Hpa An

Padogas and temples are everywhere in Myanmar.  This striking setting in southern Myanmar near the Thai border features a mushroom shaped rock with a pagoda at the very top.  The trip is for the very adventurous across dilapidated and ill-maintained bamboo bridges.  No, I did not attempt it.  I am confident the view from below was superior.  We next visited several of the areas very religious temples built inside caves many centuries ago.   It was refreshing to see such amazing things without hawkers of tourist kitsch.  These caves are clearly not for tourists (lack of cleanliness and no facilitiesbut represent very holy sites that very important to the people of Myanmar.