Mandalay, situated on the Irrawaddy River, is upper Myanmar’s major cultural and commercial centre. On one hand, Hpa An is a city in Kayin State inhabited by people from the Karen ethnic group. Hpa An is an evolving tourist destination for those who want to enjoy laidback Myanmar culture. Here you will get to experience the local life, explore several caves, see the rice fields, and visit the biggest reclining Buddha in the world.
To travel the 700 km distance from Mandalay to Hpa An, you have 2 options: The cheapest option is to take a bus via Yangon ($36) for 15 hours. Alternatively, you can take a quick 85-minute flight ($100) to Yangon and then continue with a 7-hour bus ride ($5) to Hpa An.
Mandalay to Hpa An via Yangon by Bus
Duration: 15 hours
Duration: 15 hours
At present, there are no direct buses going from Mandalay to Hpa An. You will need to take a bus from Mandalay to Yangon first and then another bus from Yangon to Hpa An.
The journey is quite long as travel time between these 3 cities is 15 hours. The total cost of the journey by bus starts from $36 for standard seats and $40 for VIP seats.
Bus schedules from Mandalay to Hpa An
Mandalar Minn Express (Mandalay – Yangon) Mandalar Minn Express (Yangon – Hpa An)
From Yangon International Airport, you will have to make your way to Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Station to take the bus to Hpa An. The distance from the airport to the bus station is 8 kilometers and a taxi ride costs around $2.
Travel time from Yangon to Hpa An is 7 hours and a one way ticket starts at $5.
Hotel Champion is located in central Hpa-an and features a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel offers a continental or buffet breakfast.
Hpa An Boutique Inn offers rooms with air conditioning and private bathrooms. The property provides free private parking and free WiFi. A continental breakfast is available each morning. The staff are known to be very friendly and welcoming.
Hotel Perfect Hpa-An is centrally located near amenities and sights. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. There is an on-site restaurant, 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. A buffet breakfast is included with your stay.
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