By Thiha, the Traveller
My trip to Kayah State ended in Pasawng. I returned from the town for various reasons despite wish to continue the trip. It is sure that a night I spent in Pasawng was an unforgettable date in my life.
The town Pasawng
It is a really calm and quiet town. On arriving at the town, the road between Bawlakhe and Pasawng was under repairing. So, I took some hours to drive a short length of road. Some people said Pasawng derived from Pekasawng in Mon language but some told Pasawng meant the area of a large, steep stone plaque in Shan language. Some persons said as Khemaphyu Village was ablaze in 1971, people from the whole village moved to Pasawng Village. Then, it became town. People from the whole town can see beauty of Thanlwin River. It is a confluence of Pun River (Nampun River) and Thanlwin River.
The town is in high temperature in summer but very cold in cold season. Likewise, monsoon gives large rainfalls to the town. The best time to visit to the town is between cold season and spring.
Visiting sites in Pasawng
There are lesser number of visiting sites in town and its environs. But, if you go far away, you may see many visiting sites. The travelling sites near the town are:
Yadana Zanaung Pagoda
The magnificent pagoda takes a position on a hillock at the entrance to the town. New umbrella was hoisted in February 2020. From the hillock of the pagoda, visitors can view beauty of Thanlwin River while paying homage to the pagoda. The scene might be very beautiful in the evening. But, I felt very hot when I arrived there near noon.
Thanlwin Bridge in Pasawng is a famous visiting site. Strolling along the bridge is a chance for travellers to enjoy scenic beauty of Thanlwin River. The bridge was commissioned into service in July 2015.
Buddha image for praying
The hilly road from the junction of Thanlwin Bridge leads to Dekkhinarama Monastery and Buddha image for praying. These edifices can be seen from the bridge.
Pun River confluence is the most favourite of youths and focal point of swimming where people from various areas of Kayah State come to. The confluence of Pun River and Htoo Creek is located not far from the entrance to the town. In open season, the area is crowded with restaurants and the people who take relaxation by fishing, taking a bath and swimming.
Other visiting sites
If you have spare time, you may go to other visiting sites such as Mawchi mine (by driving an hour passing Khemaphyu Village), Ayaungpyaung Hill, Tananlok Cave, Meisei (sharing border with Thailand), Natt Hill, Bawlakhe and surrounding areas.
Lodging in Pasawng
Despite lesser options, existing lodges give better services to the guests. I stayed at Yamin Thit motel. Two-storey building and rooms were convenient. Travellers can enjoy scene of Thanlwin River from the back of motel. As one more choice, Hsaung Yeik Mon Lodge is located near the entrance to the town.
Eateries in Pasawng
Various kinds of foods are available at small restaurants. Most of the food shops sell goods meals for breakfast. Master-3 is the best for lunch and dinner.
How can you go?
I think travellers should pay better visits to Pasawng via Loikaw but directly visit there. If they wish to have idea to wonder around there, dial 09-907478282 of Treasure Host Loikaw the tour agency.
Pasawng said goodbye to me in a calm and quiet position when I left there. I think when I visited Pasawng, I think it was time of lesser number of various sizes of vehicles. I was dissatisfied for losing chance of continuing one more trip to Meisei but I expected to pay the second trip to Pasawng.
May you always be safe and secure, healthy and happy on your trips. Translated by Than Tun Aung
Photos : Thiha Lu Lin, Ko Tun Lin Maung, Ah Khaw, Ma Htike