Hpa An

Hpa An or Hpa-An or Pa-An is a relaxed town on the eastern edge of the Thanlwin River or Salween River in Hpa-an District, Kayin State, Myanmar, as the center of the Karen ethnic group. A beautiful city has a dramatic panoramic view of the surrounding karst mountains and spectacular caves to explore.

Hpa An is surrounded by scenic hills that have large caves and significant religious sites. Mount Zwegabin, Thanlwin River and Kan Thar Yar Lake are sacred and monolithic into a unified lanskep and cultural city where the majority of the population are Theravada Buddhists.

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Mount Zwegabin is 722 meters (2,369 ft) hiked in 2 hours to reach the peak where access to the west side popular with the character of the monastery and pagoda is very impressive for extraordinary scenery. Shweyinhmyaw Paya is a pagoda at the northwestern tip of the city which has a beautiful view of the sunset.

Sadan Cave under the mountain is a giant cave filled with Buddhas, pagodas and other religious monuments. The boat crosses the lake and passes another cave back to the main entrance. Kawt Ka Taung Cave has many Buddha statues and is covered with tiles.

Bat Cave is a small cave where hundreds of thousands of bats fly out at sunset. This cave is part of a complex of several pagodas on a rock that is accessed by a steep staircase. The local people started hitting the drums that made the bats fly in an attractive pattern.

Location: Hpa-an Township, Hpa-an District, Kayin State, Myanmar.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Hpa-An Airport at Hpa-an Township.

Advice: Bikes and motorbikes are hired in many places, Pickup goes to several sites around Hpa An, tuktuks connect between docks, and buses serve between stations. Visiting the traditional market is great fun. Hpa An has a population of over 40,000 people.

The weather is very warm throughout the year, although the maximum temperature is somewhat depressed in the rainy season due to heavy clouds and rain. The dry season and winter in November to April, while the rainy season and summer in May to October.

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Diverse rooms for a wide range of amenities and prices include Tiger Hotel, Parami Hotel, Soe Brothers Guesthouse, Golden Sky Guesthouse, Than Lwan O Guest House, Galaxy Motel, Hin Thar Guest House, Hotel Gabbana, Golden Sky 2 and more.

Street food is available in many places including in the markets. Restaurants include San-Ma-Thu Restaurant, Shwe Da Gar, Feeling World Restaurant, Mya Kan Thar Food Center, Shwe Htone Maung, Opposite Parami Motel and more.

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