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Myat Lay Road, New Bagan, Bagan, Myanmar
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Independent bike tours of Bagan

by globetrotter77

Does anyone know of any companies or locals that operate bike tours in Bagan? Or is it relatively easy to go off on your own and explore?

RE: Independent bike tours of Bagan

by seagypsy

Very easy to tour the ruins on your own. All you'll need is to rent a clunker one-speed from your guesthouse or hotel, have a decent map [the free DPS maps of Bagan and Nyuang U area is all you'll really need] which displays the dirt paths connecting the temples, and your own legs and gumption. Don't forget sunscreen and glasses and also to drink bottled water. A flashlight or headlamp comes in handy if your planning to watch the sunset from a temple and am quite a ways out from your accomodations at Nyuang U or new Bagan.

RE: Independent bike tours of Bagan

by ecuriocity

Hi Globe

Easy to do on your own. Bicycle rental is K500/day in Nyaung Oo and K2000-3000/day in Bagan Myothit. You can get a detailed map of Bagan with all the temple locations at some shops. Can't really recall how much but I think it was US$3.

I would suggest that you read up a bit, so that you do the temples that interest - eg. murals, sunset/sunrise spots - you most if you don't have enough days there. This place is huge!


RE: Independent bike tours of Bagan

by planxty

The posters above have got it spot on. You can hire bikes almost anywhere in the area where there are tourists, and the whole site is fairly accessible. I had a wonderful time just pedalling around. I'm middle-aged and none too fit any more, but I had no problems, it's all relatively flat. i would say it's the best way to see Bagan. Have a look at my pages for an idea of what to expect.


Travel Tips for Bagan

Half-time by the River

by Hewer

Bupaya is a good place to plan your break from touring if you are making a day of it. It is located in Old Bagan directly on the Ayeyarwady River. There are plenty of places to sit outside and you can enjoy the breeze and watch the boats go by. It is also located on a bend in the river so you can see other monuments which are also riverside far off in the distance.

You can rest your legs and refresh your visual palette.

Reconstruction of temples

by hydronetta

The earthquake in 70s caused a lot of damage to many temples. But luckily a lot of renovation has been done. And still some minor interest temples are undergoing such. The problem is that new materials are being used thus loosing the old charm. Restored temples can be easily identified brom the bright colour of their bricks.

What to do with kids begging or selling things

by ekhoo

Bagan (and most parts of Myanmar) are relatively poor so you will have children selling things like postscards, water, etc. You don't have to buy them if you don't want to but you can bring gifts like pencils and pens and bite sized chocolate which you can distribute to make them happy and not cost you too much. You definitely want to avoid giving them money, especially US dollars which is in high demand.

Temples are functional

by hydronetta

Temples and pagodas in bagan are not just for the pleasure of the tourists only. They are still fuctional religious sites. So remember to pay the already mentioned respect when you visit them (though souvenir vendors don't seem to share the same spirituality)

Shoes for visiting the temples at Bagan

by thedouglas

There are hundreds of temples to visit, and shoes must be taken off before entry to every one. This is often required when walking in the area around the temple as well. So, even though its very dusty, its wise and practical to take footwear that is easy to get on and off.


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