Mawlamyine , Hpa An & Loikaw


Mawlamyine is the capital of Mon State, situated 300km south east of Yangon, at the mouth of Thanlwin (Salween) River.  It is the fourth largest city in Myanmar.  The city of is the capital and largest city of Mon State, Myanmar and is the main trading center and seaport in south eastern Myanmar.  There are many fascinating places to explore around the city.

Gaung se Kyun : A beautiful, small island, which lies in the “Than Lwin River”.  We can go by boat and wander around everything in 40 or 50 minutes.  This island is full of fresh atmosphere so you could relax well.

Win Sein Taw Ya Reclining Buddha : It is the largest in Myanmar which locates at Mudon.  It’s height is 30 meters and length is 180 meters.  It is surrounded by the forest of other shrines.  It lies opposite the Buddhist shrine of Kyauktalon Mountain.  You got to see inside that the mythology scenes and feel amazing  views.  These views are goose – flesh. It is one the strangest sights in Myanmar.

Kyaikthanlan Pagoda : It is the highest structure in Malamyine.  It is on Taung Yoe Dan street. It is surrounded by 34 smaller temples.  It is on a ridge of hills.  You can enjoy the sunsets from top of the mountain pagoda.

Bilu Island : An island in Chaungzon township and the west of Mawlamyine.  Bilu Island means Ogre Island. Mainly, Mon people are living on the island.  Rice paddies , Rubber plantations and traditional cottage industries abound in there. One of the most famous product of the island is Tobacco Pipe.


Hpa An is a  capital of Kayin State and also the largest and most populated city in Karen State.

It is situated on the eastern bank of the Thanlwin (Salween) river, about 270 kilometres east of Yangon.  Hap An is encircled by dramatic karst mountain scenery which juts from the surrounding plains, and many of these mountains contain large and religiously significant caves . 

Kyauk Ka Lat Pagoda : It is one of many pagodas in Hpa – An.  It is situated on a rock.  It is built on a small island in the middle of an artificial lake.  There is a bridge connected to the island in order to get to the pagoda.  You can also feed the fishes.  The view on the top of the pagoda is amazing.  The site is peaceful and tranquil.  Besides, you can see many shrines on the island which is surrounded by cultivated land.

Zwegabin Mountain :  Mount Zwegabin is one of the most sacred mountains in the country.  It is 723 meters high.  To get to the top of the mountain, it will take 2 to 4 hours, depending on your pace.  The characterful monastery and pagoda at the top of the mountain are a delight, and the canteen there serves fantastic (and usually well deserved!) food; the summit also offers extraordinary views of the surrounding mountains and plains.

There are 1,080 Buddha images that are hand-carved into the rock at the base of the mountain. 

Kyone Htaw Water fall: It locates between Hpa An and Myawadi.  This  is a very nice place for visitors.  Its views are impressive.

Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda : It is situated in Theinseik Village.  This pagoda also should not missing for visitors.

Bayin Nyi Caves : It is located north of Hpa An and the closet notable town is Thaton.   It it so amazing  start from the entrance.  The cave is dark and deep and there are a lot of Buddha images inside the cave.

Saddan Cave :  It is also an attractive and pleasant place.   Saddan means Royal Elephant.  Thre is a Reclining Buddha inside the Saddan Cave.  You will see the bats inside the cave.  You cannot wear your shoes through the temple .


Loikaw is the capital of Kayah state.  It is located in the Karen hills area, near the state’s northern tip.  It takes over 17 hours by bus from Yangon.  The inhabitants are mostly Kayah (Karenni). Myanmar’s largest hydropower plant built (by the Japanese as war reparation) is located about 20 km east of Loikaw at Lawpita Falls.

Thiri – Mingalar Taung Kwe Pagoda Hill : It is the famous religious landmark of Loikaw and is the venerate pagoda in the region.  It comprises a number of white and gold monuments sitting on the top of limestone outcrops and there are eight small stupas in the cleft mountain. The views of Loikaw from the top of the pagoda will bring you such an unforgettable feelings.

Htee Pwint Kan or Umbrella Pond : This pond is situated  in Demosoe township.  It is the heart of the paddy fields.  Htee Pwint Kan situated in west of Ngwaytaung Village.  It was just a small pond around a hundred feet in circumference. Some known as Umbrella Pond.

The Kayah Cultural Museum : It is an attractive place for visitors. It was founded on September 18, 1996.The Kayah Cultural Museum is a museum that display bronze drums and other musical instruments. In this museum,the Kayah National Races have been shown.

Christ the King Church : It was built in 1939. This temple has an attractive bell tower with a bell brought from Italy.It is a beautiful Church.

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