Mawlamyine, or Moulmein, is to our minds one of the most photogenic towns in Burma. The town’s fantastic location boasts ancient temples overlooking dramatic limestone crags to the east and the picturesque islands and seascapes of the Salween Estuary to the west, and the locals lack the shyness you so often see among those living in remote villages, but they’re not blase like the Inle traders ... Read more about Mawlamyine street life .
Mawlamyine town itself doesn't really possess too many tourist sites as such but then... it doesn't really need any. We reckon strolling along the busy Strand Road waterfront, meeting the locals in the super friendly markets, taking in the views from the hilltop pagodas or just wandering the back streets checking out the wonderful old buildings could keep the most hyper visitor happy for some ... Read more about Things to do in Mawlamyine .
Again, no accommodation is available in this area so you would have to return to Mawlamyine but if you left early enough it would be just possible to do them all in a day. It'd probably be safer, and less of a rush, to split the destinations into two though and do the Mudon sites one day and Thanbyuzayat and Kyaikkami another. Note the Strand Hotel advertise taxi hire for this day trip for ... Read more about Things to do to the south of Mawlamyine .
Thaton This fairly nondescript provincial town lies approximately halfway between Kyaiktiyo and Mawlamyine at the junction of Route 85 to Hpa-An and the main north-south highway #8. Thaton is one of the oldest towns in Southeast Asia and was an important entrepot on the China-India trade route at least as long as 1,500 years ago. The area between the Sittang and Salween rivers corresponds to ... Read more about Things to do to the north of Mawlamyine .
“Lookin’ lazy at the sea” from Mawlamyine you’re looking at the point where the Than Lwin Estuary emerges into the Gulf of Martaban with geography further confused by a liberal scattering of islands between the two. The large, relatively flat island directly west of town is Bilu Kyun, Bilu Island, known locally as Ogre Island. (We heard several stories behind the name with our favourite ... Read more about Bilu Island .
One day in the future when there’s a souvenir shop in Mawlamyine high street selling Mon handicrafts, maps and postcards (if postcards still exist then), Kyaikkami pagoda will feature heavily on the cards. The red-roofed, gleaming white monastery jutting into the sometimes turquoise, sometimes murky brown waters of the Bay of Bengal is certainly one of Mon State’s most iconic ... Read more about Kyaikkami pagoda .