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Cycle Myanmar with Mike McRoberts!

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16 Feb 2016

Join much-loved New Zealand journalist Mike McRoberts, and explore Myanmar from behind the handlebars. Not only will you be exploring a beautiful part of the world, but you'll be giving disadvantaged Kiwi kids back home their very own bikes.


  • Experience an integral part of Burmese life - tea drinking in Yangon
  • Discover the ancient capital of Amarapura and walk along the 200-year-old teak bridge
  • Journey along the Irrawaddy by boat
  • Explore a forgotten and peaceful part of Bagan - Minnanthu
  • Shop the vibrant markets, see traditional handicrafts and lacquerware
  • Visit SeLan village and Myitchay village - great for photographing local life
  • Explore the Pindaya caves
  • Trek through the Shan hills and explore the local tribes and villages
  • Cook with a traditional Intha native creating traditional dishes

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Your trip includes:

  • Return Singapore Airlines Economy airfares to Myanmar from Auckland (other NZ cities on request and at additional charge)
  • Domestic flights Yangon/Mandalay, Mandalay/Bagan, Bagan/Heho and Heho/Yangon
  • 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Airport transfers in Rangon (day 1 and 12 only)
  • Comfortable accommodation on a twin share basis in hotels
  • Bike rental and a water bottle
  • Bike mechanic and support vehicle on cycling days
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Group medical kit
  • $500 donation to Variety - the Children's Charity
  • A Variety T-shirt for a fabulous Myanmar group picture

Your tour will be led by fabulous Myanmar local guides who will give you insightful information during your travels, answer questions you may have and provide a safe and happy environment during your travels. Your guides are bilingual and there to guide you every step of the way through this beautiful country.

When: 20 February - 4 March 2018
Where: Myanmar
Cost: $6590 pp

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About your host:

This year's Variety Cycle Challenge sees New Zealand's favourite journalist, Mike McRoberts, behind the handlebars for this unique journey through Myanmar.

Mike is a much loved journalist who is best known for his work in some of the world's most dangerous places, covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, East Timor and Solomon Islands. He has covered some of the world's worst natural disasters from tsunamis, to wildfires and earthquakes, including the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the Japan earthquake and tsunami and then, close to home, his coverage of the Christchurch earthquake in 2010 and 2011.

When he is not reporting, Mike's interests include rugby, reading and music

Mike follows in the footsteps of some other great ambassadors for Variety that have taken up the cycle challenge, including TV and radio personality Rawdon Christie, actress Antonia Prebble and Olympian Sarah Walker. Mike is excited about helping kiwi kids through the Variety programme, having two children himself. He believes that all children deserve a fighting chance at a wonderful life and if we can start by helping our own children to achieve this, then this is a wonderful thing.

Come and explore all that Myanmar has to offer, experiencing the sights and sounds at handlebar level, all whilst getting fitter and helping our very own Kiwi kids back home supporting Variety's Bikes for Kids Programme.

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Go the extra mile for Kiwi kids

As part of the 2018 Variety Cycle Challenge, you can 'go the extra mile' and fundraise to give disadvantaged Kiwi kids the freedom and independence of owning their very own bike. We'll set you up with your very own online fundraising page to share with your friends, family and colleagues. Ask people to sponsor you for every kilometre you ride in Myanmar or simply make a donation. Learning to ride and having your own bike is a rite of passage in New Zealand, unfortunately for Kiwi kids living in deprivation, they aren't so lucky. Your fundraising will give Kiwi kids the joy of owning, and learning to ride, their very own bike. 

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