CYCLING TOUR IN BAGAN

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CYCLING TOUR IN BAGAN

Beside the temples, the famous archeological site of Bagan can be explored from a total different side exploring the countryside and the local life by walking and cycling.

Bagan surrounding offer many opportunities for half day to experience a more authentic side of Bagan out of the tourist beaten paths; Good mountain bikes can be rent in Bagan and paths despite to be sandy at certain parts are generally flat and smooth offering no difficulties for a gentle walk or bike ride.

One of the possibilities for a 3 hours cycling tour is to explore the countryside around Bagan along the water irrigation system to dispatch waters from the Irrawaddy in the countryside; in the very dry region, the system enables farms to grow cereals, rice, fruits, and peanuts all around the year.

Along the tour, you will see the farmers busy in their fields, still working with buffalos rather than tractors; in the area, there are many peanut fields to make cooking oil but also paddy fields and sesame fields; you may also have the chance to see different kinds of birds cattle egress, white throat rabble , river lapwings, but also herds of goats along the fields; the ride will send you until the monastery of Kan Pauk surrounded by huge tamarind trees with an old colonial house in desperate need of renovation; you will then come back on your paths till the village of Nwa Kyoa, a wealthy village supplied by electricity and water where most of the villagers own buffalos; the last part of the trip goes on very large paths lined by palm trees until back to your hotel;

It is also possible to extend the ride by another few hours passing by different villages, Tawin Taing, Kwin Sin Kyeal, Minandaw to enjoy and observe the countryside and sceneries with temples background.

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WHERE TO STAY IN BAGAN

The recent last two years have seen the opening of new hotels or the renovation of exciting ones, especially in the area of New Bagan.

ARIENDAMAR HOTEl

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Areindamar hotel is a newly opened hotel in Bagan after an entire renovation in November 2012. The hotel is located in New Bagan area. The property offers 50 large and nicely decorated Deluxe rooms with facilities such as wifi Internet connection, safety box, coffee making facilities, 24 hours room service. The interior hotel compound offer privacy with magnificent trees as well as a beautiful swimming pool. Among the 50 rooms, 36 are located in the main building and 12 in a new annex opposite to the hotel; Areindmar Hotel is managed by Tarabar group of hotels.

BLUE BIRD HOTEL

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Blue Bird is a nice small lodge in the New Bagan area with 24 deluxe rooms; The large rooms and the swimming pool are set in tropical gardens giving a very private atmosphere, a kind of Oasis in Bagan to relax in a peaceful and private environnement.

RAZAGYO HOTEL

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Razagyo Hotel has 40 rooms located and is located in New Bagan, close to the main temples attractions and 10 kilometers from the airport. The building was totally refurbished and reopened in December 2012. The hotel has 34 Superior rooms and 6 deluxe rooms, with air conditioning, spacious and comfortable with modern facilities. Wifi connection is available in the entire building; Facilities such 24 hours room service, Satellite TV, swimming pool are available. The Razzagyo Hotel offers a good address to stay with a reasonable room rate.

SWHE YEE PWINT HOTELL

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Shwe Yee Pwint Hotel is an elegant small boutique hotel situated in New Bagan. The existing building was totally refurbished and reopened under the new hotel name of Shwe Yee Pwint in September 2012.

The hotel and accommodations offer a charming atmosphere. The 35 rooms, 13 Superior and 22 Deluxe are nicely designed with elegant decoration; rooms are spacious and nicely furnished; Facilities like Wifi connection, separate bath tap and showers are available in all rooms. The hotel has a swimming pool and equipped with conference facilities. The property is located at short distances from the main temples, 10 kilometers from the airport and 12 kilometers from Nyaung Oo.

ZFREETI HOTEL

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Zfreeti hotel has newly opened in last December 2013 and is conveniently located in the heart of Nyaung Oo, the small provincial town of Bagan area; the hotel has a total of 102 rooms in different rooms categories, deluxe, Superior, Standard and Suites; Internet wifi access, swimming pool, payment by credit (Visa and Master) are among the services available at the hotel with a restaurant located at the rooftop.

GENTLE WALKING TOUR IN BAGAN

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Another great way to enjoy Bagan is a gentle walk out of the beaten paths used by the tourists to give you the full time to observe at the rural life and admire the temples background of Bagan.
One of the many possibilities for treks in Bagan region is to experience a walk in the area of “Phaw Saw” closed to New Bagan with Thitsawadi temple as starting point; Thitsawadi temple was built at the 14th century with the top accessible to enjoy a panoramic view of the temples, especially in the morning between 8 and 10am;

The 3 miles trek with easy grade takes 2 hours on flat and sandy paths; You will then reach the Monastic University complex of Su Than Pyay dated from the 11th to the 13th centuries; the monument is in bad stage of conservation but you can still look at the techniques of constructions but also at the Ordination hall, still remaining in good conditions.

You will continue your way passing by corn and season fields but also cotton plantations till you reach the new monastery of Thein Pyin Swan, a new monastery rebuilt with the sponsor of South Korea; the next step will send you to Pyatagyi Monastery ; on the way, you may have chance to observe different kinds of birds, some of them can be found exclusively in the area of Bagan, River Lapwing, King Fishers, Chines Pond Heron, Cattle egress, Chine Froncoline, white throated Barbers; By reaching at Pyatagyi, you will notice the specific technique of constructions with double arch roofs of this unfinished temple from the 12th century; the temple is another good opportunity to reach its top and observe the large panoramic view scenery with as background many major temples, Sulamani, Damayangyi, Thapyinyunt;

You continue your trek by passing the small hill of Oae Hlain Taung which is easily accessible for those who cannot climb the steep steps at the temples;
There are the two alternatives to end the trip, either at the Dhammayangyi; behind the Dhammayangyi is the small temple of Myak Gum to also offer some panoramic view at the end of the trip or to end at the Ananda Temple;

This pleasant walk along the temples and the fields will bring you a different and authentic view of Bagan surroundings. Bagan has very hot climate and it is recommendable to make the walk either early in the morning and in the late afternoon.

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