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Mt. Popa the StairMaster

Chhay decided to join me in Bagan, woo! It looked far too cloudy to chase the sunrise, so we opted to hike up Mt. Popa, a popular attraction not too far from Old Bagan.

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No floor length mirror in the hostel…Longi (that I bought in Yangon) selfie! So comfortable! PROTIP: always double knot when you plan on wearing one while riding a scooter. Unless you want to give the villagers a free show when your longi suddenly flaps open like a superman cape in the wind.. -_-

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All aboard! On our way to Mt. Popa, our driver asked us if we would like to stop by a palm plantation for a little while; he explained that we could see the processes of making sugar, wine, and juice. Yes please!

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Palm ‘fruit.’ The black pots pictured are used to collect the juice that trickles from the palm flowers.

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Palm pots in action.

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Filled palm pots. I got to have a quick taste, the juice was pleasantly light and sweet.

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Palm sugar is made by boiling the juice until it forms a paste, and then drying the residual paste into small balls of sugar.

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The result.

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Palm alcohol – roughly 40% alcohol content

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Cheers!

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Palm trees!

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Palm sugar/tamarind goodies. These were super delicious. Tart, sweet, and salty.

Onwards to Mt. Popa!

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Chhay trying a betel leaf snack. I declined.

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Chhay not liking the betel leaf snack. (ha, told you)

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Mt. Popa! Mt. Popa is actually the name of the volcano that created the hill/volcanic plug on which the golden temples (as seen above) sit. The volcanic plug itself is called the Taung Kalat Pedestal Hill, and is home to several shrines and temples.

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The entry way. Goodies, clothing, and snacks for sale! The sales pitch was strong here.

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Monkey babies on the stairwells.

Too cute.

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StairMaster!

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Great view!

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It started pouring while we were ascending so we couldn’t see much; the stairs quickly turned into the largest slip and slide I’ve ever witnessed.

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One of the shrines at the top

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I love this.

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The top!

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More monkey babies

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Back at the bottom.

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Burmese noodle soup

Thoroughly tired, we headed back to the hostel and took it easy for the rest of the day. It seemed like packing activities into the morning/early afternoon was the best way to go as Bagan completely shut down by 8pm.

Definitely Overpacked, but..

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Ready to go! If you didn’t notice, the Teriyaki Beef Jerky was a non-negotiable essential, hands down. Overpacking aside, I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve forgotten some key items.

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Wish I could pack these dingbats with me…

First stop: Taipei, Taiwan!