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  2. Mandalay Region
  3. Bagan

Brilliant Bagan Bike Tour

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Explore the ancient temples, markets and everyday life of modern-day Bagan on a 6-hour bike tour of the 9th to 13th-century capital of the Kingdom of Pagan. Interact with locals and cycle the picturesque backstreets of villages and towns such as Nyaung U.
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Duration 6 hours
Starting time 7:45 AM
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  • See the temples of the former Kingdom of Pagan
  • Cycle down picturesque backstreets and through local villages
  • Marvel at the 4 Buddha figures at Ananda Paya
  • Go to a monastery carved from teak
  • Sample local delicacies and a sweet tea at a Nyaung U tea shop
  • Pedal beside the mighty Irrawaddy River
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Discover both ancient and modern-day Bagan on a full-day bike tour, and visit famous temples and hidden gems. Cycle along narrow bike trails to interact with locals in markets and villages and experience the tranquility of the region.

Meet your English-speaking guide and get acclimatized to your imported mountain bike. Then, pedal to a local market to rub shoulders with the locals as they buy and sell fresh produce and some interesting dry goods. Continue through New Bagan and enter the Bagan Archeological Zone. At its peak, this was home to more than 4,000 religious monuments.

Bike the dirt trails in the peace and quiet of the early morning, and stop to climb up some of the brick structures for panoramic views of the temples scattered across the plains. See fields that are still farmed using traditional methods. Cycle the back streets of Myinkyaba village, famous for its lacquerware. Upon arrival at Dhammayangyi Temple, break for some fresh juice and snacks. This is the largest and most imposing of Bagan's sites and is rumored to be haunted.

Continue to beautiful Ananda Paya to see four standing figures of Buddha housed inside the pagoda. Learn the history and legends of the 800-year-old temple. Next, go to a village on the banks of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy River), and admire the colorful long-tail boats that ferry passengers from one shore to the other. Look out for the occasional ox, and marvel at a monastery carved from teak.

A short ride on the main road passes through more local villages where pigs, smiling kids, and thatched houses set the scene. Explore the outskirts of Nyaung U, and venture down picturesque back streets to discover small factories where locals work. End your tour at a typical tea shop in Nyaung U, and sample some of the local snacks and delicacies, washed down with a welcome Myanmar sweet tea.

From the tea shop, load the bikes onto a transfer vehicle and return to your hotel in time to relax by the pool.
  • Imported mountain bike rental
  • Helmet and water bottle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Local snacks and juice
  • Hotel drop off
What’s Not Included
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Food
  • Tips
  • Bagan Zone fee

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Meeting point

Meet at the tour office on the corner of 3rd Street and Hnin Si Street, New Bagan. The office is 4 blocks up 3rd Street from the Seven Sisters Restaurant, and directly opposite the San Carlo Restaurant (also on 3rd Street).

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Please note that to visit religious sites in Myanmar, socks and shoes must be removed and dress should be conservative (knees and shoulders must be covered). A practical option is to bring a "longyi" (local sarong) and simply wrap it around for the duration of the temple visit.

From US$ 35 per person

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