What is better than traveling around with your own bike? Our Biking Tour will let you explore Myanmar by your style. Within only 16 days, you will visit the most beautiful places in Myanmar – kingdom of temples, from the former capital Yangon to Bagan – the plain of Buddhist stupas, the great Mt.Popa to the rural areas such as Mandalay, Kalaw, Pindaya …
Myanmar Biking Tour in brief:
Day 1: Yangon arrival
Day 2: Yangon - Syriam - Kyauk Tan - Yangon
Day 3: Yangon - DaLa - Baung Taw Chau - Twante - Yangon
Day 4: Yangon - Bagan With Morning Flight
Day 5: Bagan
Day 6: Bagan - Kyaukpataung - Pppa - Bagan
Day 7: Bagan - Mandalay
Day 8: Mandalay - Mingun - Gagaing - Ava - Amarapura - Mandalay
Day 9: Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin
Day 10: Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay
Day 11: Mandalay - Heho - Kalaw
Day 12: Kalaw - Pindaya - Inle
Day 13: Inle
Day 14: Inle - Taunggyi - Kakku - Nankhar - Manpan - Mine Thauk - Inle
Day 15: Heho - Yangon
Day 16 : Departure
A morning flight will take you to Yangon – the former capital city of Myanmar, where you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to the hotel for check-in procedures. After freshen up, we will have a brief city tour with some famous places in the city like the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha – a giant lying Buddha image, Sule Pagoda – a 2,500 Buddhist Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park – a great place for relaxing and having lunch, Independence Monument - a building representing for the Burmese victories in their history. For ending the first day, we will enjoy the sunset from the most famous pagoda in Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda – also known as Golden Pagoda.
Stay overnight at Summit Parkview Hotel.
In the morning, we will leave Yangon and drive to Syriam and Kyauk Tan. There, we will have great chances to experience the daily life of the local as well as their cottage industries. Then, we will travel around Kyauk Tan, visit some Buddhist pagodas before drive back to Yangon and visit China Town – a great place for having dinner and relaxing.
Stay overnight at Summit Parkview Hotel.
After breakfast, a boat will take us to Dala, a small and peaceful town where you can meet the locals and experience their life.Afterward, we will continue our water journey by visiting Baung Taw Chau and Twante. There, we can see many floating villages and markets where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables with acceptable prices. In the afternoon, we will visit some Buddhist pagodas in the area like and Shwesandaw Pagoda which boasts the sacred hair of Buddha before head back to Yangon by car.
Stay overnight at Summit Park View Hotel.
In the morning, once again we will say goodbye to Yangon and fly to Bagan – heaven of pagoda and stupas. Being considered as a place which boast more than 2,000 Buddhist pagodas, Bagan is one of the must-visit place in Myanmar and Southeast Asia. To open our journey in Bagan, we will across the Natdaungkyaung, Taungbila village and Nyaung Oo Market – a bustling morning market where you can buy many interesting items. Afterward, we will reach the plains of Buddhist temples, Bagan and the Shwezigon Pagoda will be our first stop. Then we will explore the area with Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi Temple with mural paintings of Jataka, Ananda Temple – a masterpiece resembling a Greek cross. In the afternoon, you will be free to enjoy the sightseeing in Bagan with your bike until the sunset.
Stay overnight in Thande Hotel.
One day is not enough for anyone to explore the whole view in Bagan so today, the second day in Bagan, we will continue discovering this solemn place and its temples. Some villages and monuments will open our journey. Afterward, we will peek into some famous Buddhist pagodas of the area like the Manuha Temple and its giant Buddha images, Nanpaya – an Early-style temple and Shwesandaw Pagoda with unique sunset.
Stay overnight in Thande Hotel.
After breakfast, we will move to the southeastern Bagan and visit Kyaukpataung where you can buy souvenirs in local markets. Afterward, we will cycle to Mt.Popa, a volcanic mountain, where you can visit some monasteries and pagodas. In the afternoon, we will come back to Bagan and visit the palm cottage and experience the life of the local in some villages.
Dinner at outside local restaurants and overnight in Thande Hotel.
In the morning, we will fly to Mandalay. Mahamuni Pagoda will open our journey with its Buddha images. Then we will peek into Gold foil making cottage industry before stopping at a local restaurant for lunch. Afterward, we will continue exploring Mandalay with Shwenandaw Monastery and its wood carvings, Kuthodaw Pagoda and the World’s Biggest Book. Complete the day under the sunset from Mandalay Hill – the greatest place where you can enjoy the whole view of Mandalay. Dinner at outside local restaurant.
Overnight at Mandalay Sawn Hotel.
An early morning boat trip will take us to Kywe Zun River where we will start biking to the Nan Daw Kyun jetty. After about 45 minutes on Irrawaddy River, we will reach Mingun. This area has some must-see places like the enormous Mingun Bell and the solemn Mingun Pagoda. Afterward, we will cycle to Sagaing and visit some cottages industries, Ava, Amarapura. End the day in the sunset from the U Bein Bridge. Drive back by car to the hotel Dinner at outside local restaurant.
Overnight at Mandalay Sawn.
In the morning, we will move to Pyin Oo Lwin by train. Upon arrival, a horse cart will help us travel around Pyin Oo Lwin before you freely explore the site by your own bike. Some attractive sites we can visit are pine forests, waterfall and lakes. The cool and spring-like weather of Pyin Oo Lwin is also an important factor that makes this place become one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Myanmar.
Lunch and dinner at local restaurant and over night at Royal Park View Hotel.
After breakfast, we will enjoy the scenes in Mandalay with our bike. On the way back to Mandalay, we can see the essential things of a rural area; rice fields, fruit gardens and local villages. This is also a great chance for you to take some memorable photos and experience the daily life of the locals. The rest of the day is free and leisure.
Lunch and dinner at local restaurant and over night at Mandalay Swan.
In the morning, we will fly to Heho which boasts the famous Inle Lake. There, we can enjoy the green of rice fields and vegetable farms. After lunch, we will cycle to Kalaw, a small and charming town. The rest of the day is yours.
Dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight at Pin Hill Resort.
After breakfast, we will cycle downhill to visit pine forests, villages and fruits gardens in Kalaw. Late afternoon, we will head to Pindaya and visit the Shan paper making and Bamboo hat making factory where you can buy some interesting items before explore the most attractive site, Pindaya Cave, with numerous Buddha images. End the day with under the 250-year old Bayan trees with the sunset in Pindaya before driving to Inle.
Stay overnight at Nyaung Shwe Hupin Hotel.
After breakfast, a boat will take us to Inle Lake where you can see the unique leg-rowing fisherman, floating villages and market as well as experience the life of the locals. Then we will visit the famous Nga Pe Chaung Monastery, also known as the Jumping Cat Monastery and Silver smith factory. In the afternoon, we will peek into Cheroot making factory, Boat making factory and Silk weaving village. Afterward, visit the most prominent Paungdaw Oo Pagoda.
Lunch and dinner at outside local restaurants and overnight in Nyaung Shwe Hupin Hotel.
After a very early breakfast at the hotel, drive to Taunggyi the capital of Shan State and Kakku by car. After visiting the magnificent Kakku Pagoda complex of over 2000 stupas which has just recently been opened for foreign visitors, we pick up our bike to start cycling to Nankhar village and through the range of mountain stretching from Nampan village to Mine Thauk. There are great photo ops and lush vegetation and towards to Nyaung Shwe. Pass through lush jungle and beautiful villages nestled under the shadow of the historic Shan plateau mountain range. We reach Nyange Shwe at the end of day a remote town where Inle Lake is situated.
Lunch and dinner at outside local restaurants and overnight in Nyaung Shwe Hupin Hotel.
After breakfast, visit to Indein, the hidden treasure of Pa-O ethnic tribes to see the ruin pagodas in the forest. Then transfer to Heho Airport for flight to Yangon.
Lunch and dinner at local restaurant and overnight at Summit Parkview Hotel.
After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to airport for International departure.Indochinavalue thanks you so much for traveling with us. We hope you had a beautiful Myanmar holiday. All the best, goodbye and see you again!
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• Accommodation in Double/Twin bedded rooms with daily breakfast
• All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers mention in program
• Meals as listed in the itinerary: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D – Dinner
• All the internal flights with economy cabin including tax
• Local English Speaking Guide
• Mountain bike with disk brakes, helmets, gloves and water
• All entrance fees
• International Air fare
• Travel Insurance
• Personal Expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry service, etc…
• Meals (Lunches & Dinners)
• Additional tour
• Visa on arrival services
Tour guides who work with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our cultures and lifestyles ... with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch. In some parts such as Sapa, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic hilltribes like H'Mong or Red Dao as they know about their land much better than anyone else and this is also the way that Indochinavalue helps the local people a better life.
Tour guide is one of the most important factors to a successful holiday. Indochinavalue understands that a good tour guide needs not only good knowledge on history, culture, good English, French... but also needs to have general requirements and follow our guidelines as below:
1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with work experience.
2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.
3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.
4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.
5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.
6 - Clear speech and good hearing.
7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.
8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer because Indochinavalue's clients want to be entertained in extend, a friend...
9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.
10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.
11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.
Kind of vehicle (offered on tour) depends on the size of your group size or your requirements. To ensure your comfort, all cars feature air conditioning and enough room inside. Drivers are local, with years of experience, taking you to your destination quickly and safely.
1 - Our drivers are professional and reliable with at least 5 years of experience, driving safely.
2 - Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.
3 - Our drivers must be friendly, helpful with good behavior and attitude.
4 - Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.
2 Stars from: US$35 -> US$40
The 2 star hotels are good for budget travelers and sometimes, we have no choice but stay in a guesthouse, mini hotel, 2 star hotel in the remote and mountainous areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms
3 Stars from: US$40 -> US$80
The 3 star hotels are good for many travelers because they offer basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.
4 Stars from: US$80 -> US$130
Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.
5 Stars from: US$130 -> US$200 –> US$ 300
Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.
The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.
Note: If you have any special dietary needs, just let your travel consultant know when booking.
Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.
Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.
Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay with a local family, on cruise in Halong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but our tour guides will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If allergic to some food
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.
Do our guide and driver join the meal with us?
The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join the meal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.
Street food tour:
Street foods in Vietnam are very delicious and should you want to taste the specialities of each Vietnam holiday destination, we can arrange a street food tour for you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a detailed tour itinerary and quotation.
How to request a tour package?
To request for a free tour itinerary and quotation, you can just fill out the tour inquiry form at www.indochinavalue.com or send us an email at email@example.com then give us as much information as possible. One of our experienced travel consultants will get back to you shortly. All changes will be made (free of charge) until the your tour package meets your needs and personal interests.
How to book a tour package?
As soon as you agree on our proposal, please send us your full name, international flight information (if you have) and your special requirements. We will make reservations and arrange everything then confirm back to you when all done.
- Deposit is a "must". We request 30% of the tour cost. You can pay by wire transfer, credit cards, western union, onepay (online)
- Balance can be made before your arrival or on arrival in cash or by credit cards.
Changes are possible at the last minutes. However, if changes caused extra costs, you will have to pay for. (For examples, hotels, flights, cruises...)
In case of cancellation, we will not apply any charge if we are not charged by the third parties such as hotels, cruises, flights, trains...We will recalculate the costs and resend you the money as soon as possible.
Thanks you Tipping is not mandatory but it is expected in many circumstances for service. You can tip your driver/tour guide more or less or nothing. All depends on the services you receive.
- US$10 – US$ 15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 – US$ 10 per day for driver
- US$1 – US$ 3 per meal for waiter or waitress
- US$2 – US$ 5 for short boat trips/ cyclo/ tuktuk (1 – 2) hours
Note: Please check with your travel consultant before coming and your tour guide if you are to tip someone on tour.
What you get when booking a private tour with Indochinavalue?
1. Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually, or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.
2. Every itinerary can be customized to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc. All are free of charge.
3. Start the tour on any date you want.
4. Escort you from start to finish. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/ train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.
5. The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.
6. Considerate care and assistance, such as the old, the disabled or families with small kids and children.
7. You can save time and money when traveling with us or your wants meet you budget.
How do I get a visa?
Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the Vietnamese Immigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/ border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.
Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa:
2) Passport number
3) Date of birth
5) Date of arrival
6) Date of issue
7) Date of expire
8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months.
Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?
Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can be used to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.
- You can use US dollar, Euro in all big cities or at major tourist sites, airports.
- If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.
Do I need to bring my medical record with me?
Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event ofan emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.
Note: You can buy medicines everywhere in Vietnam so do not need to bring medicines from home.
When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?
Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.
What should we bring along on our trip to Vietnam?
It is best to travel light in Vietnam. One medium sized bag and a day pack will provide more than enough room to carry everything you'll need, and enough space for the things you'll buy in Vietnam.
There are lots of consumer goods in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, so do not worry about running out of something. If you do forget something you can easily find it here. Before you leave home complete the following checklist:
- Lightweight and quick dry clothing is most appropriate for the summer months, and warmer clothing for the winter months. As well, sun hat, swim suit, ultra lightweight rain jacket.
- Travel Documents: Passport, Visa, Travel Insurance, Air Tickets (you should scan them and email them to yourself in case you loose them).
- Health requirements, medications, and travel insurance arranged.
- Flashlight, alarm clock, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, small personal first aid kit, personal toiletries.
- Money: US dollars or travelers cheques and/ or credit card(s).
- Raincoat or umbrella, good hiking shoes are needed for all Footprint trekking trips.
- Camera with charger, extra batteries, and memory cards.
Are there any restrictions on the type of luggage that we bring? Domestic airlines have their weight restrictions. On most domestic and low-cost airlines You may only have one suitcase or backpack, with a maximum weight of 20kg, and one piece of hand luggage, with a maximum weight of (5 – 7)kg. An extra charge for overweight is applied.
There is no actual limit on our trips, but we would suggest you travel light with one suitcase or backpack and one small daypack or small bag which you can access during the day and carry items like your camera, drinking water, toilet paper, hat, sunscreen, etc.
It is essential that you have a lock for each piece of luggage. Without one, railway and airline staff and some hotels may refuse to handle it.
What is the best type of clothing we should bring?
Here is a short checklist of best type of clothing you should bring:
- Shorts and comfortable pants;
- Shirts, t-shirts and maybe some long sleeves shirts (for regions with mosquitos like the Mekong delta);
- Swim suits (for the beaches and Halong Bay);
- Good sandles as well as good shoes if trekking.
Nevertheless, it will really depend on where you travel to, when you plan on travelling, and what you plan on doing. Please note that the weather can be very cold during the winter in the Northern Vietnam (Nov to Mar) and quite cool in the central highlands (Dalat). You will need to bring a good jacket along for this time of the year, the avarage temperature is about 15 oC, but can get as cold as 3 oC.
Tip: Do not worry if you do not pack enough clothes or forget something because you can buy in Vietnam.
Shopping in Vietnam
Shopping in Vietnam: Many tourists can’t help but throw themselves head-first into shopping while in Vietnam. Why? Probably the variety of quality goods and the tempting prices have a lot to do with it. Many low-budget travelers considered Vietnam a heavenly place because in many shopping situations they can bargain the prices down to as much as a third of the original cost.
The list of Vietnamese bargains is seemingly endless and features bespoke tailoring and the national dress, the 'ao dai' from high-quality silk and many other types of material and textiles while many shoppers cannot get enough of the local handicraft, art and jewelry.
How to bargain?
Bargain is not common in some countries, but in Vietnam it really is. In Vietnam, bargaining is always worthwhile. Yet, it is not always due to the fact that the local have a great deal of time and very little money. Bargaining is part of Vietnamese culture as through bargaining people communicate with others, create and build up their relationship, not to mention a form of entertainment.
Rule - 1: It's like the monster ride at the amusement park. If you're not having fun, get off.
Rule - 2: Don't bargain with the first person who approaches you (i.e., when looking for a taxi at the airport.) In general the further you go from the center of action, the cheaper the price.
Rule - 3: Don't be afraid to use walking away as a bargaining tool. You can always come back.
Rule - 4: Don't let pride get in the way of coming back (or Rule #3 is useless).
Rule - 5: If you really want something and the price isn't coming down, give in gracefully. (It's that pride thing again.)
Rule - 6: Don't always assume you're getting ripped off just because you're in a third-world country. Sometimes the price they're asking is the real one.
Rule - 7: Bargaining is a time/ money tradeoff. If you're in a hurry, be prepared to pay for it.
Rule - 8: Ask (Vietnamese) fellow shoppers the price of an item before you begin bargaining.
Rule - 9: Always carry small bills. Otherwise all that work is likely to be for nothing.
Rule - 10: Always bargain in native currency. Conventional wisdom says anyone who has dollars can afford to spend them.
Rule - 11: If possible, keep going back to the same person until you've gotten to know him/ her. Most third world countries have a name for this kind of relationship. The deal is that you offer your business on a regular basis and the seller responds by saving you their best tomatoes
Rule - 12: No matter what your parents told you, when you're bargaining it's perfectly okay to lie