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Mount Popa

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Mount Popa

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Florent H wrote a review Feb 2020
North Sulawesi, Indonesia50 contributions4 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Charlotte wrote a review Feb 2020
Kolding, Denmark393 contributions41 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
atran1979 wrote a review Feb 2020
Adelaide, Australia34 contributions14 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: February 2020
AriaFitz wrote a review Feb 2020
Santiago, Chile269 contributions20 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Kevin S wrote a review Feb 2020
Pontypridd, United Kingdom4,051 contributions753 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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