We lingered until just before the sun finished setting then hot-footed it out of there. I didn't fancy being pushed and shoved to get back down those steep steps. Getting back to our hotel proved more difficult than the day before. It was soon pitch black and with only dim lights we managed to miss a turning and went about half an hour out of our way. Thank goodness we realised our mistake before we'd gone too far, did an about turn and found our way back.
No Major Incidents
The two days we were out on the e-bikes passed without any major incidents. The worst was when I forgot to turn the bike off and accidentally twisted the accelerator whilst dismounting. It sent it careering towards a coconut stall, nearly taking out a frightened looking monk in the process.
Andy was most patient with me the whole time, often stopping to wait for me to catch-up. Partly because I was slow, but also because I kept pulling over to take photos of interesting pagodas I'd spotted. In return he nearly gave me a heart attack on a few occasions. His balance isn't great at the best of times and every time he turned his head to check on me he'd swerve over to the left of the road. There were several narrow misses with motos, cars, trucks, horse and carts, and ox carts.
By the end of the second day we were pagoda'd and Buddha'd out. We decided to spend our last day in Bagan just relaxing in our hotel and at a nearby hotel with a pool.
Handicrafts and Dress Code
There are a couple of things to be aware of whilst you're exploring Bagan. Vendors of sand paintings, laquerware, longyis, 'gemstones' and other handicrafts push their wares on tourists in and around the pagodas. A firm 'no' should do the trick if you're not interested in buying something. The strict, modest dress code must also be observed. Women should cover their shoulders and everyone should cover their knees and remove footwear before entering a pagoda. Be careful of the hot tiles under foot on a sunny day.