Keen to experience the real Bagan I was fortunate enough to stumble across Three Treasures and it was the best thing that could ever have happened -I truly could not have hoped for more from Ian and his team.

Cathryn, UK/Hong Kong (via Tripadvisor)

E-bike and walking tour of Bagan

If you have only one day to explore Bagan, the Bagan Discovery Tour is for you! Enjoy freedom and spontaneity on this guided e-bike (electric scooter) tour of selected sites within the Bagan monument zone.

Away from the crowds, start your day at sunrise as you watch the sun cast its first morning rays from behind Tuyin Taung, a hilltop stupa said to contain relics of the historical Buddha. Marvel at the hot-air balloons as they drift over the Buddhist “Plain of Merit”. Farmers pass by with ox carts, cows, and goats as we slowly make our way to a secluded area for outdoor breakfast including fresh-pressed Myanmar organic coffee/tea, tropical fruits, and local pastries.

A lovely group of guides in training from the local area who have great English skills and lots of character. They are more like a family and that’s what my day felt like. A day out with family which as a solo traveler is a beautiful experience.

Dan, UK (via Tripadvisor)

Experience traditional Myanmar village life

We take a leisurely pace to enjoy the sights and sounds of Myanmar daily life and festivals. Farmers pass by with ox carts, cows, and goats as we slowly make our way to a secluded area for outdoor breakfast including fresh-pressed Myanmar organic coffee/tea, tropical fruits, and local pastries. You may want to introduce yourself, share a piece of fruit and take a photograph with a local farmer, working the land as generations of these agricultural communities have for centuries.

Want to learn more about daily life in the villages of Bagan? We’ll take a walk through a small village of less than 100 households, each with their own traditional role in the community. Learn about the unique climate and agriculture of the dry zone and the challenges these communities face in the era of climate change. Get a closer look at artisanal bamboo and lacquerware crafting methods and enjoy a cup of green tea in a family workshop.

Sample itinerary:

06:00 – 06:30: Meet at your hotel in Bagan. Orientation and travel to less-crowded temple for sunrise balloon viewing.

06:30 – 07:30: Sunrise balloon viewing

07:30 – 10:30: Open-air breakfast including fresh coffee/tea, fruit, and local pastries served on site. Introduction to Buddhist philosophy, iconography, and meditation at our private pagoda. Introduction to Bagan’s historical context and rural village life within the Bagan monument zone. Learn about local agriculture and livelihoods of rainfed smallholder farms within the protected area.

10:30 – 12:30: Walking tour of agricultural village. Visit to family bamboo workshop to learn about the role of bamboo in Myanmar culture. Opportunity for hands-on experience with bamboo and lacquer ware crafting from local artisans.

12:30 – 14:00: Ebike travel for lunch at local restaurant per your preference

14:00 – 16:30: Guided ebike tour to of notable sites within Bagan monument zone.

16:30 – 18:30: Ebike ride to our secluded pagoda for sunset views. Non-alcoholic cold drinks provided.

18:30 – 19:00: Return to hotel by ebike

Inclusions

  • Breakfast, bottled water, cold drinks, fruit
  • Guide
  • Horse cart and driver (if desired)

Exclusions

  • Bagan Archeological Zone entry fees

What to bring:

  • camera or smartphone
  • sunblock
  • hat
  • umbrella
  • slip-off shoes (sandals or flip-flops)

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The sunset on the secluded pagoda was a once in a lifetime experience. Just us and so incredibly peaceful. They made it an experience we will never forget.

Lin, Sweden (via Tripadvisor)