Sleeping at the monestary Hpa-an Myanmar
Last night I had a once in a lifetime experience. I was the only foreigner on a mountaintop and slept in a monastery.
Get from Hpa-an to the Monastery
To get from Hpa-an to the monastery you can take a motor taxi for 2000 MMK. The taxi will drop you off at the bottom of the mountain. The mountain is 750 meter up and that are some 3700 stair steps. The walk up will take around two hours by normal walking. Check the sunset time so you will be on time for that! If you’re lucky you will see some nice birds, lizards and squirrels and maybe more.
Costs to sleep at the monastery
When you want to sleep at the monastery you have to donate 5000 MMK. You will get a pillow, blanket and a blanket to sleep on. (see picture below)
What to bring when you want to sleep at the Monastery
- At least 1 liter water for the way up
- Fresh clothes
(your own sleeping bag)
Food and bathroom at the Monastery
When you are at the Monastery you can eat at the little restaurant. A meal will cost 2000 MMK. You can also buy some candy, shampoo and water (700 MMK) and more. The shop is a little bit expensive but when you think what they have to do to bring it to the top…
You can take a “shower” at the top. This is a traditional Myanmar bucket shower. The toilet is next to the showers and left is for men and right for the women. (Don’t trow your toilet paper in the toilet, but use the garbage bin)
Video sleep at the Monastery near Hpa-an
Check sunset and sunrise time table
Before you go check the sunset and sunrise time. You don’t want to miss that!
In the morning at the Monastery
It is dark early on the mountain so you can go sleep early. Better do it because the sunrise is early as well. The monks (and other) people will pray just before sunrise and that will wake you up for sure. Go check it out and be quiet, respect them.
After the morning pray everybody goes to the dining room for a breakfast. They invited me as well. A long table were they serve rice and some side dishes. Nice food for the morning walk down!
When you finished breakfast you can hang around the pagoda / Monastery or walk down. The walk will take around 1 hour and 15 minutes / 1.5 hour. (this is the other side of the mountain!)
My tip for visiting the Monastery near Pha-an.
Respect the people who lives there. Wear proper shoes to get up and down. Some stairs are old with gravel on top.