2-Day Off The Beaten Track from Bagan to Salay Biking Adventure

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 2 Days

English    Bagan, Salay

tour highlights

  • Experience an astounding sample of Myanmar's long history as an ancient civilization
  • A peaceful biking tour on almost deserted roads, shaded gravel paths and riverside tracks
  • Boat trip to the sleeping town of Salay

tour details

Travelling by bike and boat, far from the tourist trail. This crafted route takes you along the rarely-visited western bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, biking through traditional dry zone villages and sailing to the charming riverside town of Salay. The combination of cycling and boating create a wonderful balance in travel styles and step back into modern Myanmar with a completely different point of view.

Why choose this tour?

  • An adventurous cycling tour with a biking expert from Bagan to Salay
  • A unique biking trails off the tourists' map on the deserted riverside track
  • An interesting insight of old town Salay and a restored colonial heritage of Salay House
Pick-up from your hotel and drive to the jetty in Old Bagan where the traditional teak boat is waiting which you board to cross the Ayeyarwaddy river. Enjoy your light refreshments and early-morning sunlight illuminating the many pagoda spires of Bagan. Disembark the boat and soon you will be riding through farmer's fields using tracks made by ox-carts and then onto sandy roads. Make your way from the flatlands towards the distant hills, passing fields of crops and through bamboo villages. The trail occasionally hugs the riverbank and finally delivers you to a small jetty where the boat will be waiting to sail to Salay. On arrival, enjoy your lunch at Salay House, a beautiful restaurant renovated from an old colonial house. Observe Colonial-period houses lining the Strand Road on the river bank and transfer to your hotel afterwards.
Accommodation at Salay River View Inn
This morning, set off early from Salay to not only beats the heat but is in step with the locals who are all up at the crack of dawn. Start on a peaceful road through the countryside as you climb steadily away from the riverbank and make your way inland, heading for the oil-producing town of Chauk. Here you will be visiting the bustling local market where you will see people selling and buying things. After a short stop at local noodle shop to sample some of the authentic dishes. Press on to encounter rolling hills dotted with the hypnotic 'nodding donkeys' of the oil pumps. Oil was discovered here by the British in 1902, giving birth to a company called British Petroleum. Pedal through villages on a road that runs parallel to the Ayeyarwaddy River, catching glimpses of toddy palm trees and peanut crops. Stop for lunch at a riverside restaurant, not far from Bagan. Continue pedalling until you arrive into Bagan, witnessing some of the more esoteric ruins along the way.

customise the tour

  • Shop some colourful sovenirs or enjoy High Tea at Salay House
  • Unlimited photos opportunity throughout the biking journey


  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast and L=Lunch)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Local English Speaking biking guide
  • Boat fees
  • Biking equipment
  • Service charges, room tax
  • Accommodation in Salay River View Inn
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Optional Balloon flight at sunrise in Bagan
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13-17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


  • This tour is guaranteed for a minimum 2 travellers.
Tour code: PKNSGHMZB

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