Bagan Village Biking
Easing out from the outskirts of Bagan, this full-day tour begins by pedalling alongside a canal, while learning about how Burmese farmers use the waters of the mighty Irrawaddy River for their fields. The small nearby villages of Nwar Kyo, Kan Poat and Tuwin Tain are friendly and their inhabitants enjoy meeting foreigners. Pedalling through photogenic rice paddies with the distant temple spires of Bagan panning into view is thrilling and feels a world away from busy Asian cities. Curiosities along the way include a colonial-style monastery and a well-known tamarind tree offering the perfect shady spot to take a break. A local farm growing toddy palm trees is where you can learn how the juice is collected and processed into alcohol. In contrast to the flat plains of Bagan, there are some hilly panoramas further out providing great views of faraway pagodas. Following a picnic lunch in the tranquil countryside, the return journey by bike is a loop by a different route.