breaks and water are always on the itinerary.

You won’t spend the entire trip in the saddle. Take a cruise on Inle Lake, visit a vineyard, explore Rangoon’s Bogyoke market, watch silk being woven or go to a boat-making workshop. There’s also an optional balloon ride over the 4,000 temples and pagodas at Bagan – a never-forgotten experience. As Kipling put it: ‘This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know.’

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Responsible tourism: Burma cycling holiday

Environment

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints (or tyre tracks!) although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, use markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts and get a real impression of Myanmar.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and, especially as Burma can reach temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees in the Spring months, it is vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We provide treated water on cycling and walking trips for clients in minimum 10ltr containers and find that this not only reduces our waste but helps us keep the water cool. Guides are also aware of where to top these bottles up e.g. Bagan, Yar Kin Thar hotel.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Community:
We are conscious of the economic welfare of local communities and take as much opportunity as possible to buy local crafts and produce (on at least 6 days of the tour). One of our clients’ favourite locations to do this is the famous floating market on Inle Lake where locals gather with their colourful boats to sell fresh produce and traditional wares. There is a five day cycle for the floating market that literally circles the lake; here people come to sell their traditional wares early in the morning and return to their village for the afternoon. Depending on its current location we will be able to visit it, but if not, there are plenty other places to support cottage industries along the way e.g. purchasing silk products from Inpawkhone village, woven from the stem of the lotus flower.

Act Local:
On this trip we ensure all hotels used are non-regime and we spend each evening in a small restaurant. The advantage of paying locally for a meal is that you ensure the money goes directly to those who are working hard to make our visits welcome. We use local leaders who receive regular training on responsible tourism issues so they can help preserve the way of life in their area. By using local leaders, we also hope they educate their own communities to help them maximise from our visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The best part for me was the rides around Inle Lake; really peaceful and interesting riding and the lake a source of life for so much. Great bikes and great group all added to the experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with the flow; if you choose Monsoon season be prepared to get very very wet; that said it was part of the experience and part of life in Myanmar so it didn't really detract. Just take quick dry clothes and several pairs of shoes/rubber ones help.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - very little carbon emissions but I do wish hotels would adopt the no change sheets and towels policy. Only a few were up to world standards on this.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great; for my first ride it was probably a few days too long as the last days had no riding which was kind of boring after such a great trip.

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