Mawlamyine – Pa-an – Explore the Invigorating Tale of the Capital Cities
Mawlamyine (or Mawlamyaing), the capital of the Mon State, and Pa-an (or Hpa-an), as that of Kayin State, are the notable tourist destinations of Southeast Myanmar. Flanked by low to medium altitude hills and with proximity to lakes, rivers and sea, the towns allow tourists to indulge in the activities like caving, cruising, hiking and biking. Completely stunning are the pagodas, colonial buildings, mosques and churches that acknowledge the region’s long history and heart-warming tales.
Attractions at Mawlamyine
Praised by the likes of Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell in their works, this powerful trading seaport rests lazily in the Thanlwin River Delta on the Bilugyun Island. With Andaman Sea on one side and hills on the other, the tropical charm of the place relieves one from the physical and mental stress. Top attractions include:
Pagodas Dotting the Hills: As you decide to explore the hills, several ancient Buddhist pagodas surface. Kyaik Tan Lan, Kyaik Soke, Sasana 250, Nwa Le Bo and many other pagodas are admirable for their mystical environment.
Mon State Cultural Museum: Boasts of silverware, bronze ware, musical instruments and Buddhist artefacts.
Colonial Charm: Churches of St. Augustine and St. Matthews, along with numerous colonial buildings are the testimonies to the British era.
Take long leisurely strolls along the beaches; wander through the tropical fruit groves and savour the scrumptious Mawlamyine cuisines during the stay.
Attractions at Pa-an
The riverside capital promises expeditions to the fascinating Buddhist caves, holy mountains and mesmerizing countryside. Must-do things at Pa-an include:
Shweyinhmyaw Paya: A beautiful temple, offering marvellous views of the sun setting behind the scenic river.
Buddhist Caves: Saddar Caves with its reclined Buddha statue and many other highlights and Kawt Ka Taung Caves with its Buddhist images and a swimming hole are the magnificent adventure sites. Don’t miss visiting the Bat Cave to watch hundreds of bats flying in definite patterns at evening.
Mount Zwegabin: Climb to the small monastery perched on the top and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings.
Opt for a traditional massage and explore lacquer ware, ivory items, musical instruments and other artefacts at Kayin State Cultural Museum.
Plan a ferry ride from Mawlamyine to Pa-an, which adds to the outstanding tourism value of the entire trip.
- Mawlamyine – Pa-an – Explore the Invigorating Tale of the Capital Cities
- Pagodas Dotting the Hills
- Mon State Cultural Museum
- Colonial Charm
- Buddhist Caves