Biking is one of my favorite past times back home. I have also found a liking to biking in far-off places in my home country. When I planned for this trip, I made sure to include solo biking around Bagan, even just for a few hours.
I love biking in Bagan
I expected to love Bagan. But I did not expect to fall head over heels in love. Our hotel was far from where Old Bagan is so I had to settle with biking near our place. I guess if I were alone, I have biked all day long. I would not care if it was sunny, humid, hot or dusty. I just know I needed to pedal on those deserted roads and admire the lonely pagodas on my own.
I did not have a map with me when I went off one afternoon towards the direction of the lovely pagoda I had glimpsed earlier. Its golden stuppa was a shimmering gold against the fading afternoon sun. I mentally calculated how many minutes it was from our hotel. I guessed it was a good 15-minute ride.
He asked me where I wanted to go and I pointed to the name of the pagoda on the map. After telling me which way to proceed, he looked at me and kindly asked, 'Only one?' I said a curt yes, smiled and said my thanks. The sun was already low on the horizon and I did not want to bike without lights. It would be suicide.
Other Parts In This Series:
Bagan Lodge: A Grandiose Gateway to Bagan's Noble Past
A Delightful Stay in Hotel by Red Canal Mandalay
Burma: An Untouched Gem
Yangon is Yielding
On the Way to Bagan
Bagan is Beautiful
Biking in Bagan
Pretty in Pai
Overland Border Crossing: Bangkok to Siem Reap
Finally, Siem Reap
Saigon aka HCMC
Indochina Trip Itinerary and Expenses