Imagine exploring one of the world’s most exotic countries while living up your passion for cycling. If you’re wondering what country we’re talking about, it’s Myanmar, and yes you can cycle, sightsee and experience this lovely country. Be one of the few to visit, yet let alone tour the country on a bike with our Cycle Yangon to Bagan tour.
Your first visit is to the country’s largest city and main economic hub, Yangon. Highlights include a large reclining Buddha, Kadawgyi Lake and the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda. As you explore the city, the vibrant Burmese culture, as well as the country’s proud heritage and rich traditions will be unveiled to you.
It’s now time to fuel your cycling passion. You first leg is an eventful 6 hour (or 142 kilometer) ride to the town of Pyay. And by eventful we mean opportunities to pass through local villages and other interesting countryside stops. One such site includes the world’s only Buddha image that adorns golden spectacles. Reach Pyay later in the day and take a well-deserved break in the charming little town and reward yourself with a panoramic sunset view from a hilltop temple.
From one charming little town to the next, prepare for the 60 kilometer trip to Magway, which you will reach by midday. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring the town or chilling out by the peaceful Irrawaddy River.
Stretch those legs and prepare yourself cuz up next is a 90 kilometer ride to Mount Popa. As before, enjoy the surrounding Burmese countryside scenery and air before reaching this 1500 meter high volcano filled with stupas and nat (spirit) temples. This natural masterpiece is highly revered, thus earning the reputation as Burma’s Mount Olympus. You will ride up this mountain to your beautiful resort and engage in relaxing activities like plunging in the pool or admiring the view. You will also venture up to the mountain top and learn about the age old and unique Burmese culture of nat worshipping.
The end is near as you take on the 50 kilometer journey to Bagan as faint images of temples and stupas in the horizon slowly start to appear. This town is amazing. There are more temples per square meter here than anywhere else in the world, many of which are from the 11th and 12th century! Check out the town with a temple tour and visit the colorful Nyaung Oo market.
And now, the last leg of your cycling trip. Take it easy and pedal 10 kilometers to the outskirts of Bagan, free from the tourist crowds. Bask in the serene Burmese countryside air and meet the always friendly locals.
“This is Burma. It is quite unlike any place you know about,” wrote Rudyard Kipling. He can never be so right, even today. Myanmar is truly unlike any place in the world. You will be one of the few travelers to ever step foot on this country. See which of our Myanmar tours suit you. Or if you like, you can invent a whole new one by visiting our tailor-made page and filling in the necessary info. Click send and you’ll be on your way!
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