The capital of Karen (Kayin) State, Hpa An is has only recently removed from restricted list of travel destinations. It is a small charming town with backpacker feel to it since the town is not very developed and budget friendly. Despite the size of it, it still is a commercial center for Karen state, and almost all the locals are Karen people. It sits on the eastern bank of Thanlwin river, and its main attractions includes caves, mountains with amazing views to hike and explore, and relaxed atmosphere. Since it is not one of the touristy places, it is an ideal travel destination for travellers who enjoy exploring off the beaten tracks and experience the country in a different way.