ABOUT THANDAUNG GYI
Founded in 1852, Thandaung Gyi is a picturesque little town situated in northern mountains of Kayin (Karen) State. About a 5-6 hour drive from Yangon, it sits at 4,820 feet (1,470 metres) above sea level and because of its temperate climate, was previously used by the British as a hill station and summer resort. The architecture of this unique town is thus characterised by old colonial buildings, as well as numerous churches, pagodas, a Hindu temple and traditional Karen houses.
Thandaung Gyi is surrounded by untouched natural beauty, with scenic mountain landscapes, lush vegetation, rivers, waterfalls and hot springs, perfect for trekking and hiking adventures. It is most famous for the stunning Naw Bu Baw Prayer Mountain, an important pilgrimage site for Christian Karen people.
Thandaung Gyi produces a variety of local products including vegetables and fruits such as dog fruit, mangosteen, sugarcane, beans, cucumber, and bamboo shoots. The area is also famous for its tea, betel nut, coffee, black cardamom and honey. You can tour local farms to look at the cultivation, harvesting and packaging process and can buy the local products directly from the farms or from B&Bs, local shops and restaurants.
Thandaung Gyi has been receiving quite a bit of coverage in major travel and mainstream media. Click on the links below to read and listen to some of the coverage:
Frontier Magazine Cover Story (Volume 3, Issue 35, February 22, 2018) - Head for the Hills
Myanmar National Airlines In-Flight Magazine (Issue 1 - 2018) - Mythical Wonders of Thandaung Gyi
The Kite Tales - From Wartime, with love
Do Remember to:
Take your passport or a copy of the picture page and your visa with you
Take sufficient cash with you as payments as are all in cash and there are no ATMs
Pack a sweater/ light jacket for the cooler temperatures, rain gear for wet season and good trekking or walking shoes
Pre-book your B&Bs especially during the peak dry season (October to May)
Relax and enjoy Thandaung Gyi - mobile phone and internet connection is very limited. MPT service is now available throughout the area