What to Expect
Atop the mountain sits a number of temples, relics and a monastery and both locals and tourists alike make their pilgrimage up the mountain (which is also home to a holy spirit) each year. If you’re a little tired of the temple scene, the mountain is also a great place to enjoy Myanmar’s nature, and there’s plenty of hiking trails that wind their way up and around the hill. Keep your eyes peeled for the local monkeys!
Mount Popa sits just over an hours drive east of Bagan’s town centre. Getting here is relatively easy as taxies tend to drive tourists to the base of the mountain and return later to pick them up. Alternatively, guided group tours depart daily from Bagan and are a reliable and easy way to explore the mountain.