Myanmar Popa Mountain Resort

Oct 2014

When I started research for my trip to Myanmar, I had no idea that the term eco-lodge would be such a part of the travel vocabulary in the country. What a pleasant surprise.  Myanmar Popa Mountain Resort is one such spot;  you’ll find in addition to being sustainable, this destination is all about the view.

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Off in the distance from the luxury hotel sits Mt. Popa, a dormant volcano about an hour and 1/2 drive from Bagan. It is the most important site in Burma for nat, or spirit pilgrimage.  If you can brave the 777 steps to the monastery, which appear to be guarded by an army of monkeys at every turn, you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside.

mt popa bagan myanmarThe stunning Popa Taung Kalat monastery sits gleaming  in the golden Myanmar sun. Built upon a volcanic plug, it stands like a lone skyscraper amongst the myriad of shacks and vendor stands below. This volcanic plug is another term for magma which has over time hardened in the former crater of the volcano. The Myanmar Popa Mountain Resort has the best vista in town of this sacred place, and I found it to be one of the most interesting destinations I visited in Myanmar.

pops mountain resort burmaOften called Myanmar’s Mt. Olympus, the forested landmark rises about 4500 ft. above sea level. You’ll find the wooded hillsides, natural springs and abundant flowers in sharp contrast to the dry, arid landscape of temple dense Bagan.

map popa mt resort burmaThe resort’s buildings were designed to seamlessly blend into the natural surroundings. The resort is made up of 50 rooms in various bungalows around the facility. Private outdoor space,  wooden floors and ceiling fans are part of every room furnished with local teak decor and ethnically influenced fabrics and linens.  Most of the rooms have garden views with an additional 8 deluxe rooms facing Taung Kalat  and unsurpassed panoramas of the mountain and monastery.

restaurant popa resortThe Sagawa Restaurant area overlooks the monastery in the distance and many of the vegetables come from the organic garden on the premises. The menu offers both Burmese and European dishes and guests appreciate the cool mountain breeze of the higher elevation.

popa-mountain-resort-myanmar-burmaTraditional music was playing in the central pavilion during much of our visit. Additional activities include trekking, bird watching, horseback riding, a spa and swimming.

popa-mt-resort-bar-myanmarCome sunset, the illuminated full bar and dining area is a great spot to relax after the climb to Mt. Popa and the mystical experience of visiting the nat spirits of the area.

DSC_1039The Eco Lodge  Mt. Popa offers the combination of natural beauty with a sustainable philosophy and practices allowing guests to  enjoy a luxurious environment 30 miles outside of Bagan, Myanmar.

  1. How green! The view of the monastery looks like it could be in a book of fairytales.

  2. This looks like an enchanting place to spend some time at! I love places with a spectacular view…

  3. What a beautiful shot of the monastery from the distance. What a magical stay this must have been.

  4. Nancie says:

    Fabulous view! I was in Myanmar a few years ago, and must say I didn’t come across this resort in my research. A good reason to return!

  5. I’d love to visit the Popa Taung Kalat monastery one day and Eco Lodge Mt. Popa sounds like the place to stay!

  6. Leigh says:

    Looks like an enchanting place to stay – and what a view. I don’t associate Mynamar with eco-resorts so nice to hear differently.

    • alison says:

      Leigh-We definitely saw and heard many things that were not eco friendly. In the North there is a lot of unrest over the rights to logging and minerals, and I hope they won’t let outsiders come in and strip the country. On the other hand, I was thrilled to see the amount of concern, especially in the lake region for conservation of the environment. They have quite a challenge ahead of themselves.

  7. What a peaceful and lovely place! I loved the view of the garden. How did you decide to go here?