This is a thrilling full day bike tour, perfect for those who love a mix of adventurous riding and cultural insight. The specially crafted route has taken us time to refine and perfect, passing through tribal farming areas of the plateau before a wind-in-your-hair descent through the beautiful Shan Hills to reach the shores of Inle Lake. The adventure doesn’t stop here though! A day that’s guaranteed to be in your top highlights from Myanmar.
This bicycle tour runs from Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake. Full Day Bike & Boat Tour of Inle Lake’s Surrounds.
On this tour we start high in the hills above the lake to explore the farms, villages and pasture lands of the plateau before a sweeping descent down to the lake, making today’s distance quite achievable.
The exertions of the morning will be rewarded with lunch before we visit the romantic stupas of Indein, giving us an idea of what Bagan would look like today if left to itself. At the end of our ride we will board a long-tail boat for an exciting journey up a narrow, jungle-sided canal to reach the open waters of the lake, bringing us back to Nyaung Shwe.
Pickup from your Hotel at approximately 7:00am
Our Mountain and Lake Day Tour starts with a pickup from your hotel at approximately 7:00am for a drive up into the western mountains of the southern Shan State. The drive takes around 1 hour 15 minutes, giving us a good head start up at a high elevation. Here we have a bike fitting, safety briefing and an introduction to our day's riding before hitting the bikes and really beginning our journey.
Scenic Morning Ride
The ride starts out with enough tarmac to warm up our legs (around 14km) as we move quickly out of town with grand views over patchwork fields and a backdrop of high mountains. Local farmers and villagers from the Pa-O and Danu tribes go about their daily life, quick to return a smile and a wave as we roll by. There are four sustained but steady climbs to tackle as we leave the tarmac and move onto a wide gravel road. We'll be stopping at times to catch our breath and see local highlights such as basket weaving, an activity that supplements local farming income. The landscape opens up to expansive views over the Shan Plateau. Amid the scenic rural landscape and cabbage fields we see towering shady trees that are sacred and believed to be the abode of Nat spirits.
After around 25 km we'll stop in one of the local villages for a snack stop before riding into scenery that gets more and more dramatic. Some small climbs en-route present a moderate challenge, but soon we are rewarded with our most exciting descent - one that extends for 12 km - giving scenic views of the lake and distant mountain range.
Boat Ride on the Lake
We reach the lake at Indein Village where we'll enjoy a hearty lunch in a typical restaurant. We will visit the romantic stupas on Indein before loading our bikes and ourselves into a long-tail boat for a thrilling trip down the Indein Canal. This narrow, jungle-lined waterway has a unique set of bamboo weirs through which we will drop before heading out across the open lake. We'll pass by villages of the Intha People and see their unique farming and fishing methods. Floating vegetable gardens, anchored by bamboo stakes grow delicious tomatoes, and conical framed fishing nets provide us the iconic image of the famous leg rowing fisherman. There is plenty to see as we make our way across the lake eventually arriving back in Nyaung Shwe.