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1. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

I'm planning on a return trip to Myanmar next month and want to see some sights that I missed the first time in around. While in Bagan I'm thinking about taking a day trip over to see Mount Popa. Has anyone been there to see the mountain/volcano, and if so was it a worthwhile place to see?

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting buzzard

I'm planning on a return trip to Myanmar next month and want to see some sights that I missed the first time in around. While in Bagan I'm thinking about taking a day trip over to see Mount Popa. Has anyone been there to see the mountain/volcano, and if so was it a worthwhile place to see?

I did that trip around 7 years ago. I engaged a local driver right at the little airport and used them off and on for several days. Mt. Popa was okay, too many homes are built near the place now, must have been pretty neat before new construction started.

It is worth a trip though. Imagine a bowling ball on a large dining room table, that's mount Popa. What I was told that Mt. Popa was originally a volcano, all of the earth was eroded away and left a huge ball of solidified lava. A wat was built on the top of this huge "lava rock" and people climb up to see it. The walking is not too bad at first, however, halfway up you have to take off your shoes. Not too bad except for the monkey poop all over the steps leading up and down! Anyway the poop sort of cushions your steps, bring some handiwipes with you to clean your feet off.

I liked the Bagan area, I found the people friendly and the accomodation adequate. I used Mandalay Airlines, they were helpful when I had to change departure dates AND they had a huge cheese danish and large size coffee on the airplane! After seeing a lot of fish served for breakfast a huge delicious cheese danish was very welcome!

3. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

Thanks for the info karazyal. I'd read warnings about the monkeys and the sometimes persistent vendors. I loved Bagan the first time around, but this time I want to do a trip - like to Mount Popa - to break up the blur of seeing so many pagodas each day.