Myanmar on the bike for 10 days | Threeland Travel


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With fabulous nature landscape, incomparable vestiges dotted all over the country, and top hospitable people, biking in
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  1. 1. ITINERARY IN BRIEFTour code MYA-01Route Yangon - Mandalay - Myitthar - Myingyan - Mt. Popa - Bagan - YangonDuration 10 days / 09 nightsFeatures With fabulous nature landscape, incomparable vestiges dotted all over the country, and top hospitable people, biking inMyanmar will leave you an extraordinary pleasant experience.DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN YANGON - VISIT (D)DAY 2. YANGON - VISIT BY BIKING (B/L/-)DAY 3. YANGON - FLIGHT TO MANDALAY -MANDALAY VISIT BY JEEP (B/L/-)DAY 4: MANDALAY - MINGUN - SAGAING - U-BEIN - MANDALAY (BY CAR, COACH) (B/L/-)DAY 5: MANDALAY - MYITTHAR - MYINGYAN(BY BIKE / BY CAR, COACH) (B/L/-)DAY 6: MYINGYAN - MT. POPA (BY BIKE) (B/L)DAY 7: MT. POPA - BAGAN (BY BIKE) (B,L )DAY 8: BAGAN BY BIKE (B/L/-)DAY 9: BAGAN VISIT BY BIKE - FLIGHT TOYANGON (BY HORSE CART / BY CAR / BYFLIGHT) (B/L/-)Day 10. YANGON DEPARTURE (BY CAR /COACH) (B)SERVICES INCLUDEDSERVICES EXCLUDEDEnglish-speaking tourguides(station guides)Lunch, with local Myanmar food, atlocal clean restaurantsTwin-shared room with dailybreakfastLand transfer by private air-convehicles as per programBiking tour as per programHorse cart tour in Bagan one day asper programWater during transfer and bikingBoat trip at MingunVisaAdmission (quoted separately)Domestic flight (quoted separately)International flightOther meals and drinksTipsPersonal expenses
  2. 2. DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN YANGON – VISIT (D)Upon arrival in Yangon, we will be warmlywelcomed by the tourguide and driver at theairport and transferred to Yangon to check-inhotel. After refreshment we will take our bicyclesand start our tour in the city with the NationalMuseum of Yangon, a 5-storey grand buildingwhich tells us in detail about the entire cultureand history of Myanmar, with great collections ofprecious stone, gold, silver and ivory, andsufficient of traditional costumes of ethnicgroups living in Myanmar. Along with our guide,we will discover the former capital of Myanmar(by 2006) by biking thru charming green roadsand very quiet city as well as noisy, excitingroads full of buses, car, taxi, trishaw (a kind ofpedicab, with 3 wheels, capacity 3 peoplemaximum) and bicycles to intermingle with therhythm of the city. Yangon is forbidden formotorbikes, so a biking tour will be the best if wedo not wish to be closed inside air-con vehicle.Program can be changeable and the admissionis your own account to maintain the flexibility.End the day at Karaweik – a grand colourfulhouse built on the bank of Kadawgyi Lake tohave dinner with a spectacular show oftraditional Myanmar stage art.O/N Yangon.Please note! National Museum is closed onMonday, Tuesday and can be replaced by GemMuseum or another good Museum or anothersite in Yangon.DAY 2: YANGON - VISIT BY BIKING (B/L/-)No motorized mean will be used today.After breakfast, from the hotel we will bike to thetop attraction of the city - Shwedagon pagoda(appx. 2h30’), the pride not just of Myanmar butall Buddhist countries with thousands of stupassurrounding a 99m-high main stupa, all goldenplated and survive well after wars and time. Goon to Sule pagoda, said to be more than 2,000years old, located at the heart of the city, in themiddle of a very exciting round-about with allnoise and excitement of active Yangon (about 1to 2 hours), where we can visit, meditate, or justsit outside and enjoy local smoothies or soup.Go on to the Botataung Jetty nearby and bikesurrounding and go into small streets and alleysof the graceful colonial quarter adjacent to theriver. We can stop for some coffee or forshopping here or go on to Bogoyoke market, socalled the Scott market, the most exciting one inYangon which supplies sufficient kinds ofconsumer goods and souvenir. Return to ourhotel late afternoon, the bikes will be left at thehotel so that you can bike by your own in theevening time. O/N Yangon.DAY 3: YANGON – FLIGHT TO MANDALAY –MANDALAY VISIT BY JEEP (B/L/-)After Breakfast at hotel or taking our BreakfastBox prepared by the hotel, we will be transferredby vehicle to the airport for our flight toMandalay (the Box will be there in case the flightis too early.) Welcomed in Mandalay by Jeep –specialty of Mandalay – and transfer toAmarapura for our 1st visit at Mandalay.Different from other tranquil towns of MyanmarMandalay is much more hectic, business-minded, yet the city maintains very well greatvestiges that cannot be missed like Amarapura,Sagaing hill and U-Bein Bridge that we will visitduring our stay here. We will go toMagahandayon monastery in Amarapura before10am, where the brunch, the only meal of theday, of thousands of monks is held every day at10am, a very respectful and traditional ritual yetopen to visitors to contemplate and discuss withthe Buddhist people and monks to understandmore about religious life and traditions ofBuddhism in Myanmar. Lunch at a localrestaurant. Back to Mandalay by Jeep to checkin with stop to visit the famous Mahamuni templewith great golden-plated Buddha image, wherewe can see Buddhists from all over Myanmarcome to pay tribute and meditate, visit the TeakHouse with delicate carvings after the visit atMahamuni. Enjoy the sunset at Mandalay Hill atthe end of the trip.Please note!- Modest clothes are required at Amarapura.- In case of big group the Jeep will be replacedby vehicles like van, bus or coach.DAY 4: MANDALAY – MINGUN – SAGAING –U-BEIN – MANDALAY (BY VEHICLE, FERRY)(B/L/-)After breakfast at hotel we will be transferred byour car or Coach to the Jetty. Take a Boat tripon the Ayeyarwaddy River – where we can seethe daily life of very poor people in the suburb ofmandalay earning their living by fishing, rowingboats and other jobs along the river – to Mingun,a very remarkable point near Mandalay. Theriver trip may take us about 1h upstream fromMandalay and as soon as we arrived, MingunPaya - built with the intention of a King to be theworld’s biggest pagoda – will be in front of us.Beside the incomparable view of vestiges,Mingun gives us a chance to get close to the lifeof countryside people either we can witnesstheir hard-working on the river or at the villagesnear Mingun. Go on foot to the place of MingunBell, weighting 87 tons and being the world’slargest intact bronze bell. Continue to thebeautiful Hsinbyume Paya (pagoda). Lunch inthe village. Early afternoon we will take the ferryback to Mandalay and will be transferred by ourvehicle to Sagaing, the hill with great view oftemples dotted on the hillside and a greatpanorama over Mandalay, and end our trip atthe U-Bein Teak Bridge in the sunset.With thegreatest length amongst the teakwood bridge inthe world and incomparable view combined bythe sun, corn fields, rice fields, river and boats inthe dusk, U-Bein is one of the most popularsymbols of Myanmar beside Bagan towers, theGolden Rock or the leg-rowing boat people.Transfer back to Mandalay by vehicle. O/NMandalay.ITINERARY IN DETAILS
  3. 3. DAY 5: MANDALAY – MYITTHAR -MYINGYAN (BY BIKE / BY CAR, COACH)(B/L/-)We will be back to our bikes today. Afterbreakfast we will check out hotel, then gobiking with our guide to the South and headfor 40km on the national road to Kyaukse(about 3h), the rice bowl during the Baganperiod. From here, turn right to a by-way toMyittha, a small, charming town. Proceed toMyingyan. The trip itself is different fromother day by not staying at famous, grandreligious construction, but giving us an insightlook into the groove of rural life of Myanmarpeople. We will pass by many villages withtraditional lifestyle of Myanmar, wheremeeting and chatting with the locals are partsof the most excitement of the excursiontoday. Lunch at a restaurant between visits.O/N Myingyan at guest house.DAY 6: MYINGYAN - MT. POPA (BY BIKE)(B/L)Today will be the most beautiful day to bike.After breakfast, we will go biking across thedriest area of Myanmar – the centre – byroads and paths, through dry riverbeds andsmall streams in many parts on the waywhere bridges are not built yet. Low humiditycan enable great pictures. Lunch at a localrestaurant between visits. Upon arrival at Mt.Popa, 1,520m high, we will climb up to thesummit (about 45m high), many kinds of birdscan be watched at this height. Also from thetop we can see the Mahagiri Shrine,dedicated to the “nats” (spirits) and a greatpanoramic view. O/N Mt. Popa (hotel).DAY 7: MT. POPA - BAGAN (BY BIKE) (B,L)After breakfast we will ride across the desertplain to Bagan, passing intoxicating areas,and visit Toddy Field where the locals makeJaggery or Liquor. Lunch at local restaurant,upon arrival in Bagan, check-in hotel. O/NBagan.DAY 8: BAGAN BY BIKE (B/L/-)After breakfast at hotel we will cycle with ourguide to Nyang-U and Old Bagan to visit thefabulous heritage of Myanmar – thousands ofstupas and towers and temples emerged onthe plain along the river. Starting from Nyang-U market, we will reach Shwezigon pagoda,the prototype of later Myanmar stupas. Go onto visit the vestiges in the vicinity of Bagan(flexible program) until catching themarvelous sunset over the area from the topof an ancient tower (the guide willrecommend you several places or you canchoose to climb up the top of the highestviewpoint tower to get the best place forobservation at own cost). O/N Bagan.DAY 9: BAGAN VISIT BY BIKE – FLIGHT TOYANGON (BY HORSE CART / BY CAR / BYFLIGHT) (B/L/-)Wake up very early in the morning to catch thesunrise over Bagan, a scene not to be missedbyany visitors to Myanmar, around 04.30 or 5am(breakfast box prepared by the hotel). Ourhorsecarts will be ready for us and ourtourguide will escort us to visit other temples ofBagan, to name a few, Mingala Zedi,Laokanada Pagoda or Lawkahteikpan Temple,which posses great mural and ink inscriptions,are best to see in a morning trip. Transfer to theairport (also by horsecart) for afternoon flight toYangon. Welcomed at Yangon by our guideand driver here and transfer to hotel (byvehicle). O/N Yangon.DAY 10. YANGON DEPARTURE (BYVEHICLE) (B)After breakfast at hotel, we will be free atleisure until our guide come to pick up us to theairport for our flight back