Hidden Charms of Myanmar  on 2 Wheels 


The scenery and road conditions of this motorcycle tour are varied and there are plenty of quaint villages to explore on the way. On this trip you will visit some of the most iconic places in the country. Explore royal capital city of Mandalay. Ride through ancient heritage kingdoms to colonial hill stations and spirit worshipers holy mountain discovering the rich culture and friendly neighborhoods of Myanmar.


Day 1

  • On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. Relax at the hotel or take a walk on the nearby streets and explore this historic city.

  • Mandalay is the second largest city in Burma and is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. The city is rich in culture and history and is home to thousands of young monks.

  • Meet your English-speaking motorcycle guide in the hotel lobby at 7pm. We will head out for a typical Mandalay BBQ dinner in town. Get to know each other over a beer and we’ll run through the trip plan and essentials.

  • Overnight in Mandalay.


Day 2

  • Early morning, after checking the bikes and equipment, we take a short safety briefing drive through Mandalay and then head in the eastern direction passing paddy fields.

  • We take a narrow and scenic road running along the river valley. Photo stops and a visit to a beautiful waterfall on the way.

  • Then continue a small back road that climbs up to Anisakan and Pyin Oo Lwin through rugged landscape, where the views are great and traffic almost non-existent.

  • In the late afternoon explore Pyin Oo Lwin riding along the tree shaded lanes with quaint colonial mansions. Back in the days the town was called Maymyo and used to serve as a summer capital for the British administration. With cooler climate, wide loans with teakwood villas and horse carriages on the streets, coffee plantations in the suburbs, Pyin Oo Lwin is in striking contrast to rapidly expanding and developing Mandalay down on the hot plains. You may want to stop by at the botanical gardens, or to check out the impressive multi-tiered Anisakan waterfall.

  • Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.

  • Distance covered: approx. 120km


Day 3

  • After breakfast we do some sightseeing around in Pyin Oo Lwin, checking out famous traditional coffee shops and trying a local snack, then we start heading down to the plains again.

  • Today we will escape the tarmac as much as possible and take it to off road riding through nature and making stops in villages to catch up with friendly locals.

  • After lunch, we will take a scenic countryside road climbing over a mountain range to Ywangan, a Danu tribal heartland and country’s newest emerging coffee region.

  • Stop on the way to enjoy the view from above the mountain range down to the plains.

  • Upon reaching Ywangan, check in at the hotel and after a quick break, we can venture in the country, as there are many cool rural treks in the vicinity leading to limestone mountains and a big cave, claimed to be one of the longest discovered in the country.

  • Overnight at a camping site nearby Ywangan.

  • In the evening enjoy dinner with a traditional dance around the campfire.

  • Facilities will be standard with no internet and no hot shower but a unique and exclusive experience with an awesome view of the mountains.

  • Distance covered: approx. 170km

Day 4

  • In the morning we will continue exploring Ywangan and its surroundings.

  • Then head off and after a while on tarmac, turn onto the rural road that leads up to the mountains.

  • We will ride through some forested area, making occasional stops in villages. You will pass through Danu minority region to Palaung and Pao tribal area. Danu is close relatives to Bamar people, while Palaung is considered some of the first dwellers in Myanmar, who settled mainly up on the ranges, making a living by growing tea and mountain rice. Pao ethnic ladies are easily recognizable for they wear black tunics and orange & blue towels/scarfs as turbans on their heads.

  • Late afternoon/early evening arrival in Pindaya, where we will spend the night.

  • You will have enough time to visit the famous PIndaya cave that houses thousands of golden Buddha images – a highlight and one of the most revered pilgrimage sights in the country.

  • Overnight in Pindaya.

  • Distance covered: 120km


Day 5

  • Wake up early in the morning and set off for a drive to Inle Lake along small scenic road which travels through the region that is often referred to as the “Tuscany” of Myanmar, named so for its resemblance of the famed region in Italy, with rolling hilly landscapes and an array of beautiful natural colours.

  • We will stop in local villages to visit farmers and learn about seasonal crops grown and harvested in the current season. The ride is beautiful, and the fields are covered in different colours.

  • The road leads us to Heho town where on a market day you will see locals negotiating and checking out the merchandise, water buffaloes that are somewhat local tractors used for fieldwork everywhere in Myanmar.

  • A short scenic ride of 45 min will bring you down to Inle Lake valley where we will spend the rest of the day on the lake touring by boat and marveling life on the lake. The road has been widened and repaved just recently making it a smooth journey. When on the lake, witness local fishermen’s unique rowing techniques, villages built on stilts and the floating gardens where most of Myanmar’s tomatoes come from.

  • In the evening try a delicious dinner tasting, a variety of local Shan delicacies.

  • Overnight on Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe.

  • Distance covered: Approx. 80km

Day 6

  • Wake up to the beautiful morning sun rising above the misty mountains.

  • Get ready for an exciting day ahead. We will take smaller roads leading up the lush hills towering eastern shore of Inle Lake.

  • This is a fun warm up ride. The trails we take eventually connects to a road that passes through Hopong town. We are now deep in the Pao tribe’s self-administrative region.

  • The weaving mountain road travelling east from here ultimately connects the infamous Golden Triangle region. Until recent years part of this route was still controlled by ethnic militias that were involved in smuggling opium among other shady activities. Despite the road being safe to travel nowadays the passage still requires special permits from the government.

  • Our day trip is a great ride through our friends-controlled territory. Cruising along paddy fields, valleys and streams, passing through idyllic villages and monasteries. There are also a few caves for exploring for the adventurous ones.

  • We will have a lunch stop at a local style and enjoy a home cooked lunch with our hosts in one of the villages.

  • Our afternoon ride brings us back to Inle Lake where time permitting, we may stop for sundowners and wine tasting at one of the two wineries of the region.

  • Overnight on Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe.

  • Distance covered: Approx. 150km


Day 7

  • Wake up early – depending on the day of the week, there will be a rotating 5-day market somewhere in the area which is a good opportunity to see local tribal people coming to the market place to trade their domestic produce – Pao, Taung Yo, Shan, Inthar – all gather here.

  • First, we ride to the wonderful Indein pagoda complex on the western side of the lake – the site that makes us feel as if we stepped through a forgotten time portal – dozens of crumbling stupas covered in overgrowth dot the hill slopes, many of them are hundreds of years old.

  • After a while, we get back to our motorbikes and take a nice secondary road up to the mountains that lead through Pao and Taung Yo farmlands. There are many trails covering the area, so time permitting we could do a detour to one of the more off the beaten track villages.

  • Before reaching Aungban we continue for another half an hour to Kalaw, the old British hill station town with century old colonial mansions, surrounded by endless pine tree groves.

  • Spend rest of the day riding to nearby villages along rural single tracks or take a walk through the town’s quiet alleys. In spring the town is bathing in blooming flowers. Nights during winter months can be rather cool at an altitude of above 1000 meters, so a pair of warm clothes will be very handy.

  • Overnight in Kalaw.

  • Distance covered: Approx. 150km

Day 8

  • Long day and early start as we drive down from the mountains and leave Shan plateau.

  • For most of the way today we will pass through a flat region of Central Myanmar, beginning with Yinmarbin, Thazi and Meikhtila towns. It’s a heartland of Bamar people who first settled in these fertile plains over a millennium ago and from here spread across the whole Ayeyarwaddy region.

  • The landscape is shallow rolling hills and fields, until afternoon arrival to extinct volcano Mount Popa and its volcanic plug Taungkalat. The latter has become one of the most important pilgrimage spots for “nat” spirits worshippers in Myanmar.

  • Continue for another hour to Bagan and arrive there before evening, just enough time to watch a beautiful sunset.

  • Overnight in Bagan.

  • Distance covered: Approx. 280km


Day 9

  • Sorry these are no Harley’s or Ktm’s but Chinese e-scooters. Bagan has strange regulations forbidding foreigners riding motorcycles in the town and archaeological zone “as a preventive measure” to avoid accidents.

  • Today we take on the smaller trails connecting villages and temple groups to show you some of the hidden treasures of this Unesco World Heritage site.

  • There are over 3000 temples and monasteries, dating back to 11-13th centuries dotting the vast plain – given the enormous size of the area, there will always be a place where few to no coach tourists come, to satisfy your explorer spirit.

  • In the afternoon, transfer to the Irrawaddy River for a private sunset cruise where views of the temple silhouettes and bustling shore accompanied by cocktails and local snacks on board.

  • Overnight in Bagan.

  • Distance covered: Approx 30km


Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight 

Operated: Daily between 15th October to 10th April

Pick up time is around 05.00-05.30 am

Price per person: R 5 375.00


  • Imagine floating over thousand-year-old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, as the sun rises slowly from the horizon over the misty fields and temples.

  • The magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for centuries. One of the most remarkable sights in Asia, where ancient temples dot the landscape as far as the eye can see.

  • The flight duration is approx. 45min to 1hr depending on wind, air currents and other local factors.

  • The balloons team will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to the launch site. After briefing session, set off for the spectacular flight. Upon landing enjoy glass of champagne and light snack prior to the transfer back to your hotel.


Day 10

  • Today will be our last riding day as we leave Bagan and head northwest along the secondary road with less traffic.

  • First, we cross the bridge to Pakokku from where we can visit Ma Ahu Alae Village – a small village full of ancient’s pagodas and lovely people with great smiles. Take a short break for the local lunch then continue riding through the rural region of Central Myanmar’s dry zone. We can take regular stops and interact with the locals there who still rarely get a chance to see foreigners.

  • Crossing the Chindwin River, we find ourselves in the area with villages where until the present day one can meet descendants of European POWs from WWII and migrant families that served 17th century Burmese kings back in the days – they keep many of traditions and are avid Catholics.

  • Continue riding to Sagaing which holds the country’s record for the highest concentration of monasteries and monks and serves as a spiritual center of Myanmar.

  • From there it’s only an hour reach to Mandalay. Depending on time, we can stop in Amarapura to view the sun set with a scenic silhouette of the world’s largest teak wood bridge U Bein, built 2 centuries ago.

  • Once in Mandalay, it is time for a farewell dinner and says goodbye to your motorbikes.

  • Overnight in Mandalay.

  • Distance covered: Approx 220km


Day 11

Today, you will be met in your hotel lobby and transferred to the airport for you’re your internal flight.


XTZ Yamaha 125cc From

R 43 443.28*

per person

Honda CRF 250L From

R 51 964.84*

per person

11 Days / 10 Nights

Validity: Immediately - March 2021

* All above pricing is based on 1 traveler, inquire with us for bigger groups.


  • 10 nights shared accommodation in twin/double room (except in Ywangan where it will be in a tent) with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (see hotel category list) (check in and check out around noontime)

  • All transfers with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax): 9-12pax: Coach of 24 seats (on arrival & departure only) 

  • Local ENGLISH speaking throughout motorcycle guide

  • Motorbike XTZ Yamaha 125cc or Honda CRF 250L include helmet and gasoline 

  • All entrance fees as program

  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program (Local food): Daily breakfasts at hotels / Welcome Dinner on day 1 / Dinner with traditional dance on day 3 / Home cooked lunch on day 6

  • 2 Bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only


  • Airfares (international and domestic)

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

  • Drinks 

  • Visas to Myanmar

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied

  • Tips

  • Early check in or late check out

  • Insurances

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, beverages…)

  • Peak season surcharges if any

  • All not mentioned above

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

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