Half day bike tour in Bagan, Myanmar
The temple-strewn plain of Bagan is a highlight of any visit to Myanmar and a guided tour of the sites by bike should be a must-do experience for everyone. Grasshopper Adventures morning tour offers a comprehensive introduction to this fascinating area, with our expert resident guides on-hand to share all their local insight and knowledge. This is the perfect way to start your visit to Bagan.
This bike tour runs in Bagan.

Bagan features on every traveller’s itinerary to Myanmar, and rightly so. The lanes which wind around the 9th-13th century structures, and along the bank of the mighty Irrawaddy River, make for an awe-inspiring setting for a bike tour.

Join us on this half-day guided ride as we bike through the Monument Zone, calling in to visit the two most important temples - Ananda and Dhamayangyi. We’ll also tour smaller, less well-known ruins in search of atmosphere and that elusive ‘Bagan Magic’. Our bikes are the perfect vehicles for exploring, led by professional and enthusiastic guides. It’s not just pagodas and ruins of course - along the ride we’ll visit local markets, cottage industries and even a curious local artist, his designs will give you an understanding of modern life in this ancient setting.

Please note: Myanmar day tours will not operate April 13th to 16th due to Burmese New Year holidays. We will re-open April 17th and apologise for any inconvenience. Hope you enjoy the many celebrations happening this time of year!

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Tour details

$35 USD

0.5 day duration

20 km distance

Difficulty: Mild-Moderate

Tour code: GHME13

Tour Features & Inclusions

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Temples of Bagan - Guided Tour

Bagan Sites

Bagan Sites - we’ll park the bikes up so we can thoroughly explore the iconic temples of Ananda and Dhamayangyi, taking time at each to fully appreciate their splendour. In addition we’ll seek out some quieter, more intimate ruins which we are likely to have to ourselves.

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Bagan Trails

Bagan Trails - we’ll leave ride out from our shop on well-made, paved roads so we can warm-up and get a feel for our bikes. Soon this changes to unsealed backroads and smaller trails, winding through the plain. The atmosphere is peaceful and our guide will use his local knowledge to avoid the main tourist crowds.

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Nice Ride

Impeccably maintained Merida mountain bikes with a helmet are provided. The bikes have front suspension, a comfortable saddle and an upright riding position. We also have specially equipped tires to minimise the incidence of punctures from the tiny thorns that lie in the sands of the Bagan Plain. We provide a handlebar bag to carry your personal items in and a refillable water bottle is provided.

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Your Guide

An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country.

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Snacking

Local snacks and fresh fruit are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water is always available to keep you well hydrated.

Small group cycling tours

1 to 10

This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 1 traveller. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.

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Kids' Prices

We have a range of kids sized bikes, tag-alongs and child seats so there's no reason to leave the kids at the hotel. And to help families we offer discounts to all children aged 15 years and below: Ages 0 to 4 years - 50% off / Ages 5 to 12 years - 30% off / Ages 13 to 15 years - 10% off


Tour Itinerary

For Bagan Morning Ride bike tour

Gather at the Grasshopper Shop
Meet at the shop at 7:45am and your tour begins with a bike fitting and short safety briefing at our convenient location, we then set off directly out of town following a dirt trail. We will be passing the first set of temples before visiting the local produce market in a small village. It will be in full swing and ladies will be calling out greetings to you and show you their fresh wares, amused to see foreign visitors here at this early hour!

A Plain of Temples 
We will continue our bike tour through the plains, where we’ll make several stops to see what’s interesting along the way - maybe a secluded ancient brick monastery where a couple of devout monks still live among the ruins; perhaps the bamboo weavers are at work today, happy to show us their skills. Throughout your ride you'll likely see excited kids wave from schoolyards and farmers from their fields.

Ananda and Dhammayangyi
We’ll get off the bikes for some short tours of these most significant temples, marvelling at the workmanship of the construction and beautiful internal decoration. Your guide knows all the curiosities and tales, tall or not, from these enigmatic structures. He might tell you a few while you have a well-deserved snack break in the shadow of one of the quieter temples, where with some luck we may have the privilege to be just by ourselves. 

Village Life
We won’t just stay out on the plain but also ride through typical Dry Zone villages and see what the locals are up to as we pass. Small markets & simple shops; chickens, children, pigs and dogs - even the occasional horse - all compete for your attention as we roll by.


Nyaung U
We’ll avoid the main roads as much as possible touring lanes and trails to arrive near the principle town of the area, Nyaung U. Here we’ll visit the tiny workshop of an artist. We will learn more about his curious art, before we’ll head into the backstreets where newly built dwellings sit beside original bamboo houses and brick warehouses dating from the 1950s, making an interesting architectural mixture. 

Tea Shop Lunch
As we will have biked about 20km over the 5 or so hours of the tour, you should be ready for a classic "Tea Shop Lunch” served in typical Burmese style. Your guide will order a selection of local treats and delicacies, of course all topped off with a cup of classic Burmese sweet tea. For many guests this is one of the more unexpected highlights of the tour.

Hotel Drop Off
After your lunch we will transport you back to your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus. You can now head for a well earned soak in hotel pool, knowing you have truly learned, seen and experienced enough to deserve some relaxation time.

Please note: you should be suitably dressed for this bike tour - long shorts, t-shirts (shoulders must be covered inside the pagodas) are advisable, as are comfortable closed shoes (not flip-flops/thongs) to prevent scratches from briars. Sunscreen is also a must.


What's the Riding Like?

Flat terrain, some sand

20km riding

This cycle tour is predominantly on flat tracks and small roads - there are no hills in the area so anyone who can reasonably ride a bike can do this tour. There are some sections on sandy trails.


Fancy a Full Day?

We have carefully designed this morning’s itinerary to complement that of our “Bike & Boat Sunset Tour” so that the two tours can be combined to make a fantastic full-day tour or to be taken over a couple of days to fully absorb and appreciate this spectacular area.

Bagan Bike & Boat Sunset Tour

Bagan Bike & Boat Sunset Tour

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Making a Booking

Like what you see? Book the Bagan Morning Ride day tour with Grasshopper Adventures.

Click on the 'Book this tour' button below or at the top of the page to reserve your place on this tour.

Full payment will be taken at the time of booking.

Should you wish to book less than 24 hours in advance, you should contact the Grasshopper shop to confirm your booking.

For Assistance Phone:+95 9257 546 905

Bagan Zone Pass

You will need a Bagan Zone Pass for this tour. These are usually sold as you arrive at the airport or bus station. If you don't already have one, you can purchase one on the day. 

This bike tour departs daily.

Please note: Myanmar day tours will not operate April 13th to 16th due to Burmese New Year holidays. We will re-open April 17th and apologise for any inconvenience. Hope you enjoy the many celebrations happening this time of year!

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Starting Time & Meeting Point

Grasshopper Adventures Shop 
New Bagan                                   
Corner of 3rd Street and Hnin Si Street, New Bagan.
4 Blocks up 3rd Street from Seven Sisters Restaurant,    
Situated opposite San Carlo Restaurant.

For Assistance Phone: +95 9257 546 905

Meeting time: 07:45am

For a face to face chat about this and other amazing bike tours feel free to visit us at our Bagan shop.


What our guests tell us...

Just a selection of our great reviews!

Bagan is a great place to ride a bicycle so going from site to site was enjoyable. Chit was knowledgeable on the sites we visited and provided lots of interesting backstory that really enhanced my experience. He was also funny and very professional. Highly recommend the tour

JeremyJuly 2018

Their overall service was professional and I really enjoyed our trip out into some of the most beautiful parts of Bagan away from the tourist track.

EchozeroMarch 2018

The morning bike tour was a fantastic way to start my discovery of Bagan and its temples. The 4 hours, in the relative cool of the morning, was just long enough to get a good taste of Bagan life as well as a good workout. There were plenty of rest stops which was also great.

GlenJuly 2018

Fantastic experience! We covered about 20km visiting some of the best known temples, and some hidden gems. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, really the best way to explore the area!

ArronMarch 2018

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