Northern & Southern Shan State - 10 Days

Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Kyauk Me - Hsipaw - Pyin Oo Lwin - Bagan - Meikhtila - Kalaw - Inle - Heho - Pindaya - Mandalay

Distance: 1501 Km

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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.

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10 Days


1501 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 - 09 Mile Elephant Camp - Ye Ywar Dam - Pyin Oo Lwin - Naugn Cho - Kyauk Me - Hsipaw (230 km) (L/D)

Today is the first day of our motorbike journey. We will get out of the busy streets and roll up to the mountainous area of the Northern Shan State which shares the border with China. We will ride about 20 km before reaching the Shan plateau. 

Firstly, we will head off to Pyin Oo Lwin and then pay a visit to Dee Doke - the 9 mile waterfalls & the elephant camp where you can take a short break and feed the elephants. Next, we will continue driving up and down the mountain trails surrounded by scenic view and less busy roads to Ye Ywar Dam. We will have lunch at the local restaurant before hit the tracks of so many twist and turns (more than 1000 meter above the sea level). 

After riding through the twisty Gode Dwin Road, we will stop for a while to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Northern Shan Plateau and the refreshing beverages before heading off to Hsipaw.

Overnight at Northern Land Hotel in Hsipaw.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Northern Land Hotel in Hsipaw
2 Hsipaw - Sone Long - Myit Sone - Boat trip down to Hsipaw - Nar Moon Village - Man Pyit Village - Pan Kam (80 km) (B/L/D)

The little town of Hsipaw located on the banks of Duthawadi River, is one of the most pristine regions in Myanmar which is locally and internationally famous for trekking through the tribal villages. 

At first, we pay a visit to the Central Market which is one of the best markets to explore in Burma. Shan, Kachin and many other ethnic groups come here to trade regularly. You can find a wide range of products here from radios, spare parts to diverse foodstuffs, and of course, Shan clothing like trousers, hats or sandals. 

Then, we will go out of the town to visit Myit Son - the confluence of the Legendary Dokehtawaddy river. 

On the way, we will stop at a very untouched Shan village called Sone Long by passing through beautiful paddy fields, lush plantations and some railway tracks. This village offers you an opportunity to visit the tiny train station and a relaxing walk around the area to experience the different life styles of the tribal people and their unique & traditional houses.

As we return to Hispaw, we get back to the hotel and collect our stuffs for loading on our bikes. Enjoy your lunch at a good local restaurant in Hsipaw.

After that, our next adventure will begin with a ride up to Palaung Tribe Village (also known as Pan Kham Village) located on the high mountain of more than 1,400 above the sea level.

Overnight at local house in the village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Local house in the village
3 Pan Kham Village - Ohan Mu - Baw Gyoe - Kyauk Me - Naugn Cho - Pyin Oo Lwin (200 km) (B/L/D)

Wake up early this morning and walk around the village to experience the local life as well as interact with the people. After finishing your breakfast at the local house, say good bye to the people here and continue our journey to Pyin Oo Lwin. 

We will ride through up and down routes of Shan Plateau until we get to Baw Gyoe Pagoda which is one of the famous and historic pagoda for Shan tribe where to have a lunch break. Continue to ride on the zigzag routes of the mountains approaching to the British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin.

Overnight at Dahlia Motel, Pyin Oo Lwin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Dahlia Motel in Pyin Oo Lwin
4 Pyin Oo Lwin - Myit Nge - Kyauk Se - Pyin See - Na Htoe Gyi - Myin Gyan (181 km) (B/L/D)

Have your breakfast at hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin and then start riding around the colonial town before we make our way down to the countryside of Myanmar. 

We will stop to have a lunch break at Kyauk See. Then, continue to ride straight to Myin Gyan by passing through some local villages.  

Pha Yar Gyi village in Na Htoe Gyi is an interesting place to come where you can observe the traditional technique of making the beads out of petrified woods. 

A small commercial town of Myin Gyan is our last stop today where we will spend a night at Kaung Kaung Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kaung Kaung Hotel
5 Myin Gyan - Bagan - Bagan sightseeing (130 km) (B/L/D)

Just 02 hour ride from Myin Gyan, we arrive to our next destination - Bagan. This is one the must - see destination in Myanmar bearing the great Burmese archaeological and religious monuments dating back to thousand years ago. 

Upon arrival in Bagan, we will check in and leave all our luggage and riding stuffs at Bagan Emeral Hotel. Take a refreshing shower and replace your protective gears with normal outfits. 

After that, your private driver will be ready at your hotel to taking you to an exploration around Bagan by car. The tour comes with Nyaung Oo Colorful Market in Nyaung Oo region and a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples in Bagan. 

For example, Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century; Wetkyi Inn Gubyaukgyi, fine mural paintings of Jataka scenes; and Htilominlo Pagoda, noted for its plaster curving; Ananda Temple, the best preserved masterpieces of Mon architecture and the Tharaba gate.  

Next, pay a visit to the lacquerware workshop to see how the people here create the masterpiece of lacquer products.

And the magical sunset from the best corner of Bagan will end your exhilarating sightseeing day. 

Overnight stay at Hotel in Bagan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bagan Emeral Hotel
6 Bagan - Kyauk Padaung - Meikhtila - Kalaw (280 km) (B/L/D)

It’s time to hop on the back of your bike for another incredible riding adventure to the twisty trails of Shan mountain range to Kalaw. This is an old hill station with a laid back atmosphere, refreshing climate and scenic view. Here still remains many original colonial buildings and it is also known as Myanmar’s trekking mecca.

We will start riding from Mt.Popa to Meikhtila via Kyauk Padaung. Then, driving up to Kalaw through the uphill road after passing through Thazin. 

Upon arrival to Kalaw, check in hotel and overnight stay at hotel in Kalaw.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw
7 Kalaw - Look Pyin - Char Pin - Nan Thale Thee - Baw Nin Khone - Pack To Pouk - Kyauk Su - Than Taung - Inle (135 km) (B/L/D)

Another full day ride awaits you ahead.  This fantastic day offers exceptional riding on Shan mountains trails, incredible scenery as well as a chance to interact with friendly locals and many children who are excited to see their first foreigners. 

We will pass through some small villages which are unknown by foreigners like you. Have fun and spend time interacting with local people. Then, enjoy the picnic lunch at the village on the way to Inle. 

In the late afternoon, we arrive at hotel in Inle. Relax for the rest of the day.

Overnight stay at hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Nyaung Shwe
8 Inle sightseeing by boat (B/L/D) (no riding today)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to jetty and take a boat ride for full day sightseeing in Inle lake. You can start your lake exploration to one of the market in the local five-day markets (if market day is coincided with your stay in Inle lake). 

Other highlights include Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda which enshrines the famous five Buddha statues who are totally covered by gold and lost their shapes, the unique leg rowers and floating gardens, silk weaving village (Inpaw Khone Village).

Lunch break at good local restaurant in Inle lake.

Then, the boat trip will take you to the hand - rolled cigar factory and black smith factory. The Nga Phae Chaung monastery is another interesting place to visit which is well known for its ancient Buddha images made of teak, bamboo and lacquer and the nickname of “Jumping Cats Monastery” for its trained cats by monks to jump through the hoop. 

You can also visit the stilt houses and floating gardens on Inle lake. After that, return to your hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Nyaung Shwe
9 Inle - Heho - Pindaya - Ya Sa Kyi Village (82 km) (B/L/D)

We will have an awesome day trail riding today. So, prepare to be amazed by the incredible scenery and colorful plantation on the way to Pindaya. 

Upon arrival, we will have lunch before driving up to Ya Sa Kyi village - the village of Pa Laung Tribe where we will spend a night at the village monastery. 

When in Ya Sa Kyi village, you are free to hang around and interact with local people.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Monastery in Ya Sa Kyi village
10 Ya Sa Kyi - Ywar Ngan - Kyauk Se - Mandalay (185 km) (B/L)

After breakfast at the village monastery, it is time to say goodbye to the local people and start our journey back to Mandalay.

We will pass through lots of villages and endless beautiful plantation that are still ploughed by water buffalo. Stop at some viewpoints to relax and record the intact nature of Myanmar through your heart and camera.

Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant on the way back to Mandalay. 

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel (book by yourself) or to Mandalay airport for your onward flight home. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: N/A


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



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  • 9 night accommodation at carefully selected quality hotels, resorts, monastery
  • 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 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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