Myanmar Motorcycle Tours - Experience Burma On A Bike

 MYANMAR - BURMA  BIKE TOUR 06.-24.11.2016    (18 DAYS / 2'950 KM)

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The new Myanmar Bike Tour route is marked with a blue line.  ! Now we do not have to ride all the way back to border crossing at Mae Satiang and save about 600 km. Plus, we win some of the most scenic routes from Inle lake to Tachilek and the Myanmar / Thai border.



Burma New Routing



Myanmar Motorcycle Tour Tip :

For participants interested in spending more time in or around Chiang Mai before or after the Burma Motorcycle Tour, we shall be pleased to submit individualized proposals and book accommodation and/or motorcycles...




IMPORTANT notice in preparation for the Myanmar Bike Tour:


Riding a motorcycle in Myanmar is not for every body. We therefore highly recommend that participants read the blogs written by two bikers who have visited Myanmar by motorbike and who, in our opinion, have very well expressed their views and impressions about Burma in pictures and words:



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06. NOV 2016          CHIANG MAI, Arrival


..... Arrival at Chiang Mai Airport (International Terminal) by Thai Airways International, flight TG ... from Bangkok. 


Your guide will await you outside customs hall and transfer you to Mae Saa Valley, located roughly 20 kms north of Chiang Mai. Dinner with the tour crew and accommodation at Centara Away Suansawan Resort, Mae Rim at Mae Saa Valley (Standard Rooms).

Meals included: Dinner



07 Nov 2016                                CHIANG MAI - MAE SOT (360 KM)


Breakfast at the resort. Today's bike ride from Chiang Mai to Mae Sot at the border between Thailand and Myanmar is, although relatively long (360 km), an easy ride for which we can use the whole day. Much of it is on dual-lane highway, except for the last 80 kms which will take us along a nice and winding road across the mountain range separating Mae Sot from the rest of Thailand. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.


Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation at Centara Mae Sot Hills Resort.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



08 NOV 2016                          MAE SOT - MAWLAMYINE (190 KM)


Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will cross the "Goodwill" Bridge which links Mae Sot with Myawaddy, Thailand with Burma. As it is not usual that Myanmar immigration and customs officials are dealing with a group of motorcycles entering Myanmar, we are prepared to have a lot of patience until the lengthy procedures to get all the papers right, inspect all the motorcycles, etc. are terminated.


Afterwards we drive from Myawaddy across the Dawna Mountain Range to Kawkareik on the Western side of the mountain range. Immediately after leaving Myawaddy on the Burmese side of the border we will encounter what will be the worst road (but only road link available to us) during our tour to Burma. Approximately 45 kms of road are in a bad state so that the Myanmar government has decided to let traffic use this road in only one direction on alternate days - hence we should encounter no or almost no traffic in the opposite way on this stretch of road. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.


Later, we will cross the Thanlwin (Salween) River for the first time as we continue to Thaton, get onto the main road linking North and South Burma and continue in Southern direction towards Mawlamyine (Moulmein). Shortly before we reach Mawlamyine, we cross over the Salween River again as we take Burma's longest bridge connecting the cities of Mottama and Mawlamyine. Mawlamyine is Burma's 3rd largest city and capital of Mon State.


This charming and multicultural city lies at the mouth of the Salween River and was British Burma's first capital from 1826 - 1852. Depending on how much time remains after our arrival, we will visit the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda which the famous English writer Rudyard Kipling meant in his poem when he wrote: "By the old Moulmein pagoda lookin' lazy at the sea. There's a Burma girl a-sittin' and I know she thinks o' me". Sunsets at this pagoda are a scene to behold. 

Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation at Mawlamyine Strand Hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



09 NOV 2016                         MAWLAMYINE - GOLDEN ROCK (150 KM)


Breakfast at the hotel. We start the day with a short excursion of around 20 kms to Mudon, site of a huge reclining Buddha. From there, we drive our motorcycles further North, again across the Thanlwin (Salween) Bridge, as we continue to Thaton, which was the capital of the former Thaton Mon Kingdom which ruled Lower Burma from the 9th - 11th century and stretched far into Thailand. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way. 


From Thaton we continue in Northern direction to Kyaik Hto, a small town in Mon State, known for its rubber plantations and the Golden Rock Pagoda in the vicinity.

Dinner and accommodation at Sane Le Tin Resort which also boasts a small private zoo.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



10 NOV 2016GOLDEN ROCK - BAGO (150 KM)


Very early breakfast at the hotel. The morning is spent visiting one of Myanmar's landmarks, famous for its precarious position and religious importance: Kyaiktiyo: the 'Golden Rock', a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. We ride to Kin Mon, the base camp from where a steep 15 km road leads to the upper staging point. The journey is made in open trucks, which are very crowded. From the summit where you disembark from the truck, it is a mere 10-15 min. walk to the Golden Rock. A visit to the Golden Rock is a mesmerizing experience as you will encounter the religiosity of Myanmar people in stunningly beautiful natural surroundings. Afterwards, return to Kin Mon base camp by truck. Lunch at a local restaurant.


Afterwards we take off on our bikes in direction of Bago, also called Pegu and formerly known as Hanthawaddy (or Hongsawadee to the Thais). This city is located only 80 kms to the Northeast of Yangon. We visit the charming and characteristic monastery of Kya Khet Wai, an eminent teaching centre for hundreds of monks from neighbouring regions who come to study Buddhism and the over a thousand years old Shwemawdaw Pagoda with its spire taller than the Shwedagon Pagoda. If we have enough time, we can also visit the 55-meter long reclining Shwe Tha Lyaung Buddha, which is among the country's most impressive Buddha images. 

Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation at Han Thar Garden Resort. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



11 NOV  2016                     YANGON (RANGOON)


Breakfast at the hotel. Today we leave our motorcycles behind as bikes are not allowed in Yangon (Rangoon) the capital of Burma. We ride by bus into Yangon (approximately 90 km) and to the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda containing a huge reclining Buddha image. Then we visit the tranquil Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake with Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge. This is an ideal spot to take photographs of the lake and the beautiful gardens and trees lining its shores. Then we enjoy a typical Myanmar lunch at a local restaurant. 


In the afternoon, we drive to the Eastern entrance of Shwedagon Pagoda passing the picturesque streets of Yangon and enjoying nice photo opportunities towards the Shwedagon Pagoda. We walk through the small shops where monk accessories, Buddha statues, flowers etc. are sold. The entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda is always very busy with sellers and Myanmar visitors. We enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide - its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues.  There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Return to Bago and our hotel.


Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation at Han Thar Garden Resort. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



12  NOV 2016                                      BAGO - PYAY (320 KM)


Breakfast at the hotel. We leave Bago in the morning and ride to Pyay (formerly called Prome), situated on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River. Most of today's drive takes us through vast plains made colourful with small villages and towns. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant on the way.


Prome is a lovely town and if time permits we visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, one of the most scenic spots in the country.


Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation at Mingalar Garden Hotel (Superior Rooms).

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



13 NOV 2016                                  PYAY - BAGAN (380 KM)

Breakfast at the hotel. Our motorcycle ride today takes us in Northern direction and more or less along the Ayeyarwaddy River, all the way to Bagan. Again, the landscape is mostly flat and becoming visibly more arid. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.


Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation at Bawga Theiddhi Hotel in New Bagan. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



14 NOV  2016                      BAGAN


Breakfast at the hotel. Today we explore the archaeological site of Bagan. Visits include the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine - look out for images of the 37 'nats' housed in a small hall; Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In Village), a 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'; and Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery with beautiful, well-preserved 18th century murals. Lunch at a local restaurant.


In the afternoon, we learn about one of Myanmar's most treasured handicrafts at a lacquerware craftsmen's workshop in nearby Myinkaba Village. Then, we continue to Manuha Temple, built in the Mon-style in 1059, and Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, a temple noteworthy for its mural paintings which today are under the protection of UNESCO. Finally, we proceed to Shwesandaw Pagoda to watch the sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River.


Dinner at a local riverside restaurant.

Accommodation at Bawga Theiddhi Hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



15 NOV 2016                        BAGAN - MANDALAY (260 km)


Breakfast at the hotel. Today, a scenic overland journey leads us first to Mount Popa (approx. 50 km), an extinct volcano with a shrine dedicated to animist spirits known as "Nats". For the energetic - and if time allows it - there is the possibility to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Afterwards we continue our motorcycle journey through pleasing landscape and local villages to Mandalay. Lunch at a local restaurant.


Dinner and accommodation at Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel (Deluxe Rooms).

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



16  NOV 2016                  MANDALAY


Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we drive out of Mandalay to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayone Monastery, home to some 1200 monks and one of the most prestigious monasteries in Myanmar. Afterwards, we will take a stroll over a historic bridge, known as U Bein Bridge, originally built in 1851 entirely of teak wood and spanning over the Taungthaman Lake. Return to Mandalay for lunch at a local restaurant.


In the afternoon, we experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay and start with a visit to one of the most revered religious monuments of Myanmar, the Mahamuni Pagoda. Then, we continue to Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung or the Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world's largest book made of marble. 


Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation at Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel (Deluxe Rooms). 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



17 NOV2016                           MANDALAY - INLE LAKE (260 KM)


Breakfast at the hotel. Today's motorbike ride promises to become very scenic as we head into the mountains and up to the high plateau of Southern Shan State. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way. In the afternoon we reach Nyaungshwe at the fabled Inle Lake.


Dinner and accommodation at Manaw Thu Kha Hotel (Superior Rooms).

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



18 NOV 2016                              INLE LAKE


Breakfast at the hotel. Inle Lake is a photographer's dream as its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop.   We spend most of the day touring the lake by boat, passing endless floating gardens, where fruit and vegetables are grown and will observe the lake's unique "leg rowers" - the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar.


We visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State and see traditional handicrafts - silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop. Lunch at a local restaurant on the lake.


Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation at Manaw Thu Kha Hotel (Superior Rooms).

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner



19 NOV  2016                      INLE LAKE - MONGPING ( approx.. 250 KM)


Breakfast at the hotel. Today's motorbike ride takes us first up a steep mountain to Taunggyi, the capital of Southern Shan State. From there we ride into fantastic mountain scenery and on a road which until this year was forbidden for any foreign visitors. We ride through spectacularly beautiful mountain scenery and through many ethnic minority villages, particularly of the Shan people. The road takes in Eastern direction and again across the Salween River which we had already encountered on our very first day in Burma more than 1'000 km further South. Simple lunch at a local restaurant on the way.


Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation at a simple guest house in Mongping as there are no hotels around here.  

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



20 NOV 2016                   MONGPING - KENGTUNG ( approx.. 150 KM)


Breakfast. Today's motorcycle ride is relatively short and takes us again through breathtakingly beautiful mountain scenery to Kengtung, the capital of Eastern Shan State. Kengtung is a lovely town built around a lake. We will have lunch after our arrival in Kengtung and then spend the afternoon exploring this charming little town.


Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation at a Hotel - Name to be announced later.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



21 NOV 2016                           KENGTUNG - CHIANG RAI ( approx. 220 KM)


Breakfast at the hotel. We leave Kengtung in Southern direction and ride one more time through beautiful mountains and along a long valley to Tachilek and the Myanmar / Thai border which we reach before lunch. After customs / immigration procedures are terminated, we will have lunch on the Thai side at a restaurant which overlooks the bridge linking Burma with Thailand. 


After lunch, a short drive of just over an hour takes us to Chiang Rai and our hotel for the night.

Dinner and accommodation at The Legend Boutique River Resort & Spa.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



22 NOV  2016                    CHIANG RAI - CHIANG MAI (180 KM)


Breakfast at the hotel. Our last ride of the Burma Motorcycle Tour is quite easy and follows the main road from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. As we will have plenty of time, we do not need to get up early and can make several stops on the way. We will visit Wat Rong Khun, a contemporary purely white temple with startling design. Inside the temple you will find astonishing paintings (they even include George Bush and Keanu Reeves) that "show an escape from the defilements of temptation to reach a supramundane state - sic: Wikipedia). The artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat also created the mural paintings at the Buddha Prateep Temple in London. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.


We will reach Chiang Mai in the mid-afternoon.

Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. 

Accommodation at Ban Thai Village Hotel (Superior Rooms).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



23 NOV  2016                                     CHIANG MAI  - DAY FOR RELAXING + CITY SIGHTSEEING + SHOPPING + FAREWELL DINNER

Meals included: Breakfast, + Farewell Dinner


 24 NOV 2016                                     CHIANG MAI, DEPARTURE DAY - or individually booked extension


Breakfast at the hotel.

..... Transfer to Chiang Mai Airport (International Terminal).

..... Departure by ....., flight ... to ..... 

Meals included: Breakfast


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The Myanmar Bike Tour Costs :


7.200 USD for Rider in shared double room (includes Kawasaki ER6-n)

5.900 USD for Pillion Rider in shared double room

 1.250 USD single room surcharge

   300 USD surcharge for Kawasaki Versys 650 ( Optional )



Unfortunately, our motorcycles cannot be insured in any way in Burma. While the motorcycles carry a third party liability insurance in Thailand, this insurance does not cover the bikes in Burma. The tour participant is therefore liable for all 3rd party damages in Burma and also for damages on his own bike. 


One exception is possible: against a surcharge of USD 280, we offer a motorcycle damage insurance that limits your own liability for damages to your own bike at USD 1.390 maximum. Without this insurance, the participant is liable for the maximum amount of USD 6.950. This insurance only pays for damage to the rental motorcycle in Thailand or Burma. Damage to third parties cannot be insured in Burma ..


The Burma motorcycle tour costs include the following services:


  • Tour and transfer services as described in the itinerary with an English speaking professional Thai or Burmese tour guide

  • The services of an escort vehicle (minibus in Thailand and small truck in Myanmar) for transport of the main luggage;
    Solo riders will carry their luggage on the backseat of the bike

  • Accommodation as per hotels and room types specified in the itinerary; breakfast always included

  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (halfboard)

  • All entrance fees to sights specified in the itinerary

  • Motorcycle Kawasaki ER6-n, fuel during the entire tour (optional: Kawasaki Versys against surcharge)

  • Experienced German motorcycle mechanic "Joe" accompanies the tour

  • Burma-experienced and German/English speaking "road captain" Armin as biking tour guide during the whole tour

  • Vehicle registration and inspection fees (Myanmar Road Transport Administration Department)

  • Service charge, room tax and baggage handling. 



Not included in the Myanmar motorbike tour price are:


  • Services that are not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Meals not specified in the itinerary

  • Visa fee for Myanmar

  • Insurance during the trip in Myanmar,

  • Domestic flights in Thailand: Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Bangkok

  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as tips, telephone charges, laundry, minibar, etc.

  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness).
    We highly recommend to take out appropriate insurance in your home country.




Additional information from our partner agency "Impulse Tourism Co., Ltd." with regards to visa for Burma: 


Passport requirement Thailand

Please note that Thailand requires that passports must remain valid at least six months beyond visitors' intended length of stay in Thailand. Please note also that in case of overland entry into Thailand (such as when we return from Myanmar/Burma) Thai Immigration only grants a visa-free stay of 15 days in Thailand.


Visa for Myanmar

For our tour, special "entry permits" and a visa issued in advance by the Myanmar Embassy in your home country are necessary. In order to obtain the visa, the applicant has to get from us the following documents:


  • Confirmation letter of the tour operator in Myanmar who is responsible for all tour arrangements in Myanmar certifying that the participant is under their full care during the entire duration of stay in Myanmar

  • Copy of the letter issued by the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels & Tourism approving the motorcycle tour, listing the participant's name and asking the Myanmar Embassy to issue a visa for entry/exit through the border point of Myawaddy

  • Visa application form 



We shall obtain all these documents for you but must know your full personal data at the time of booking.
Once you have received the documents described above, you will have to contact the nearest Myanmar Embassy, sign the visa application form in duplicate, attach one passport photo to each copy of the visa application form and enclose the Confirmation Letter of the tour operator as well as the letter issued by the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels & Tourism with the application.


The following link provides a list of all Myanmar Embassies, Permanent Missions and Consulate Generals: 


Please observe that your passport will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the departing date from Myanmar. Furthermore, please take note also that the procedures to obtain your visa from the Myanmar Embassy can take up to 10 days. Once you have received your visa, we kindly request that you let us have a scanned copy of the visa numbers so that we may forward the same to Myanmar ahead of your arrival.


The personal data needed for us to start visa procedures are the following:


Family Name(s) - as per passport:

First Name(s) - as per passport:

Passport Number:


Date of Birth:

Passport Issue Date:

Passport Issue Place:

Passport Expiry Date:


Myanmar currency / credit cards

Please note that most hotels at which we are going to stay during our tour do not accept credit cards such as American Express, Master Card and Visa.


Hence, it is useful to bring cash US Dollars, preferably also in small denominations as many shops upcountry cannot easily provide change for a 100-Dollar bill. You may also want to change some foreign currency into Myanmar Kyat as the Burmese start to trade more and more in their own currency. When paying for something small with US Dollars, change will most likely be rendered in Myanmar Kyat. This change, in turn, can be used again for buying a drink or for small tips, etc. Bringing traveller cheques is useless as only the Myanmar Investment and Commercial Bank (MICB) or the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank (MFTB) in Yangon would trade in these through cumbersome and time-consuming procedures. Euros are only traded at money exchange counters at major tourist areas - it is better to bring US Dollars in cash. 



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