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.