Myanmar (Burma) cycling vacations guide
Everything about Myanmar (also known as Burma) still seems so new, so unused to tourism, that you might wonder how you could ever connect in any way with local people. But we think we’ve found the secret: travel by bike. Cycling through Myanmar breaks down many cultural barriers; a bicycle is on a human scale, traveling at a human pace, passing women whose heads are piled high with baskets, men sitting atop ox carts, and racing local children, pedalling their own bikes off to school.
On a cycling vacation in Myanmar, the highlights aren’t the big attractions – but all the bits in between: stopping for lunch in tiny villages, farmers wandering over for a chat, children waving on their way to school.
Many of Myanmar's main attractions are conveniently close together, in a reasonably flat region – and cycling from A to B offers the chance to stop at even smaller spots in between – mural-filled caves, stupas sheltering centuries-old Buddhas – places few tourists tread. With a tour leader to take care of the route, and local guides to take care of the translation and bike maintenance, this is about as worry-free as a vacation gets – leaving you to sit back in the saddle and admire the glorious scenery around you. Our cycling vacations in Myanmar guide will help you get started.
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Best time to go on a
cycling vacation in Myanmar (Burma)
Truthfully, there isn’t a best time to go on a cycling vacation in Myanmar. Summer may be warmer and drier – but when you’re spending your vacation pedalling up humid hillsides rather than lounging on a beach, heat and sunshine aren’t as essential. Most cycling itineraries take in Mandalay and Bagan; these lowland towns are the most sweltering, peaking at 40°C in April and May. The highlands provide a welcome chill, especially at night. May to Sept are monsoon months – though rain tends to fall in short morning bursts, with bright afternoons. The landscape is refreshed, and you’ll encounter even fewer travelers.
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Use our interactive map to learn more about our Burma cycling vacation highlights, which are conveniently clustered between Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandaaly, making them easily accessible on two wheels.