After the breakfast, embark on traditional river boat cruising the Famous Than Lwin River (Salween) for 2 to 3 hours up stream and see the secluded river views and lime stone caves/ mountains. For those, who would like to do some village excursions, the boat will stop at typical villages to discover rural Myanmar‐Karen daily lifestyles and their peaceful way of living. Or simply choose Sunset River Cruise in the afternoon to see the natural beauty of the River at Sunset.
Rising above the surrounding rice fields to a height of 700-metres, this limestone peak is one of the region’s most sacred sites. At the grassy fields at its base stand thousands of Buddha statues in neat lines. From here pilgrims make the steep ascent up steps carved into the mountainside until they reach the summit with its small monastery, groups of playful macaques and a staggering panoramic view of nearby plains and the Salween River.
Marooned on a small circular lake, this pagoda tops a limestone concretion and is accessible by stairs carved in the rock. This is a favourite spot for relaxation and contemplation. Shwe Yin Myaw World Peace Pagoda is located at the bank of Thanlwin River, Hpa An Township, Kayin State, Myanmar.
Known as the "Cave of the Ten Thousand Buddhas", Kaw Goon is arguably the most spectacular and best-preserved cave in the region. Legend has it that the first statues were carved here in the 7th century. For more than a millennium, artists have carved thousands of Buddhist and Hindu images into the cave walls, making use of almost every nook and cranny available.
Just on the way to city, stop at Bayint Nyi Cave, a beautiful natural cave on the mountain with views of paddy fields. There is a natural hot water spring where locals come to worship and pray for prosperity and good health. In addition to viewing the many Buddha statues you will also see many beautiful stalagmites and stalactites which have formed naturally over the centuries.
Just outside of the city stop at Kha Yone Cave, a beautiful natural cave where locals come to worship and say their prayers to ask for good health and prosperity. Kha‐Yone Cave is one of the natural limestone caves in Kha‐Yone Village, (Kyaikmayaw Township) in Mon State to the direction of Mawlamyine. The significant cultural heritage of Kha‐Yone Cave is its terracotta votive tablets on the interior walls and on the ceiling. (17th Century AD).
Another natural wonder, this cave opens into a vast arched room with walls adorned with thousands of tiny Buddha sculptures in the shape of sacred symbols and animals. At the bottom of the cave, a stupa marks the entrance to a tunnel that continues for a few hundred metres into the rock. From a natural lake within the cave, visitors can paddle a canoe along an underground stream until it emerges in local rice fields.
Just 10 minutes’ drive from Hpa‐An, Kawt Kathaung Cave, is a natural cave with fresh water spring where locals came not only for pilgrimage but always to soak themselves in the pool. If you are sportive, there are canoes to go around the canoe ride along paddy fields and village nearby
Ya Thea Pyan Cave was known in the colonial literature as P'agat Cave. The current name Ya Thea Pyan translates as Hermit Cave (as Ya Thea mean hermit). The cave is in a hill next to Kaw Goon Cave .
Every day at sunset, a swarm of bats emerges through a crevice in a massive cave on the bank of the Salween to hunt for food. This spectacle was previously off limits to foreigners, due to a curfew, however it can now be witnessed by all. You can enter the cave to watch locals gather the valuable guano deposited by the bats, however, the pungent aroma can be overpowering
In Kadoe Kawnat village, visit Kawnat Monastery, a magnificent building featuring beautiful woodcarving. It was built a century ago by a villager named U Nar Ouat, who was famed in those days for his wealth and generosity. Thanks to his donation , this religious site was built near his native village.
On the way out of Hpa‐An to Sadan Cave, Eain Du Karen Village is famous for a short village to see local traditional hand weaving workshop .