Syriam Biking from Yangon - Private Tour: With your travel guide and car, depart this morning for the one-hour drive to Syriam. Also referred to as Thanlyin, Syriam has an interesting past first rising to prominence as a port during the 15th century, then briefly falling under Portuguese rule in the 17th century, serving as the base for the French East India company and finally joining the British empire. These days Syriam is home to three universities and, despite its proximity to Yangon, remains a quiet, sleepy town.
Upon arrival in Syriam, take a short visit to the local market and then prepare for the start of your bike ride. The journey covers 25 kilometres in total and we'll pass through many villages where the locals will come out to greet us- excited to see foreigners pedaling by! Along the way we will stop at pottery making villages, tofu-making neighborhoods and pomelo gardens.
Having looped around Syriam's outskirts, we will then reach the wet market at Kyauktan and hop off the bikes. Stop to refuel with lunch at a local restaurant near the boat jetty. Then we will take a ferry across to Island Pagoda. This unique temple is a popular pilgrimage spot for the locals and there are also dozens of river catfish around the island that you can feed.
Return to the Syriam side of the river and transfer to a local tea shop for a cup of tea or coffee. Try some tempura or another snack if you wish. Then resume the return drive to Yangon, arriving at your hotel late this afternoon.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotels in Yangon city center.
Start/opening time: At approximately 8am.
End/closing time: At approximately 4am.