7-Day Exclusive Shan and Kayah Adventure Cycling

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 7 Days

English    Heho, Pindaya, Kalaw, Loikaw, Inle Lake

tour highlights

  • Wonderful Cycling journey throughout the breath-taking sceneries
  • Hiking on the scenic hills and exploring rural villages
  • Sightseeing in Kalaw, Loikaw and Sagar
  • Scenic boat trip in beautiful Inle Lake

tour details

Cycling is a really fun way to explore the delights of Myanmar without being intrusive and to absorb its charm and serenity. The country side in the Shan State offers the most stunning pictures. In every season, the colours of the fields are different and the farmers doing their work, offer great photo opportunities. Enjoy hiking through the villages on the hills and discover hidden Kayah tribes throughout your journey.

Why choose this tour?

  • An exclusive tour for active travellers to bike through Shan and Kayah state
  • Unique experience of challenging cycling adventure off the beaten track while passing through the colourful and beautiful rural scenery from Heho to Sagar via Pindaya, Kalaw and Loikaw
  • Stop by the stunning religious sites and unique tribal villages along the journey
  • Exclusive package only with Diethelm Travel
Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel. (Your room might not be ready for check-in; international check-in time is 14:00 hours).
Upon arrival at the Heho airport where your biking team will be waiting to greet you. Drive to a quiet side street where a light picnic lunch is served. After biking briefing, give a test ride before starting to peal to Pindaya. Ride along the rolling hills, passing colourful farms and fields on your way. There is no rush, so take your time and stop to snap photos as you wish. You may even encounter farmers from the Danu or Pa-Oh ethnic groups in their traditional costumes. Late this afternoon, arrive in Pindaya and transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation at Pindaya Farm House (Room) or similar, Pindaya.

Cycling Distance: 38km
After your breakfast, start the morning with a visit to the Buddha-filled Shwe Oo Min Caves. Then hop on the bikes for the ride to Kalaw. The scenery is filled with more beautiful farm lands and the occasional villages as well as pine forests and open plains. Pop out on the main road for the last 15km in to Kalaw, a former British Hill Station. Freshen up for some time and then take a short orientation tour of town.
Accommodation at Kalaw Heritage Hotel (Superior Room with Garden View) or similar , Kalaw

Cycling Distance: 65km
This morning, pedal out of the town to turn on to a trekking route, encountering a mix of sealed roads and packed-dirt trails. There is a bit of traffic at the start, then the road becomes quieter with just the occasional truck passing by (there is a cement factory in the area so trucks are going to and from there). Pass by lots of traditional farm land and beautiful views on your biking way. Upon reaching Pinlaung, take a short stroll around this small town and observe what its local people are up to.
Accommodation at Hotel or Guest House, Pinlaung

Cycling distance: 75 km
Road condition: 90% sealed roads, 10% packed dirt roads. Gently rolling hills, no challenging climbs
Today, you will be travelling by bike and car to Loikaw. Set off from Pinlaung after a tea shop breakfast. Cycle along sealed roads with little or no traffic, passing through fields and farms and catching occasional views of Phekone, the southern branch of Inle Lake. After lunch in Phekone, hop in the van and cross into the Kayah State to Loikaw. After checking in, head out for a short sightseeing trip around town.
Accommodation at Loikaw Lodge (Superior Room) or similar, Loikaw

Cycling Distance: 50-60km
Road condition: 100% sealed roads. Gently rolling hills, no challenging climbs
Back on the bikes this morning, leave the Kayah State and cross back into Shan State, doubling back around 20km on the same road before looping around the south of Inle Lake at a village, Sagar. Enjoy your day at leisure.
Accommodation at A Little Lodge in Samkar (Sagar House) or similar, Sagar

Cycling Distance: 50km
Road condition: Mix of sealed and partially sealed roads (*note- road currently has some construction so a little bumpy but by Oct 18 this should be completed). Gently rolling hills, no challenging climbs
Visit the 'sunken stupas' of Sagar, cruise past tranquil villages and reach the southern end of Inle Lake. Continue the day exploring Inle Lake featuring stilted villages, cottage industry workshops and the famous floating gardens.
Early this evening, arrive in Nyaung Shwe and enjoy a farewell dinner.
Accommodation at View Point Hotel (Cottage Suite) or similar, Nyaung Shwe

Cycling Distance: 15-30 km depending on guests' ability/desire
Drive from Nyaung Shwe to Heho and transfer to the Heho airport for your onward flight.

customise the tour

  • Unlimited photo opportunities througout the trip


  • Private transportation (including Inle Lake boat) for all included excursions and support vehicles on cycling days
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Bikes and equipment
  • Tours with Throughout English-speaking biking guide
  • Mechanic on biking days for groups of 5 guests and above
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Snack breaks on cycling days
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Balloons 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.
  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
  • Domestic airfares are quoted separately and subject to change in case of increases imposed by the airlines (ie. taxes, fuel costs, etc.).
  • There are 8 different airlines operating on the domestic route in Myanmar. Each company has slight different airfares and this pricelist is based on average airfare. Diethelm Travel will book the most convenient and direct routing. The final price can be confirmed once the tickets are booked and issued depending on available booking class and seat availability.
Tour code: PKMCSKCB

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