Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar, with a population of 6 million and a mix of English, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences. But don’t let this big city scare you because a Yangon Bike Tour with the guys at Uncharted Horizons will take you off the beaten track and it is by far one of the best things to do in Yangon.
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HOW TO BOOK A YANGON TOUR
The best way to book an unforgettable Yangon Tour with Uncharted Horizons is by contacting them via email, phone or directly through their website. It is best to book in advance to secure your spot on the Yangon Bike Tour.
Phone: (+95) 9450062960 or (+95) 99771176085
WHERE DOES THE YANGON TOUR START
The meeting point for the Yangon Tour is at the Uncharted Horizons office located in downtown Yangon.
Uncharted Horizons Address: No. 109, 49th Street (middle block) Pazundaung Tsp, Yangon, Myanmar.
From my hotel in central Yangon, I ordered a Grab Taxi to pick me up and drop me off to the Uncharted Horizons office which cost me around 4500 Kyat for a 30-minute drive.
Grab Taxi is the cheapest and most efficient transport in Yangon. Download the Grab app from the App Store on your smartphone in order to use Grab Taxi services.
Uncharted Horizons office in downtown Yangon
YANGON TOURS WITH UNCHARTED HORIZONS
Uncharted Horizons has 4 different Yangon Tour packages to choose from, 3 of which are bike tours and 1 is a non-cycling tour. Regardless of which one you choose, each tour is an incredible, off the beaten track, Yangon sightseeing adventure.
#1 ISLANDS & RIVERS (HALF DAY)
28km | Difficulty 2 of 10 | 7:30am – 12:30pm or 1:00pm – 6:00pm | 44,000 Kyat ($28)
Escape downtown chaos on this popular half-day Yangon tour. Navigate Hidden backstreets and colorful local markets in and around Dala. Learn about Uncharted Horizons’ new community projects as a part of their commitment to sustainable tourism. Ride through quaint rural villages and mangroves on River Island and get in touch with the super friendly locals there. This easy tour allows you to experience authentic rural Myanmar on two wheels.
#2 TAWANTAY EXPLORER (FULL DAY)
70km | Difficulty 7 of 10 | 7:30am – 4:30pm | 68,000 Kyat ($43)
This tour heads away from the Yangon tourist attractions and out to the Delta, experiencing life far beyond the tourist trails. A Yangon tour designed for more adventurous and fit travelers. Experience the famous python pagoda, ride through bamboo forests and local villages on a mix of dirt trails and country roads. Explore the pottery village in Twantay and the historic Shwesandaw Pagoda before having lunch at a canal restaurant. Also on this Yangon tour, you will be cycling through the rice fields towards the River Island then later catching a local boat back to Yangon.
#3 YANGON WILD WEST (HALF DAY)
34km | Difficulty 5 of 10 | 7:30am – 12:30pm | 44,000 Kyat ($28)
On this Yangon tour with Uncharted Horizons, experience the bustling city life and serene green villages as you head out through western townships towards the coconut market. Cross the Hlaing river on a local boat, ride through rural villages to the clock monastery where you’ll meet the friendly Abbott before moving onward to River Island and back to downtown Yangon by boat and bike. This Yangon bike tour is an ideal tour for explorers and those looking for something different.
#4 ISLAND DISCOVERY (HALF DAY)
12km | Non-cycling Tour | 8:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 5:00pm | 62,000 Kyat ($40)
A non-cycling Yangon tour, ideal for families, photographers and those who want to explore at a relaxed general pace without having to ride a bike. Traveling by Trishaw (Burmese rikshaw bicycle), boat and short walks, this is the perfect way to experience colorful markets, rural villages and friendly locals – combined with stops at a local tea shop to sample delicious Burmese snacks and tea. The perfect escape from busy downtown Yangon.
A quick stop at a rural monastery – Yangon tour
MY EXPERIENCE WITH UNCHARTED HORIZONS
We were lucky enough to have Jochen, the founder of Uncharted Horizons, to be our personal guide on the Islands & Rivers half-day tour which was truly an unforgettable adventure and cultural experience in Yangon.
Jochen has been living in Yangon for the last 6.5 years, he knows the local language and he sure knows his way around the city and the outskirts of the city. During the Yangon bike tour, Jochen not only shared with us some history and interesting facts about Yangon but also had us actively engaging with all of the locals as we rode through their rural villages.
We were also positively surprised by all the equipment we were provided with by Uncharted Horizons; the aluminum bikes were super lightweight and made it easier to carry them across bridges and into ferries when needed, we were also provided with an aluminum water bottle for the day and a stylish helmet.
We would have never seen and experienced the ‘Yangon’ if we wouldn’t have booked this tour with Uncharted Horizons as none of the locations that we visited are main tourist attractions and in fact, we didn’t see any other tourists during the whole tour.
By the end of the day, my butt was sore and my back was sweaty but I seriously couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. To top it all off, we enjoyed a cold beer and a raging sunset on board a local boat that took us back across the river to downtown Yangon.
Jochen taking the lead on the Yangon bike tour
Yangon has dozens of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay to suit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Inya Lake Hotel
Mid Range: East Hotel
Budget: Backpacker Hostel Yangon
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WHAT TO PACK FOR MYANMAR
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF YANGON BIKE TOUR
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