E-Bike & Bicycle

E-bikes, which operate much like motorbikes but are powered by electric batteries, are widely available and an ideal way of getting around. Drive slowly on dusty, sandy roads to avoid a spill, and always wear a helmet – available (if not always offered) with every rental. Also, take the phone number of the rental outfit. A good e-bike battery will last eight hours, but if your ride conks out, you can call and they'll usually come with a fresh battery. The going rate is about K8000 per day, with e-bikes available at nearly every hotel and at many travel agencies.

Bicycles are also available from accommodation places, with rates running from K2000 to K5000 per day, depending on the bikes' condition and model.

Traffic is pretty light on all roads. Early-morning or late-afternoon rides along the sealed Bagan–Nyaung U Rd are particularly rewarding.

Horse Cart

A popular but uncomfortable and slow way of seeing the ruins is from the shaded, padded bed of a horse cart. Drivers speak some English (at least), know where to find the ‘keyholders’ to locked sites and can point out temples with few or no tourists around. Some might stop by a shop in the hope of securing a commission; it’s OK to say ‘no, thanks’. A cart works best for two passengers, but it’s possible to go with three or (for a family with younger children) four.

From Nyaung U or Old Bagan, a day with a horse cart and driver costs about K25,000; a half-day is K15,000.

Taxi

Hiring a shared taxi for the day in Nyaung U costs about US$35 and drivers are usually quite knowledgeable about which temples to visit.

Old Bagan hotels will charge up to US$75 to hire an unshared taxi. Chartered taxis are also convenient ways of making day trips to Mt Popa and Salay. Taxis between Nyaung U and New Bagan cost about K7000, or K15,000 return.