When planning our Myanmar trip, my friend Elle and I stumbled upon the fabulous Popa Mountain Resort’s infinity pool and immediately had to add it to our itinerary. We snuck away from our Geckos Adventures tour group as we couldn’t resist spending a night overlooking a golden monastery atop Mount Popa. If you’re heading to Myanmar sometime soon (which I highly suggest you do), whatever you do, make sure you book a stay at the Popa Mountain Resort. I can guarantee it’s worth it for the infinity pool view at sunset alone!
Popa Mountain Resort is nestled on a hill, surrounded by thick, green jungle, making it an extremely peaceful place. It’s a nice place to escape the heat of the usual tourist stops in Myanmar as the air is SO much cooler. The resort is tranquil and spacious, allowing you switch off, relax and enjoy the beauty of Myanmar.
Our room was filled with charm, was super cosy and had everything you could possibly need. While we just went for a Superior Garden View room nestled in the gardens of the resort, there are many more luxurious options available. I mean, look at the views from the room above! You could just lay in bed and wake up to the sun rising over Mount Popa. No matter what room you choose, I can guarantee you will have a wonderful experience here anyway!
The Infinity Pool
Let’s be real, the main reason you’re staying at Popa Mountain Resort has to be for that infinity pool and its unreal view, right?! I kinda couldn’t believe it was just as (if not more) breath taking in person. Elle and I couldn’t stop snapping away as the sunset over Mount Popa with the reflections of the pool was just so damn photogenic! While the water was super chilly, we didn’t even care. You can’t come to a pool like this and not have a dip!
There really are no other options in the area for food and drinks, so you have to eat at the hotel. Not that I’m complaining because the food was great! Elle and I were super tired when we arrived, so we treated ourselves to some room service. The curry for dinner was delish and we had a field day with the buffet breakfast in the morning. The food obviously isn’t as cheap as the rest of Myanmar, but hey, what can ya do – just look at that view!
Mount Popa Day Trip
I would highly suggest climbing the 777 stairs to the top of Mount Popa to the Taung Kalat monastery as well as staring at it for a copious amount of time in the distance. We ended up hiring a driver to take us to the entryway and wait while we hiked up amongst the cheeky monkeys. The views were quite beautiful, but I actually think it’s one of those things that look better as a whole from a distance at the resort or lookouts, you know?! Still, it was a cool experience and a great bare-footed workout.
How to get to Mount Popa
Since we flew into Bagan from Yangon, we hired a driver to pick us up from the airport, take us to climb Mount Popa and then on to the resort. He was super sweet and even stopped off at a few roadside markets and cafes on the way. It cost about $100 in total for the day ($50 each), but we didn’t mind paying as he had a lot of driving and waiting around to do! Mount Popa is a great stop as it is just an hours drive from Bagan, so even a day trip is possible!
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