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Overview

Travel overland by train and bicycle for a true discovery of the scenic hill town of Pyin Oo Lwin. Situated east of Mandalay, ride past colonial-style architecture, a beautiful botanical garden and serene hills of the area while meeting locals in the area.

Trip Highlights

To the City of Flowers on Two Wheels

Discover hill town of Pyin Oo Lwin

Cycle past British colonial brick and timber houses and visit local markets with colourful items available for sale. 

Scenic train ride to Naung Pain Station

Hop on a local train and ride past the famous Gokhteik Viaduct Bridge before arrive at Naung Pain station for a bike ride.

Cycle scenic Yedagon and Mandalay Hills

Ride to Yedagon Hill famous for meditation retreats, pass scenic farming landscapes and see locals going about their daily lives.

Itinerary

1

Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin – Cycling around Pyin Oo lwin

Transfer to Pyin Oo Lwin: up to 2 hours Cycling distance: approx. 18km Difficulty: Very Easy Elevation gain: 241m

This morning, depart from Mandalay (recommended departure time: 0900) on a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially called Pyin Oo Lwin.  The town is located on a plateau 1000m above sea level and renowned for its cooler temperatures and lush foliage. Upon arrival,  hop on our two wheels to explore around Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses with British names including Candacraig, built in 1905.

Afterwards, visit the local market in the center of the town near the clock tower where colorful arrays of items are for sale including locally-produced jams and fruit wines. In the evening, get off from the bikes at the 175-hectare Botanical Gardens where we can take a relaxing walk through the beautifully-landscaped gardens. Then, transfer back to our hotel.

Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.

2

Pyin Oo Lwin – Naung Pain (Train) – Pyin Oo Lwin (Cycling)

Travel by train to Naung Pain Station: approx.5 hours Transfer to Naung Cho: approx. 1 hour Cycling distance: approx. 40 km (from Naung Cho to December farm) Difficulty: Medium Elevation gain: 502m

We will leave at 0800 to catch a train to Naung Pain Village. The train will take us over famous Gokhteik Viaduct, the highest bridge in Myanmar as well as the largest railway trestle in the world when it was completed in 1899.. The journey takes around 5 hours passing through stunning scenery and we will have our prepared lunch box on train which will be one of unique experiences.

Upon arrival in Naung Pain station, we’ll transfer to Naung Cho (Nawnghkio) and start our afternoon ride on rolling hills. We will take a break at December Mini Farm for some drinks and explore around the farm. Then, load our two wheels on our truck and transfer back to our hotel.

Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.

3

Pyin Oo Lwin – Yedagon Hill – Mandalay Hill (Cycling)

Cycling distance: approx. 69 km Elevation gain: 254m Difficulty: Medium Transfer to Mandalay Hill: approx.1hour

Today we will cycle down the hill back to Mandalay approx. 3 hours. Along the way we will pass through pine forests. Arriving at Yeh Dagon Hill, where many Burmese come for meditation retreats. If we’re feeling fit, a short 6km loop will take us up the hilly switchbacks for fabulous views.  From here we turn back toward town on a different road and ride through more fields (growing sugarcane, sunflowers, beans and sometimes rice). We’ll stop at a small village making traditional paper fans before we continue to Yankin Hill, a popular pilgrimage spot for the locals. This next stretch of road is shaded by large trees and there are many monasteries, temples and schools on the sides. There is little traffic aside from the school kids and monks walking or biking alongside us.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afterwards, transfer to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • 1  EXO Adventure Certified English Speaking Biking Guide
  • 1 Mechanic for 7 cyclists and above
  • 1 assistant guide for 11-16 cyclists on cycling days
  • Accommodation in Pyin Oo Lwin only
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles varied on number of participants
  • Train ticket from Pyin Oo Lwin to Naung Pain
  • Mountain bike and helmet rental
  • Meals mentioned in the program (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D = dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Water and bike snacks with soft drinks

Our services do not include:

  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Accommodation in Mandalay
  • Mandalay Zone Fee
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Any other items not mentioned
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • Other language speaking guides

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