Snakes, scorpions and killer bees!
Exploring Pagan by bike and entering remote, deserted temples and pagodas is probably the best way to expierence this magnificent place.
However, be extremely careful walking around and especially entering the temples. One time we saw a snake in a temple, the day after we got attacked by a swarm of extremely violent killer bees, after one of our backpacks hit their nest climbing a staircase in a temple.
The local small boys usually know what's safe and what's not, so ask their advice (and be sure give them some kyats in return.)
Sharp objects and thin tires!
If you rent a bike beware that the tires will be weakened from the heat of the pavement and they may be thin anyways! My son had 4 punctures in his tires. Luckily there are a plenty of little fix-it shops set up under the trees and they are positioned so you wouldn't have to far to walk if you had to. It is very inexpensive to get patches put on. about US$.05-.10cents each. So no worries there. My son picked up a thorn once in his tire so you gotta watch out! The settings are so beautiful we didn't mind waiting the 5 minutes the guy took to fix us up.
- Budget Travel
Travellers like to rent a bicycle in Bagan to go on a sight-seeing tour to the temples. I saw many accidents and some bikes are not very safe. Wounds on legs and arms hardly dry in the humidity and only slowly recover. So take care and wear long trousers.