Hidden Charms of Myanmar – 12 Days

Mandalay - Bagan - Popa - Kalaw - Inle - Sagar - Loikaw - Pindaya - Ywar Ngan -  Mandalay

Distance: 1,611 Km

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Take this awesome 12-day motorbike tour exploring the stunning beauty of Myanmar (Burma) and you will have a great opportunity to experience a life - time adventure with spectacular nature, exotic tribal villages and the hidden charms of the Golden Land.

The tour covers some of the best places for motorcycling in Myanmar including: Ancient Bagan, British hill station of Kalaw, Inle Lake - the “Magical water land of Myanmar, Loikaw - the “Undiscovered place of long-necked women and Pindaya - the “Hidden treasure of Shan State” and Ywar Ngan - the “Untouched corner of Burma”.

Group Size


For bigger group, please contact us or click Customize Your Ride for better quotation!

Best time to take this tour

This tour can be taken at any time of the year but the best time to ride this tour is from October to end of May when the weather is moderate with less chance of raining. Even if it rains, it is not enough to spoil your ride. So, you can freely pick up this tour at any time you like. Come and ride with us!

Departure time

The tour will start in the morning at 8.00am with a pick up from your hotel in Mandalay. Please be noted that you need to arrive at least one day before the tour starts (we recommend two days earlier to acclimate and avoid jet lag). We are pleased to arrange hotel in Mandalay upon your request with additional cost.

Return time

The tour will end around 4.00pm or 5.00pm back in Mandalay, so it is possible for you to catch a departure flight on same day or take a connecting flight to extend your beach holiday in Ngapali (Ngapali beach is not recommended between May to end of August due to the rainy season).


Most of touring time, you have to bring luggage along with you and pack it on the back of your bike. Chased pick-up truck is arranged on special requirement only. So, the luggage is recommended to be light and easy to tight up.


While you don't have to be an athlete to join us on this adventure, we would not recommend this tour to those who cannot, for instance, climb a flight of stairs without puffing and blowing. Please note that there are some long days in the saddle. We reach some high altitudes on this tour, so if you have any existing medical condition, please consult your doctor before booking.


We strongly recommend that you bring your own gears to be the most comfortable and all protective. We also provide helmets, gloves, knee and elbow guards which are of high quality brands in many different sizes. Please be noted that we do not offer jackets, boots and trousers due to hygienic reasons. Good trekking or sport shoes and jeans should be enough.

All inclusive

Since almost everything is included in your tour package (motorcycle rental; accommodation; fuel cost; tour guide; all entry fees; all meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner; soft drinks and more), your biggest expenses will be paid for alcoholic beverages in the evening and shopping.

200$ should cover all your expenses if you are not a big drinker. Shopping is great so you might want to bring along some cash in case you see something you really like.

For more information

Please visit FAQs to have better understand about riding motorbike in Myanmar


12 Days


1,611 Km

Starting Point


Finishing Point



You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Mandalay. After that, our staff from Burma Motorbike Tours will come and meet up with you at hotel for the tour briefing.

1 Mandalay arrival (D)

Upon your arrival at Mandalay Airport, you will be picked up and given a briefing of the upcoming tour by our guide. Then, head to Burma Motorbike Tours’ Bike Store to take the bike. After that, enjoy the welcome dinner. Overnight stay at hotel in Mandalay.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
2 Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing - Myin Gyan – Bagan (B/L/D) (230km)

After breakfast, we are ready to leave Mandalay and start our motorbike adventure to Bagan. 

We will pass through many local villages before making a stop at Nan Daw Kyun village or also known as “The Island of Royal Palace” which is one of the most beautiful villages located on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy river.

Then our motorbike will be loaded in a private boat for a trip to Mingun where is famous for the gigantic and unfinished stupa. Next, our ride continues to Sagaing – an important Burmese Buddhist Center and stop at Myingyan for lunch before heading off to Bagan. Overnight stay at hotel in Bagan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
3 Bagan – Half day sightseeing by car and Bagan – Popa by bikes (B/L/D) (60km)

We will spend this morning exploring the highlights of Bagan by car. After breakfast at hotel, the trip around the extraordinary archaeological site of 3000 temples begins. 

Nyaung Oo colorful market is our first stop where offers a wide variety of local produces. Then, we pay a visit to some of the most important pagodas and temples in Bagan such as Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, Wetkyi Inn Gubyaukgyi with its fine mural paintings of Jataka scenes, Htilominlo Pagoda noted for its plaster curving, Ananda Temple - the best preserved masterpieces of Mon architecture and the Tharaba gate.

Afterwards, we proceed to visit a lacquer ware workshop and then have lunch at a good local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will take an exhilarating bike ride to Mt. Popa which is a stunning extinct volcano standing out as a green - clad landmark in the Dry Zone. Enjoy the scenic view of the surroundings from Popa Mountain Resort during sunset. Overnight stay at hotel in Popa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Popa
4 Popa - Meik Htila – Thazi – Kalaw (B/L/D) (230km)

Another day of incredible riding adventure begins as you make your way up to the twisty roads of Shan Mountain Range to visit Kalaw. This is an old hill station with laid back atmosphere, refreshing climate, rich ethnic culture and scenic view. Furthermore, numerous original buildings from the colonial era can be found in Kalaw, and this place is also known as Myanmar’s trekking mecca. Upon arrival in Kalaw, check in hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Kalaw.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw
5 Kalaw offroad riding – Kalaw (B/L/D) (120km)

Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Then, we start riding around Kalaw, located on the western edge of the Shan Hills at an elevation of 4,356 feet, Kalaw was built as a hill station during the British colonial period. 

The climate here is very pleasant and in spring and summer, the roads around the town are lined with thickly flowering crocus. Having cool temperatures and scenic countryside landscape inhabited by ethnic hill tribe villages, makes this area the most popular part of the country to explore the hidden tribes of Shan Plateau by two wheels. As you are back to Kalaw in the afternoon, relax and the rest of the day is yours to spare.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw
6 Kalaw - Look Pyin - Kyauk Su- Inle (B/L/D) (135km)

A fantastic day lies ahead with a ride through the amazing Shan Mountains’ trails where to contemplate the incredible scenery, meet the friendly locals and wave to the children who get excited whenever you pass by. 

Next, we will ride through some lesser – known villages and stop at one to interact with local people. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a village on the way ride to Inle Lake. Upon arrival in Nyaung Shwe, you will check in at the hotel then you are free to discover the town on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Nyaung Shwe
7 Inle – Sagar - Loikaw (B/L/D) (165km)

Today, we ride to Loikaw through 165 km on the roads of Sagar - a quaint village dramatized by the Shan Plateau amid great mountain ranges near Inle Lake. The ride takes around 5 hours.

Loikaw is one of the untouched corners of Myanmar where you will feel the pristine nature and interact with authentic tribal people.  Upon arrival in Loikaw, check in at the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel in Loikaw.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Loikaw
8 Loikaw - visit remote villages – Loikaw (B/L/D) (240km)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, we start riding around Loikaw at an elevation of 3,500feet. Blessed with a pleasant climate, beautiful scenery and rich folk culture, Loikaw becomes one of the most popular places in Myanmar for motorcycling exploring the local hill tribes. Two of the most significant groups are Kayah and Padaung or also known as the long – necked women tribe.

Back in Loikaw in the late afternoon. Relax and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Loikaw.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Loikaw
9 Loikaw- Aungban - Pindaya (B/L/D) (185km)

We leave the little town of Loikaw and head to Pindaya located in the Southern Shan State. Back to the main highway with so many twists and turns then, travel to the quite roads of remote villages to feel and see the different and unique scenery of Shan Plateau. When we arrive in Pindaya, continue ride up to the village hilltop monastery where we will spend a night in.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Monastery in Pindaya
10 Pindaya - Ywar Ngan (B/L/D) (150km)

Have your breakfast at the village monastery. Then, we take a walk around Pa -Laung Village (Ya Sa Kyi Village) to interact with local people before our motorbike journey continues to Ywar Ngan – a lesser – known place in Shan State. It will take one and a half hour ride to Ywar Ngan from Pindaya through the colorful cultivation fields and local villages. 

Upon arrival in Ywar Ngan, we will have a lunch break. Afterwards, our off - road motorbike journey around Ywar Ngan begins. 

First, we ride pass the villages where no other go and then, ride through the orange plantation and an undiscovered waterfall. The temperature in this area is perfect for motorcycling. Before the sun goes down, we will head back to Ywar Ngan and overnight stay at hotel in Ywar Ngan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Ywar Ngan
11 Ywar Ngan – Kyak Se – Mandalay (B/L/D) (96km)

On this day, drive down to Mandalay and return your bike to the bike store of Burma Motorbike Tours. Enjoy a farewell dinner at local BBQ restaurant in Mandalay. Overnight stay at hotel in Mandalay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
12 Mandalay departure (B)

You are free to relax until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: No


Optional trip to Ngapali Beach & Yangon are available upon your request with an EXTRA.

The possibility of driving with pillion: not possible due to riding through the terrain and up and down hill route



Rider in a shared twin-bed room

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Pillion in shared double or twin-bed room

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  • 10 night accommodation at carefully selected quality hotels
  • 1 night accommodation at local monastery
  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Mineral water, soft drinks, coffee or tea served in the meals
  • Myanmar driving permits
  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage (Kawasaki KLX150cc)
  • Gasoline, petrol
  • Third party liability insurance for motorcycles
  • Mandalay airport pick-up and drop-off
  • English speaking professional Road Captain with license on a motorcycle leading group
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Riding gears (Helmets, Gloves, Knee Guards)
  • T-Shirt of Burma Motorbike Tours for souvenir and MORE!


  • Airfares
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Single supplement (upon request)
  • US$160/bike surcharge for using Honda CRF250cc or Kawasaki KLX250cc 
  • Room service, laundry, phone charges
  • Damage to the motorcycle caused by the user (exclude reasonable wear and tear)
  • Travel insurance (cover against cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
  • Tips & Gratuities to guide
  • All other services not mentioned 

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews

Tomas and Simon Svatek

Czech Republic

"One of the best holidays ever"

Mar 2020

If you want to spend your holiday on motorbike in a great country with nice people, so Burma Motorbike Tours is the best choice. We absolved 11 days in saddle and visited
awesome places, which you can´t visit with not any classic travel agency. Motorbikes were in a good technical condition. Our guide Wyne was expirienced and friendly guy. Thank you ... More +


Nelson Bay, Australia

"6 day Chin state ride"

Jan 2020

Fantastic ride with excellent service. With a focus on fun and safety, we got to see some of Myanmar's hidden tracks and wonderful locals. Thanks Gone Go!



"Chin State 6-day ride"

Jan 2020

Fantastic tour. Lots of varietyof riding and experience. Beautiful scenery and people. The tour company made it so easy and they really cared about our safety and welfare. Great value for money! Mal from Sydney.



"8 day off road trip"

Nov 2019

We had 8 days off road, We had a brilliant time, a lovely country and such friendly people.
Sam was a brilliant guide!! Always enthusiastic to show us as much as possible and explain everything in detail. Really knowledgeable about so many things. He really made the whole trip such an excellent experience.

Skippy M

Aspen, Canada

"This is a great company! (1 month Moto rental)"

April 2019

My Girlfriend and I spent a month in Myanmar on a Honda CRF 250 rented from Burma Motorbike Rentals. This was the first time they had rented this bike for such a long season, in the summer, for two passengers with bags going to places less traveled.
We had issues with the bike, some self-inflicted, and BMR was always there ... More +



"Fantastic trip 8 days"

Feb 2019

We highly recommend Burma Motorbike Tours ! All was well organized in a short time and according to our wish.
Sam, our guide, was very helpful, friendly and always thinking for the best solution to provide the best user experience according to our choices.
The bikes CRF250L were very useful for the off-road ways to see the so beautiful villages. We’ll ... More +


New Zealand

"BURMA MOTORBIKE TOURS The best way to discover Myanmar"

Jan 2019


I rode on a 10 day tour with Burma Motorbike Tours in January 2019. The overall experience was excellent - it was efficient from start to finish, the bikes were good brands and in great condition, the support throughout the 10 days fantastic, their knowledge of the roads of the vast range of areas ... More +


New Zealand

"Fantastic trip!!!"

Feb 2019

We’be just completed a 10 day motorbike tour of Central Myanmar with Burma Motorbike Tours. The trip was fantastic, great itinerary, superbly organised, grest guides, intetesting accommodation, fantadtic sights. I’ll go again in a heartbeat!!!!!

Shane R


"Burma Motobike Tours rates 10 out of 10 to me"

13 Nov 2018

Recently I had a short trip with BMT Myanmar. Mandalay to Mindat. Mindat surrounds. Kampalat. Mandalay.
I was single traveller and they tailered a tour to suit me and my time frame. The service offered was excelent. Bike was as new. Accomadation perfect. I will return 2019.


United States

"Best experience, EVER!"

12 Apr 2018

I simply cannot stress enough how fantastic our experience with Burma Motorbike Tours was. Firstly, they were so accommodating as we tried to find an experience that fit our budget and timeline. Secondly, our guide Maung, was perfect. He was experienced, patient, spoke very well, and was super knowledgable about the area. As a result, I feel like we got ... More +
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