Costa Rica Traverse

The Coast to Coast Team ran a first rate operation. Would I do it again? Yes! I would have turned around on the beach and set off to do the full traverse right there and then.

Chris Collier | United Kingdom
 
 

Cycle Myanmar

Few can argue that Myanmar is a gem of a destination. We explore at handle bar level this welcoming land, which until recently, has been relatively undiscovered by westerners. After flying to Mandalay, our cycling adventure starts in earnest with a ride on the outskirts before returning by boat on the Irrawaddy River. Our cycling continues through timeless villages where we observe traditional lifestyles enroute to Bagan, home to one of the finest collection of temples in South East Asia. Exploring at a gentle pace, this magnificent region uncovers ancient pagodas and temples of a bygone era with intricate carvings, murals and astonishing architecture. At sacred Mount Popa the abode of 'Nats', known as 'Spirits of Ancient Ancestors' we leave our bikes and climb the 700 steps for stunning panoramic views from the golden temple at its summit. Last but not least, Inle Lake with its bustling local markets, handicrafts and stilted villages provides a perfect and relaxing conclusion to this inspiring adventure.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Yangon
DAY 2 Fly to Mandalay
DAY 3 Cycle outskirts of Mandalay
DAY 4 Cycle and transfer to Meiktila
DAY 5 Cycle to Mt Popa
DAY 6 Mt Popa to Bagan
DAY 7 Bagan
DAY 8 Fly to Heho and drive to Inle Lake
DAY 9 In Inle Lake
DAY 10 Drive to Heho, fly to Yangon and visit Shwedagon Pagoda
DAY 11 In Yangon, trip concludes

traveller reviews

In my mind the trip was in 2 segments. The Yangon part at the beginning. We arrived two days before the tour which was great for us to become accustomed to....well, everything really! Yangon had a lot to offer culturally and our guide Omar was very informative and efficient. The second phase was like another Myanmar world. The riding, the villages and the smiling people, the countryside and the history.The locals all stopped to stare but we felt as though we were part of it all as we viewed from our handlebars, smelled, listened and said the obligatory 'mingalar par'. Our guide Linn was outstanding. Wise beyond his 26 years having previously been a monk, been to university and worked as a chef. He was very engaging and absolutely committed to educating us but he was also able to have fun and share a joke.
I left Myanmar fulfilled that I had tasted a little of the real place.

Sue Reilly Victoria Australia

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Trip Code: CMY
Trip Grading: Introductory to Moderate
Duration:  11 days
Activities:  Cycling Adventure Touring
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Next Trip:  11 October 2014
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