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About Hpa An, Myanmar:
Hpa An is 168 miles east of Yangon. It is the capital of Kayin State located on the bank of the Thanlwin river.
It’s a small picturesque town with a backpacker feel that is surrounded by rivers and karst mountains…it’s pretty much picture perfect.
It’s a little sleepy and off the tourist path making it quaint and more local. So yes, we agree with what you’re thinking, “what’s not to like?” Well, to answer your questions. Nothing. Nothing is not to like. Hpa An is awesome!
Things To Do In Hpa An, Myanmar
Hpa An turned into an unexpected visit for us but an unexpected visit we were SO happy we did. Below is our list of our 5 wonderful things to do in Hpa An, Myanmar.
1) Visit The Bat Caves
At dusk, hire a motorbike and tell them to take you to “the bat caves.” At sunset, bats come soaring out of the caves in droves flying off into the night.
2) Hike Mt. Hpar Pu For Sunset Views
Taking a small boat ride across the river and you’ll wander through a small village until you eventually get to a trail.
Hiking up about 1-1.5 hours you will pass communities of monks living on the hillside. Every time you turn around the view gets better and better.
Finally, you reach the top and see stunning, and we mean stunning, views of Hpa An situated along the river with the towering karst mountains in the back.
3) Explore The Massive Sadan Caves
These massive caves are something to be seen when in Hpa An.
The cave houses dozens of buddhas statues, pagodas and wall carvings. (Tip, bring a headlamp. It’s dark AF). As you wander the caves, you can hear bats squeaking above – look out for the poop!
Lakes are inside the cave and they are stunning to see – you can hire a local fisherman to paddle you through to another lake.
4) Climb The 2,000 Steps Of Mount Zwegabin
Feel like a climb? Like a 2,000 step climb? Then Mount Zwegabin is right up your alley. And let us tell you, your calves feel everyone one of those 2,000 steps – but at 2,279 feet, the views are totally worth it.
It takes about 1.5 – 2 hours to get up and about 1 – 1.5 hours to get down. If you don’t feel like coming down right away, there is a monastery on top where you can grab a bite to eat and also stay the night in.
On your hike up, be wary of the monkeys! They’ll come for you if they see any snacks on your pack or you munching on something 🙂
5) Enjoy The Town of Hpa An, Myanmar
The town of Hpa An is so quant and it offerings a great break from the chaos of Myanmar’s larger cities.
Our tip? Walk through the town. Have a meal and a Myanmar beer at one of the riverside cafes. Watch a local game of sand volleyball. See kids playing and flipping into the river.
Basically, sit back, relax, and take in Hpa An. It’s a small, beautiful town and you should soak up those beautiful moments.
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