Driving time to the park from Yangon is minimum one hour despite being only 27km. The good news is that the majority of the park is made up of attractive marshland which surrounds a central lake. Picnic sites are scattered throughout. Wildlife-wise we saw a variety of bird species, deer, wild pigs and water buffalo. One has two options when entering the park, either paying to come in on the single track-one way dirt road in your own vehicle or pay for the “park shuttle” which is more or less a 15 seat cheetah-print golf cart (ks500 pp or 1 hr. private 24 seat buggy ks15000 total). The bad news is that guests are sold kilos of bananas at the park’s entrance. You’re encouraged to throw these bananas to packs of monkeys which descend on the cart throughout the entire 30 minute loop.
In addition to the lake-loop, Hlawga also has a mini-zoo. The atmosphere of this feature is a bit underwhelming. It’s dilapidated and without many actual animals. Those that are there are kept in huge overgrown enclosures. There were two massive areas which housed some version of Asiatic Black Bears which guests were encouraged to feed with slices of white-bread sold at stalls nearby. There were several cages that did have a variety of bird species, including several raptors.
Though it was unavailable when we were there, the zoo supposedly offers elephant rides on Saturdays & Sundays.