Into the Heart of Burma’s Golden Land
What is it to be extraordinary? Rudyard Kipling knew. So when he described Burma as “unlike any land you know about,” trust him. One hundred years later, his assessment still stands. For nearly 20 years we’ve been exploring this mysterious and long-cloistered world by bike. Let us show you why we keep coming back to Myanmar. It’s the temples. The landscapes. The complex history. The diverse culture. The authenticity of the people. How often can you leave the ordinary behind for something that defies expectations?
Soak up sights and sounds of secluded areas rarely seen by outsiders
Pedal amid the iconic temples and pagodas of ancient Bagan
Enjoy authentic interactions with Burmese who have been yearning for contact with the outside world
At Inle Lake, explore floating gardens, ancient pagodas and entire villages built on stilts
Embrace serendipitous moments and unexpected discoveries off the tourist-trod path
DAYS 1-3 Relish the sights and sounds of secluded areas rarely seen by outsiders Stroll through the iconic 6th-century Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most sacred religious structure Lose yourself biking amid some 2,000 temples and pagodas in ancient Bagan, a place that rivals the wonderment of world-renowned sites like Angkor and Chichen Itza Travel by traditional horse-drawn cart to a remote temple, where a marvelous sunset awaits On a visit to a colorful market, engage with locals who’ve been yearning for contact with the outside world Retreat to the oasis of our luxurious hotel.
DAYS 4-5 In the valleys and mountains of the Shan State, visit traditional markets and fascinating spiritual enclaves Explore a cave containing more than 2,000 Buddha statues and shrines The Pindaya area affords a rare opportunity to see Myanmar as it truly is – agrarian, relatively undeveloped, and full of quiet charm Spin past terraced rice fields, farmers tilling fields with water buffalo, huge bamboo waterwheels at the river’s edge and wide-eyed Burmese thrilled to see us and our bikes Savor authentic Shan noodle soup in the tranquility of a monastery.
DAYS 6-8 Pedal to heavenly Inle Lake and behold floating gardens, ancient pagodas and entire villages built on stilts Hike to the top of a pagoda hill, passing the ruins of hundreds of ancient stupas in thick vegetation Board traditional long-tail boats to explore remote lakeside villages, visiting silversmiths, silk weavers and a private home.LESS