Top 5 Not To Be Missed Attractions in Hpa An

17 Jun 2019 by Admin


Only walking for 10-15 minutes from the town center, you will reach the Kan Thar Yar – a lovely calm-watered lake surrounded by dreamy mountain ranges.

Here, you can meet and mingle with the local people to find out their lifestyle as well as their culture. Besides, you can also enjoy the local food with cheap beer because there are many food stalls in here. Let's spend time talking to the local people or asking them some questions about traveling in Myanmar, they will enthusiastically assist you even though their English is not good.

The lake is even more beautiful in the early morning as you can admire the sunrise over the lake and the Kan Thar Yar Bridge. 


If you are looking for a place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, then Mount Zwegabin must be a great idea. Located at the heart of the town, Zwegabin is where you can you can easily get to by bicycle, motorbike, taxi or on foot. However, hiking up Mount Zwegabin is definitely must do activity when you are in Hpa An.                                            

It will be an interesting hitch-hike experience to climb up to mountain top from its western side - Lumbini Garden, where you have chance to admire the beauty of more than 1000 Buddha statues. The trail to climb up is quite easy with many ideal spots to relax and take photos.

It will take 2 or 3 hours to climb Mount Zwegabin depending on your physical health condition. Especially, on the way hiking up Mount Zwegabin, you will meet some little monkeys. They are really adorable but be careful because these little thieves may easily grab your loose items like sunglasses if you do not pay attention.

Once reached the top, one must-do activity is to stay in the Monastery, an once-in-a-lifetime experience, which guarantees you a breathtaking panorama of Hpa An and surrounding areas at an elevation of 700 meters.


Located only 13km from the town center of Hpa An, Kawgun is a not-to-be-missed attraction once you travel to this peaceful town. Visiting Kawgun Cave, you will be surprised by its incredible wall sculptures with thousands of ancient carvings and inscriptions (mostly Buddha images) all over the wall and the cave’s ceiling. There are also some mysterious giant Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes, which will not disappoint any religion explorer.

A trip to this unique cave offers you the chance to learn more about Burmese Buddhism, history, culture and architecture.

If you have time, you can feel free to spend about 20 minutes climbing to the top of the cave for a stunning panorama of surrounding areas.


Once setting foot in Hpa An, you should not miss some ridiculous feelings and experiences that the Bat Cave brings. Located 26km south of Hpa An, ride beside the river, it is recommended to visit the cave by boat during dusk, which also allows you to easily enjoy sunset over Hpa An and the peaceful atmosphere of its countryside.

Although the cave only opens at 6PM, it definitely wows you with an unbelievable spectacle as more than 30,000 bats fly away from the cave to hunt and rule their own dusk’s kingdom. It is sure not what you see often so do not forget to bring good cameras with you.


If you want to learn about the local life, the local morning market is an ideal place for you to stroll around and got what you need. In the morning market, the people usually sell fresh vegetables, meat, fish and woven Karen fabrics which you can buy some as souvenirs. Besides, you can also take some beautiful photos about their daily life. 

The morning market is situated in the Hpa-An town center and in spite of being small, there are so many things for you to learn about their local life and cultures.

Although Hpa An is not as famous as other destinations in Myanmar, it still has its own uniqueness that worth being explored. If you are curious about this land and want to pay a visit to it, don't hesitate to contact with our Luxury Myanmar River Cruises.

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