Cycling around Bagan

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Pedal to nine villages, stopping in to see what traditional Burmese rural life looks like close up and meet the curious locals. This day trip travels along narrow lanes inaccessible to cars and buses – taking you well off the tourist trail.

Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel your two-wheeled peddle-powered vehicles will be waiting outside, and after a brief ‘fitting’ and trip briefing, you head out on to the quiet roads. We recommend an early start – enjoy the cooler early mornings!

Warm up your legs with a 2 kilometre ride on sealed roads before turning westwards into the countryside. You’ll follow a small dirt track alongside a water supply canal during this first part of your journey, venturing off the main route from time to time to explore the local villages, like Nwar Kyo, Kan Poat and Tuwin Tain. Aside from the fabulous views of rice paddies, toddy palms and distant temple spires you’ll also pass by a unique colonial-style monastery and ancient trees, like the shady tamarind tree in Let Wel village.

Around midday we’ll reach the base of the hills and bike along parallel to them, affording great views of Shwe Pon Taung Pagoda and Bu Kin Pagoda.

During the journey we’ll stop for a picnic lunch in a shady spot, refuelling on fresj fruits while relaxing in the tranquil countryside. There will also be plenty of stops for water and photos and its likely we’ll be invited to join a local family for tea or snacks.

Cycle time and distances can be adjusted according to your fitness levels and enthusiasm.

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