Mount Popa Myanmar
A dramatic, sheer volcanic plug, an hour or so from Bagan, Mount Popa protrudes magnificently from the flanks of an extinct volcano. It is the most important site for the nat, the multitude of spirits which still exert great power with the Burmese population.
The climb is brief but steep, made on a covered walkway. The reward is the array of shrines, stupas and temples at the top; and huge views out over the often sweltering plains of the Bagan area. It is always swarming with visitors, but that is part of the fascination.
The adjacent higher slopes have hiking trails up to the rim of the old volcano.