Hpa

Ana và I planned out much of our travels in Burma around the ability to lớn meet up with friends in the country & based on timing issues, we had four extra days và needed to stiông chồng cthất bại to lớn Yangon, Burma’scapital city. Based on the recommendation of fellow travelers, Ana & I pointed our noses toward Hpa-an, a small và sleepy town about seven hours southwest of Yangon(Rangoon for those who prefer the alternate spelling).

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Hpa-An hit on each of my anticipations: small, rural, markets, people and countryside hikes. I wish I could write this post with a sentiment that shouts out “wow, look at this place, it’s amazing, it’s wonderful, awe-inspiring you’ll be jealous I’m here!” That would sell people on the town và probably convincea few people khổng lồ steer their backpacks và wheelie suitcases in that direction.

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Amãng cầu looks out over the rice paddies and villages we spent the day wandering.

So, without a lot of fanfare we walked bachồng down those well-worn stone steps, followed the dirt path baông xã lớn the main road, & hailed a passing truông chồng willing to lớn drop us in town.

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It’s not the most remarkable of days. But it stands out in my memory for its simpliđô thị. The company couldn’t have been better, and it’s one of those days I really only discovered once I slowed down và savored cadence of life in each new town.

Quiông xã Travel Tips for Hpa-An

Wheretostay: Hpa-An is about five hours south of Yangon, và budget travelers can’t go wrong with the Soe Brothers Guesthouse (it’s one of the few guesthouses in town, so it was easy to get dropped directly here!). If you’re looking for something budget but a bit nicer, opt for Thanlwin Pyar Guest House.

HowtogettoHpa-An: Buses run to Hpa-An from Yangon (perhaps seven hours on a good day), to lớn get to lớn Kyaiktiyo, the Golden Rochồng, you ride in the bachồng of a truchồng for a very optimistic five sầu lớn seven hours. I’ve heard lovely things about the boat to và fromMawlamyine.

What to lớn do: Book your tours through the Soe Brothers Guesthouse. They speak great English and can organize tours khổng lồ Mount Zwegabin, any of the surrounding caves, và everything there is to vì in town. Even if you stay at the mid-range hotel 10k outside of town, book your activities through Soe Brothers. The morning market is great & a great place lớn grab a street-food breakfast if you eat meat (vegetarians are better off at the restaurant/siêu thị just near the Soe Brothers).

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What to read: I used the Lonely Planet Myanmar throughout our month in the country và it was, at times, the only way I could figure out English language information on logistics. If you plan lớn explore off-the-path, having a guidebook is invaluable when figuring out whether a train, bus, or pickup truông xã is your best transport option. You should also bring one of the fascinating books about Myanmar to read as you travel there—it will lkết thúc you insight inkhổng lồ the culture & people. I recommkết thúc The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma and Finding George Orwell in Burma—each on offers a different but needed perspective sầu on such a contradictory country.


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