Monday, November 9

Biking in Bagan

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.  

After being honked on by cars passing by, I guided my slim bike at the other side of the road and found a bare fork. A tourist map was erected at the corner with arrows pointing to several pagodas I could explore.  I already know which way to go to when a kind gentleman approached me.  I already noticed him and another more sitting in the make-shift shade. I was guessing they were local law enforcement or something like that.  

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 
Once Upon A Time in Soria Moria Boutique Hotel
Tranquility and Nostaglia Equals Pavillon d'Orient 

A Surprise Malaysia Visit
Burma: An Untouched Gem 
Yangon is Yielding
On the Way to Bagan
Bagan is Beautiful
Biking in Bagan
Hello Mandalay!
Pretty in Pai
Overland Border Crossing:  Bangkok to Siem Reap
Finally, Siem Reap
Saigon aka HCMC
Indochina Trip Itinerary and Expenses

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