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Overview

Explore the historic side of Thailand and Myanmar on two wheels. The combination of adventure, culture and countryside will allow any adventure seeker to embrace history, religion and some stunning natural beauty on this charming cycling route. 

Trip Highlights

Cycling: Bangkok To Yangon

Cycle through beautiful limestone rock formations

Ride through the countryside surrounded by dramatic limestone rock formations and explore the beautiful caves.

Hike to Iconic Golden Rock of Myanmar

Visit famous Kyaikhtiyo pagoda, a huge boulder covered by over 60 tons of gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff.

Admire spectacular Wat Chantharam (Wat Tha Sung)

Visit one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand and admire its spectacular crystal and golden halls.

Itinerary

1

Bangkok - Ayutthaya

Cycling: Approximately 30 km Transfer: 40 minutes Difficulty: Easy

Today meet our guide in the morning at your hotel, get briefing about the whole tour. After that you will be transferred. Before arriving the first destination, hop on the bicycle and ride to the historic Ayuttthaya.

Ayutthaya, founded around 1350, it became the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai. Throughout the centuries, the ideal location between China, India and the Malay Archipelago made Ayutthaya the trading capital of Asia and even the world. By 1700 Ayutthaya had become the largest city in the world with a total of 1 million inhabitants. Many international merchants set sail for Ayutthaya, from diverse regions as the Arab world, China, India, Japan, Portugal, the Netherlands and France. Merchants from Europe proclaimed Ayutthaya as the finest city the y had ever seen. Dutch and French maps of the city show grandeur with gold-laden palaces, large ceremonies and a huge float of trading vessels from all over the world. All this came to a quick end when the Burmese invaded Ayutthaya in 1767 and almost completely burnt the city down to the ground.

If you still have energy, we cycle around this historic city and visit the major sites. If you are getting tired, we finish at the hotel where we can relax in the refreshing pool while having a drink.

Overnight in Ayutthaya

2

Ayutthaya – Nakorn Sawan

Cycling: Approximately 70 km Transfer: 1 hours 18 minutes Difficulty: Medium

After breakfast today get a short transfer to the outskirts of Ayutthaya. Where we start our full day of cycle adventure.

As we approach Ang Thong don’t forget to look up and wonder at the 60-foot long reclining Buddha in Ang Thong.  The cycling today will end at Singburi province after that get picked up to Nakorn Sawan. Along the way to Nakorn Sawan visit Wat Chantharam (Wat Tha Sung) with its spectacular Crystal and Golden Halls.

Nakorn Sawan, We head into the heartland of Thailand today with our journey to Nakorn Sawan. You’ll quickly understand why Thailand is the top exporter of rice when you see the many paddies on your route today. Look out for water buffaloes wallowing in a puddle and for ducks taking a dip in a rice field. This is an area of Thailand which is not visited by many tourists, so you will pick the interest of locals and it is a good opportunity to stop and say Sawadee!

Overnight in Nakorn Sawan

3

Nakorn Sawan – Sukhothai

Cycling: Approximately 70 km Transfer: 1 hour 20 minutes Difficulty: Medium

Today cycle directly out of the hotel and we pass lush green paddy fields and many villages as we wind head towards the first capital of Thailand, Sukhothai. The 13th Century reign is generally viewed as the “golden age” of Siam due to the fact that its influence spread as far west as Burma, east as far as Cambodia and south down into Malaysia. Depart early to cycle the 80km to Sukhothai. Cycle around the historic park, a UNESCO World Heritage site with more than 193 ruins surrounded by three moats and bridged by four gateways. Bikes are the best way to enjoy this ancient city.

Overnight in Sukhothai.

4

Sukhothai – Tak

Cycling: Approximately 80 km Transfer: - Difficulty: Medium

Depart early for cycling 80 km to Tak one of the historical provinces in Thailand.

Tak was a historical kingdom built over 2,000 years ago, even before the Sukhothai period. The ancient kingdom had its peak around the 1st century. By the 5th century the capital of this kingdom was moved south to Lavo (present day Lopburi Province). A city named Ban Tak was established by Jamadevi, princess of the Lavo kingdom, around 663 CE. It became part of the Sukhothai kingdom through battles led by Ramkhamhaeng the Great and formed the main fortress on the western front. The city was moved further west and renamed Mueang Rahang when the Ayuthaya kingdom was lost to Burma during King Maha Thammaracha's reign. The city was moved back to the east side of the Ping River during the early Bangkok period.

King Taksin was vice-governor of Tak before the Ayutthaya kingdom fell during the war with Burma. As his name was Sin, he became called Tak-Sin during his time in Tak

Overnight in Tak

5

Tak – Mae Sot

Cycling: Approximately 65 km Transfer: 40 minutes Difficulty: Medium

After 4 days cycling. You can make the finale in Thailand as tough or easy as you want and there are lots of ascents and descents on our last part in Thailand. Today you will be heading to Mae Sot. Distance wise not the longest but, lots of today will be up hill. Have a look at a hill tribe market selling fruits, snacks and refreshing drinks. Once we reach the Taksinmaharat National Park it’s time to hop on the bike again continue riding for 18 km mostly downhill until we reach the hotel where we can relax before crossing the border early tomorrow morning. 

6

Mae Sot – Myawaddy – Hpa An

Cycling: Approximately 45 km Transfer: 2 hours Difficulty: Easy

This morning rise early and get a short transfer to the border where your Myanmar team will be waiting for you with a warm welcome and a new adventure coming up.

Say goodbye to your Thai guide and pass the Mae Sot – Myawaddy border. Meet our cycle guide on the Myanmar side of the line. Welcome to the Golden Land!

We will ride from the border town of Myawaddy to the transient village of Kawkareik. The first leg in Myanmar will start with a flat 20 km followed by 3 km climbing. Then we will rolling down until Kawkareik and transfer to Hpa An. Hpa An is a small town surrounded by beautiful limestone rock formations and is the capital of the Karen state.

Upon arrival at Hpa An, we will visit Kyauk Kalat, a pagoda which is built on layers of natural rock formations. Flanked by a Lake, the scenery guarantees a great photo opportunity.

Overnight in Hpa An.

7

Hpa An – Mawlamyaing

Cycling: Approximately 87 km Transfer: - Difficulty: Medium

After breakfast, we set off by bike to visit Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda, located on the bank of Thanlwin River. We continue to Hpa An market, a vibrant place selling fresh vegetables, meats and household goods. Then, we ride to Kaw Gun Cave also known as the ‘Cave of the Ten Thousand Buddhas’. As you walk through the cave, you will see more than 2000 votive tablets of Lord Buddha and Mon inscriptions. One inscription is so ancient that, to this day, no scholar has been able to interpret it.

We will then head to Saddan Cave for some exploration, a natural cave that can be traversed by a 20 minute walk through a long dark tunnel (there is Electricity) until you reach the light of day. From the exit we take a short canoe ride passing under a stone cave and amongst endless paddy fields surrounded by lush landscape.

Finally, continue our journey to Mawlamyaing, the first capital of British Burma between 1827 and 1852. Once known as Moulemein, as written by Rudyard Kipling in his poem Mandalay, the city still retains some of its colonial atmosphere. 

En-route, we will visit Kawhnat-Kadoe, the village of U Nar Ouk. During the colonial times, U Nar Ouk ran a local ferry boat company and fell into competition with the famed Ayeyarwaddy Flotila Group. A price-war ensued, resulting in free ferry travel for all locals. This business tale is famous in Myanmar and taught in the text books of all primary school children. Visit to the monastery, built and donated by U Nar Ouk, where you still can see many ancient arts and crafts for decoration.

In the afternoon, arrive in Mawlamyaing and check in to your hotel.

Overnight in Mawlamyaing.

8

Mawlamyaing – Bilu Island Loop Cycling

Cycling: Approximately 50 km Transfer: - Difficulty: Medium

After breakfast and a leisurely morning wandering around Mawlamyaing’s central market, we ride across Bogyoke Aung San Bridge which is recently opened to Bilu Island (aka Ogre Island). Bilu Island, known as Ta Kaw Sa Man in Mon, which translates to ‘Ogre Island’. For centuries the only way to reach this Island was by boat.

We ride around by passing through local villages and take the opportunity to observe local lifestyle and visit traditional handicraft workshops producing small blackboards, rubber bands, bamboo hats and wooden pipes.

After completing a full loop of the island we then return back to Mawlamyaing by coach.

This afternoon, we will explore the beautiful Seindon’s Monastery, a wooden monastery over 100 years old. Continue to Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, the city's tallest and the nearby viewpoint to enjoy beautiful sunset views over the harbor and across the River. And finally, we will explore Mahamuni Pagoda, built in traditional Mon-style.

Overnight at Mawlamyaing.

9

Mawlamyaing – Thaton

Cycling: Approximately 70 km Transfer: - Difficulty: Medium

Our destination today is Thaton. Return to our saddle and begin peddling towards this small town. Sometime we will ride on country road and sometime we will take off-road riding experience.

In the 3rd century BC, Thaton was the capital of the Mon State. Its port was tactically placed as it is situated directly east of Yangon, across the Gulf of Moattama. To the Burmese however, Thaton is known as a spiritual land as it is the origin of the country’s specific form of Buddhism, the Theravada practice. Myanmar is the final remaining country in the world that this form of Buddhism is still practiced regularly throughout its population. Theravada Buddhism is known as the oldest form of Buddhism and today you will cycle to its ancient origins.

Overnight in Thaton.

10

Thaton – Golden Rock

Cycling: Approximately 55 km Transfer: 1 hour Difficulty: Medium

Our journey begins with a transfer to the starting point for today cycling to avoid the main road. We will ride along the pleasant road through the villages and a short stop at Kyaikhtee Saung Pagoda which is very famous for the monk and his activities. Observe the old city wall of Suvarnabhumi Ancient City in 6 century. It was decorated by the figures of giants, elephants and horses.

After observing an over 100-year old monastery nearby city wall, we continue our ride until we reach the town of Kinpun, also known as ‘basecamp’ for the journey to the Golden Rock.

From the base of the mountain travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) and be dropped off a short 5-minute walk from Golden Rock. A huge boulder covered by over 60 tons of gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of Myanmar's main pilgrimage sites.  The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha and Buddhists from across the country come here to pay homage. 

Overnight near Golden Rock.

11

Golden Rock – Bago

Cycling: Approximately 60 km Transfer: 1 hour 20 minutes Difficulty: Medium

Go to the Golden Rock Pagoda for a walk around the shrines and take in the beautiful vistas before descending to Kinpun. At the bottom of the mountain, your bicycles will be waiting for your trip to Bago. We will enjoy the Burmese countryside as your surroundings alternate from rubber plantations. Through this offroad, you will also have plenty of opportunity to interact with the locals in tiny villages where no tourists go.

Once we reach on the main road, load our bikes on the bike truck and take a leisure transfer to Bago. Then, our visit in Bago begins with Shwethalyaung Temple which houses a beautiful 55-meter long reclining Buddha. Continue to the Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar and whose 114 meter spire is taller than the one at Shwedagon Pagoda. While in Bago we’ll also take time to visit the city’s local sites, including the town market and a Mon neighborhood.

Overnight in Bago.

12

Bago – Yangon

Cycling: Approximately 60 km Transfer: 2 hours Difficulty: Medium

After an early start on the road, you will begin to leave the Burmese country and begin cycling toward the city of Yangon. Ride along the beautiful dirt road overviewing the paddy fields with some photo stops.

Once the roads begin to get overwhelmed by the traffic flow into the city limits, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic cities in South East Asia.

At the end today, we reach Myanmar’s holiest monument, the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden stupa that is covered with 60 tons of pure gold leaf.

Overnight in Yangon.

13

Yangon

Transfer: 1 hour

After breakfast, explore downtown Yangon on foot, through streets filled with faded colonial atmosphere and bustling local markets.

There may be time to visit the Bogyoke Market before transferring to the airport for your onward flight. Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott Market) is the perfect place to peruse the stalls for lacquer ware, jewelry, handicrafts, and other Burmese souvenirs.  (Note: the market is closed on Mondays and public holidays)

Important Information

Our services include:

Thailand Portion:

  • Luggage transfer
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Open-air truck fees for Golden Rock Visit
  • et, 1 refillable personal biking bottle per person
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • 1 Exo Adventure Certified English Speaking Guide
  • Additional local guide for 8-15 pax, 2 assistant guides for 16+ cyclists
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • Tips for Drivers and Porters
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations
  • A/C Support Vehicles for Transfer and Back up. Backup vehicle for 5+pax.
  • Open-air truck fees for Golden Rock Visit

Myanmar Portion:       

  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
    • 2-3 pax: 1 x Hi-Ace Van
    • 4-6 pax: 1 x Hi – Ace Van + 1 x bike truck
    • 7-8 pax: 1 x 30 seater bus
    • 9-10 pax: 1 x 22 seater bus + 1 x bike truck
    • 11-16 pax: 1 x 30 seater bus + 1 x bike truck
    • 1 x Van/Bus for all transportations in Yangon
  • Open-air truck fees for Golden Rock Visit
  • Bike & helmet rental, 1 cycling water bottle per each
  • 1 Exo Adventure Certified English Biking Guide
  • 1 cycling assistant on biking days for 11 pax and above
  • Mechanic on biking days for 7 persons and above
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools and first aid kit
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits for cycling days
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Tips for Guides
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatoraid, Powerbars, Gue, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Other language speaking guides
  • Credit card/bank transfer fees

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