8. Popa Taung Kalat Monastery, Bagan
Address: Bagan, Myanmar
Opening hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm daily
Admission fee: USD5
Closest airport: Mandalay International Airport
Residing on top of Mount Popa, 1518 metres above sea level, the Tuang Kalat Temple boasts spectacular views of rolling lush forestry and provides a truly tranquil setting for spiritual revelry.
It is a sacred site for the people of Myanmar, who believe the area was the birthplace of power spirits called Nats, who occasionally manifest themselves in human-form. To reach the summit is no easy task as there are many stairs (and monkeys) to navigate; however there are lots resting points along the way.
Begin your exploration of Myanmar with a comfortable stay at PARKROYAL Yangon, or via the capital city at PARKROYAL Nay Pyi Taw located at the halfway point between Yangon and Mandalay.