Yes, Myanmar does have a few volcanos. Lucky for us, these ones are nice and extinct which makes hiking up them just that little bit more enjoyable, knowing there is no immediate danger of being explosively blown off the top of it. Mount Popa and the Buddhist monastery of Taung Kalat, sitting atop a bizarrely formed volcanic plug to the southwest, is a fascinating little place and well-worth the aching calf muscles at the end of it.
On the road to Mandalay
Upon arriving in Mandalay we went for a walk on the U Bein Bridge – the worlds longest teakwood bridge. Walking along this bridge in the mid-morning haze, we mingled with buddhist monks, young Myanmar teens and those selling various wares.