Ye walking tour

Ye walking tour

An enjoyable wander

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We have two suggested itineraries for exploring charming Ye. The first takes in the market, so is best done in the morning, and the other, a loop around the lake, is ideal for the afternoon and sunset. You could perhaps split them up over a day, with a trip up to Banana Mountain or down to the beach at Bin Le Wa in the middle of the day.

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North side of the moat or lake Photo by: Mark Ord.
North side of the moat or lake Photo: Mark Ord

Although lacking the stock of grand old colonial architecture of larger towns along this coast, you’ll nonetheless see several impressive old buildings dotted among the shops, cafes and bus company offices. Following the street to the west, you’ll reach a second pagoda located at the highest point of the road.

Guarded by a pair of large, pale orange-painted lions, it’s less elaborate than Shwe San Daw but does provide great views of the town and immediate surrounds. Take the first left at the bottom of the hill after the pagoda and you’ll head down to the riverfront and market area. The market does go on all day but is particularly lively in a morning with shoppers and vendors coming and going by motorbike, tuk tuk, horse and cart and boat via the adjacent jetties.

Sunset over the lake. Photo by: Mark Ord.
Sunset over the lake. Photo: Mark Ord

The emphasis is surprisingly not on fish. There is a wide array of produce and household goods on show including some unusual local food items to taste. A Ye specialty is pepper and you can pick up a bag of dried corns in the market. It’s not quite as fragrant as the famous Kampot variety in Cambodia but it does pack quite a spicy punch.

If you’re doing this as a morning walk, then heading back up to May Yu Street. Turning right will find you outside KT Food Centre, a fine spot for lunch or a coffee and bakery stop. This is the end of part one.

The riverside market. Photo by: Mark Ord.
The riverside market. Photo: Mark Ord

For the second walk — or continuation of the first — take the bridge road leading up the east side of Shwe San Daw where you began the tour, and which leads you down to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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Our top 4 other sights and activities in and around Ye

Jaun Yua
Jaun Yua

A great trip

Shwe San Daw Pagoda
Shwe San Daw Pagoda

Ye's most prestigious

Banana Mountain (Ko Yin Lay)
Banana Mountain (Ko Yin Lay)

Spectacular temple

Bin Le Wa Beach
Bin Le Wa Beach

A fun trip