Kayin State

Pha An
The small capital of Kayin State is recently accessible for tourists - either by boat from Mawlamyine or by car from Kyaiktiyo - and still unknown to many Travellers, but very well known among Buddhist pilgrims who have to live strictly on vegetable while traveling to this area. Their destination is the revered monk Thar Manya, who dwells on top of of the Tharmanya Hill.

From far away Zwekabin Mountain stands out 800 meters above the lowland and is a milestone for the Kayin people living in this lush plain. A climb of hundreds of uneven steps to the monastery on the peak will reward you with an outstanding view.