Attractive cave temple, pesky monkeys
Published/Last edited or updated: 6th September, 2016
Hot springs and bathing pools for men and women make this another reason to stop by.
The cave is located further out of town on the road to Thaton, so it isn’t on all the standard Zwegabin tours and sees fewer visitors.
A car park, lying a short distance off the main Hpa-an to Thaton highway, has a couple of snack stands and a narrow footpath leads past the bathing pools to the temple complex. Marshlands spread out on either side which, especially during winter months, are good for birdlife. The various shrines, stupas and statues are spread out over several low levels at the foot of the cliff, linked by stairs and interspersed with trees that are home to a resident long-tailed macaque population.
The caves themselves, while not as deep as the fabulous cave temples at Pindaya for instance are more extensive than many in the region and extend into the mountain lined with numerous Buddha images. A legend attached to the cave gives rise to its colloquial name – King’s Brother Cave – since apparently a royal family member hid in this cave to escape pursuers. Exactly who he was and who he was hiding from we’re not sure, but it’s fortunate that there are so many caves in the area since we’re not sure this one would have hidden anyone for very long.
The entrance to Bayin Nyi is around half way to Thaton, so only perhaps it’s only practical to visit if you’ve got your own wheels. Take it in if you can, but it’s not an essential stop.
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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