Explore Bagan's temples and experience life in remote Burmese villages on this compact adventure
There’s more to Bagan than ancient temples, beautiful as they are. Maximise your time in the city on this action-packed short adventure, which takes you off the beaten track and into surrounding villages. Led by passionate local guides, mix it up with a bike tour around Bagan’s pagodas, a boat trip down the Ayeryarwady River at sunset and guided visits to rural communities, markets and tea houses. Not only will you meet locals and learn about daily life in the Burmese countryside, you’ll also be supporting social enterprise and sustainable community development projects.
Cycle to some of the most popular and beautiful temples in Bagan, including Shwe Gu Gyi Paya, Maha Bodi Temple, Bu Paya and Aananda Pahto.
Visit the village of Taungbe, where locals still get around by horse-drawn cart. Meet a local family, browse the morning market and wander through a 150-year-old wooden monastery.
Tuck into traditional Burmese fare at Sanon Restaurant. Part of the social enterprise network of Friends International, the restaurant trains marginalised kids in hospitality skills.
See Bagan from a different perspective and get some great photos as you cruise along the Ayeryarwady River at sunset.
Explore Kyunkalay, an undeveloped town outside of Bagan that you won’t find mentioned in any guidebooks. Learn how locals are working with a global justice group and using responsible tourism to improve local infrastructure and living conditions.
This trip operates on a join-in basis with our experienced day tour partner, Urban Adventures. On each day you will be joined by other travellers who have potentially booked on a different trip. It's a great way to meet a range of new people!
With the flexibility of daily departures, there is a chance you may end up travelling solo on this trip. You will always have a local guide with you, however, and all included activities remain the same.
Local guides are likely to differ for each day tour, however they will always be knowledgeable local experts.
Although the cycling tour of Bagan is within the abilities of even the most amateur of riders, it does take you off paved roads and onto sandy terrain, which can be difficult to navigate and often makes your clothes dusty. It's best to wear comfortable clothing on the day and be well protected from the sun.
If you would like to climb or enter the temples in and around Bagan, please be aware you will need to remove your footwear and socks. In addition, some of the temple steps are very steep, and without railings, so you'll need to exercise caution. Please make sure your knees and shoulders are covered, too; a light scarf should do the trick.
Temperatures can be extreme in Myanmar. During the day the weather can be very hot, so wear layers, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so bring base layers and warm clothing.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Bagan Short Break trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. This Short Break Adventure begins from the joining point hotel at 7.30 - 8.00am on Day 1 and finishes with a drop off at the same hotel at 5pm the following day. Please take this into consideration when booking flights and accommodation.