Site Name: King’s Cave (aka Bayin Nyi)
Area: Near Hpa-An, Karen State
This cave in Karen State is quite impressive and well set up for tourist. The surface caves are vast and beautiful and a short cave walk is available. If you ask the monk on site they will turn the lights on for you to follow the tunnel path. It is safe and well maintained, so long as you stick to the path.
There are quite a lot of stairs up to the cave so it may not be best for the elderly or disabled. At the time of writing there is no fee to enter.
At the foot of the stairs there is a hot spring that children were swimming in. I can’t vouch for its cleanliness though!
Hpa-An is well set up for tourists so if you’re staying there you’ll have no trouble getting on a tour to this site. If you’re in Mawlamyine you have a few options:
2. Hire a car and driver. Make a day trip of it to be more cost effective – I suggest Sa-Dan Cave, Kawgoon Cave and Kyauk Ka Latt also.
3. Hire a scooter and drive yourself. Be aware that even though the hire place might not ask for it, you do need to have a licence to ride a scooter in Myanmar. Hpa-An is the only region in Karen State that foreigners are permitted to go, so if you choose to self drive, make sure that you don’t deviate from your path.
Don’t feed the monkeys. They bite!!
This is a religious site and guests are expected to behave accordingly. This means covered shoulders, knees and cleavage, removing your shoes and overall behaving in a respectful manner. Note that you should never show the soles of your feet to a Buddha statue, should never touch someone on the head and should absolutely never touch a monk’s robes.