Overview

Our Myanmar soft adventure and cycling tour brings you an authentic taste of this beautiful country. In just over a week, you will see everything from spectacular pagodas and temples to authentic villages and small handicraft workshops, to virginal island beaches and myriad species of avian life. We bring you Myanmar in a nutshell by handpicking the most authentic experiences of this country. Our guide will show you a variety of birds - many species of which have migrated thousands of miles for warmer weather. You will also step back in time in Bago with visits to ancient temples and beautiful pagodas with majestic statues of Lord Buddha. You will also learn more about the ancient port cities of Myeik and Kawthaung. Enjoy underwater adventures with snorkelling at Myanmar’s stunning island locales where you can also relax and unwind at the beach. Our Myanmar soft adventure and cycling tour also gives you glimpse of the lesser known parts of Yangon city by taking you down tiny riverside lanes, an almost forgotten island and busy local markets.

7 Nights 8 Days 16 Oct, 17 Oct, 18 Oct, and more Yangon, Yangon Region
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Transfers, boat fees and sightseeing tours (sometimes non air-conditioned)
  • Local guides fluent in English for tours, transfers and biking
  • Bicycles/helmets/binoculars and entrance fees for scheduled visits
  • Potable water, snacks while cycling and wet towels
  • Baggage handling, room tax, service charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Flights, visas and travel insurance
  • Mergui archipelago fee
  • Throughout guide surcharges (any language)
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Alcohol and any meals or services not mentioned in the schedule
  • Peak season compulsory gala dinners
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Spot a variety of migratory and resident species on our birdwatching tour
  • Shwe Thalyaung’s 55 metre Buddha statue
  • Cycling tour to off-beat Yangon across the river
  • Discover small villages, authentic markets and handicraft workshops
  • Relax on the island beach trip with snorkeling and swimming
Itinerary
Day 1: Yangon - Moe Yun Gyi - Bago
  • It’s a day filled with colourful birds and some rare species too as we head to the Moe Yun Gyi wetlands for the day. You will be picked up from your hotel and drive you 112kms away to Pyin Pongyi where the lake is home to some of the millions of migratory birds that make their way to the south along the East Asian-Australian and Central Asian flyways. Myanmar is on their route and they make a stop at the wetlands in Moe Yun Gyi for shelter. Other non-migratory birds also make this place home.
  • As many as 70 species of migrants along with 55 species of resident water birds can sometimes be seen on any given day here at the lake. Look out for Sarus cranes, spot-billed pelicans, black winged stilts, little grebes, herons (purple and grey), ruddy shelducks, Asian open-bills, purple swamphens, pheasant tailed jacanas and great cormorants. Enjoy lunch at Moe Yun Gyi Resort.
  • Later we drive on to Bago, a town founded by two Mon princes in 825 AD. Formerly called Pegu, it was a royal capital in the past and served as a river port.
  • Your accommodation for the night is a superior room at Han Thar Garden Hotel in Bago or a similar property in the city.
  • Meals: Lunch is provided
Day 2: Bago - Yangon
  • Today, we take a trip back to the past with visits to ancient religious sites and wartime memorials before heading back to Yangon. One of our main stops is the majestic Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which has stood the test of time for more than a thousand years and at its tip is higher than the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
  • You will also stop to see the guardian spirit or nat shrine at Hinthargone Pagoda, and one of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues, a reclining figure at Shwethalyaung measuring 55 metres long. A fabulous lunch is served at the Royal Taste Restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, we head outside Bago to the Kyaik Pun Pagoda to see the back-to-back seated Buddha statues which rise 30 metres up. As we head back to Yangon, we will stop to pay respects at Htaukkyant’s Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery where more than 6300 Allied soldiers were buried and a memorial to 27000 more is placed.
  • Your accommodation for the night is a superior room at the Grand Jade Hotel in Yangon or a similar property in the city.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided
Day 3: Yangon - Myeik
  • We go back in time with an overland drive to Myeik, which has been one of the country’s biggest po rt and fishing towns for centuries. Its history goes back to the early 17th century when the East Indian Trading Company unloaded their ships at its ports, from where goods would go into the interiors to Tanintharyi and on to Siam Ayutthaya which was the capital in those days.
  • Residents call this city Beik, and here they manufacture anything needed to be used in the fishing industry. To get a glimpse into its workings, we visit a soft shell crab and lobster farm. Take trip to the past with a leisurely walk into the colonial quarter towards the Royal Pearl trading shop which has been in the same family for a decade and a half. Here you can learn how pearls are cultivate and the arduous process that is part of the industry.
  • Later that afternoon, we head to the jetty at Seik Nge where you will take a traditional wooden boat to see a beautiful reclining Buddha statue on Pahtaw Island. After a short walk around the island, you will head to the top of the hill from where you can enjoy an absolutely stunning sunset.
  • Your accommodation for the night is a superior room at the Grand Jade Hotel or a similar property in city.
  • Meals: No meals are provided
Day 4: Mergui Archipelago
  • You will head for some RnR in Myanmar’s stunning south where a cluster of beautiful, unexplored islands creates the perfect off-beat holiday location. After breakfast, we will transfer you to the main jetty at Seik Nge, with a quick stop at a village enroute so you can see how the fisherfolk in this area live.
  • From the jetty, we take a beautiful cruise over clear waters to a beach where you can go snorkeling. Here, you can relax on the white sandy beach, discover the teeming underwater life or engage in beach sports. Lots of fresh fruit and cold drinks are part of the delicious packed lunch served on the beach. We return to Myeik in the afternoon.
  • Your accommodation for the night is a superior room at the Grand Jade Hotel or a similar property in city.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided
  • Note: This part of the tour is a joint trip and other customers will join you
Day 5: Myeik - Kawthaung
  • In the morning, we transfer you to the airport for a domestic flight to Kawthaung which has a rather nondescript past before it became a port town. Maliwan in Myanmar’s south was the country’s main port but as ships got bigger, it was unable to handle the drafts and activity had to move 25 miles south to Kawthaung in the late 19th century. Back then, it was called Victoria Point.
  • We help you check into your hotel and then escort you to the main market which is tax free as Thai nationals often frequent the place to shop in cross-border trade. Our guide will then take you to see the statue of King Bayinnaung at the cape. He was a very popular ruler and was loved by residents of Myanmar and Thailand alike.
  • Close by is Victoria Point, which is Myanmar’s southern-most tip and offers excellent photo opportunities. We then head to the perennial waterfall called Mali Wan which has a park surrounding it, the perfect spot to enjoy a traditional lunch.
  • In the afternoon, we head to 555 Mountain, at the summit of which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sunset over the town, and the neighbouring islands of the Mergui Archipelago.
  • Your accommodation for the night is an Ocean Wing room at the Victoria Cliff Hotel or a similar property in Kawthaung.
  • Meals: Breakfast is provided
Day 6: Mergui Archipelago Island Tour
  • Today, you will visit some of the islands which you spotted from the summit of 555 Mountain. We head first to Cocks Comb Island out in the Andaman Sea. The heart-shaped island - which is in fact a limestone atoll - has no beach but a gorgeous lagoon. Locally, it is also known as Emerald Heart Island, after the changing colour of the ocean at the inlet of the lagoon.
  • To get here, we leave Kawthaung in the morning and meander around pretty islands to get to Cocks Comb. To get onto the island, our guide will swim with you through a natural tunnel into Emerald Heart. The water here is the perfect temperature for swimming and is calm and clear enough for snorkelling.
  • Later in the morning, we head to Dunkin Island, known locally as Say Tan Kyun, where you will enjoy a packed lunch on a beach with virginal sand. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take photographs on this paradise-like beach. Enjoy a relaxing walk on the powder white sand and soak in the sounds of the sea and forest.
  • Then we head to St Matthews Island which is also excellent for snorkeling. Look out for clown fish, giant clams, rock lobsters, turtles and sea anemones. In the late afternoon, we make our way back to Kawthaung where you can enjoy dinner at the Grand Andaman Resort.
  • Your accommodation for the night is an Ocean Wing room at the Victoria Cliff Hotel or a similar property in Kawthaung.
  • Meals: Breakfast is provided
  • Note: This part of the tour is a joint trip and other customers will join you
Day 7: Kawthaung - Yangon
  • Today we head to the tax free market in the main town where shoppers buy products that come in directly from Thailand. You can pay for these in Thai Baht. We then head towards the water’s edge to observe the longtail boats making their way to and from Thailand.
  • Afterwards, we head to the airport to return to Yangon.
  • Your accommodation for the night is at xxxx in Yangon or a similar property in the city.
  • Meals: Breakfast is provided
Day 8: Yangon Cycling Tour
  • This easy cycling tour in Myanmar brings you a new perspective of Yangon as you discover back roads and lush fields, tiny villages at the city’s edge and waterfront views. We first transfer you to the starting point of the tour where a 10-minute pedal takes you through downtown Yangon to Pansodan jetty. Here we get onto the ferry bound for Dala across the Yangon river.
  • The cycling tour now takes you along little known parts that hug the bank of the river. You will then get onto a boat to an island called Kanaung To where time stands still. Thick bamboo forests hide small villages and pretty monasteries. Paddy fields and water buffaloes make picture perfect settings along the route.
  • Locals go about their daily life in the fields, markets and small workshops as you pass by on small paths. At the island’s southern end, note an old customs office where riverboats pay taxes before we stop for a rest at a bamboo garden near a small village. Relax from your Myanmar cycling tour with some cooling drinks and delicious local snacks.
  • We then board an old river ferry which takes a pleasant 30-minute route back to Yangon jetty at Strand  road. We then head back to the starting point with stops at the famous Khen Hock Kheong Chinese temple and the beautiful Sule Pagoda. A cold beer or soft drink awaits you there.
  • From here, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight.
  • Meals: No meals are provided
Pickup point
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