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Hpa An

Little-visited Hpa An is a small, riverside town set in the beautiful, lush countryside of southern Myanmar a landscape covered in vegetation and studded with limestone towers. One such tower is home to Hpa An's most famous sight: the improbably balanced Kyauk Ka Lat Pagoda.

Hpa An Map

“Few visitors make it down to Hpa An, but that makes the welcome even warmer. The karst scenery around town is delightful, and the Buddhist grottoes carved into the natural caves are fascinating.”

Tom Weston, Sales Director

What the bustling little town of Hpa An lacks in grand sites, it more than makes up for in warmth of welcome and charm. Set on the banks of the pretty Thanlwin River in southern Myanmar, The town itself is a pleasant place to wander, visiting the morning market and riverside Shweyinhmyaw Pagoda - but it is the surrounding countryside that holds the greatest appeal for the visitor.

The lush scenery, studded with towering limestone peaks and traced with winding rivers, conceals a number of fascinating Buddhist grottoes - all barely touched by tourism. Row upon row of identical Buddha statues welcome the visitor to Mount Zwe Kabin, the area's tallest mountain, whose summit rewards visitors fabulous views of the surrounding region. Kaw Gun Cave, meanwhile, is packed to the ceilings with tens of thousands of Buddha images large and small.

The most impressive sight in the region, however, has to be Kyauk Ka Lat: a golden stupa perched on top of a soaring, sheer-sided limestone pinnacle at the centre of a man-made lake, surrounded by green mountains. The pinnacle itself almost defies belief, tapering towards its base as though balanced on a pinpoint, ready to topple into the water below.

Few travellers make it to this part of the country, but those who do find an enchanting, untouched pocket of rural life in one of Myanmar's most lush and stunning regions.

Recommended Accommodation in Hpa An

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Burmese-style inns of Hpa An.

Weather in Hpa An

The Climate Guide for Hpa An is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 31 32 34 34 32 29 28 28 29 31 32 31
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 18 19 22 24 25 24 23 23 24 23 21 18
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 9 10 10 9 7 5 5 5 5 6 8 9
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Heat and Humidity Discomfort High High Very High Very High Very High High High High High Very High High High
Days with some Rainfall 1 1 1 4 17 27 28 28 22 14 4 1
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 4 4 6 37 368 772 919 995 509 194 32 8
UV Index (Maximum) 9 11 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11 9 8