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Here’s how you cycle round Myanmar

Alice Pritchard

13 June 2017

As it’s National Bike Week (yep, really…) we thought we’d focus on a new way to explore Myanmar, the previously secretive country turned bucket list tick. There’s something extra special about touring a country under your own steam, taking in the smells, sights and sounds that would be otherwise lost behind glass.

Intrepid Travel’s Real Cycling Adventures were launched earlier this year to support the UN”s Year of Sustainable Tourism and its 13 day ride takes in the unspoilt landscapes, gilded temples and isolated culture of Myanmar. 

The trip highlights include cycling around Bagan’s beautiful temple landscape, taking a cruise along the Ayeyarwady by boat, and exploring thousands of Buddha effigies placed within the caves of Pindaya. Over the 13 days you'll also cycle to small riverside towns like Mingun which is a the base of an enormous uncompleted temple - it would have had the world’s largest stupa had it been completed.

A percentage of the trip’s proceeds is donated to Bicycles for Humanity which sends unused bikes to impoverished communities in the developing world. Each trip is also carbon neutral (this trip offsets 577kg of carbon per traveller) and includes truly local experiences.

The Myanmar trip leaves on 1 October, 22 October and 5 November 2017.

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