Bagan and Mount Popa
Undeniably one of the best ways to truly appreciate and take in everything this ancient UNESCO world heritage site has to offer is by foot. It is worth noting that Bagan can be extremely hot during the middle of the day so early morning hiking is highly recommended, not least because of the amazing sunrises over the plains of this breath-taking ancient city.
The thousands of temples littered all over Bagan make it the perfect hiking spot. Tie up your walking boots and get exploring.
Whilst you’re in the area, be sure to visit the nearby Mount Popa. About one hour from Bagan, this impressive extinct volcano offers a wonderful opportunity for scenic hiking and rewards adventure seekers with stunning views from the monastery of Taung Kalat at the top. One of Myanmar’s most sacred Nat sites, Taung Kalat has a high importance to the Burmese population, meaning this hike can sometimes be busy.
Total elevation to the summit is about 700 metres, this challenging 5.5km hike will take you about an hour or so to reach the top depending on fitness levels.