This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kayin. To help you make friends with Kayin before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Kayin, Myanmar (Burma) (formerly known as Karen) is an eastern state in Myanmar that boasts incredible nature and culture. The most popular place for backpackers in the region is the capital city of Hpa-An, which is also where the majority of hostels in Kayin, Myanmar (Burma), can be found.
The Kayin state was previously closed to tourism until a few years before this writing, so backpackers shouldn't expect much from Kayin, Myanmar (Burma) hostels in the area. Some areas in Kayin state are still closed off to foreigners for safety reasons. It is still quite rare to find hostels in Kayin, Myanmar (Burma), and even the capital city of Hpa-An only has around three hostel options. Typically amenities like Wi-Fi, modern bathrooms, and in-house cafes are not typical, even in high-end hotels. However, this means the area is still very much undiscovered and off-the-beaten-path, so you're sure to have a memorable adventure!
Backpackers head to Kayin to explore nature. After visiting the incredible limestone cliffs and rice patty fields then touring the various monasteries and temples of Hpa-An, travelers can take a river boat to explore nearby Myawaddy. Top sites at Hpa-An include the Saddan Cave and numerous hot springs.
It is fairly easy to get around the Kayin state by bus, but transportation may not be available frequently, so it's best to book in advance when possible. It is easiest to explore the Kayin state by renting a motorbike, as much of the sightseeing is quite spread out. There is an airport in Hpa-An that is connected to other regions in Myanmar.
As the Kayin state doesn't usually host many tourists, it's important to keep an open mind while exploring this beautiful area. Wi-Fi may be nonexistent and you may be hard-pressed to find any locals who speak English, but you'll always be greeted with a smile and be treated as a friend, even by complete strangers.
Written by local enthusiast for Kayin hostelsLola