With its softly rolling terrain, quiet roads, abundance of outdoor attractions and idyllic rural countryside, Myanmar is the perfect place to get to know by bike. After a couple of days checking out Yangon's attractions, head north to the ancient city of Bagan – a landscape defined by thousands of ornate ochre-coloured temples. Cycle through toddy forest to Mount Popa, the reputed home of the country's spirits, watch fishermen working their trade on Inle Lake and creep through limestone caves stocked with Buddha effigies. Exploring Myanmar and its provincial backroads by bike opens up the country's essence in myriad ways.

Highlights

Bask in the golden glow of Yangon's giant Shwedagon Pagoda

Get off the beaten track and into Myanmar’s past cycling around Bagan's temple-strewn landscape

Ride through toddy forest towards Mount Popa, a volcano in the Pegu Range that's revered as the spiritual home of Myanmar's nats

Ditch the Gatorade and rehydrate with fresh coconut and fruit juice

Cruise along the Ayeyarwady to Mingun, a small riverside town situated at the base of an enormous temple