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Thandaung Gyi, a picturesque hill station off the tourist trail

A chance for a quiet sojourn - Thandaung Gyi. Photo: Aurelia Rusek
A chance for a quiet sojourn - Thandaung Gyi. Photo: Aurelia Rusek

Near the top of the Dawparkho mountain range in Kayin State, at the end of a road that runs east from Taungoo is Thandaung Gyi, one of the less well known of the hill stations established during British colonial rule.

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Sunset on the beach in the Myeik archipelago. Photo: AX

In conjunction with an invitation to attend the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Nay Pyi Taw at the end of January, I decided to take a long-awaited and planned overland trip to southern Myanmar to explore and survey a “Buddha Land” region with a myriad of golden glittering pagodas.

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Hpa-an Lodge is a welcome addition to the somewhat limited dining options in the Kayin State capital. There are a number of tea shops and some excellent Thai restaurants on the main road leading to the centre of Hpa-an, but there were just about zero options for upscale restaurants until the Lodge opened last year.

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Hpa-an
 

Like many of the weekend getaway spots that seem deceptively close to Yangon on a map, a trip to Hpa-an takes longer than you might want for a weekend getaway from the commercial capital. A visit to the Kayin State capital is better suited to a holiday weekend, when you can leave work early on Friday.

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 Pyay-Payas
 

Unlike the ‘Road to Mandalay’ the ‘Road to Pyay’ or Prome as it was known, is less well travelled by those on the tourist trail.

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Bagan remains the jewel in the crown of tourism attractions in Myanmar. Tourists visit a temple in Bagan. Photo: Mizzima
Bagan remains the jewel in the crown of tourism attractions in Myanmar. Tourists visit a temple in Bagan. Photo: Mizzima

Bagan has been pushed to second place by Luang Prabang in this year’s ranking by a magazine of the world’s top city tourist destinations, according to Wanderlust Travel Magazine.