If you've got an extra day in Bagan and have tired of the temples, this is an easy half-day trip. Fifty miles southeast of Bagan, Mount Popa stands nearly 5,000 feet above sea level. It's a 777-step-barefoot-climb all the way to the top; along the stairwell are souvenir sellers and, at the top, a gilded pagoda. Beware of monkeys who can turn nasty if they sense you've got treats and whose droppings are everywhere; wet wipes are a must. A taxi (four passengers) from Bagan will run you around 37,000 kyat, and you can stop on your way at a palm sugar plantation and distillery. Nearby Mt. Popa resort is lovely and offers great views, but is owned by government cronie Tay Za.
Off Byat Ta Pan Sat Rd., Kyauk Paduang Township, Bagan, Myanmar