Non-smoke tour @ Bike tour + Horse cart tour
This morning, be met at the hotel by the guide and transfer to a local e-bike vendor to get fitted for an electric scooter for the day (Mountain bikes can be arranged instead of e-bikes – supplements apply). After a few minutes getting acquainted with the bikes, the adventure begins.
Beginning with an easy ride along New Bagan’s main road, the leisurely outing eventually passes through Tharabar Gate, venturing into the archaeological zone. Visit a few of Bagan’s main temples like Dhammayangyi, the largest built by King Narathu in the 12th century, and Ananda, famous for its four Buddha images. Depending on time and interest, there’s an option to explore some lesser-known temples around the complex. While riding through the plains, discover a traditional village, where it is possible to learn how local livelihoods have remained unchanged for centuries, from using earthen kilns to creating pottery to hand-pressing peanuts and sesame seeds for oil.
Around midday, head to Nyaung U for lunch at Sanon, a social enterprise helping disadvantaged youths enter the hospitality industry. Here, learn of Sanon’s story and enjoy a superbly cooked meal in a nice garden.
After lunch, return to the hotel for a few hours to relax.
Late in the afternoon, take a relaxing horse cart ride through the temple area, passing many monuments, farms and traditional houses along the way. Wrap the day up with a stop at an elevated temple and climb to the top of it for a spectacular sunset over the plains. Afterwards, return back to the hotel.