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Overview

Take an unforgettable cycling adventure through rural Myanmar. Delve deep into the culture with a pilgrimage to the sacred Golden Rock. Experience local lifestyles with a ride around charming Bilu Island. And savour the beauty of Myanmar’s landscapes while cycling through endless rice paddies and limestone mountains.

Trip Highlights

Cycling Golden Rock & Mon State

Get a closer look at Myanmar

Spend a week biking through rural Myanmar, appreciating the culture and landscapes at a slower pace.

Be enchanted by sleepy Mawlamyine

Cycle Mawlamyine and its surroundings, exploring the landscapes that inspired Rudyard Kipling’s most famous poem.

Connect with the local culture

Take part in a spiritual pilgrimage and ride through small villages for a better understanding of Myanmar culture.

Itinerary

1

Arrive Yangon

Transfer from Yangon Airport to Hotel: 1 hour

Upon arrival in Yangon, our guide will welcome and transfer us to downtown.

First off we visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which is home to a 70 metre long reclining Buddha. Continue through the city, stopping as you wish to take photos.

We then venture downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. We’ll start at the post office, a lovely historic building, and walk to Sule Paya, passing by the famous Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument. It’s onwards to Little India and Chinatown, a colorful cacophony of restaurants, temples and 

Late this afternoon, continue our sightseeing to the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar known as “Shwedagon Pagoda”. The central stupa is 90 meters tall and gilded with pure gold leaf.  As the sun begins to set enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pagoda and surrounding skyline before transferring back to dinner.

Welcome dinner at Padonmar Restaurant.

Overnight in Yangon.

2

Yangon – Bago – Kyaikhtiyo (Cycling)

Transfer from hotel to Waw: 3 hoursCycling distance up to: 68kmDifficulty: Medium

After breakfast, we will transfer to Bago, which is located 80kms to the northeast of Yangon, and served as the capital of the Mon Kingdom of Lower Myanmar during the 15th century. Our short visit to Bago begins at 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. We continue our transfer as far as Waw in the Mon State. From here we change to pedal power and enjoy the Burmese countryside as your surroundings alternate from small plantations and tiny villages. we will have plenty of opportunity to interact with the locals as the roadside vendors are ready to sell you anything from watermelons to gasoline.

We enjoy a local lunch along the way.

Then it’s time to continue cycling until we reach the town of Kinpun, also known as ‘basecamp’ for the journey to the Golden Rock. From the base of the mountain we will be transported by a local, open-air truck along a winding road for around 45 minutes and dropped off near the top before continuing on foot to 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. 

Dinner at local restaurant or hotel.

Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo.

3

Kyaikhtiyo – Thahton (Cycling)

Transfer from Kyaikhtiyo to Kyaikhto: 15 minsCycling distance up to: 68 kmDifficulty: Medium

This morning there is the option to visit the Golden Rock again to see the rising sun and cast its rays upon the rock. Local pilgrims gather by the rock to make offerings in the solitude of the morning.

Then, return to base camp by foot and open-air truck.

Today we start our ride from Kyaikhto (a 15 mins transfer from the base camp) and head southeast to Tha Hton. In the 3rd century BC, Tha Hton 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, Tha Hton 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. Theravada Buddhism is known as the oldest form of Buddhism and today we will cycle to its ancient origins.

We will arrive Thahton around noon and check in to the hotel and take the refreshment before dinner.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Tha Hton.

4

Thahton – Mawlamyaing (Cycling)

Cycling distance up to: 68 kmDifficulty: Medium

After breakfast, we begin riding 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 the atmosphere of the colonial times.

We enjoy a local lunch along the way.

In the afternoon, we will arrive in Mawlamyaing and proceed to Mahamuni Pagoda, built in traditional Mon-style and also Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, the city's tallest and most visible stupa. Continue to the beautiful Seindon Mibaya, a wooden monastery over 100 years old. Walk along the town’s Strand Road for a glimpse of the impressive Kaladan Mosque, which was built during the colonial era when many Indians came to work for the British in Mawlamein.

To end the day we head to a temple for a view point that overlooks the town, the Thanlwin River and Belu Island as the sun sets in the background.

Tonight we savor a Traditional Mon style dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Mawlamyaing.

5

Mawlamyaing - Bilu Island Loop Cycling

Cycling distance up to: 50 kmDifficulty: MediumTransfer from Bilu Island to hotel: 25 minutes

After breakfast, we ride across a new bridge called Bogyoke Aung San Bridge to Bilu Island (aka Ogre Island). Bilu Island, known as Ta Kaw Sa Man in Mon, which translates to ‘Ogre Island’. We will ride around the island passing through local villages and also have the opportunity to observe local lifestyle and visit traditional handicraft workshops producing wooden pipes, bamboo hats, rubber bands and small blackboards.

Lunch at a local restaurant or a packed lunch will be provided.

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

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight at Mawlamyaing.

6

Mawlamyaing – Hpa An (Cycling)

Cycling distance up to: 77kmDifficulty: Medium

After a leisurely morning wandering around Mawlamyaing and perhaps visiting the central market, we will return to our saddle and begin peddling towards Hpa An.

Hpa An is a small town surrounded by beautiful limestone rock formations and is the capital of the Karen state.

En-route, first 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 we still can see many ancient arts and crafts for decoration.

Local lunch will be served along the way.

This afternoon, we will arrive in Hpa An. Upon arrival we will transfer to the jetty and take a free boat ride across the river to the foot of Par Pu Mountain. We can take an optional 30 minute walk to the top to have stunning views of Hpa An below.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Hpa An.

7

Hpa An (Cycling)

Cycling distance up to: 54 kmDifficulty: Medium

Set off by bike to visit Shwe Yin Mhyaw Pagoda, located on the bank of Thanlwin River today. We continue to Hpa An market, a vibrant place selling fresh vegetables, meats and household goods. We then continue cycle until we reach Eindu village where we rest and take lunch.

Lunch at local restaurant or lunch box will be provided.

In the afternoon, we ride 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 we 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.

Afterwards, we continue to Lumbini Garden home of a thousand of Buddha Images located at the base of Mt. Zwekabin, this uniquely-shaped mountain is important for local Karen people. Next up is Kyauk Kalatt Pagoda, which is built on layers of natural rock formations and Flanked by a Lake. The scenery guarantees a great photo opportunity. we’ll witness a splendid sunset at Kyauk Kalatt Pagoda. After sunset we ride back to hotel and freshen up before dinner. 

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Hpa An.

8

Hpa An - Yangon

Transfer from Hpa An to Yangon: 6 hours

Spend this morning relaxing and resting our legs and then drive back to Yangon. On the way we visit Kawgun Cave, two miles from Hpa An township. It’s a natural limestone cave and measures 200 feet high and 300 feet in length. Inside the cave there are thousands of Buddha images of various sizes and shapes in ancient styles, carved out of the stone. The scenery is amazing as we travel through the countryside and small townships.  

Lunch en-route.

Upon arrival at Yangon, transfer to hotel.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Yangon

9

Yangon Departure

Transfer to airport: up to 1 hour

Today is our final day! So, we explore downtown Yangon on foot, through streets filled with faded colonial atmosphere and bustling local markets.

Before we leave to the airport, we may have time to visit the Bogyoke Market.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)

Then, transfer to the airport to catch flight back home.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike & helmet rental, 1 cycling water bottle per each
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits for cycling days
  • 1 EXO Adventure Certified English Biking Guide throughout the trip
  • 1 EXO Assistant Biking Guide on biking days for 11 cyclists and above
  • Mechanic on biking days for 7 cyclists and above
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • 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.
  • Canoe ride in Hpa An
  • Private motorized boat to visit Par Pu Mountain
  • 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
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Credit card/bank transfer fees
  • Other language speaking guides

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