Trails of Shan Plateau

Seeing Myanmar from the seat of your bike!From the chilly Shan Hills to the central plain Mandalay, descend down the splendid colonial charms of Pyinoolwin , riding along the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, crossing through the desert like terrain with rolling hills of the Popa Mountain Range and cycling amongst the thousand of temples in Bagan , visitors will find a real taste for their passion of outdoors and enjoying it on a bike. It is a flawless tour,a combination of colorful country-side with glorious ancient Myanmar capitals ending by the best beach resort of Myanmar.
Day 01: Yangon arrival and sightseeing 

Arrive at Yangon International airport, welcomed by tour guide and trafnsferred to hotel for check in. After refreshment at hotel, explore Yangon city by a walk through downtown Yangon with it’s Sule Pagoda, City Hall and the Mahabandoola Park. Take a short walk onto the road lined with massive colonial buildings and the road-side vendors. The downtown Yangon is still hosting colonial buildings more than other Southeast Asia countries though most of them were replaced by new apartments. Stopover at the Strand Hotel and feel the warmth/atmosphere of British era. Then, onward to a jetty nearby and see the true local ways of life. We will also stop by at the Kandawgyi park with a great view of Shwedagon pagoda in the back. Proceed to Chaukthakkyi Reclining Buddha Image and there you see the sparse pilgrims in silence. In the evening visit the landmark of Myanmar/Yangon, the great Shwedagon Pagoda. The golden mountain is rocketing to the sky from a hill, pilgrims kneeling down on the platform, offering candle/incent/flower in its vicinity. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day 02: Yangon – Heho by flight. Bike to Kalaw

After breakfast, transfer to airport and fly to Heho where your bikes await to explore the Shan Plateau. Check the bikes and begin biking to Kalaw. The short but challenging ride up out of the Inle Lake basin takes us through scenic country side to Kalaw, a former British hill station with some Gothic architectural churches and residence. Depending on the time, we can wander through the market or ride around the city looking at the decaying colonial mansions.
Estimated biking distance: km (mostly uphill)

Day 03: Kalaw – Pindaya by bike

Today we head north to Pindaya on a road flanked by beautifully manicured fields where much of Myanmar’s product comes from. Lunch in Pindaya and rest for some time in the hotel. Before dinner we will visit the Buddha image filled Pindaya cave. Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.
Expected biking distance: 50 km (fluctuated road)

Day 04: Pindaya – Heho – Inle Lake 

After breakfast at hotel, we will begin our bike to Inle lake passing through small villages along the way via Heho by off road flanked by beautifully manicured fields where much of Myanmar’s produce comes from. After arriving Heho, we will be taking main road to proceed to Nyaung Shwe. Upon arrival at Nyaung Shwe, you will be transfer by boat to your hotel in Inle Lake. Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.
(Estimated biking distance: 70 km avoiding main road)

Day 05: Inle Lake

After breakfast at hotel, you will transferred to the shore to make bike excursion to the villages perched on the edge of Shan Plateau. Bike through green filled paddy fields and be greeted by the children along the way. Return bike to the shore and transfer to your hotel in Inle Lake. Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.

Day 06: Inle Lake boat excursion

After breakfast at hotel, we will do boat excursion at Inle Lake. We will visit floating plantations and garden, villages with leg rowing intha people, traditional ways of finishing, a unique production of lotus yarn, handloom weaving cottage with its own showroom, black-smith & cheroot-making industries, etc. You will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha Images in the southern Shan State and the Jumping Cat monastery. Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.

Day 07: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon by flight (15:45/17:30)

After breakfast, visit a maket place that rotate every five day. Continue our excursion by motorized boat to Indein pagoda complex, in the south-west of the lake. The boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal with a beautiful natural environment to continue to a small Pa O tribe village. From the village, follow an old covered path to a 13th century monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden in the vegetation. The main stupa area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and the lake in the far distance. In the afternoon, transfer to airport and fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day 08: Yangon departure

If your flight is in the morning, you will be transferred to airport for your return departure flight.
For afternoon or evening flights departures, visit by car to Karaweik, a royal barge for fantastic photo shot along the “pilgrims” causeway across the Royal Lake with stunning views of Schwedagon Pagoda and visit Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) market famous for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets. It is one of the major bazaars in Yangon and built in 1926 by the British. You can buy from a simple Myanmar slipper to a jewelry crown there. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for your return departure flight.

This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services.

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Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels 
Private Vehicles and Drivers
Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
All domestic flights
Airport Taxes and Fuel charges
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Drinking water available on the vehicles.
Service Charge & Government Taxes
Your International Flights
Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Any bank fees or charges at your end
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Personal Travel Insurance
Tips for tour guide and driver in each region
Peak season or public holidays surcharge if any
Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
Vietnam visa stamp fee 
Other services not mentioned above


The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour.  However, Asia Essence Tours offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different "star ratings", allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget.






New Aye Yar Hotel

Rose Garden Hotel

Sule Shangri La Hotel


Bawga Theddi Hotel

Thiripyitsayar Sanctuary

Bagan Lodge

Inle Lake

Royal Inle Lake

Inle Resort

Inle Princess

Golden Rock

Mountain Top Hotel

Mountain Top Hotel



Mandalay City Hotel

Amazing Mandalay

Mandalay Hill Resort


We, at Asia Essence Tours, are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. As the hotel cost will be the major expense of your vacation in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, it is essential that all of the hotels chosen by us are the highest quality for the price paid. All of our prices are based on twin, double or queen shared rooms.


First Class/ 3 Star (from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/night)

The First Class/ 3 Star Hotels are good value and normally centrally located. They all have comfortable en-suite rooms, good amenities and public areas to relax in. They are usually family run hotels, so offer great personalized service for your enjoyment and comfort. Most first class properties offer an in-house restaurant, and some may even have a swimming pool!

Superior/ 4 star (from US$ 80 - US$ 110/ per room/night)

The 4* superior Hotels offer a wide range of services. Many superior hotels feature a choice of several in-house restaurants. In addition virtually all of them have a swimming pool. Some may even feature a spa or health club. This grade of hotel offers more for your enjoyment and comfort, while still remaining affordable.

Deluxe/ 5 Star (from US$120 - US$ 180++/ per room/night)

These 5* Deluxe hotels are usually owned by Worldwide, well known Hotel chains. The deluxe hotels feature excellent locations, offer the highest standards of service and facilities, and are known as the best hotels in each region. Facilities such as swimming pools and spas are the norm, and guest rooms are luxurious. These hotels offer first class service and amenities throughout.


Flexibility: The sample itinerary can be modified to suit your interests, budget as well as your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.

Tailor-Made Journey: This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of the trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Commitment to Excellence: We enjoys excellent relationships with all of the highly regarded hotels and finest properties in our destinations as well as with service suppliers so that we are able to negotiate the most attractive prices for our clients, which enables us to provide exclusive holidays and affordable special offers. We create one-of-a-kind vacations for groups and individuals. We love our destinations and do our best to make sure that our customers feel the same way. Our job is to make sure that everyone gets the right balance of comfort and excitement to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

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