Hpa An is the state capital of Karen State with about 80.000 inhabitants vomit. You will find out the story if you ask someone at the Shweyinhmyaw Paya, where a frog and a snake are placed. The quiet pagoda overlooks the Than Lwin (Salween) River. Beside the river the town is surrounded by picturesque limestone mountains in all direction. Most inhabitants are Buddhists, followed by Baptist, Anglican and Roman Catholic Christians. Hpa An has been missioned during the colonial times. To get a bit of background on local culture and history, visit to the Kayin Cultural Museum. With the opening of the Thai/Burmese border at nearby Myawaddy, the town has become the most overland travel from Thailand. The new A1 Highway, which will eventually connect to India takes you form the Thai Border to Hpa An in less than 3 hours.