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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a truly iconic place, and while it is most amazing to be seen from abroad, anyone with any sensitivity will immediately realize that this is a special place - it's a movie set, or a computer game one, as one would say today. It's a real place of pilgrimage, for the Burmese, and I think it is very kind Western tourists in embarrassing clothes (shorts! singlets! ugh) are even permitted - and without any fees. The sanctuary includes a no-enemies Buddha - surely worth taking 777 steps for? :-) Views along the way are anyway great.

A few remarks: Things may change seasonally etc., but there was no bad crowd when we were there, which was on a weekend. At some distance up, you need to remove your shoes - there are free lockers and there are foot-washing facilities right there, also free. There are a few monkeys but not many; they did not bother us once; their dirt was marginal; swipers never asked for money but I gave some anyway. Yes this is steep; steps have rails and are in great order, but if you're beyond middle age and/or not fit, do think twice.

Mt Popa with one night at the resort and next morning the hike up is a global destination for me and worth all effort and money.
Written 15 January 2020
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,023 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Great temple to see mainly I suppose because of the journey walking up all those stairs just making you should give thanks.

Obviously temple then has fabulous views over looking mount Popa.

Takes just over an hour to get to from Bagan.
Written 28 December 2019
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fjp4564
Sunshine Coast655 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Another important place of worship by locals, interesting site dedicated to spirits worshipped by the local people
Written 6 December 2019
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Vicky M
Cincinnati, OH27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A beautiful drive up to Mount Popa, one of the big spiritual ,pilgrimage sites of Burma. The Nats are the local religion (more animistic) before the arrival of Buddhism. Very interesting to hear our excellent guide, Mr. Zaw Lynn, describe his grandmother’s practices. But I became the cushy tourist and was overwhelmed by the massive quantities of monkeys, slightly hostile women selling temple offerings everywhere. My traveling companion enjoyed it. Our lunch at the local Mount Popa Resort was excellent with great views!
Written 17 November 2019
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Mel R
Roudnice nad Labem, Czech Republic186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
777 steps under roofed stairs, barefoot, among macaques and hundreds of pilgrims to the top of the Nat Temple. Unique climb to say the least leaves one wondering how they actually constructed this site. Astounding views from the top rewards you for the effort to get to the top. The temple atop the volcanic cone is not particularly out of the ordinary but the site itself evokes exhilaration. This is a spot to stop and smell the roses so to speak with the pilgrims. Learn about Nat worship. Truly a must see in Myanmar. Highly recommended
Written 29 March 2019
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Satyabrata Dam
New Delhi1,760 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
Climbing 777 steps to the top with some steep sections isn't much of a deal if you are not scared of monkeys and their poo. The monkeys are alright, not vicious or anything. You just walk past them. Do bring a plastic bag to keep your footwear, else you carry them in hand. To keep in a locker needs 1000 Kayats. The temple is alright but the view of the surrounding areas is really wonderful. Go for sunset trip from Bagan. Sharing taxis can be arranged for 10,000 or 80000 Kayats per person.
Written 7 December 2018
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lucybG6328ZJ
Perth, Australia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
Mt Popa is a must see. the views are amazing , you can see for miles. Alot of monkeys but they stay out of your way.
Written 18 November 2018
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Fodbin
Maryvale, Australia32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We climbed the 700 steps to the top and were rewarded with some amazing views, well worth having a guide show you round.
Written 21 September 2018
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
We added Mt. Popa on our 2 days Bagan tight schedule tour waking up 2 hrs earlier, as we didn't want to miss it when already in Bagan. It's an around 60-90 min drive from Bagan.
Best I can say about it are the views. I cannot tell which's better: the ground distance view of Mt. Popa's sharp cliff with the temple on top, or the 360' views from the top spreading miles around.
The temple atop is nothing special and not old as Bagan's temples.
TO WARN fellow travelers: there are 777 steps leading up to the top, and you climb them BARE feet. It requires 30-60 min climb depending on your fitness. There are monkeys all the way up around, but they don't bother you. Just don't provoke or irritate them with loose items such water, food, cameras,...anything in your hands. Put all that in your backpack and you'll have no problems. The staircase is constantly cleaned by locals (ceramic tiles), so it's OK clean and you should tip those people with 100-200 Kyats (10 cents).
Written 25 April 2018
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York, UK244 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
The country is majestic and definitely the far east. But this mountain top temple is so special that it is a must see
Written 27 March 2018
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