It is the quiet mystique of Myanmar that proves so compelling. Here is a nation that, for many, feels largely undiscovered and yet is one of the gems of Southeast Asia—and one of the most extraordinary trips in B&R’s long history. From biking the lush countryside, to strolling through ancient villages and spectacular temples, we take in Myanmar at a pace that reflects the gentle character of the country and reveals a land that will forever live in your imagination. Any decision to travel here must be carefully considered—but we think it’s the right thing to do. The Burmese people embrace us and encourage us to return.
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Arriving in Yangon and head off for a day in the hustle and bustle of this classic Southeast Asian city. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda and wander the diverse streets of the old downtown district. Tonight dine at Le Planteur, a lovely colonial style French restaurant with some of the best food in town.
Fly to Bagan this morning and ride straight from the airport to the old temples. Explore the culture, history and architecture of this ancient city in depth with our local expert biking along small and easily navigated roads. End the day on a temple terrace overlooking the Bagan Plain, watching the sunset over the stupas.
The next day, embark on a bike ride to view some of the best-preserved temples, such as the large and magnificent Ananda Pahto and the fine stucco carvings of Shwegugyi. Options in the afternoon include shopping, a massage, swimming or perhaps a late afternoon ride.
From Bagan, fly to Heho in northern Myanmar, near the Shan Mountains. After a short drive, stop for lunch in one of the only wineries in the country. The afternoon’s bike ride takes us from the hill station village of the vineyard down to the waters of Inle Lake and to the small town of Nyaung Shwe.
Set out by boat to remote villages on the eastern shore of the lake and walk to a temple overlooking surrounding villages with a picnic lunch in the shade of a bamboo forest. Stop to watch the local fishermen demonstrate their unique and baffling leg-rowing technique before returning to your lakeside home for the evening.
Hop in your boat to the ancient ruins of In Dien and walk from the ruins to the shores of the lake, passing through a number of small villages en route. Board our boats for a trip back across the waters to a lunch spot that was the first of its kind 50 years ago, run by a local Shan chieftain.
After a short morning flight to Yangon, we'll head over to the famous Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon Harbour. Lunch will be in the Yangon Tea house, including a mix of local fare and curries that will rock your world! Dinner tonight is at the Governor’s Residence.
Shortly after breakfast, you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight home. Farewell!Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.