If you are looking for some inspiration to cycle in Asia, Myanmar is probably the very attractive answer. The country has wide network of backroads with many intrigue landscapes that differ from other countries you may know. These are some of the best ideas for cycling in Myanmar :
Either it is a mountain bike or village cycling trip, Shan State is a wonderful place to start. Kalaw, NyangShwe and Pindayahas both mountain road and dirty trails which lead from Colonial styled town to rustic villages. There are chances for exciting ride across lush local plantation, fascinating markets, holy Buddhism stupas, pristine lake. The cycling trips in Shan state can be designed from easy level to challenging.
You can also combine some 3 days cycling in the area with other sightseeing in Inle to form an enticing Myanmar Travel Itinerary that expose the real local life.
IF you expect a gently biking trip then Bagan is perfect for that. With over 2000 pagodas, your biking trip will take you through the monuments that built from 11th century. You can easily make stops at almost every turning point to discover the highlight of Bagan architect or simply travel back to the past with its rural painting.
Hpa An is really a rich land. It houses Buddha garden, secret caves, picturesque rice paddies and exceptionally inspirational landscapes. Your ride then will be one of the most memorable experiences in the country. Cycling in HpaAn should be included with a road trip from Yangon to Golden Rock and Mawlamyine.
If untamed mountain trails is your passion then Lashio will be your favorite place in Myanmar. It is newly opened to foreigner with little investment hence your time is really out of the tourist path. Many people reach Lashio through the famous Burma Road, taking Myanmar Border Crossing Tour from Thailand then delve into the green forest, pristine lake by bike.
PyinOoLwin is one of top choices for cycling holiday in Myanmar for many reasons. The area is home to British colonial villas and mansion that remained from centuries ago. The road to PyinOoLwin from Mandalay is very scenic : colorful flower market, photogenic mountains, famous botanic garden and national park. Another reason that PyinOoLwin attracts many bikers is its mild weather. The area is also ideal for waterfall hopping, trying the train ride over Goteik Viaduct or travel further to Hsipaw or other new destination near Thailand border.
Zaw, our travel expert suggests 4 to 7 days bike ride to cover the highlights of Mandalay area, rural village and PyinOoLwin must-sees.