Kyaiktiyo (also known as Golden Rock) is worth visiting for the gravity-defying boulder itself and the breathtaking views in its surrounding area. Lying over 1000m above sea level, the Kyaiktiyo pagoda is a major pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists. The small stupa stands on a massive gold-leafed boulder delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff at the top of Mt Kyaiktiyo. You can feast your eyes on a panoramic view over tree-capped mountains around you all the time as Mt Kyaiktiyo is higher than all the others.

Pha-an'The proof of the pudding is in the eating', as the saying goes. At least, you should pay a visit to Pha-an to enjoy its natural beauties. Pha-an, the capital of Kayin State, lies in a beautiful location amid limestone mountains. Thanlwin River flows close beside the western part of the town. The real highlights of the Pha-an area are all scattered around the rural countryside out of town. Eleven kilometers south of the city is Mt Zwegabin, which is photogenic. Standing proud in the middle of a small lake is Kyauk Kalap, a small stupa on a tall finger of sheer rock. The 7th-century artwork of Kawgun and Yathaypyan Caves consists of thousands of tiny clay Buddha images and carvings plastered all over the walls.


Mawlamyine is an important seaport as well as the capital of Mon State. The city is lush and green with trees. A unique feature of the city is that it lies at the confluence of three rivers. In the eastern part of the city is a ridge of stupa-capped hills, along which a stroll gives you an unforgettable experience. There is a fascinating range of sights in and around the city. From Mawlamyine you can make a half day trip to Win Sein Taw Ya, the world's biggest reclining Buddha Image measuring about 200m in length. Bilu Kyun, the big island of Mon villages, is a worthwhile day trip to study the rural way of life.

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