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Things to see and do

Jaun Yua
15 kilometres upriver from Ye.

A trip to Jaun Yua can include a wander around the remote and friendly village, a boat trip up the picturesque Ye River and a spectacular sunset visit to a hilltop pagoda. This fascinating and unusual half-day excursion was suggested and facilitated for us by the helpful Starlight Guesthouse ... Read more about Jaun Yua .

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Bin Le Wa Beach

This day trip takes in the local scenery and Bin Le Wa Beach, which isn’t Burma’s most beautiful beach but makes for a fun day out. Located slightly inland up the river estuary, Ye is separated from the coast by around eight kilometres of farmland and paddy. Take the main road west out of town, which leads to Asin, a village near the mouth of the river and the area’s main fishing port. Asin ... Read more about Bin Le Wa Beach .

Banana Mountain (Ko Yin Lay)

The spectacular Buddhist complex of Ko Yin Lay, commonly known as Banana Mountain, lies around eight kilometres out of town on the highway north. Burmese come from afar to visit this elaborate hilltop temple and monastery. Head out of town on the main Mawlamyine highway and after passing the old Japanese aerodrome on your right, look out for the temple access road bordered by two white lion ... Read more about Banana Mountain (Ko Yin Lay) .

Ye walking tour

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 ... Read more about Ye walking tour .

Shwe San Daw Pagoda
Between May Yu and Yan Gyi Aung roads

Guarded by giant salmon-coloured lions, Shwe San Daw temple dominates Ye’s town centre from the top of its low rise and is definitely worth more than a cursory glance. Located between May Yu and Yan Gyi Aung roads, it’s the town’s most prestigious temple and though not large, it does pack a lot of interest into its square compound. Aside the usual gold-painted stupa is a reclining Buddha ... Read more about Shwe San Daw Pagoda .

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Where are you planning on heading to after Ye? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Burma_myanmar.

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