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SpiceRoads Opens Up the Burma Road by Bicycle

SpiceRoads Cycle Tours opens up a new route in northern Burma on old trade routes and WWII military supply lines that run through Shan and Kachin states. The Burma Road tour heads to colonial British hill stations, through small villages where palaces still stand and to the border of China before looping back to the Irrawaddy River.

Bangkok, Thailand, November 09, 2010 --( SpiceRoads Cycle Tours will be the first tour company to bring cyclists on the historical Burma Road. Northern Burma has long been off limits to foreign visitors, but now with special permits, SpiceRoads will be offering 14-day tours there starting in January 2011.

The Burma road is rich in history as it was initially used by the British in WWII as a supply route to China before Japan was at war with the British. When the Japanese captured the road, the Western Allies built an alternative, known as the Ledo Road, which the tour will also ride on. In 1945 the first trucks brought supplies to China on this route but since the war this road has seen little traffic and parts of it were only repaired in 2007.

It will be one of the toughest routes the company has included in a tour programme in a remote part of Myanmar far from the usual tourist support facilities.

Covering 590 km over hilly terrain, riders will need to accept the challenge of “primitive overnights” and unpredictable local authorities once they leave popular tourist destinations for an off-the-beaten-track experience.

The 14-day programme will start innocently enough in the capital Yangon where the group will transfer by aircraft to Mandalay.

The actual cycling journey will start at the colonial British hill station town of Maymyo ( Pyin Oo Lwin) and then continue north to the Shan State, riding though small Shan villages.

The tough adventure component kicks in on the Ledo Road through numerous checkpoints to the river Bhamo before boarding a riverboat, downstream to Mandalay and back to the capital Yangon.

Along the way riders will stay in a variety of accommodation that will include a hill station resort, guest houses, business hotels and a night on the top deck of a riverboat.

Advance bookings are required as there are only two departures; 16 January and 20 February 2011. The maximum capacity of each trip is 16 people. The tour costs US$2,250, including internal flights.

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SpiceRoads Co., Ltd
Patricia Weismantel
+66 (0) 2712 5305

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