My most frequently asked question:
Where can I drive a motorcycle in Myanmar?
It depends on if you want to get a permit, if there is any unrest or poor road conditions, and where you want to rent your bike from. If you rent a bike from me you can travel to many places in Myanmar without a permit. You can travel to much of Northern Shan State, Parts of Chin State, Southern Sagaing Division, Mandalay division, Ayeyarwaddy division , as far south as Thanbyuzayat, and Loikaw.
If you want to drive to Bagan, Inle lake, Aungban, Kalaw, Naypyitaw and Taunggyi then you need a driving permit which I can arrange (I am currently the only company offering this service).
If you want to drive to Kentung then you have to cross the border from Thailand and drive in where you will only be allowed between Kentung and Thailand on a single road. If you rent a bike in Myitkyina then you should be able to drive all the way to Puta-O without trouble (May 2013). Driving in Bhamo and Katha should also be possible if you rent inside the city and don't take the bikes out of those areas.
Some areas like Mrauk-U in Rakhine State and Namhsan in Shan State become opened and closed periodically due to unrest while Ngapali, Hpa-An and Mt Victoria, which are otherwise open, can become closed due to road conditions in the rainy season.
There are a whole slew of places where you won't be allowed in otherwise, "unrestricted" areas too. Places like military bases, hydroelectric dams, upscale neighborhoods, pipeline installations and any other important area the government doesn't want you snooping around. When you reach an area like this you will usually be greeted by a polite, nonthreatening authority figure and told told leave. It is really as simple as that.
In Yangon, your screwed as a motorcycle rider, it is forbidden to ride a motorcycle for foreigners or locals.
If you would like to arrange a Myanmar Driving Permit, which will allow you to drive in Naypyitaw, Bagan and the Inle Lake area please send me the following information:
Copy of your passport
Copy of your local Driver's License (front and back)
Day to day itinerary for your trip while on the motorcycle
ID Photo with blue background. You must also be wearing a collared shirt
Water Festival Closure
Thingyan in Mandalay is an absolutely insane citywide party with revelers(many drunk) crowding the streets on foot and, unfortunately, on motorcycle. Riding at this time is not the safest thing to do so we will close from April 10th Until April 20th. We'll be open again at 9am on April 21st.
Mandalay Motorbike was started as a small rental operation run by a bored expat chicken farmer as a way to meet travelers and help them explore Myanmar on two wheels.
I offer motorcycle rentals, guided tours and tons of tips, routes, and even custom hand drawn maps to make the most out of your riding experience in Myanmar.
I rent new step-through style 125cc motorbikes, brand new fleet of 125cc Honda XR Enduros and Honda CRF250L. The bikes are in perfect working order and meticulously maintained by our mechanic.
If you are interested in a ride here in Myanmar please contact us for a reservation and look on here for recommendations. There are a few off limits areas that seem to be ever changing so please let us know what route you plan to take and we'll help plan your trip. Inle and Bagan are off limits for foreigners on motorbikes but we are able to arrange the permits if you wish to visit these places as part of a tour or on your own.
We connect with customers via email and phone so please contact us at least a few days before you plan to rent so we can reserve a bike for you.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Honda XR 125L
The dependable, comfortable and easy to ride Honda XR 125L is the perfect bike for all Myanmar. These bikes have a huge 12 liter fuel tank that gives them a 300km range for when you really want to get out in the sticks.
We have a total of 6 XR125Ls.
Daily: 40,000 Kyat
Over 3 days: 35,000 Kyat
Friday, November 9, 2012
Dee Doke is a set of waterfalls and caves that is 48km outside of Mandalay. This place isn't in any guidebooks yet but it will be soon because many locals head out here to swim and explore the unspoiled natural scenery that Myanmar has to offer. This is a popular destination for young people to swim and jump off rocks into the blue-white mineral rich water from the Shan plateau above
The caves are about an hour hike form the base of the mountain where you can park the bike so make sure to bring plenty of water.
|There are so many pools at Dee Doke so you can look around until you find your own private pool to swim in.|
Getting to Dee Doke is fairly easy from Mandalay. The ride out is all on sealed roads so any of my bikes can make the trip. I can provide easy to follow directions for this day trip from our office in Mandalay.
|This cave is completely desolate so you have to bring your own flashlights and extra batteries!!|
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
We are happy to offer our first official guided tour. We are starting simple with a 2-day, 1-night tour of Pyin Oo Lwin and surroundings from Mandalay.
|Happy customer on road to Pyin Oo Lwin|
We will ride up to Pyin Oo Lwin from Mandalay on our trusty Jialing 150cc motorcycles on day 1 and be back in Mandalay by the evening the next day. On the ride up we will pass a woman’s labor camp, stop to view the Mandalay from the Shan plateau, visit the newly built yet desolate Cyber City, hike down to Anisakan Falls (or just take a picture from the top) and ride through some gravel pits and coffee fields before we reach Pyin Oo Lwin. Pyin Oo Lwin is the old hill station, summer retreat, from colonial days.
At over 3000ft the weather is quite cool and the air is fresh. We will have an evening walk in the famous Kandawgyi Gardens before going out to dinner at a lakeside restaurant. Hotel will be comparable to a 2 star or above.
Day 2 will start early with a trip out of town to see another set of waterfalls and a local Buddhist temple perched high on a hill for great views. Then we'll go back to tour around Pyin Oo Lwin's local markets and look at some of the sights in town before lunch. After lunch we'll take the back way to Mandalay on some incomplete roads that zigzag down the Shan hills with some seriously gorgeous views of the terrain.
|Back "road" to Mandalay|
Price: $250 per person
2 person minimum
Prices based on double occupancy
Hotel will be comparable to a 2 star. If booking Nov-Jan. We may have to use a hotel not more than 6 miles outside town.
Hotel ( 1 night in Pyin Oo Lwin)
Food (2 lunches,2 dinners any roadside snacks/drinks)
Entrance fees /Camera Fees
Hotel room service or phone charges
Monday, September 17, 2012
View Mandalay in a larger map
I get a lot of questions about where to go and what to do in Mandalay so I decided to make a nice little Google map and post it on here. I try to have a decent tourist map of Mandalay but be more geared toward people on a motorbike. I list gas stations, off-limits bridges, and parking locations for someone who is driving on a motorcycle and I also put some general touristy stuff like Mandalay's shopping spots, money changers, restaurants and entertainment. My location is also on here to help you better find Mandalay Motorbike.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
View 6 Day self guided motorcycle tour of Lashio Road in a larger map
This is a rough guide of a trip up into Shan State from Mandalay. Six days is about the minimum time I would like to take on a trip like this but you can cut it to fit your needs. I just want people to get a general idea of what is possible. I have you taking a back way to Lashio from Namhsan along a single-lane paved road, but you can just head back to Hsipaw if you want to cut Lashio out. There is a gravel road that runs to Kyaukme from Namhsan that isn't on Google Maps but it is currently closed due to rebel fighting so you have to go the way you came.
The Mandalay Lashio Road is in very good shape for Myanmar so you can make good time on that. The road to Namhsan is in fair condition and being repaired now so it should be very nice by the fall of 2012.I have some photos of these places from a trip in August on my ride report on ADV Rider and in my Picasa album.
You are basically just allowed to go up to back on the Mandalay Lashio Road but you can take a few detours.
Some off-limits areas are:
North and East of Lashio
Highway 43 and 44
Highway 312 (your allowed to go about 30 miles on this road before you'll be turned around)
The entire area around Mogkok
You can hire a guide around Kyaukme who can take you to the villages north of Kyaukme on a motorbike along highway 312 and on the village trails if they are in good shape. The guides can even arrange for you to sleep in a villagers house if your interested. You can also hire a guide through any guesthouse for tours around Hsipaw on your bike. Happy Riding.