These are the cheekiest, craftiest monkeys I have ever seen. A few moments before I took this picture a large monkey took the notes clean out out the hands of a trainee tour guide and scurried up onto the roof with them. A bit of light entertainment sure, but I felt bad for the poor tour guide! Here you can see my friend Mick (VTer McGregorm) slowly being surrounded by them. They really wanted our shoes for some reason. Anyway, here Mick is saying "Hurry Up!" whilst I pretend that the button is jammed ;-)
It's best to be a bit careful if you have an aversion to heights!-) There are a few tight bends as you go up Mount Popa and at some stages of the stair climb, the ledge is quite close or only protected by a one meter barrier. It looks great over the edge but you don't want to get too close ;-)
About half-way up you will come to an area that is more sacred than the lower part so you must remove your shoes. There is a guy with lockers that will "watch" your shoes for 100 kyat US$.10cents donation. But after that point the steps get very steep so if you suffer from vertigo don't look down. The other part of the warning is that you have to keep an eye on the monkeys that are running all over the place on the steep stairs as well!
You gotta be careful of the monkeys! They can be quite aggressive! We saw one monkey grab a ladies dress and wouldn't let go! A happy monkey is a eating monkey! I might be wrong but I think avoiding eye contact is best. I had a couple that glared at me when I made eye contact but when ignored them they seemed to go about their business. Don't eat around them as they don't have any problems about running right up to and grabbing your food!