Transport in and around Bagan has an interesting mix of old and new. We live in a great central location so tend to walk a lot. I’m known as the big man with the basket… I take this colourful sturdy accessory with me everywhere …as it handy for carting things like bunches of bananas, a few pineapples, stationery items, plumbing parts, fans… or whether else is needed!
Over the past 2 years electric bikes (think electric mopeds) have become a much favoured mode of transport for both locals and tourists. They are environmentally friendly and so quiet… you don’t hear them coming so a word of warning. A friend has leant us one which has been great fun and meant we could explore a greater circle than on foot. Sonia drives and I’m on the back… to the amusement of most people.
Horse and traps are still around, but for how long? They seem quite popular for temple and sunset jaunts among local and international tourists.
Trishaws and powerful motor bikes park next to each other… although most trishaws now are motorised rather than bicycles. Some have been left and been taken over by nature.
Push bikes and the obligatory MAMILS (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) are a relatively common sight especially on weekends.
There are also tuk tuks now in abundance… another recent addition to the roads from China that have really taken off.