HLAWGA NATIONAL PARK

A real taste of Myanmar Nature in Yangon at Hlawga National Park

To read about my visit to Hlawga National Park, visit the blog here: Real Myanmar Nature at Hlawaga National Park

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Entrance Fee: Entrance fee to the Hlawga National Park is about 800 kyat ($0.50 USD); Car entrance to the drive-through safari costs 1,000 kyat ($0.80) per car. You can also rent a minibus for a group through the park for a nominal fee.

Visiting Hours: The Park opens daily from 8:00am until 4:00pm

Location: The Hlawga National Park is located 22 miles north of Yangon (35km) on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway and takes about one and a half hours driving to get there due to traffic and construction. Bus #53 goes to Hlawga Wildlife Park from Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon.

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Hlawga National Park

Hlawga National Park is a national nature park located in Mingaladon Township in northern Yangon, Myanmar. The park is located 22 miles (35 km) north of Yangon yet driving from Yangon takes around one and a half hours due to traffic and twisting roads. The 1540-acre (623-hectare) park includes an 818-acre (313 hectare) wildlife park, a 62-acre (25-hectare) mini-zoo and a 660-acre (267-hectare) buffer zone.

Hlawga National Park

Hlawga National Park

Hlawga National Park

The Hlawga National Park was established back in 1982 as an environmental education center and currently serves as a popular day-trip destination for Yangonites, eco-tourists and your regular, run-of-the-mill traveler.

The park utilizes the catchment area of the Zokanabe Lake with an extension dam built back in 1921–1924 to reinforce the greater Hlawga Lake. The park was established in 1982 with joint-funding by the UNDP and the Burmese government. The park was meant to not only house a collection of Burmese indigenous wildlife but to protect the forests and vegetative cover in the catchment of Hlawga Lake.

Hlawga National Park

The Hlawga National Park is home to various types of deer, rhesus monkeys, pythons and pangolins. Each day different animals are on display/resting so you may not get to the chance to see all the creatures at once. Their natural habitats consist of semi-evergreen forests, mixed deciduous forests and swamp forests. The semi-evergreen type of vegetation around the park creates ideal habitats for a variety of reptiles from monitor lizards to cobras and even the famed Burmese python. These animals are much rarer and even harder to spot. According to a 1992 survey (and Wikipedia!), the park was home to at least 21 species of mammals, 145 species of birds and 8 species of reptiles.

Hlawga National Park

Hlawga National Park

Hlawga National Park

Hlawga National Park

For those into ornithology, resident and migratory birds are abundant inside the park. Season-depending, you may spot the jungle fowl, red-vented bulbul, lesser whistling duck, Asian Openbill Stork, black-crowned night heron and white-throated babbler.

The aforementioned mini-zoo is a great little walk-through area perfect for families with children. It features many small mammals, birds, tigers, leopards, bears and estuarine crocodiles in large spacious cages with moated enclosures and much smaller aviaries. Free-roaming monkeys hang around as well, usually pining for snacks.

Other than the walk-through zoo and drive-through safari, visitors can hitch an elephant ride through the park (not recommended for humane reasons), hiking on jungle trails, boating on the lake and bird watching. Picnic areas are located throughout the park where you can dine and take in the sights and sounds of the Hlawga National Park. You can also rent a hut (5,000 kyat) or chalet (20,000 kyat) for day-use only.

Hlawga National Park

Hlawga National Park

Hlawga National Park

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Resources:

Hlawga National Park Wiki

Phillip Harbor

Author, blogger, photographer, all-around world traveler

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IsraeliAbroad (formerly SidepieceDiplomat) was started as a passion project by amateur photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!

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IsraeliAbroad was started as a passion project by photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!