We've been providing
quality tours and bike rentals in Southeast Asia for many years and we've taken our
time on launching the Myanmar Motorcycle Tours - just to get it our
style! Our routes are just the right amount of riding and sightseeing
in Myanmar along with quality accommodation all along the way.
The Base Tour outlined below is a 10 day Myanmar ride with 2 days in Thailand. We can add a few ride options to the overall tour and are flexible. The base tour is a working model.
1. 2 days Thailand, 12 days Myanmar, additional O/N in Mandalay and Magway
2. 2 days Thailand, 14 days Myanmar, additional O/N in Mandalay, Magway, Bagan, Kalaw
3. 10/12/14 day tour in Myanmar and add on as many days riding Northern Thailand!
4. Border Hop - 4 or 6 days in Myanmar. The 4 day tour would only be Hpa-An, Golden Rock - Mawlamyine while the 6 day could possibly include Inle Lake.
Our rides begin and end in Chiang Mai, Thailand and there is nothing like the feeling of riding a bike across the border! Our equipment is top notch - new model Honda CRF 250L and a selection of larger capacity bikes like the Kawasaki Versys 650, Kawawaki ER-6n 650 and Honda CB 500X. On request, we can also run Harley Davidson, Ducati and several higher end bikes. All tours have a western lead guide/rider and are trailed by a support vehicle with a local guide and support staff. Food on the tour will be a mostly local cuisine with western snacks to keep you powered up for the riding days.
We are the only motorcycle tour company in Asia to offer this type of tour and we're excited to offer this trip and sure it will be a fantastic ride each and every time - we hope to have you along for one of our excursions! Currently this will not be a set departure trip and only on offer to groups. We can run this privately but Myanmar is not the least expensive location in Southeast Asia!
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1 Chiang Mai Arrival
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, airport transfer. Welcome dinner tonight near the hotel and full trip briefing. In the evening we go over the bikes, route and make sure we're good to roll.
Day 2 Chiang Mai to Tak, Thailand
Departure from hotel and ride to Mae Sot border hotel. Open tour route.
Day 3 Tak, Thailand to Hpa An, Myanmar 180 KM
Departure from hotel before 8 am and border formalities on the Thai and Myanmar border points. Visa on Arrival for all riders. Customs clearance may take time. Exit from the Myanmar border by 11:00. A Myanmar support team will meet the group at the border (Myanmar Guide/Myanmar Tourism Official). The road from the border to Kawkareik is about 68 km – down a fairly bad mountain road, estimated ride time 2 hours. Arrival time estimated for Hpa-An resort at 16:00 – time to explore the area a little as there is a monastery nearby.
Day 4 Hpa An to Tuangoo 380 KM
Departure from hotel early - time to ride! The route will go via Golden Rock but there is not enough time to go up to the temple and Golden Rock site. This involves parking, taking a truck and a 45 minute walk to the base of the temple. Up and back , 3.5 hours. The temple and rock can be viewed from the road leading to the last town. Lunch at a local restaurant or the Golden Sunset hotel on the leading edge of the road to the temple is possible or bypass the temple and a larger restaurant is available. The ride continues on Road # 1, the former main road Yangon to Mandalay. Arrival at the Royal Kaytumadi Hotel. Hotel has a swimming pool and on a small lake. – NOTE: Hotel upon availability.
Day 5 Tuangoo to Inle Lake 320 KM
Departure from hotel early so we can take our time on the route. The tour will bypass Nye Py Taw, the capital as bikes are not permitted to travel in the city. The roads are quite good for the first 150 km and then a sweeping mountain road getting to an elevation of 1575 m. Several sections of road are unimproved and can be rough but all paved. The last section of road into Inle Lake is rough but paved. Upon arrival of the southern edge of the lake, ride to the hotel.
Day 6 Inle Lake to Kalaw
This is an early morning boat tour from the hotel and we’ll be riding to Kalaw in the afternoon. The boat tour might be cut a bit short from below depending on the day.
In the morning, take a boat ride to visit a colorful local market. The markets around the lake are not every day. They rotate on a 5 days basis. Ethnic minority of Paoh come to Taung Tho to sell firewood and other locals come to sell and buy or simply meet each other. After the market, continue by boat to Indein to visit the ancient Bagan/ Shan style pagodas, built during Bagan Period, passing the beautiful scenery with tall grasses and little water steps. The ruin pagodas, hidden in the bushes will give you an impression that you were back in the 12th - 13th Centuries. The boat trip up the river to Indein itself is amazing and quite an adventure. Back to the hotel and the afternoon is at your leisure
Day 7 Kalaw to Mandalay 280 KM
Departure early and we’ll be riding a to a local cave temple a bit off the beaten track. The ride will be via smaller country roads and in a minority area. Several impressive temples will line the road. The route will be at elevation for most of the trip and a large descent over 8 km on very tight hairpin turns. Entry to Mandalay will be a guide’s discretion as there are two routes and a stop at U Bien Bridge on the way in is possible. An earlier departure will allow riders a bit more time in Mandalay perhaps to ride up Mandalay Hill.
Day 8 Mandalay to Bagan 225 KM
Departure early and the route will start along the river then along the main superhighway for a short time. The road is then smaller and arrival in Bagan should be around 14:00, time enough to see 3 of the main temples in Bagan. Bike riding in Bagan is not permitted to the temple sites and a minivan or small but will be used to visit temple sites. Depending on the weather and time of year, an optional early morning balloon flight can be added.
Day 9 Bagan to Pyay 410 KM
Departure by 08:00 departure out of Bagan via the main old city gates. The ride will be 50 % on roads not surveyed but are in generally good condition. A short stop in Magway for lunch and depending on time, a visit to the main temple that has an external elevator. The ride continues to Pyay with an afternoon arrival time. This will be the longest ride day and possibly into after sunset time.
Hey - why no Mt. Popa? Well, we'll be riding in areas that have temple complexes on the tops of volcanic formations already and on the way out. The temple there is cool but it has drawbacks to go up, mostly the amount of monkey poo all over the place!
Day 10 Pyay to Bago 300 KM
The ride will be on a secondary highway and lunch will be a very local place along the ride route.
The route to avoid entry to Yangon’s ring roads is a fun ride. We have the possibility to do a small section of off road to an area that used to be an English Garrison. Chances depend on time and authorities. The main portion of the ride is a tree lined road and traffic will increase the closer we get to Yangon. Arrival in Bago around 16:00 depending on stops.
Day 11 Bago to Kyaiktiyo 155 KM
The ride is a shorter one today as we'll aim for getting to the hotel at the base of Golden Rock by noon. From here, lunch and board trucks up the mountain to the temple and a little trek to the site. Return down and dinner at the hotel.
Day 12 Kyaiktiyo to Myawaddy 260 KM
The ride retraces our entry route and we'll be headed up to the border and spending one last night in Myanmar. Along the way we'll have to pass several exit checkpoints but the staff are quite friendly. On my first run through there, an immigration officer actually gave me his loaded weapon - he was proud to have an 45 year old revolver made in the USA.
Day 13 Myawaddy, Myanmar to Chiang Mai, Thailand
We’ll be taking the most direct route back, dinner tonight on the town at a biker bar to make them trade ride tales.
We offer this tour as a fully inclusive tour only. We will provide bikes, fuel, entry permissions, guides, accommodation, meals, support vehicle, drinking water and all entry fees for sites along the tour route. As a rider, all you need to pay for on the tour is personal expense and alcohol/soft drinks.
We will also provide "Kid Bags" for the trips to each rider. In each bag will be a toiletry set and hygiene information in their language. Each rider will be given a daily GPS route to follow with all the POI and locations the tour will stay. Those needing a GPS will be able to use one of ours. The tour will be run with SPOT Messenger - so your friends and family can follow our live tracks on the tour. On the tour, we'll have a few Go Pro helmet cameras to pass around for the ride to capture all the images while throttling through the country. At the conclusion of the tour, a 500 GB drive of all the imagery - still and video will be yours to take.
Those riders living in the Southeast Asia region, YES - you can bring your own bike on the Myanmar Tour!
We are only quoting this for groups of riders, interested? We will send you a full quote based on the number of riders, bikes used, days in Myanmar/Thailand and any additional services you need. Let us show you remote areas, cool places and so much more! Our tours are fully permitted in Myanmar and Thailand. For more details and information, please use the Inquire Now button to send us and email.