The city is the capital of Mon state with very much rich in historical building and culture that is really off the tourism.
Mawlamyine is the fourth largest city in Myanmar and emerging as a new destination for travelers. Mawlamyine, about 250km by road from Yangon, remains untouched with lovely countryside and interesting local life here. The city is the capital of Mon state with very much rich in historical building and culture that is really off the tourism.
How to get there?
Mawlamyine can reach by all road, rail and air. The buses often leave at night, take about 07 hours and costs you from 8000 – 10.000 Kyats. Two most trusted companies are PTT and Yar Zar Min buses.
There are two train daily depart from Yangon to Mawlamyine at 6Am and 7.15AM. However, HIT Myanmar does not recommend this mode of transport. Firstly, the timing is rather long while take place during daytime. That cost you a day for touring around. Secondly, rail conditions have been downgraded to much then made the train ride extremely bumping. You suppose to spend about 9 hours on board. The ticket costs US$ 16 per person.
There are only two flights per week from Yangon to Mawlamyine. It takes just about 30 minutes and costs approx. US$60/person. The sole airline operating is Myanmar Airway with ATR aircrafts.
Must seen places
Kyaikthanlan Phayar (Pagoda) is the highest pagoda in Myanmar at 150m to the sea level. The pagoda was built in 875 AD and still offers wonderful 360 views when footing at its top. Getting up to the pagoda can be done without much efforts for regular physical level.
Thanbyuzayat was the end of the line for the infamous Burma-Siam railway linking Thailand with Myanmar during the Japanese occupation in World War II. It was known as the Death Railway due to the many prisoners of war, about 100.000 persons who died constructing the 415 km long line for the Japanese Imperial Army.
Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)
This place is very well known for both tourist and locals. The pagoda here is believed as the third important pagoda in Myanmar, after Shwedagon in Yangon and Hama muni in Mandalay
Stay and Accommdation
There are several hotels in Mawlamyine from affordable guesthouse to hi-end one such as The Mawlamyaing Strand Hotel that can facilitate you most of services. You can also take The Strand hotel as a center to easily figure out the ways around
Location: Strand Rd, Phat Tan Quarter, Mawlamyine.
Ph: 057-25624, 057-24787 / Fax: 057-25624
Activities to do there
Most of visiting site in Mawlamyine can be accessed by foot, bikes or even motorbiking. (Please note the dirty motorbikes are rather rare and expensive in Myanmar, HIT Myanmar is going to use semi-scooter for our moto biking tours)
For someone loves more aventurous, motor biking from Mawlamyine to Hpa An or vice versa – about 60km/way – is definitely interesting.
Money and Mobile phone usages
There are ATMs at Mawlamyine Strand hotel and it costs you 5000kyat for each withdrawal. You can exchange money into Kyats at counters of the Asia Green Development Bank (US$ 01 ~ Kyat 990)
Again, please note that your US$ notes must be pristine, unfolded, unmarked. Series from 2003 are preferred and will get higher exchange rates.
The price of mobile SIM cards have come down significantly in Myanmar, thus making mobile phone access much more affordable to the general population. The main government supplier is MPT, Myanmar Postal and Telecommunications whose mobile network is the most extensive to date with access in most major and some rural towns. Cost of an MPT SIM card is now a standard 30,000 kyats. Top-up cards can also be purchased from 5,000 to 10,000 kyats and higher.