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We found ourselves in a quiet street, away from the main road of New Bagan, looking for La Min Thit, a family run restaurant highly recommended by the staff of Yadanarbon Hotel. There we were warmly welcomed by the owner himself, Ko Htwe. He suggested some excellent dishes, which he said are simple home food that his wife cooks.
While waiting for our food to arrive, we asked for a recommendation on things to do while in Bagan and ended up accepting his offer to drive us to Mt. Popa on New Year’s Day.
Fifty kilometers away from Bagan, passing through the countryside, is an extinct volcano, an iconic postcard sight, and a frighteningly steep cliff that leads to a sacred monastery.
Monasteries and temples can become monotonous after a week in this country so we decided to just admire it from afar.
Instead, Ko brought us to the Mt. Popa Resort, just 1.5 kilometers away from the pilgrim village.
The resort offers a breathtaking view of the Taung Kalat Monastery atop Mt. Popa and its lush surroundings.
It also offers cooking classes in their organic garden.
Ko Htwe enjoying the garden with us.
We went continental for lunch, for a change. The serene and relaxing vibe was a welcome treat.
On our way to Mt Popa, we stopped at a roadside village selling local produce.
Local snacks, which include ingredients to make Tea Leaf Salad.
Nothing spells more quintessential Burmese than Thanaka. This girl was making Burmese sunscreen from this bark.
Mt. Popa Resort: Mount Popa, KyaukPadaung Township, Mandalay Division, Myanmar Tel: (+95 9) 402760884, (+95 9) 8600 660. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com La Min Thit: Khat Thet Street, New Bagan Tel: (+95) 6165313