The major tourist destination in Myanmar is Bagan, capital of the first Myanmar Empire; one of the richest archaeological sites in South-east Asia. Situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyawaddy River. The Magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1000 years. Bagan covers an area of 42sq.km containing over 2000 well-preserved pagodas and temples of the 11th-13th century.
The town of Bagan (formerly spelled as “Pagan”), central Myanmar (Burma), situated on the left bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and approximately 90 miles (145 km) southwest of Mandalay.
It is possible to reach bagan by the road or express boat or by Flight at the Nyaung U airport.
Mt. Popa is about 50km away from Bagan. It takes about 45 minutes drive from Nyaung Oo Airport, Bagan. Mt. Popa is an extinct volcano that is estimated to have erupted for the final time, over three hundred and twenty thousand years ago.
Mt.popa (Taungkalat) is popularly recognized as an abode of many Nats (spirits of ancient ancestors) who dwell in various parts of the mountain. In the older days , it was also referred as the “mountain of Spirits”.