Places to Visit in
Hpa-An is the capital of Kayin (Karen) State. The town stretches over a large
area and is on the banks of the Than Lwin (Salween) River. On the
riverbanks, logs are pulled out of the water and are processed in
There is a small Lake with Mt. Zwegabin in the distance, a very scenic
Hpa-An also offers a museum displaying Karen Culture.
THAN LWIN (SALWEEN) RIVER
Around Hpa-An the
Than Lwin river flows through the wide plains, there are
plenty of small islands and sand banks in the river. On the river
banks farming is done. There are many small jagged rocks in the
plains, most of them with stupas or pagodas on top.
Boat tours can be done towards Mawlamyaing or north of Hpa-An. There
is beautiful scenery to be seen.
Rises around 650 Meter steeply from the plains. A pagoda is on top for
those who are fit enough to walk up to the top, basically all the way
on countless stairs. The way itself is good, no climbing required.
The view over the river and the plains compensates for the strenuous
walk. You might enjoy a deafening cricket concert; there are plenty of
crabs to be seen as well. Amazing enough there are a lot of plants and
trees growing in the partly vertical walls of rock.
BAYIN NYI CAVE
Nyi Cave is located closer to Thaton town than to Hpa-An, so makes an ideal
stop on the way too Yangon. This is another steep Rock in the plains
with a monastery at the foot of the mountain. There is a hot spring
with bathing possibility. At the end of the rainy season, the area
might be partly flooded. It is idyllic and a nice view the monastery
around the plains. There are shy monkeys around.
GO GON CAVE
Is a bit out of Hpa-An town on the other side of Than Lwin River
towards Thaton / Yangon. A cave with many Buddha Images inside and
thousands of small Buddha Stucco works on the rocks at the cave.