Mandalay Active Travel on Pedals 04days

Routing: Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing – Ava – Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay

Best Highlights of the tour

  • Fascinating biking around heritages of Mandalay
  • Visit Mingun where the second largest ringing bell over the world locates
  • Cycling to visit Buddhism University to Ava for eye bird view of Irrawaddy River
  • Cool retreat in Pyin Oo Lwin with a bike to the Botanical garden
  • Sunset from the Kyauk Taung Pagoda and 200 years U Bein bridge
  • Explore Mandalay in special way which ensure your unique experience
Mandalay is the former Royal city of Myanmar which hide inside its several mysterious stories never told to the end. The most easiest way to access this amazing place is on foot and by bikes. We are introducing you an easy but fascinating biking tour to explore this former Royal. Our pedals will take you Royal relics reflecting extravagant lives of Royal members, some monasteries now in use till recent and enjoy sacred moment when the sun put its last lights of the day over U Bein teak wood

Day 1: Cycling to Mingun – City tour Mandalay
8:00 Pick up by our tour guide and driver at your hotel. You will be transferred to a jetty for a private boat across the Ayeywarwaddy River. From here, we start our cycling trip to visit Mingun. The dedications of King Bodawpaya such as the unfinished Pathodawgyi Pagoda a brick counterpart of pyramid in Egypt and the Mingun Bell, the second largest bell in the world are the most prominent religious heritages. Then visiting the Myatheintan Pagoda, the best representation of the Universe, will refresh your tiredness and fatigue. Return to Mandalay for lunch. 

After your lunch time, we cycle around the Mandalay center to discover this old capital of Burma. Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar and that make her to be the best place to see all the traditional arts and crafts. Start visiting gold leaf making work-place and see how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Continue visit the Old Palace grounds; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha's Doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay hotel.
Cycling: ~ 40 km in the morning, 5km in the afternoon
Meals: Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 2: Cycling to Sagaing – Ava – U Bein Bridge
Today, we spend the full day cycling to Sagaing and Inwa. Start cycling from your hotel to cross Inwa Bridge. We first visit Sagaing with Buddhism University of the area and its highlights: Buddha Cave, Uhminthonzae Paya, Khaungmudaw Stupa and viewing point where you can enjoy the panorama of Mandalay.

After your lunch time, we continue to cycle to Ava, 30-minute to the south of Mandalay, was known in the west as the Kingdom of Ava. Stop by a tributary and cross it with a ferry. We cycle around Ava to Nanmyint leaning tower which gives a birds' eye view of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River; Bagaya wooden monastery; Aungmyaybonza Monastery made of brick and stucco. Though the Royal Palace has gone, the Pagodas, Temples and Monasteries still remain. Return drive to Mandalay and see the two-century old U-Bein teak bridge and observe gorgeous sunset over Taungtaman Lake before getting back to hotel.
Cycling: ~ 35 km 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 3: Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin – Anisakan Fall 
Depart Mandalay for a scenic two hour drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now called Pyin Oo Lwin. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses. Upon arrival, we cycle through the town and visit the beautiful recently renovated Botanical Gardens. Visit the local market in the center of the town near to the clock tower. In the afternoon, take cycling to the impressive Anisakan waterfalls, north of Pyin Oo Lwin. Sunset from the Kyauk Taung Pagoda. Return to Mandalay then free to visit Mandalay night market. Overnight in Mandalay.
Cycling: ~ 35 km 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 4 Mandalay departure
Breakfast at hotel. Free until time to be transferred to the airport for the flight toward next destination.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

1. Tour start and ends at Mandalay hotel - Myanmar
2. You will be escorted by private English speaking guides (on spots).
3. Your car is private with air-conditioning.
4. Your bike is regular bikes (professional TREK bikes available and upon request)
5. Meals are daily breakfasts and as indicated in programs
6. 02 bottled water/day/person and snacks
7. Boat trips as mentioned in itinerary
8. Entrance fees where requested.
9. Your accommodation are twin sharing, 3 star standards
10. This tour is subject to single supplement if requested
11. Trip price valid until 31 December 2014. Traveling on Christmas Eve and New Year Eve may subject to surcharge

Note: Myanmar Now is changing day by day since our country opens, the price of the tour may change at the visiting time. Please feel free to contact us for price while proceeding with the tour.

Tour Exclusions:

Visa arrangement, Other drinks when you are traveling, Support truck, Professional bike protection gear rentals, Support truck with mechanics, personal expenses and others not mentioned

Best time to go this tour
Period for best enjoy: from October to February because this is the coolest time of the year. You can easily enjoy outdoor activities and sightseeing
Period for best value: remain time of the year when is considered as low season and you can enjoy discounts and offers. Please note:
From March to May is dry season. In semi-dessert areas such as Mandalay or Bagan, they can be very hot, but other higher areas such as Inle lake, weather is still cool and comfortable
From June to September is monsoon season. In coastal regions, like Yangon, and hilly places, such as Inle lake, you may be caught by heavy, sudden rains but in Mandalay or Bagan it hardy sees rainfall during this time

Physical rating of this tour: 3 stars
: These trips are a relaxing break. You don't have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to.
: Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
: it will raise your heartbeat. Some moderate physical activities such as several walking in fairly distance are included. A good level of fitness is required
: Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The majority of activities included on this trip will be challenging. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy your holiday.
: Our highest physical rating. Get ready for a heart-pumping adventure with plenty of challenges and some extreme conditions. You'll be required to be seriously fit for this trip as difficult activities are included.
For the trek on this trip the general rule is you will need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long stair cases with a pack is good preparation (try putting a few bricks in your pack for real training). Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trek to its fullest.

Meals introduction
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

Meals included and additions: 
03 breakfasts and 2 lunches included
Meals additions to this tour: 10US$/person (lunch) and 12US$/person (dinner)

Important notes
As tourism infrastructure is starting to develop, you may find the accommodation standards to be lower than in other Asian countries. Since Burma has recently become a popular tourist destination, pricing is also inflated due to demand, and at times our hotels can change as bookings are bumped by hotels charging a higher price to other travelers. Please be patient with any last minute hotel changes, and please be aware that often although the price of the accommodation is quite high due to demand, some hotel standards can be quite basic.

Passports and Visas 
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and a visa if required. Please check whether your nationality in Myanmar Visa exemption list, otherwise you do need to have your VISA done before going. Please check the information at our Myanmar Visa guide for specific. 

Cell Phones & Calling Cards 
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. Myanmar service is dominated by the GMS technology standard, while some of the world such as U.S uses the incompatible CDMA standard. We suggest that you should check carefully or you may incur high international roaming fees. 
However, the SIM card in Myanmar is not very popular and still quite expensive. You may need to check with your service providers for roaming fees when taking tours to Myanmar
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number. Country Code of Myanmar is 95
Wireless Internet Access 
Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). WiFi access in hotels and/or cruise lines often involves a fee which, in some cases, can be very expensive. 
Please ask your hotel receptionist to avoid unexpected charges.
Credit Card Usages and Currency 
Myanmar’s national currency, the kyat (pronounced chat, and abbreviated K) is divided into the following banknotes: K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500 and K1000. Travellers should ensure they arrive in Myanmar with their entire travel budget in US dollars, as ATMs are still very hard to come by (although this may change)
For credit/debit cards, surprised tourists in Yangon found themselves helpless when trying to use them. However, a couple of high-end hotels in Yangon and Mandalay are able to accept credit cards, and sometimes give cash back. This is done via a processing system linked outside the country, Singapore or Vietnam, and is at the mercy of internet connections
Trip Preparation 
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. 
If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage.

Tour at Glance

Trip Duration:

4 days 3 nights


Culture Tour, Boat Ride, SightSeeing, Biking,

Group size:

Min: 2


Max: 12


  • Physical Grading:


  • Day by Day Program:

    Day 1: Cycling to Mingun – City tour Mandalay
    Day 2: Cycling to Sagaing – Ava – U Bein Bridge
    Day 3: Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin – Anisakan Fall 
    Day 4 Mandalay departure

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