Exploring Thandaunggyi, located in Myanmar's Kayin State
Thandaunggyi is located in the mountains located a 5 hour drive away from Yangon. Due to its elevation, the town experiences cool weather all year round and the area boasts picturesque views too! Here' are a few places of interest you can visit during your stay here.
Places to go
1. Mount Naw Bu Baw
Mount Naw Bu Baw is also known as Prayer Mountain. People climb up here to pray and to look at the views from the mountain too. It’s about 300 steps up from the drop off point before you reach the top.
There are rooms for prayer located on your way up to the top that people can use too.
You get to see panoramic views of the area when you reach the top.
This is also a great sunrise viewing point, it’s a pity it was too cloudy when we were here to view the sunrise.
2. Youth for Christ’s Castle
This is an old castle bought by Youth For Christ. It’s about 100 years old.
The castle and its surroundings are very photogenic too!
You get to see nice views from the castle’s viewpoint as well.
3. Tea Plantation
They have tea plantations and factories where you can visit here.
You get to enjoy the views and greenery of the place as well. There are also coffee plantations and factories that you can visit but they’re only open on certain days so we didn’t get to go there.
Things to do
Locals here will bring you on various routes with varying levels of difficulties and to different sightseeing points as well.
A short hike brings you to a hot spring where you can soak in hot water surrounded by nature.
There are waterfalls in the area where you can hike to to view as well.
2. Tree Planting
You can also help to plant trees to reduce soil erosion in the area as well.
Places to stay
Kaing’s Villa B&B
We stayed in Kaing’s Villa, a family owned B&B.
The rooms were comfortable and well equipped.
Meals are served in their cafe and we often get local food (Burmese cuisine or traditional Karen dishes).
Thandaunggyi is a place where you get to get in touch with nature and enjoy a slower pace of life. There are lots do and see depending on which season you visit and depending on what festivals are being celebrated.
We travelled with Actxplorer Myanmar and they brought us around so we could truly enjoy the experiences. Their prices are really reasonable and the guides are friendly and helpful too. Do consider them if you would like to visit!