About Old Bagan
My introduction to the electric bikes ( e-bikes) in Bagan didn't get off to a great start. I twisted the accelerator too fast and shot across the road, up the wrong side towards the oncoming traffic. I'd never ridden any two wheeler faster than a push-bike before. Not a confident driver at the best of times, I wasn't convinced e-biking around Bagan was the best idea. I kept having flashbacks to desert quad-biking on my hen-do in Egypt. Much to the guides frustration and my friends amusement I crawled along at a snails pace behind the other girls. Bagan Transport
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Bagan Archaeological Museum
Exploring Bagan's Archaeological Zone by foot is a no-no. Other travel arrangements are necessary as it sprawls over 26 square miles and sports more than 2,000 pagodas. There are five main modes of transport to choose from. Push-bike, e-bike, horse and cart, rented car and hot air balloon. Push-biking looked too much like hard work - hot, sweaty and dusty. The horse and carts looked to slow, bumpy and uncomfortable and a rented car was out of our budget. A hot air balloon ride had been high on my wishlist. It would give the best views of Bagan, but at over $300 per person for only a couple of hours we just couldn't justify it! After considering all our options, we decided e-bikes it was! It would still be dusty just like the push-bikes but we could live with that.
Bagan Golden Palace
We came across the Golden Palace next and were in two minds whether to go in or not as at $5 per person it was quite pricey. We decided to go for it but in all honesty it wasn't worth the money. It's a government reconstruction of the original aimed to attract tourists. I doubt if it shows much resemblance to the original. Soon we'd seen all there was to see and were back outside ready to set off on our e-bikes again.