Bagan | Mount Popa | Myanmar

Drive to Mount Popa – Our Car Broke Down

Southeast Asia Tour 2015

Bagan | Mount Popa | Myanmar

01 Dec 2015 | Tue

Day 13 of 46

  • Drive to Mount Popa | Our Car Broke Down
  • Roadside Palm Sugar Demonstration Farm and Distillery Mount Popa
  • What is Distilled Palm Toddy Wine and How it is Made in Myanmar
  • Mount Popa Bagan
  • Mount Popa Local Market
  • Dhammayangyi Temple Bagan
  • Colorful Ox Carts Bagan
  • Visited Renovated Temple
  • Our Second Sunset in Bagan
  • Star Beam Bistro Bagan

Drive to Mount Popa | Our Car Broke Down

Starting our Journey to Mount Popa

Today we are taking a side trip to visit Mount Popa – where a Nat and a monkey-filled Buddhist temple (Taung Kalat) sits on top of a 225-meter (737 ft) extinct volcano! Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?!

Our tour company Tour Mandalay Travel provided a car (2001 Toyota Crown Royal Saloon) and driver. Even though the car was a bit older, it was definitely a luxury-type vehicle that was very roomy and comfortable. The drive from Bagan to Mount Popa is only around 60 km (37 miles) but we were told it would take about an hour and a half (due to the roads being very rough).

Car Broke Down

After starting our journey around mid-morning we got about 30 minutes into our trip when our car broke down. Lucky for us it was a beautiful day.

Our Car Broke Down on the Way to Mount Popa

While we waited, I took a few pictures of our broken-down vehicle along with the surrounding area. Nearby was a local restaurant and gas station.

Our New Driver and Vehicle Arrives

Our tour guide contacted the travel company and within 30 minutes, we had a new driver and vehicle (Toyota Hiace).

New Driver and Van

We were impressed by how quickly Tour Mandalay Travel took care of everything. So after a bit of delay, we were quickly back on our way as if nothing had happened.

Drive to Mount Popa

The drive to Mount Popa gave us an opportunity to see the beautiful rural countryside of this region. The terrain was mostly flat but you could see a few mountains in the distance. Along the way, we saw mostly farmland and small rural villages. Due to bumpy roads, I was not able to get a lot of clear pictures but I did catch some farmers making haystacks.

Farmers Making Hay

During the last leg of our drive (through an isolated area), we did see something that surprised us – numerous people (mostly elderly) begging along the roadside. They were very desperate in their actions and in some cases, quite bold – they would be standing in the middle of the road, trying to force vehicles to stop. Our driver had to be very careful to hit anyone as they were very unpredictable in their movements. We made it through this area, okay, but it was a bit nerve-wracking.

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