Mount Popa
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This extinct volcano contains the shrine of the Mahagiri Nat spirits.
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Adam Jones
Beijing, China190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Mount Popa is amazing. It is home to the “Nats” or gods in Myanmar culture. Popa is actually a dormant volcano which makes it all the more interesting. The hike is mostly stairs, and I believe there are some 550 of them. Anyone in reasonable shape shouldn’t have any issue. For me, Mount Popa is a must if you are traveling Myanmar.
Written 25 November 2023
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Dreamer728788
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
Too many monkeys, it’s their home I guess so not their fault but still, it makes for a scary experience. But, Beautiful place.
Written 27 September 2022
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One Myanmar Adventure & Wellness
Popa, Myanmar15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Looking for an escape from the stress of cities, for fresh air, and for soul searching? Do not hesitate to head to Mount Popa.
On site, the best option available to you is the Popa Mountain Resort. So, after visiting Bagan and enduring the heat, I decided to head to Popa, with big cool ideas in mind. After all, it's less than an hour away. I went there at the end of the morning, feeling the fresh wind caressing my face, with my swim in the infinity pool, as a bonus, an incredible view of the famous Taung Kalat. Still under the heat of Bagan, my appetite was not overflowing. I then found the perfect dish: a niçoise salad, a typical dish from the south of France, light and refreshing. I then understood why it was so fresh and delicious: All the vegetables indeed came from the hotel's organic farm, and had just been picked.

Then the hotel staff, warm and welcoming, knowing my desire for freshness, offered me a walk in the surrounding forest. When he advised me to take my bathing suit, I couldn't resist. Thus, after 10/15 mins of vehicle travel (with some nice viewpoints on the hill), we started our walk. I strongly advise you to have good well-fastened sports shoes. Indeed here, no more road, no more path (do not venture there alone, at the risk of getting lost). After a good 15 minute walk in the heart of the forest, to the song of the birds and the blowing of the wind through the trees, you reach your sweet destination: a small river with its two charming waterfalls. Forgotten professional appointments, mobile phones or power cuts, I jumped directly into this clear and fresh water, and place my head under the waterfall. On this point; the water was so clear and pure that at the source, the villagers drank it directly.. An excellent first day that I decided not to lengthen... Indeed, the first objective of my coming to Popa awaited me the next day: The ascent of the mountain to its summit, that is to say 1518 m. altitude!
Departed from the hotel: 5am, the best time according to the advice I received. After leaving the hotel and returning to the forest (only two minutes on foot from the hotel), my guide and I began a series of preparatory exercises and warm-ups: I understood from then on that the ascent would not be done effortlessly.

The first part of the trek was in the forest. Looking back, I realize that the first hour and the last were perhaps the most difficult. Through the paths of the forest, several paths are possible, and this is why the use of a local guide is more than necessary. Thus, for lovers of quiet walking, at a slow pace, the "classic" path will delight you. the more adventurous, there are several "shortcuts": to do so, you will have to go even further into the heart of the forest and climb unmarked paths, using your hands to hold on to the branches.
Then, the landscape changes, with great spins, to the clearer view of the hills, Popa, and Mount Taung Kalat. Take a breath of fresh air, and start to feel the benefits of the great outdoors. Admire the power of the wind chasing the clouds, soon you will be right in the middle of them :)
After an hour of walking and a few stops at viewpoints to immortalize this day, we arrived at my favorite viewpoint: U Nu's house. From there we could admire and see the volcanic origin of mountain. The panorama is just sublime. After a short break, we have our next stop in sight... MPT Tower. To get there, we had to walk along a narrow path, dotted with stones and steps. Reminder to the people with altitude problem, do not look to your right: the whole plain is available to your eyes. To contemplate the view, the most peaceful is the pagoda at the top, where we rested for a good fifteen minutes, a well-deserved rest, just like the sandwiches and fruits that my guide offered me. It is then 9 am, and already, a sense of accomplishment was felt. But it would be a shame to stop on such a good path, the summit is indeed visible to our eyes... So we continued, through a narrow path, and through... the clouds! We were literally in the middle of these and the heat of Bagan was far behind...

After the final effort, we reached our goal... 1528m. altitude and the feeling of fatigue less than the feeling of well-being... But of course, you have to go down. Along the way, the shades of green, the clouds and absolutely nothing in my field of vision made by human beings, I felt like I was in the middle of "Lords of the Rings"...
Fatigue obliged, for the return, I took all the shortcuts, where the hotel staff were waiting for me with an ideally welcome detox drink. It was then 12:30 p.m., and the rest of the day would be devoted to rest and well-being, with a life-saving massage at the hotel spa.
Written 27 May 2022
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Florent H
North Sulawesi, Indonesia150 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
the trip to Mount Popa will take you roughly half a day (you should get started around 9am and be back around 1pm ish).
Mount Popa is a nice little temple located on top of a small mountain. to reach the top you will have to climb quite a few stairs, nothing hard really but can become difficult I guess if you are not fit.

Photography tip: the best view of the temple is definitely from the neighbouring village where you can actually see the whole thing. On site the everything is very narrowed and offers very little space so not suitable to photograph thr building/facility. However you should be able to easily get cool shots of the monkeys on the way up.

Monkeys and donations: after reading online reviews of the place I was expecting to be assaulted by a horde of aggressive monkeys jumping all over you and by local people heavily insisting for donations (as they clean the monkey poo).
This VERY FAR FROM THE Truth!!!
The truth is yes you will be asked for donations on the way up but in a very gentle way and you don't have to give if you don't want to.
Regarding thr monkeys, yes they are all over the place but they are far from being aggressive (comparing to the monkey forest in Bali I would say they are extremely well behaved). So if you are not parading around with food it should be completely fine.

I give this place 3 stars as there is not much to see and to do there. 30 minutes is more than enough to visit the temple at the top and nothing to do really in the surrounding.
yet it is a nice thing to do if you are a bit tired of being in Bagan itself and want to see something different.
Written 26 February 2020
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Charlotte
Kolding, Denmark382 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Mt. Popa is a temple built on a mountain top - the special thing is that it is a small mountain top with only this temple on top.
You have to walk up there from the village below and that means a lot of steps. It is worthwile to do the walk if you ask me. It is fun to see the various rooms on top in the temple and the view is also really nice.
You cannot wear your shoes so remember wet tissues for cleaning your feed when you come down. There a wild monkeys and the steps are not always clean as the monkey pees whenever needed. ;-)
I suggest you also stop somewhere before the mountain to take a picture of the temple on the mountain as you only really see how spectacular it is from the distance. We had lunch on one of the resorts overlooking the Mt. Popa, that was really nice.
Written 23 February 2020
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atran1979
Adelaide, Australia28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The drive to mount popa is long bumpy with many sharp turns. The road is aligned with lots of beggars which we were not told about pre trip. We have been told it is dangerous to stop and throwing money out of the window is equally dangerous. It’s a sad sight. Upon reaching Mount popa you immediately see many monkeys so take care with your belongings.

The climb is steep so not advisable for younger children. My 11 and 8 year old were able to climb but it wasn’t without difficulty. Monkeys came up and personal and we saw one jump on someone and wouldn’t get off until given food. The view is magnificent from the top - breathtaking
Written 15 February 2020
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AriaFitz
Santiago, Chile263 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you are not religious, and just a regular occidental tourist like me, then you need to know this before you choose to spend your time here.

First of all, everyone asks you for donation, which is totally fine but at some point you get really tired of it. You don’t have to pay anything to go up and inside. A rude man at the shoes locker pushed me to pay what I think was a donation but I looked at his friend and he kindly showed the way up, ignoring the rude man.

It is full of monkeys all the way up, who are respectful. We didn’t have any incident with them, they didn’t try to take our staff like monkeys from the Monkey forest in Ubud. They only stare at you if you have food in your hands.

The floor is the dirtiest we’ve had in our whole trip in Myanmar and Asia. So far it was fine to walk around without shoes, but here I felt disgusted because it’s sticky, with thrash and monkey poop. I already wanted to go down from the step 1. If you are looking forward to count the 777 steps, forget it. You can’t really tell where it starts. The good thing is that the steps have a roof, so the sun doesn’t hit you. You will see people cleaning the steps though, and this is the people I decided to donate because the floor felt different where they were cleaning.

There’s not much to see on the top except for the view. It ain’t a nice pagoda like the ones in Mandalay, Bagan or Yangon. It’s actually quite unorganized, like if they constructed one place after the other without planing. The main thing you’ll see are inscriptions in the walls from people who have donated “big” amounts of money. I don’t feel it is being well conserved. We spent about 20 min on the top, taking pictures of the view and that’s it. Maybe you should re consider if you want to be 1:15 min on the car all the way there, 30 min going up, 20 min on the top, 15 min going down, and then 1:15 again back to your hotel or to Bagan.

After the mountain you can visit the 37 spirits. I was disappointed again, because they are in a narrow hall inside a room and they are statues of people on a row, but no signs of their story to read, so I learned nothing.

I don’t really recommend it if you don’t have much time in Bagan.
Written 14 February 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,584 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Being driven from Manadalay to Bagan we had previously requested a short diversion to Mount Popa. It is more photogenic from a distance or below than actually climbing the 777 steps, along what appeared to be a not to clean path despite the repeated requests for a cleaning tip from many people with brushes. A good hot water scrub is needed not a brush. Still, quite a good view from the top, keep an eye on the baboons, they know how to grab cameras, sunglasses and don't attempt to eat food.
Written 13 February 2020
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Aleena S
Yeppoon, Australia47 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
There is nothing worth seeing at the top but dirty, dated, tacky shrines. The view was riddled with plastic rubbish. The steps were soiled from the monkeys but cleaner than we expected (there were cleaners). The handrails were filthy. We had to pay to use the filthy toilets (they need to employ a cleaner). The monkeys weren’t a problem as the cleaners shoo them away. Sadly beggers line the road on the drive there, yelling for donations.
Written 10 February 2020
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travelbuddy
Australia30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Mt Popa was unfortunately disappointing.
The drive out there was interesting in some ways as you see life happening, people going about their lives, villages, agriculture etc.
I never begrudge a local community making a living off tourism but this felt a little money grabbing than peaceful place of worship. You can opt to leave your shoes and it’s a few dollars. As you ascend the stairs, between each landing, people are asking for donations to keep the stairs clean from the monkey droppings. As you make it to the top, donations are sought for all manner of things. Not a lot of $ each time but this is supposed to be a peaceful place of worship and it’s more like being on a beach where the hawkers harass you to buy something every few minutes.
The view up top of the surrounding areas is nice. Here the donations are still being sought and the Buddha statues etc are adorned with dollar bills sewn together into a necklace. I was confused as it didn’t feel like a religious / holy place.
I wouldn’t prioritise Mt Popa as a ‘must see’ destination around Bagan. If you have a spare half day, then maybe.
Written 7 February 2020
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