Inle Bike-Boat and Kayak Tour

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

8 hours    English    Inle Lake

tour highlights

  • Exclusive full day adventure for active travellers
  • Biking on trails off the beaten track around the Inle Lake
  • A scenic boat tour and fun kayaking in the beautiful panoramic Inle Lake
  • A good chance to see the real life of local people around the lake
  • Lunch at typical Shan House

tour details

A full day of exploration by bike, boat and kayak, with a fantastic traditional lunch in an exclusive Shan house on the lake. This tour is bringing new life to the idea of riding a bike around the lake on the off road trails with mountain bike passing scenic view along the bamboo forest. Lunch provided at typical Shan house on the lake and gentle paddling of kayak through stilt-house villages.

Why choose this tour?

  • A day with full of fun activities in Inle Lake for active travellers
  • Biking off the busy roads through bamboo forests and easy kayaking among stilt houses on the lake
  • Fantastic traditional lunch in an exclusive Shan house on the lake

tour description

Start at the meeting point (GH bike station) in Nyaung Shwe for bike fitting and safety briefing. Ride out of town on a tar road for about 3km before starting on the narrow trails that make up most of the riding surface. The narrow lanes do require some degrees of confidence on a bike; the whole ride will be quite exciting and challenging. The seasons bring different crops and activities and may include molasses production, rice harvesting and milling, rice cracker making, tofu factories, a baker and rice alcohol distillery. A mid-morning snack stop is at a truly local establishment, with great Shan food and drinks to match. Lunch at local Shan house.
The bikes are loaded into boats for a transfer of about 20-minutes to start a countryside tour circuit around villages and rice fields. Take another 40-minutes boat ride and have lunch. After lunch, the bikes are swapped for kayaks and a very short boat ride takes you to a quiet area for the kayaking. This can be for as long or as short as any guest wishes as the long-tail boat accompanies, allowing the guest to get in at any suitable point. After returning to the lunch house and dropping the kayaks, the long-tail boat makes the journey back to Nyaung Shwe (approximately 45-minutes).

customise the tour

  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Boat fees
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Mountain Bikes, helmet, snacks and water during ride
  • Kayaks
  • Lunch at local home


  • Inle Lake Zone Fee


  • Although these tours can run every day, during the Wet Season guests should be ready to get wet and/or muddy On all Bike, Boat and Kayak tours it is advisable for guests to bring a change of clothes as they are likely to get wet from sitting on the kayak. In the cooler months, the last boat ride back to Nyaung Shwe might make you feel quite cold. We provide helmets, water bottles and padded riding gloves on all tours.
  • The arrival at Nyaung Shwe does depend on how long the guests have been kayaking but is usually around 16:00 hours.

Tour code: EXIFGHILB

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