A former hill station during the British colonial era, Thandaunggyi provides a tranquil retreat in the picturesque hills of northern Kayin state. It boats sweeping views across mountain ranges, colonial relics, and an insight into the unique Kayin Culture.
As a post conflict area there has been little development of industry and business around Thandaunggyi, with most people surviving through farming. In 2014, the Thandaunggyi Tourism Development Working Group (TTDWG) was formed, and is currently developing a range of tourism activities, including cycling, hiking, and local life experiences with the aim of providing new economic opportunities for locals. Several B&Bs have recently opened which can accommodate foreign tourists who want to try out these new activities or are just seeking a quiet refuge.
Thandaunggyi is about one hour’s drive from Taungoo in northern Bago Region. Taungoo can be reached easily by bus from Yangon and is also a stop on the Yangon to Mandalay railway line.