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Thanbyuzayat

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The lively little commercial centre and transport hub of Thanbyuzayat lies around 60 kilometres south of the capital Mawlamyine, and a roughly equivalent distance north of the state’s second town, Ye.

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Although at present no tourist-licensed accommodation is offered, several sights of interest lie in and around town. The market and tea shops of Thanbyuzayat centre — bustling to the point of hectic — are also worth a stop in their own right. Originally this was an old tin-mining centre (Thanbyuzayat apparently means tin shelter) and you can still see an old Victorian bandstand-style building in the town centre by the clocktower roundabout. In later times, Thanbyuzayat was the terminus of the Japanese railway line from Kanchanaburi, which formed a supply route from Bangkok to Imperial troops in Burma. The railway was notoriously built using forced Allied ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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