Tour OperatorsFamily friendly tour offers the magic of Myanmar

The best of Burma – by bike, kayak, horse and balloon

Backyard Travel’s Burma tour includes time on the Irrawaddy River.
Backyard Travel’s Burma tour includes time on the Irrawaddy River. Photo Credit: Backyard Travel

BANGKOK – Online boutique tour operator Backyard Travel has launched a family cycling tour through Burma’s (Myanmar’s) backcountry.

The 14-day Burma Cycling Trip for Families showcases some of the country’s most pristine countryside, following a route through royal cities, UNESCO sites and traditional villages.

Starting from Mandalay, the tour includes a cycling tour of Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura, visiting temples, handicraft workshops and old palace ruins.

After cruising down the Irrawaddy River, the tour continues on to UNESCO-listed Bagan, where a few days are spent cycling admiring ancient stupas, visiting local workshops and drifting down the Irrawaddy.

There is an optional dawn hot air balloon ride to see the temples from above.

Photo Credit: Backyard Travel.

The tour next uncovers Popa temple that sits atop a mountain, then stops at an elephant camp in Kalaw and heads to Inle Lake, with bicycle tours in each destination.

The tour ends with three days in Yangon, with guided tours both by car and by bike, visiting big attractions and lesser-known cultural pockets, and pedalling through the city’s outskirts.

“This tour is perfect for active families with a sense of adventure,” says general manager of Backyard Travel, Trystan Trestchenkoff.

“Aside from seeing the sights by bicycle, there are river cruises, a kayaking tour, a horse-and-cart ride and a hot air balloon trip. And because we understand the needs of family travellers, the itinerary is flexible for families who want to customise.”

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