Price from £3,729
Burma has only recently opened its borders to allow tourists to visit this magical land. We have secured the necessary government permissions, permits and guides to allow us to ride in this very secretive country. Join us and become one of the first to ride an adventure bike in Burma! We'll ride in from Northern Thailand (it is impossible to find decent machinery in Myanmar) and see as much of this incredible country as is currently possible! This will be a real adventure ride and the first of its kind so expect the unexpected!
"This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about." - Rudyard Kipling
A fully supported cultural tour with 14 nights accommodation and 12 days riding modern adventure bikes. All accommodation, transfers, meals, bike, fuel, expert guides, permits and a full support crew included. Maximum 14 riders. Price based on twin share accommodation. Single supplement available on request.
Flight inclusive packages also available and fully protected - please contact the office for more details.
Book your place now with just a £500 deposit.
Day 1 - Depart London
Day 2 - Arrival Day: Arrival in Thailand
Touch down in Chiang Mai, the cultural centre of Thailand’s rugged north. The team will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel and then we’ll spend the evening sampling the local cuisine and vibrant nightlife that Chiang Mai has to offer.
Day 3 - Acclimatisation Day: Chiang Mai
The entire day is yours to spend as you wish in and around Chiang Mai. Sometimes called the rose of the North, Chiang Mai is in TripAdvisor’s list of "25 Best Destinations in the World". You won’t find yourself short of things to do whether it be culture, adventure, sightseeing or just relaxing, Chiang Mai has it all in abundance. Tonight we'll dine in one of the best restaurants in town.
Day 4 - Chiang Mai to Hpa-an
A busy day and a lot of km's to cover see us into Myanmar. This will be a very early start at 6am as we also have a border crossing to do. We'll head out of Chiang Mai and ride into the Lampang and Tak provinces on some major but twisty roads. Cross into Myanmar after lunch and a nice run to Hpa-an.
Day 5 - Hpa-an to Kyaiktiyo, The Golden Rock
This morning we’ll have an early start to arrive at our destination of Kyaiktiyo which is situated at the base of the incredible Golden Rock. We’re not allowed to take the bikes up the mountain so will jump in the back of trucks for a roller coaster ride to the top. The Golden Rock is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar and from the top offers incredible 360° views of the surrounding mountains of the Mon state.
Day 6 – Kyaiktiyo to Naypyidaw
Today we will head to the new national capital city, Naypyidaw. Built on an incredible scale with eight lane highways, large new shopping malls and all the conveniences of a modern city with one exception, there are virtually no inhabitants. Highlights of the city are the one hundred percent replica Shwedagon pagoda and the enclosure housing all of Myanmar’s white elephants in one place.
Day 7 – Naypyidaw to Bagan
A lovely ride through picturesque countryside to the ancient city of Bagan.
Day 8 – Bagan rest Day
Incredible Bagan, one of the most stunning sites to visit in all of South East Asia. An ancient city on the banks of the Irrawaddy River with over 2,000 pagodas towering over the green plains of central Myanmar. Motorcycles are banned in this UNESCO world heritage site so we’ll hop onto electric bikes to wiz around the Pagodas. A highlight and absolute must do in Bagan is to climb the Shwesandaw pagoda for its incredible sunset views.
Day 9 - Bagan to Mandalay
The road to Mandalay! Upon our arrival in Mandalay we will visit the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda which houses one of the most significant Buddha images in the country – it is one of only five likenesses of Buddha made during his lifetime. We will then visit the Golden Palace Monastery – the only surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay before heading to the Kuthodaw Pagoda – famous for containing the world’s largest book. We will end the day on Mandalay Hill with panoramic sunset views over the city skyline.
Day 10 - Mandalay to Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake
Up into the beautiful mountains of the Shan state – Visit the Main Ma Ye Tha-kin-Ma pagoda on the way.
Day 11 – Inle Lake rest Day
The day is yours to relax and unwind. We recommend a day boating around the lake where you can visit many pagodas and villages where local craftsmen make their living producing anything from silks and linens to cheroots, traditional Burmese cigars.
Day 12 – Nyaung Shwe to Namsang
The start of our incredible three days of riding in the mountains of the Shan state. Stunning mountains, winding roads, fabulous scenery and an exceptionally warm welcome from the Shan people. Locked off from the world for decades the Shan state is now open for adventurous riders looking to get off the beaten track.
Day 13 – Namsang to Mong Ping
Day two of our amazing Shan state adventure. Even more mountainous and scenic twisty roads.
Day 14 – Mong Ping to Chiang Rai
Day three of our amazing Shan state adventure and the end of the road for Myanmar for us. We cross back into Thailand and head to Chiang Rai, the epicenter of the Golden Triangle. After our three nights in the backward Shan state we’ll have a very much needed big night out on the town in Chiang Rai.
Day 15 - Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
Day 16 - Depart Chiang Mai
Please note: Due to nature of adventure travel the itinerary can be subject to change at short notice.
"An astonishingly good trip with some brilliant fellow riders. The roads! The landscapes! The history and culture. The pure spirit of adventure. But above all else; the wonderful, welcoming people, absolutely everywhere we had the good fortune to visit. Burma, you have stolen a piece of my heart. Thanks for the ride." - Matt Spencer
"This was a fantastic trip to a wonderful country with a great group of like minded folk. Highly recommended!" - David Hicks
"The Burmese people are so warm and welcoming. It was a pleasure and a privilege to ride with such accomplished leaders and riders, a truly amazing experience" - Julie Hunter
"A diverse group of people brought together by a great tour leader and tour guide to make a great trip. Thank you Big Adventure Company!" - Don Leigh
"The best motorcycle trip I have done, and I've done a few!" - Andrew Wood