FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – MYANMAR

Are flights included? 

Yes, (if you are booking from the UK) all flights, international and domestic, are included in the price of your tour unless you specify otherwise.

How do I book? 

The tours can be booked online, by email, or over the phone on: +44 (0) 7494 050404. To secure a place you will be asked to put down a deposit of £700 and payment can be made by card, cheque, or bank transfer.

Where do I get a visa?

To visit Myanmar you will need to obtain a valid tourist visa. Your passport must have at least six months of validity remaining at time of application. E-Visas are available from the Official Myanmar https://evisa.moip.gov.mm Website. Currently a 28-day visa costs $50.

What other paperwork do I need?

You will need a valid certificate of travel insurance and an International Driving Permit and your UK licence.

Where do I get an International Driving Permit?

Obtain one through the Post Office service, at major branches. All you need is your UK Driving Licence and some six of Her Imperial Majesty’s Pounds. 

Can i book from outside the UK? 

Yes. If you are booking from outside the UK, please contact us. We will quote you on a flight-inclusive price, or provide you with a non-flight price.

DO I NEED INSURANCE?

Yes, you need travel insurance to cover you for the period of the tour. This insurance must cover you to ride a bike of up to 500cc while away. The bikes are insured for third-party risks, so bike insurance is not a concern.

Where should I change money?

We would advise that you have some idea of the Myanmar Kyat exchange rate before you leave, to avoid getting ripped-off. We would advise changing around £100 at the airport. In many towns, there are cash-points that will accept major credit and debit cards.

How much spending money will I need?

This is an inclusive tour. About £100-£150 should cover drink and sundries.

Are there other costs I should know about?

Apart from the £600 bike deposit (returned if all is OK) I can’t think of any

Will I have to share a room?

No, you can pay a supplement to hold a single room during the booking process.

What standard is the accommodation?

For the most part, we are in clean, comfortable spa hotels. In one place you will be staying in a tented camp; in another, in bamboo huts – it’s all part of the adventure experience.

Will we have electricity?

It can’t always be guaranteed and there will be no mains power when camping. Thus, if it’s vital you need electrical power every night, please speak to us before booking. Don’t forget a travel adaptor if you need to recharge your electricals.

How much riding experience do I need?

We would recommend only booking a tour with us if you have a full licence (compulsory) and have at least two years’ recent riding experience. The main criterion, however, is confidence. If you’re happy to zip through a London rush hour, then you’ll be capable of dealing with road life in Burma.

Is riding in Myanmar dangerous?

Riding anywhere carries with it a degree of risk, as does riding in Myanmar. For more information on the riding side of things see ‘Riding’ in the ‘About Myanmar ‘ section of this site. If any rider joining us rides in a manner we suspect will endanger themselves, or others, or indeed displays antisocial behaviour, they will receive one warning. If they continue to display a threat to the safety or enjoyment of others on the tour, they will be excluded from the remainder (with no refund given, see terms and conditions).

How fast will we be riding?

Due to road conditions and other traffic, vehicles tend to move a lot slower in Myanmar than they do in the West. We will do likewise where appropriate, enjoying a swifter ride where conditions permit.

Can I use the bike in the evenings?

No, you can’t ride independently of the tour group, sorry.

How fit do I need to be?

This is not a strenuous tour – a person of average fitness can easily take part.

Can I take a pillion?

Yes, this is an excellent tour for couples and a very romantic destination. Although there are dirt roads on our route, none are difficult to ride, especially at the speeds at which we will be travelling.

How much luggage can I bring?

You are limited to 20kg by most airlines. However, we suggest you pack as lightly and in as compact a form as possible. As support vehicle space is tight, we insist you bring soft luggage. If you turn up with a suitcase, we will ask you to buy a soft bag and repack.

How much luggage should I bring?

Keep it minimal. One set of riding kit for the tour and a couple of sets of clothes for the evening. Laundry facilities are available at any two-night stops. 

Isn’t Myanmar A Dangerous commie hell?

Not really. Myanmar values its tourist industry and foreigners are treated very politely. Like anywhere, there is a low-level risk of crime, but you will be given a briefing on sensible behaviour before we set off.

Do I need a towel?

One small travel towel might be useful for our camping night. Otherwise our hotels provide towels.

Is food included in the price?

Yes. All regular meals are provided in the price.

What Burmese food like?

The food is one of the highlights of this tour. Perhaps the closest example you’re likely to have encountered is Thai cuisine. We will be having several barbecue meals and will usually be able to provide less spicy alternatives. If you have specific dietary requirements, contact us and we will endeavour to help.

Are laundry facilities available on-tour?

Laundry service is available at Inle (night six on the road). Underclothes can be hand-washed in the evenings and dried overnight.

Do I need waterproofs?

Yes. If your riding kit isn’t waterproof, then bring some light waterproofs.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

There is one camping night, when a clean sleeping bag will be provided.

What medication should I bring & what inoculations are required?

Consult your GP/travel clinic for immunisation and malaria advice. Bring enough of any prescribed medication you take regularly. If this medication is essential, try and bring a surplus that can be carried by the tour team. A basic first aid kit is useful (plasters, antiseptic cream, bite/sting relief, plus insect repellent).