From Mawlamyine we traveled by riverboat to Hpa-an. The landscape gradually changed from flat delta land to karst mountains.

near Hpa-an, Myanmar
Karst Landscape

We spent a day touring the local sights including several caves and an amazing balancing rock pagoda.

cave near Hpa-an
Kawgun Cave
Kyauk Kalap, Myanmar
Kyauk Kalap
Saddar Cave, Myanmar
Saddar Cave and the Secret Lake

We had been invited to visit a local Buddhist-Hindu festival by one of the sand painting designers. When we arrived they were giving away free food. We also made a guest appearance lighting candles; we were both photographed and videotaped!

Buddhist festival in Hpa-an
Free Ice Cream
monks in Hpa-an
Reciprocal Photograph
hand cranked carousel at Hpa-an
Hand Turned Carousel

The man who kept the merry-go-round going looks as bored as a carny worker anywhere in the world!


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