Pedal with Partners Asia in 2016
Welcome to our 4th annual donor bicycle trip with Partners Asia in Burma-Myanmar. Join us and discover the heart of Burma by bike, experience genuine rural culture: enchanting countryside, heritage sites, and visit the community-led projects we support. With more than 20 years’ experience our talented team quietly and effectively supports local change makers as they carry out the plans they have initiated in formal and non-formal education, anti-trafficking, HIV and health services, clean water and sanitation, savings cooperatives and income generation. We would love to share our work with you and introduce you to Myanmar and our amazing partners.
Take a personal journey with up to 10 others and enjoy exploring Myanmar on bikes
– reserve your spot now! –
January 16-24, 2016
February 20-28, 2016
Cycle about 20-25 miles each day alongside winding rivers, through Karen State, Mon and Burmese rural villages, rice fields and open-air markets; There will be options for hiking up to mountain top pagoda sites for Buddhist pilgrimage as well as venture into local caves also enshrined with Buddha images for worship. We will visit projects supported by Partners Asia and other communities working in our networks. Learn about local community efforts to work with youth, displaced villagers and migrant populations to address the growing vulnerabilities of exploitation and trafficking.
Partners Asia Co-Executive Director, Therese Caouette, who has worked with refugees, migrants and displaced persons in Southeast Asia for over 30 years will lead our bike ride journey together with Bike World Myanmar guides. The trip has been custom designed with Bike World Myanmar, who will provide bikes, transportation, accommodations, local guides and is fully supported by a ‘sag wagon’ throughout the entire trip.
Day One – Arrive Yangon, you will be met and transported to the Bike World Myanmar guest house where you will stay overnight. For those who would like to come early Partners Asia will be happy to recommend travel agencies and itineraries.
Day Two – Depart Yangon early in the morning passing through Bago to Thaton. At Thaton we will begin cycling to Hpa-an, (the capital of Karen State). The support vehicles will be following our path throughout the trip.
Days Three and Four – After breakfast you can select from the following options:
- Cycle to the base of Mt Zwekapin to begin the 2400 feet climb to the summit. After feeding the monkeys and admiring the view, we descend and bike ride back to the Hotel.
- Cycle to the Saddar Cave and walk through an entrance of small shrines and Buddhist icons. After exploring the cave return to the Hotel.
- Cycle along the bank of the Thanlwin River.
- Cycle to visit community organizations focused on education, youth outreach and women organizations.
Day Five – Following breakfast we will begin the cycling leg to Mawlamyine (the largest city in in Mon State) about 30 miles south of Hpa-an. You may choose to spend the afternoon leisure time exploring Mawlamyine and the markets or visiting community groups focused on legal aid, women’s empowerment and education.
Day Six – Bike to and along the coast, visiting fishing communities and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at the shore. Upon return to town we will visit the market and boardwalk of this historical town.
Day Seven – After breakfast we will travel by vehicle and bike to Kinmon. The afternoon can be used to visit Mt Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock) or cycling around Kinmon or resting at the gardens of the Sunshine Hotel.
Day Eight – Following breakfast we begin the trip back to Yangon. A part of the journey from Kinmon to Kyaiktiyo can be cycled for those who want to get up early. We will head back to Yangon with a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and a closing dinner.
Day Nine – Site visits to Partners Asia education and health programs outside of Yangon.
Day Ten – Departures (can arrange other Yangon based activities depending on departure times).
Suggested tax deductible donation per traveler: US$10,000 to support Partners Asia’s work to benefit and empower the most vulnerable people of Burma. Suggestions from former bike participant on how to raise these funds: Audrey’s friends helped send her for an experience of a life time. Meals and drinks (average $20/day).
Bike Trip (bike, accommodations, transportation, airport pickup) $1,500/each (includes 10 days fully supported bike trip, guides and 9 nights hotel). Please note that similar Myanmar bike tours charge close to $5,000.
To reserve your spot, please send $1,000 deposit per traveler to:
436 14th Street, Suite 700
Oakland CA 94612
Write BIKE TRIP and the date of your desired trip – January or February in the memo line. Also please include your email address so we may contact you with important upcoming details about your trip.
If you have friends who are travelers, you are welcome to invite them and forward this info. Questions? Email Marla Pritchard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Partners Asia is led by Therese Caouette and Eileen Moncouer. Partners Asia works with local leaders in and around Myanmar to strengthen civil society through community-led education, development and access to health care for those most in need. Please explore our website www.partnersasia.org and then join us to explore Burma in person!
Please note: this is a tentative itinerary and depends on weather and local construction and events. There will be a group briefing each evening and morning to update and present in more detail the options for each day.