8 Days 7 Nights
Our local guides in Mandalay, the Shan villages, Inle Lake, Chin State and Bagan will be there to enhance your experience by helping you better interact with the many ethic groups we will come across on our journey. We’ll do this trip on the extremely reliable, comfortable and stealthy Honda CRF250L which is perfectly suited for the terrain and distances we will be covering. We will also have a support truck for our trip so we can travel light and make sure we get to each destination on time no matter what happens. There will be a good mix of posh, rustic and mid range accommodation to give you a memorable experience without feeling too isolated from, or too immersed in, the local culture. This once in a lifetime trip, at this moment in history, will be an amazing experience we hope to share with you.
Equipment: Honda CRF250L
Distance: roughly 1200km
We will arrange your pickup at the airport, bus station or train station and to take you to the hotel to meet your bikes and have a quick day tour of Mandalay and the surrounding area. Over dinner we will go over the trip ahead and general driving precautions in Myanmar.
After breakfast at your hotel we head out of the congested city and up into the hills of Shan state. We will ride on a mix of sealed and dirt roads through rice fields and then up the mountains to Pyin Oo Lwin. Lunch will be in Pyin Oo Lwin and we will ride Nawnghkio.
Nawnghkio is the location of the famous Gokteik Viaduct so we will have a look at that in the morning and then go straight south on a newly improved road to Inle. This road goes through some spectacular scenery rarely seen by tourists.
A trip to Inle lake wouldn’t be complete without a tour on the lake so we will start the day with a boat tour of the lake's attractions. We will then take a back road through more remote villages to the hill station of Kalaw. We will stay in a quaint hotel in heavily wooded area.
After Breakfast at our hotel we begin our day of all sealed roads to Mount Popa. We will quickly descend down winding roads until we are back to the lowlands of middle Myanmar. We will pass through the arid rolling hills and plains to get to Mt Popa in time to enjoy sunset from either our hotel or the volcanic mountain itself.
We will have a very short ride from Mt Popa to Bagan to meet our local guide. We can either travel by motorcycle, van or horsecart depending on your preference. He will escort us around the multitude of ancient temples for the day until we retire to our hotel for the rest of the evening.
Our last day of riding will be on mostly sealed roads with a few river (dry and wet) crossings before we get back to Mandalay. We'll try and get back to make it to the longest teak bridge in the world at sunset. At night we'll have a final goodbye dinner at a local BBQ buffet restaurant.
We will meet you in the morning to help you make it to your train/bus/plane to get out of Mandalay or just say goodbye as you continue your travels on your own.