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===Mt Zwegabin===
 
===Mt Zwegabin===
Fit or not, the climb up Mt Zwekabin will hit you like a ton of bricks (1 hour at fastest, usually 1.5 or more, straight up). Some sleep at the monastery at the top-- which since February 2017 has been off limits to foreigners-- but there's no grassy space for camping or the like. The top can be accessed from the southwest or east enhances, the latter being steeper. But it's closer and probably more comfortable from the east.  The west side access is popular with tours and it has a monastery with hundreds of Buddha statues at the bottom. This is around 10 km from Hpa An (doable on a bicycle). The trails are well marked on [http://openstreetmap.org OpenStreetMap]. Drinks are double price at the top, so bring your own. Views during the dry season may be less than spectacular, as the horizon becomes invisible with dust /fog.  
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Fit or not, the climb up Mt Zwekabin will hit you like a ton of bricks (1 hour at fastest, usually 1.5 or more, straight up). Some sleep at the monastery at the top (FORBIDEN FOR FOREGINERS SINCE FEB 2017), but there's no grassy space for camping or the like. The top can be accessed from the southwest or east enhances, the latter being steeper. But it's closer and probably more comfortable from the east.  The west side access is popular with tours and it has a monastery with hundreds of Buddha statues at the bottom. This is around 10 km from Hpa An (doable on a bicycle). The trails are well marked on [http://openstreetmap.org OpenStreetMap]. Drinks are double price at the top, so bring your own. Views during the dry season may be less than spectacular, as the horizon becomes invisible with dust /fog.  
  
 
Taking a boat from Hpa-An to Mawlamyine is a great idea. The boat costs about 10,000 kyats and it's a 3 hour journey to Mawlamyine. It's a more pleasant way to traverse down the Than Lwin river.
 
Taking a boat from Hpa-An to Mawlamyine is a great idea. The boat costs about 10,000 kyats and it's a 3 hour journey to Mawlamyine. It's a more pleasant way to traverse down the Than Lwin river.

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