Hpa-An, also known as Pa An, is a charming town and capital of the Kayin state, located north of Mawlamyine and near to the Thai border. Hpan-An is reachable by car from Yangon or Mawlamyine, or by a five to six hour boat ride from Mawlamyine to Hpa-An. Hpa-An is a distinctive rural town, with a dramatic backdrop of limestone mountains. Covered in luscious tropical greenery and offerring picturesque views, the tallest mountain is Mount Zwekabin. The Kayin people are very fond of the color red, which is seen worn by most men women.
Hpa-An is famous for caves, hillside Pagodas and colorful markets. Noteworthy places to explore are the Kyauktan Ye Le Pagoda with its impressive collection of artwork; the historic natural limestone Kaw Goon Cave; and the Lumbini Garden that boast 1,000 Buddha images. See also the Kyauk Kalap Monastery; the Bayin Nyi Cave, perched atop a hill having a large entrance chamber filled with many statues; and the Shwe-yin Myaw World Peace Pagoda at the bank of Thanlwin River.