3 Must Do Hikes In Hpa An – Myanmar

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Hpa An is an and adventure-filled region in the south of Myanmar. Hpa An ended up being my number one favorite destination that I visited during my 2-week journey throughout Myanmar.

I have put together this complete guide of the 3 best hikes in Hpa An which are Zwegabin, Taung Wine, and Hpan Pu Mountain.

 

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3 MUST-DO HIKES IN HPA AN MYANMAR

 

#1 ZWEGABIN MOUNTAIN

The hardest, the longest, but the most rewarding hike in Hpa An Myanmar is the famous Mount Zwegabin hike!

I arrived at the base of Mount Zwegabin at 4:30 am, parked my scooter, and paid a 4,000 Kyat entrance fee to a monk at the beginning of the hike. He wrote me a ticket and I was on my way.

There was no easing into the Zwekabin Mountain hike, especially at 4:30 in the morning. There are concrete stairs that zigzag steeply all the way to the summit of Mount Zwekabin.

The majority of the hike is dimly lit with hanging lights and safety railings are in place where needed. I would recommend packing a torch to aid you in the darker areas along the Mount Zwegabin trail.

The Mount Zwegabin hike took me 1 hour and 15 minutes from bottom to top. This was with around 3 or 4 short breaks to sip on some water and catch my breath.

I arrived at the summit at 5:45 am with 30-minutes to spare before sunrise. However, I would recommend allowing 2-hours for the average person to hike to the top of Zwekabin Mountain.

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THE VIEWPOINTS AT MOUNT ZWEGABIN

There are two epic viewpoints not to be missed at the top of Mount Zwegabin which are;

Viewpoint #1:

When you arrive at the Mount Zwegabin Monastery (gold pagoda) take a left-hand turn down the concrete stairs towards another pagoda below, but at about halfway down there is a dirt trail leading off to the right and this will take you to a rocky hillside with insane views facing east where you’ll find the best spot to watch the sunrise.

Viewpoint #2:

The second best viewpoint is on the opposite side of the Zwekabin Mountain, only a 5-minute walk from the sunrise viewpoint. Look for the toilet block on the right-hand side of the Mount Zwegabin Monastery and you can actually climb on the roof for incredible west-facing views of Hpa An.

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#2 TAUNG WINE MOUNTAIN

Next on the list of best hikes in Hpa An is Taung Wine Mountain.

If you are an adventure enthusiast like myself and looking for a bang-for-buck hike in Hpa An, then you can’t go past an unforgettable journey to the summit of Taung Wine Mountain!

I left my accommodation (Keinnara Lodge) at 4:30 am and arrived at the base of Taung Wine Mountain at 5 am to begin the 45-minute ascent to make it to the summit for sunrise.

The hike does not ease you in at all. From the get-go the stairs are steep and the humidity is intense. I broke out in a sweat from head to toe about 15-minutes into the hike and my quads were already starting to burn.

However, I was so determined to make it to the top before the sun popped up over the horizon.

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I would recommend giving yourself at least one hour to hike Taung Wine Mountain, allowing for short breaks on the trail up to catch your breath and rehydrate.

I arrived at the summit of Taung Wine Mountain about 15-minutes before sunrise, so it was nice to have a breather before getting out my camera gear to get some shots.

As the sun started to rise and light up the Hpa-An region I was in complete awe of the insane panoramic views from the Taung Wine Pagoda!

The steel stairway on Taung Wine Mountain has a slight resemblance to the Stairway to Heaven stairs in Hawaii and this is the best spot to take photos.

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#3 HPAN PU MOUNTAIN

Last but not least on this guide is the hike to the top of Mount Hpan Pu for the sunset!

Hiking Hpan Pu Mountain was low-key one of the best experiences I had in Myanmar! The short 20 to 30-minute hike is steep, sweaty, and thirsty work but more than rewarding once you reach the summit!

On the trail to the top of Hpan Pu Mountain, you can expect overgrown shrubs, loose gravel, sharp rocks, and bamboo ladders, so your full attention is recommended during the hike as to not have any slips.

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At the summit of Hpan Pu Mountain is the Pha Bhu Taung Pagoda, offering 360-degree views of Hpa-An, the Thanlyin River, and distant mountain ranges.

The awe-inspiring views of the incredible landscapes in the region had me jaw-dropped and smiling from ear to ear. The fiery sunset on this day was the icing on the cake!

I recommend having at least 2 liters of drinking water for the Mount Hpan Pu hike as the humidity is quite intense. Believe me, it was thirsty work getting to the summit and back.

If you are hiking Mt Hpan Pu at sunset, you may want to pack a torch or phone light to aid you on the way back down the trail as it gets dark very quickly.

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WHERE TO STAY IN HPA AN

Hpa An has dozens of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Hpa-An to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

Luxury: Keinnara Lodge Hpa An

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Mid Range: Hotel United Hpa An

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Budget: Galaxy Motel Hpa An

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AIRBNB HPA AN

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks for reading this article and if you have any questions about hiking in Hpa An, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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