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Hpa-an, Kayin State's scruffy riverside capital, isn't going to inspire many postcards home. But the people are friendly, and the city is the logical base from which to explore the Buddhist caves, sacred mountains, and rivers and lakes of the stunning surrounding countryside.

Best time to visit

If you want to avoid both the hot (March – May) and the rainy season (June – September), the best time to visit Hpa An is during middle October – February, as with much of the rest of Myanmar this marks the dry season where the weather is typically warm and sunny much of the time.

Check the below table for the general idea of Hpa An weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 32.9 25.8 17.1
Feb 35.6 28.3 20
Mar 37.4 30.4 22.1
Apr 37.7 31.8 24.3
May 34.5 29.8 23.8
Jun 30.6 27.3 23.7
Jul 29.1 26.4 23.2
Aug 28.9 26.4 23.1
Sep 31 27.7 23.6
Oct 34.2 29.4 23.4
Nov 34.8 29.6 22.8
Dec 33.6 27.2 19.2

Hpa An’s current weather and 7-day forecast


1. Do a small hike up to Hpan Pu Mountain

Hpan Pu Mountain is the perfect way to experience Hpa-An. In themorning, take the canoe boat (500 kyats) from this place to the other side of the Thanlyin River. Expect to get a bit of dirt on your shoes. The people in this area they grow a lot of vegetables and sell them in Hpa-An.

Once you get off the boat, walk 350 meters until you reach a small town and note the sign to the left that says ‘Hpan Pu Mountain’. Once you are at the foot of the mountain, go right and walk around until this point. On your left side, there is a stair that will lead you about 20 minutes to an amazing view over Hpa-An.

Tip: Don’t go up the mountain directly from the main road. You have to pass a temple so you have to leave your shoes behind while climbing to the top. Walk around the mountain (as mentioned above).

2. Visit Saddar Cave

Saddar Cave is one of those places you do not expect to see. Follow the path for 15 minutes into this massive cave. The path ends at a small lake where you can take the boat back near to the entrance of the cave.

The area is surrounded by lush green rice plantations which makes it even more impressive. The entrance to the cave is 1000 kyat ($0.75) and a private boat ride about 3000 kyats ($2.25)

Good to know: This cave is closed during the rainy season.

3. Hike up Mount Zwekabin

If you think hiking up the Hpan Pu Mountain is way too boring for you then get out in the early morning and hike up Mount Zwekabin. This 2.5-hour hike will definitely test your skills. You will get rewarded with an insane view.

4. Visit Golden Rock

Halfway from Yangon to Hpa-An, there is Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, better known as Golden Rock. It is one of the most important Buddhist sites in Myanmar. Getting to Golden Rock is quite a ride from the base camp. From here, you will take something like a bus filled with locals and a few tourists and it takes about an hour to reach the top.

The views from on top are beautiful and it is fascinating to see how many (local) people there are on the top of the mountain.

5. Sunset at the river

One of the most simple, yet, memorable things to do in Hpa-An is watching the sunset at Thanlyin River. You might even have the luck to interact with some locals who are washing themselves or their dishes in the river.

6. Kyauk Kalat Pagoda

Another spot where your mind will say: But .. how?! The Kyauk Kalat Pagoda is situated on top of a small limestone dot and it looks like he is almost falling over. Beautiful place to spend a small hour.

7. Explore the rice fields

Hpa-An is surrounded by unbelievable green rice fields. Rent a motorbike or bike and drive just outside of town. They grow rice multiple times a year so you will have a big chance to see it.

8. Explore Mawlamyine

About a 1.5-hour drive from Hpa-An is Mawlamyine. A more developed but less touristy city. This city was the former main harbor of Myanmar before it moved to Yangon. You can visit the biggest Reclining Buddha (Win Sein Taw Ya) in the world, who is 180 meters!! in length. Or have an amazing sunset from the Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda.

Hpa An city does not have many good restaurants although they have many tourists. So, let us guide you a few restaurants in Hpa an.

Thai Village Restaurant

Thai Village Restaurant is little located out of town, on the way to Kaw gun cave. It offers Thai food with the local style. It is popular among the visitor caused by their delicious foods and reasonable prices. They are also some vegetarian meals in a la carte menu for vegetarians.

Veranda Youth Community Café

If you are expecting to relax with a cup of coffee in a garden, Veranda Youth Community Café is fixed with your demand. You can get all kinds of coffee and a simple breakfast here. Prices are also cheap. This place is a great atmosphere for relaxing. It is located in Zwekabin Street.

Two coins restaurant Café and Restaurant

Two coins restaurant café and restaurant is a great place with lovely decoration. The restaurant is offering a fresh atmosphere, clean space, delicious foods, and drinks. It is a place where you can relax and spend your boring night in Hpa An. It is located in near Pyitaung Su School Street.

San Man Tau

Traveler says Burmese foods are very good in Hpa An. San Man Tau is a famous Burmese restaurant in the city. It serves with lots of small dishes like King’s dining table. The restaurant is located in Bo Gyoke Street. 

Hpa An Paradise Bar and Restaurant

You may not see many bars in Hpa An. The first bar, Hpa An Paradise Bar and restaurant offers grill, Chinese food, Thai food, and cocktails. This is a great choice to spend your nightlife in Hpa An.

Hpa An Night Market

Hpa An Night Market is literally in front of the Kan Thar Yar Lake in the city. It was recently opened in one acres land by the arrangement of Government. Night Market receives many visitors daily, a variety of local foods and drinks are not to be missed in Hpa a with Zwekabin Mountain view.

Budget options

Thanlwin Pyar Guest House  

Add: Thida Street, Hpa-an, Myanmar

Located in Hpa-an, within 1.9 km of Hpa-an Night Market and 300 m of Shwe Yin Mhyaw Pagoda, Thanlwin Pyar Guest House provides accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, a tour desk and ticket service for guests.

An Asian breakfast is available daily at the guest house.

Hpa-An River View Hotel

Add: 4/12 Kan Nar Street 4- Quarter ,Hpa An, Hpa-an, Myanmar

Situated in Hpa-an, 700 m from Hpa-an Night Market, Hpa-An River View Hotel provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and concierge services. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and organising tours for guests.

The rooms in the motel are fitted with a kettle. At Hpa-An River View Hotel rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast.

The area is popular for cycling, and car hire is available at Hpa-An River View Hotel.

Lil Hpa-An

Add: No.9/1B, Quarter 3, Kutoe Sate, Bogoke Street (Main Road), Hpa An, 30101 Hpa-an, Myanmar
Lil Hpa-An features accommodation in Hpa-an. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is offered on site.

Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Every room comes with a desk, air conditioning as well as an en suite bathroom including a hot shower. A hair dryer is available upon request. Guests can relax at a common lounge, a movie and game room with a cable TV. There are also a shared kitchen and a bar.

Guests will find a 24-hour front desk and an outdoor seating area at the property.

The hostel also offers bike hire.

Galaxy Motel Hpa-An 

Add: Corner of Thitsar & Thida Road,, 11111 Hpa-an, Myanmar 

Situated within 1.8 km of Hpa-an Night Market and 300 m of Shwe Yin Mhyaw Pagoda, Galaxy Motel Hpa-An provides rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Hpa-an. Among the facilities at this property are room service and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen and currency exchange for guests.

At the motel, rooms have a wardrobe. The rooms will provide guests with a fridge.

Halal and vegetarian breakfast options are available each morning at Galaxy Motel Hpa-An.

The accommodation offers a terrace.

Soe Brothers 2 Guesthouse

Add: No. 4/820, Inngyin Road, Hpa-an Kayin State, 11221 Hpa-an, Myanmar

Located in Hpa-an, within 700 m of Hpa-an Night Market and 1.9 km of Shwe Yin Mhyaw Pagoda, Soe Brothers 2 Guesthouse provides accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and ticket service for guests.

A continental breakfast is available daily at the guest house.

The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire and car hire are available at Soe Brothers 2 Guesthouse.

Mid-range options

Queen Hotel Hpa-An 

Add: Zwekabin Street ,4th Quarter,Hpa-An Township Kayin State,Myanmar

Situated in Hpa-an, 1.7 km from Hpa-an Night Market, Queen Hotel Hpa-An features accommodation with a bar, free private parking and a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms.

The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel rooms include a private bathroom with free toiletries.

Guests at Queen Hotel Hpa-An can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast.

Golden Palace Hotel 

Add: 2/220, Market Street, Hpa-an, Myanmar

Golden Palace Hotel features rooms in Hpa-an near Hpa-an Night Market and Shwe Yin Mhyaw Pagoda. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and free WiFi. Free private parking is available and the hotel also provides car hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area.

At the hotel each room is fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

Guests at Golden Palace Hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast.

Vintage Hpa An Hotel 

Add: 4/600, Padauk Road, (4) Quarter ,Hpa-an, Kayin State, Myanmar

Offering a restaurant, Hotel Angels Land is located in Kyaikhtaw. It offers comfortable rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi access. Guests enjoy the convenience of a 24-hour front desk.

Boasting city views, each room here will provide you with a flat-screen satellite TV, a fridge and a seating area. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer.

At Hotel Angels Land you will find a ticket service and luggage storage. Other services available include car and bicycle rental.

The on-site restaurant offers traditional Chinese and Burmese favourites from 07:00-23:30 hrs, while refreshing beverages are offered at the bar.

Hotel United Hpa An 

Add: 9/18(A), Zwekabin (1) Kone, Adipadi Road, Ward (9), 11221 Hpa-an, Myanmar

Situated in Hpa-an, within 4.1 km of Hpa-an Night Market and 3.7 km of Shwe Yin Mhyaw Pagoda, Hotel United Hpa An features accommodation with a bar and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 3-star hotel offers a concierge service. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe and a private bathroom.

Guests at Hotel United Hpa An can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Get in

There is no train connection to Hpa-an, only road travel goes into the city.

From specific destinations:

Mawlamyine – Bus (no air-con) is about 2 hr, 1,200 kyat. There is also a boat available from Mawlamyine to Hpa-an for 70,000 kyat (private charter) or 10,000 kyat per person (shared) leaving from Hpa-an Jetty at 08:00 and taking about 3 hr.

Myawaddy – The bus is about 5,000 kyat and takes 3-5 hr. There are also many shared taxis running between Hpa-an and Myawaddy for 10,000 kyat per person which take around 4 hr.

Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock) – Bus with air-con is about 2½-3 hr to Kyaikto, 5-7,000 kyat. Every 30 min from about 06:00-10:00, then at least every hour for the rest of the day. A slower direct "government" bus leaves at 07:30, but it's probably more comfortable to change in Kyaikto.

Dawei – Bus leaves 05:00, 14,000 kyat.

Buses also come in from Yangon (Aung Mingalar Highway Station, 6 hr, about 5,000 kyat, every 30-60 min) and Bago.

Buses from Bagan, Naypyidaw and Mandalay, tend to go directly to Mawlamyine through Thaton. Nevertheless, from the Golden Pagoda in Thaton it is easy to catch a pickup (1,500 kyat) or bus (2,000 kyat) to Hpa-an. Also, trains stop in Thaton, but not Hpa-an.

The Clock Tower is the main transport hub for travelers. Shared taxis and buses leave and stop here. The area is spotted with numerous ticket sellers.

There is also the official Sat Pyit Kwin Bus Terminal, just in case you do not get dropped off at the clock tower or are keen to get your bus ticket first-hand.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via

Get around

By taxi

Especially around the market and the ferries, plenty of motorbike-taxis and trishaws are available. Do not pay more than 1,000 kyat for destinations within the city. Trips to the countryside for a couple of hours should not cost more than 5,000 kyat for a trishaw.

Shared tuktuk (max 6 pax) cost ~35,000 kyat for one whole day (07:00-18:00). It takes you to all places of interest except Bat Caves. Petrol & toll are inclusive.

By rental motorbike

It is easy to rent a motorbike; some hostels like Galaxy Motel and Soe Brother can arrange them (~ 8.000 kyat/day) from 07:00 onwards.

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