While new shopping malls seem to open almost daily in Thailand and Malaysia and supermarkets are on the rise in Vietnam and Cambodia these days, Burma’s shopping is still largely done traditional style, at street markets. Now we confess to doing a weekly shop at our local superstore, and of course don’t begrudge Southeast Asians having the same conveniences that Western shoppers enjoy, but ... Read more about Hpa-an morning market .
A visit to the wonderful Saddar Cave is certainly one of Karen or Kayin State’s highlights. The limestone karst scenery of Zwegabin and other mountainous outcrops dotted among the paddy surrounding Hpa-An hosts several spectacular caves but Saddar, involving a temple but also a hike through underground passages to the far side of the mountain and a return by dug-out canoe, is something ... Read more about Saddar Cave .
Well, to be honest, not a lot! The interesting destinations as far as visitors are concerned are all outside of the town itself, with the exception of the market. Temples -- nothing special, museums -- couldn't find any, spectacular old colonial architecture -- don't think the Brits had too much of a presence here bit tea shops yes and oh, the market's good! Located smack in the centre of town ... Read more about Things to do in Hpa-an .
Most sites are within easy reach of town, revolving around the nearby limestone formations. There are undoubtedly many more worthy destinations but at present you’re not permitted to wander too far in Karen State. Caves, cave temples and temples are the order of the day and whilst at a push you could include most of the main sites in a one day tour it would be a bit of a rush and two days at a ... Read more about Things to do around Hpa-An .