By    Semester at Sea, Spring 2017

There are 3,000 pagodas to see in Bagan, an ancient city in the Mandalay region of Myanmar.  I only had one full day to see as many of these pagodas as I could, so I was presented with a challenge to find the most efficient way of doing so.  My friends and I stayed at the New Wave Hostel, which was conveniently located in Old Bagan (near many of the aforementioned pagodas).  The friendly woman working the reception desk at the New Wave asked us if we would like to rent “e-bikes,” electric bikes, for the next day.  At only 7000 kyat/day (about 5 USD) it was a no brainer.  The bikes provide a cheaper, faster, environmentally friendly way for tourists, of which there are many, to get to as many pagodas as their hearts desire while in Bagan.