Essential Information - Burma - Classic
Burma - Classic
Before booking please check the status of the trip you are joining. We do not advise you to book flights until a trip is confirmed to run.
There is a 5% booking incentive discount for all "Available" and "Available 2 More To Guarantee" tours. To confirm your place on a tour please make the deposit payment. Your deposit payment is fully refundable at any stage before the tour shows as "Guaranteed". Your final balance is payable no later than 56 days before the trip start date.
On booking your trip you are agreeing to our booking conditions. Please read them fully via the link here. For each holiday a minimum number of participants is required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed'. You can check the trip status for each departure on our ‘Dates and Prices’ page. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has reached guaranteed status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.
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Guaranteed - trips are open for booking and confirmed to run.
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Available - trips are open for booking but not yet confirmed.
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- Support vehicle
- Most meals (see trip notes for details)
- Snacks and mineral water during cycling days
- Airport transfers on the start and end day of the tour
- Local professional English speaking guide(s)
- International flights
- Alcoholic drinks
- Meals not stated on the itinerary
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guide (s) and support staff
- Bike hire (available if required)
The tour starts in Rangoon (Yangon). You will need to arrive on Day 1 of your itinerary. Your flight departure at the end of the trip should be booked for the final day of the itinerary. We appreciate that people join redspokes tours from all over the world. Whatever time you arrive at the airport on the trip start date you and your luggage will be transferred to the joining hotel. Please bear in mind that if you arrive before midday you may have to wait for your room to be made available.
If you decide to arrive early or stay on after the tour, redspokes can assist you in booking your extra accommodation and airport transfers at additional cost.
Our tour price does not include your international flight.
Check out www.kayak.com or www.opodo.co.uk for an idea of times and prices.
For this tour we have 2020 Marlin 7 bikes in a range of sizes. They are new for this season and all are well maintained bikes with Shimano components and suspension forks. Spare parts (tubes, tyre, chains etc.) are included in the price of the bike rental and will be carried in the support vehicle with a tool kit and track pump.
The bikes are equipped with flat pedals. Those who prefer to use spd or clip-in pedals, are welcome to bring these with you, along with your own cycling shoes and cleats. You are also welcome to bring your own saddle.
If you are able to do a simple repair yourself then you can if you wish take a small repair kit with you as this will avoid the need to wait for assistance should the team or support vehicle be any distance away. The bikes will come with one water bottle cage fitted.
We strongly advise all customers to bring their own cycle helmet as this is not included as part of your bike hire and hire or purchase options at your destination cannot be guaranteed. Please be aware that failure to wear a cycle helmet is at your own risk and might also affect the validity of your travel insurance.
You will at all times have the security of a support vehicle; either a jeep or a bus. The vehicle will carry your luggage (we transport your main baggage by support vehicle from each overnight stop to the next) and yourself if you want. The support vehicle will be with us throughout the day stopping around every 12 miles (20 km).
Our leaders carry a good tool kit and will help to fix any bike problems so all you normally need to carry is a daypack, for your camera etc. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be equipped for all repairs, so if you are bringing your own bike on the tour you must ensure that it is in good working order. If in doubt, have it fully serviced by a bike shop before you travel.
If you wish to hire a bike or have a single room for the tour this can usually be arranged for you at extra cost. You will have the opportunity to request these extras at the time of booking or, subject to availability, at a later date, by emailing your request to us.
If you require additional accommodation or transfers in advance of the trip start date or at the end of your trip we can arrange this for you at extra cost.
We have a wide mix of cyclists on our tours from couples and friends to solo travellers. Our prices are based on twin shared accommodation. If you sign up for one of our tours as a solo traveller we will twin share you with another person of the same gender in your group. If you prefer to have your own room this is an option on most of our tours for an extra charge.
Most meals are included in your trip price apart from on non-cycling days and some other exclusions. Please check the itinerary for full details. If you have a special dietary request, please advise us at the time of booking. Most diets can be catered for, but it is always important to advise us in advance.
Burma has a fertile climate and growing conditions all year round. Rice is the staple food here, and Burma used to be the World’s biggest rice exporter. Meat or fish, soup, salad, and vegetables are all cooked in their own ways, with additional relishes. It is customary for dishes to be laid out on the table and served together so that diners can make their own choices and combinations. It is common for meat or fish to be cooked in oil, seasoned with pounded onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, chilli, and spices, and then simmered. The most typical accompaniment is a kind of relish made from preserved fish or prawn, served with chilli powder. Mohinga, (rice noodle served with fish soup) is the favourite Myanmar dish mostly enjoyed at breakfast or on special occasions. Laphet, pickled tea leaves with a dash of oil and served with sesame seeds, fried garlic and roasted peanuts is another popular snack typical of Myanmar.
It is mandatory that you are well-insured for the full duration of the tour. This must include personal injury, medical expenses, death, repatriation, helicopter or aircraft rescue, loss of luggage or equipment, cancellation or curtailments.
You should also ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities included in your tour. Any claims concerning matters for which you are insured must be directed to your insurers. We strongly recommend that you take out insurance at the time of booking your trip to ensure that you are covered in the event of cancellation.
For people within the UK, Snowcard Insurance Services specialize in all mountain sports holidays including mountain biking. Follow the link above to obtain full information and a quote.
We choose accommodation based on comfort rather than luxury. Our prices are based on sharing a twin room. Should you wish to have a room all to yourself there is a single supplement option on most of our tours. For more information on the additional costs please see dates and prices.
The majority of the accommodation for this trip is in either Guest House's or Hotel some of which will have en-suite facilities and air conditioning.
The Burma tour is suitable for mountain bikes with front suspension or strong touring bikes. We strongly recommend that you have your bike fully serviced before going on the tour. Ensure that wheel spokes are adjusted, greasing all bearings, check gear and brake cables, tighten all nuts and bolts, check chain, quick release clamp and tyres. Put in a new inner tubes and check wheel rims aren't worn.
We recommend that you take the following items with you.
- Multi tool
- Tyre levers
- Spare inner tubes
- Spare spokes
- Check with your bike shop for disc/ brake pads
- A few links for your chain
- Spares for any unique things for your bikes i.e fluid or bleed kit.
Your bike must be carried as part of your luggage allowance. The weight of a bike in cardboard box is about 15-20kg, so please bear this in mind when packing for the trip and you may have to pay for excess luggage.
If you bring your own bike it will be transported by road from Yangon on Day 2 of the tour to Inle ready for you on Day 3. At the end of the trip it will be returned from Bagan to Yangon on Day 9, ready for your journey back home.
Whilst we endeavour to provide correct and relevant information obtained directly from the relevant Embassies, High Commissions and Consulate Generals - this information is subject to frequent changes, without warning and at very short notice. Due to this, we cannot be held liable for any errors in the information provided on this site. We strongly advise you to check all information with the relevant embassy for details on your visa/passport requirements.
Please check the link below for some further details - Myanmar Embassy
You must be in possession of a valid passport and visa. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of arrival or 1 month after expiration of visa and have 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
Please ensure you check that all the details on the visa are correct prior to your departure.
We strongly recommend that you contact your doctor or local Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks before going on your trip for advice on the correct vaccinations required for your trip. Also please refer to advice from National Travel Health Network and Centre .
There are no mandatory vaccinations for this trip, however the following are recommended Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis.
Vaccination requirements can change and we aren't medically qualified to answer your questions regarding vaccinations so please also check again with your health professional before departing for your trip.
Myanmar has three seasons - hot, rainy and cold. With a tropical climate and high humidity, the temperature and rainfall vary from region to region. The provinces in the hilly regions have a pleasant climate while the central and low lands are relatively hot. The southwest coast of Myanmar receives rain 200 inches per year whilst the central flat land receives less than 20 inches per year. Each season has its own attractions. During monsoon, July-September, landscapes are green and lush, the cooler season is from October- February (20-30 C), and it is fine to visit central and upper Myanmar such as Bagan and Inle Lake. Light casual clothing is recommended all year round. It is much cooler at night in the Shan region where you will need warm clothing.
In terms of clothing this is clearly up to you and we can only supply a rough guide as to what to take. This guide is entirely flexible and should be tailored to your specific needs. The weather is usually warm and humid, although between October - February it can be cooler in the evenings so please bear this in mind when packing.
- Cycling helmet
- Water bottles or camelbak
- Lightweight trekking boots/shoes - cycling footwear
- Lightweight trekking shorts
- Padded cycling shorts
- Baggy shorts (will need to be worn in some areas)
- Long trousers
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Fleece jacket/pullover
- Waterproof Biking Jacket (breathable fabric)
- Fingerless biking gloves
- Sun hat
- Torch or headlamp - & spare bulbs/batteries
- Strong Sunscreen/ Lip balm
- Clothing to cover shoulders and legs when visiting temples and holy sites.
Our guides carry first aid supplies, however we also recommend you bring your own kit which should contain the following item;
- Paracetamol/ Ibuprofen (or whatever you prefer for headache)
- Lomotil or Diacalm
- Rehydration salts (Dioralite)
- Antiseptic cream
- Throat lozenges
- Plasters (band aids)
- Nasal spray
- Eye drops
- Ear plugs
- Anti bacterial hand wash
- Antiseptic wet wipes
- Insect Repellent
- Blister pads
Tipping is an accepted part of everyday life, and although it is always at your discretion, you will be expected to tip to reward service. 50USD for the guide and team at the end of the tour is recommended.
It is customary for this to be collected up and given to your guide who will distribute it amongst the team. Unfortunately there is usually a hierarchy for the division between guides, helpers and drivers.
Spending money depends on your taste for souvenirs, drinks etc. We estimate that £250 will be more than enough.
Republic of the Union of Myanmar - Capital: Nay Pyi Taw
Population 53 million
Area 676,552 sq km (261,218 sq miles)
Major language Burmese, minority languages
Major religions Buddhism
Life expectancy 64 years (men), 69 years (women)
Our professional cycling tops are designed with three rear elasticated pockets to give you plenty of space for your cycling essentials and comes with a silicone bottom hem. Lined with COOLMAX ® to keep you cool and comfortable and ensure moisture wicking. Available in varies sizes so please refer to size charts for more information.
- Yangon: Shwedagon Paya, circle train, bazaars.
- Inle Lake: stilt-houses, Intha leg-rowing oarsmen.
- Shan, Pa-O, Taung Yo, Danu, minority markets
- Pindaya Caves: 8,000 Buddhist statues.
- Mt. Popa: volcanic mountain shrine.
- Bagan: UNESCO World heritage stupas and pagodas.
- Bagan: Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigon Pagoda
"We thoroughly enjoyed the whole of our Burma experience with redspokes. Burma is a beautiful country and we felt very lucky to see a mixture of larger cities, smaller villages..."
Ann & David Nicoll