POPA TAUNGKALAT - MYANMAR
Mount Popa ( 1500m ) is an extinct volcano within the Bago Yoma Range. At the top of Mount Popa are some small Buddhist temples. The main attraction of this region however is the smaller, 730-meter high conic rock Popa Taungkalat, also known as the "Olympus of the Nats" because it is the home of Myanmar's legendary 37 "Nats" (or spirits). To reach the top of the volcanic plug with its many shrines and a monastery, one has to climb up 700 steep steps accompanied by a crowd of monkeys. The famous Popa Nat Festival is held here during the month of Nayon (June-July), following the lunar calendar.