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Monday, All Day Exploring the Hpa An Area

Hpa An, Myanmar
Monday, November 26, 2018
I rented a motorbike from the hotel in the morning for 10K, all day. The first stop was Mount Zwegabin. I climbed the million steps to the top for the spectacular 360 degree view of the entire area. It was a hard climb up even though it was cement stepss all the way and everybody was gassed. There are a couple of pagoda stupas at the top as well as the band of macaques that try to steal everything. It took about an hour and a half to go up and an hour to come back down. I was soaked in sweat and wiped out at the end of it.

Next I took the back roads as much as possible to the Saddan Cave. The back roads had some nice scenery of the bright green rice paddies in front of the karst mountains that rise dramatically out of the flat plain. There were a few other tourists on motorbikes trying to find their way around. We have to stop at almost every intersection to check the map on our phones.

At Saddan Cave, access to the road to return to Npa An on the other side of the mountain was closed. I had to go back along the main road and then cut through the mountains.

I crossed the river on the big bridge that was full of trucks and buses to go to the bat cave. The bat cave was closed and no one was around so I went on down the road to the KawGon (KawGon) Cave and took a look.


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