Hpa An Travel Information

After taking a full trip to southern Myanmar, Sharon, a travel blogger said " Hpa An is amazing, awe-inspiring and you will be jelous that I am here ". In fact, Hpa An is a hidden gems and still out of tourist tracks which inpires very much the visitors who want to explore the more authentic part of Myanmar.

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                                                                                        Photo: Franco Boria

Hpa An Main Attractions

At the first sight, Hpa An looks very like Ninh Binh, Vietnam with green rice paddies, rocky mountains and fascinating local villages. Once in Hpa An, you will find more captivating places to spend the days right out of its small town.

Mountain Zwegabin

At the elevation of 725m, this limestone mountain offers panoramic view of the area. The Karen people consider this mountain as the Kayak's state symbol and it is also the name of the Hpa An's football team. 

Saddar Cave

Saddar is the highlight of any trip to Hpa An. Photographers who once were in Hpa An always came here for shooting for certain reasons. The cave's tunnel leads to a scenic lake where you can take a boat trip with the price of $6

Kyauk Kalap

Standing out of a scenic lake, Kyauk Kalap poccess a finger-like lime rock which makes itself unique amongst the attractions in southern Myanmar. This iconic site is also a monastery where you can meet the respected monk U Winaya. 

Kayin Cultural Museum

If you prefer a source of cultural insight, Kayin museum is a nice place to stop by. Inside this 2 storey building, you will find wide arrays of regional traditional customes, handicrafts, relics from the old days. 

Hpa An morning Market

Morning market attracts the most people in town as well sellers from suburb. You will have many photogenic chances to capture local farm products, something home made that are typically Kayak!


Tour Packages to Hpa An

While travel agencies  base in town often provide day tours for backpackers and independent travelers, you will find many interesting tour packages from Yangon for south Myanmar exploration. 

Highlights of Hpa An and Mawlamyine

For 6 days, you will have chance to journey through the less-visited sights including Thandlwin river, Golden Rock, Shampoo Island. Check out details of this tour here

Yangon - Hpa An - Mergui Archipelago

A very hot tour for those who want to combine cultural sightseeing in Yangon with little adventure in Hpa An and Dawei before rolling to the azure waters of Mergui Archipelago, exploring some 800 wild islands and beaches.

For full list of tour to Hpa An, please check the options for  Myanmar Private Tours

How to get there

From Yangon, the best way to reach Hpa An is by car. The road trip is very scenic while you have chances for photos stops on the way. It takes about 6 hours driving for direct route and you can also do a longer trip via Mawlamyine. You will need to hire a car in Myanmar with driver since self-drive is not permitted in Myanmar.

There are 3 public buses a day leaving Yangon at 8.30am, 01:00pm and 08.00pm lasting for 6 hours with the price of $6/ person. 

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