Mount Zwegabin : Kayin State, Myanmar

Mount Zwekabin is mountain in Myanmar. It is in the region of Karen, in the southern part of the country, 400 km south of the capital Naypyidaw. The top of Zwekabin is 722 metres above sea level.

The tallest of the limestone mountains that ring Hpa-an is Mt Zwegabin, about 7 miles south of town, which as well as being a respectable 2372ft, is also home to spirits and saintly souls. The two-hour hike to the summit is demanding – up many steps and with aggressive monkeys as constant adversaries – but once at the top the rewards are plentiful.

The summit takes in staggering views, a small monastery and a stupa containing, yes, you guessed it, another hair from the Buddha. If you arrive at the top before noon you can take advantage of a complimentary lunch (rice, orange and tea) and the 11am monkey feeding – different primates, different menus.

The descent down the east side of the mountain takes around 1½ hours. At the time of writing, there was talk of a cable car being constructed in the near future.

Mount Zwegabin
Location: Kayin State, Myanmar

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