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Mawlamyine (Moulmein/Moulmien) is the capital of Mon State in Southeastern Myanmar. Mawlamyine is the fourth largest city in Myanmar with a population of 326,000. Even though the population is quite large the city itself looks and feels like only a small town. Mawlamyine is pronounced "more-la-mean".

Get in[edit]

Yangon - Buses run twice a day, 7:30am and 9:00pm, the trip takes about 5h30m. 10,000 kyat [Nov 2013]. [June 2014] We took this bus for 7200 kyat, it took 7 hours, leaves from bus station north of center, taxi to there cost 8000 kyat.

Train runs twice daily, in the morning 7:15 from Yangon, and evening (6 pm) but inquire locally for exact schedule. 6/14 USD ordinary/Upper Class. Bumpy but scenic 9hour ride. From Bago is 7 hrs - 4/10 USD. Excellent possibility to combine with a overnight visit to Golden Rock halfway (11:45) and continuing on same train next day.

Dawei - Buses run at 5 am, 3pm and 5pm, 10 hour ride. $12

Ye - Buses run at 6:30 am, 9:15 am, 11:45 am, 3:30pm. 4 to 5 hour drive. Prices may vary by company, but the one running at 9:15 and 11:45 charges foreigners 6000 kyat for a non-AC seat (double the local rate)

Hpa-an almost hourly morning departure bus takes 2 hours, 1,000 kyat local bus to 7,500 Kyat AC Van. Tourist boat also leaves daily (book thru your guesthouse).

Myawaddy to Mae Sot, Thailand. Several departures in the morning, 10,000 Kyat. You may find shared taxi (10,000 to 20,000) or hiring a car (50,000 kyat, rate from Hpa-An), much more comfortable and SAFE on this narrow mountainous road.. The route is alternate day one-way (has nothing to do with odd-day and even-day or else would be two days same direction on 31st/1st) so plan ahead if you have to leave before your visa expires or if you have a flight to catch on the Thai side.

Get around[edit]

The town is only small so walking around should be fine.

A motorbike taxi to anywhere in town including the bus station should cost no more than 1000 kyat.

The train station and the highway bus station are behind the hill with the pagodas, no shared transport to town center, Tuktuk drivers asking up to 3000 ky for the 2km ride.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Nwa Le Bo Pagoda, (12 miles north of town). Pick ups (700 one way) leaving from roundabout near bridge drop you at the foot of the hill, then 2 hours hike up or truck (1000 one way) leaving when full.  edit
  • Pa Auk Taw Ya Monastery, (9 miles south of town). Take local pickup south. Enormous, tranquil meditation centre with friendly people. Arrive by 10am to walk to the eating hall for an 11am meal with hundreds of monks (and a few foreigners studying meditation).  edit
  • St Matthews. Built in 1887, this is a nice old church which is unfortunely now abandoned and locked up.  edit
  • Kyaik Tan Lan Pagoda. Up on the hill, this is one of the best vantage points in town to see the sunset.  edit
  • Walk Along the Hilltop. Good at any time of the day but much cooler in the morning or late afternoon. Follow the road along the hill top visiting the Pagodas along the way.  edit

Please dress modestly (cover shoulders, knees etc) especially in temples and pagodas.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Almost all the places to eat are located along the riverside, although tiny local restaurants are still scatted around the town.

  • Yuu Nan, Strand Road (a few houses south of Breeze Guesthouse). New Restaurant (2014) with Thai food, good Chicken w basil leaves, clean and friendly, no alcohol  edit
  • Ruby Restaurant, Lower Main Road (one block north of Aurora Guesthouse). Chinese restaurant with menu in English  edit
  • Peking Restaurant, Lower Main Road (across road from Ruby). Chinese food  edit
  • Chan Thar, (next to Sandalwood Hotel). Extensive menu  edit
  • Help Grandfather and mother restaurant, Strand Road (one block north of Breeze Guesthouse). Odd name doesn't mean much. Mostly Chinese menu with vegetarian choice. Very popular for locals and foreigners because of good riverside location and cheap price on food and drinks. Open for breakfast and till late for dinner. Several reports of food poisoning on trip advisor  edit
  • Shwe Nanda, Lower Main Road (north of Aurora Guesthouse, towards the market). Very lively local tea shop with freshly baked chinese pastries (including vegan options) & friendly owner, nice for breakfast before heading to the market  edit

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  • OK hotel, Strand and Thaton Tadar St (one block from the market), [1]. Food are bit pricier than other places but drinks are decent price. One of the rare spots for the Free WiFi.  edit
  • Mya Nan Thida, Lower Main Street (5 doors north of Aurora Guest House). Home made milkshakes, ice cream, kulfi & falooda (1000), perfect for a break during the hottest hours  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Breeze Guesthouse (Lay Hnyin Tha), 6. Strand Road, 057-21450, 09 870 1180. well-known guest house with friendly stuff. Mr. Anthony is an old man and full of stories and useful advice. Likes to talk in a quiet minute. Rooms are very basic, thin, hard and extremely cramped mattress. There is a gorgeous bedroom for $40 per night replete with colonial era cast iron bed and furniture. from $8 single, $16 double (Feb 2015).  edit
  • Sandalwood Hotel, 278. Myoma Rridge Street, 098702511. checkout: 12am. New hotel, fully tiled and rooms very clean and spotless, same applies for kitchen where they prepare breakfast, very friendly and helpful staff with good english, price includes breakfast, tv in room,fast wifi at the lobby,standard rooms with fan and private bathroom, superior with aircon, probably the best value for money in the city. Only two standard rooms. Prices from May. 2014 Fan room (standard): 1 person $15 2 people $20 Air Con room with minifridge (superior): 1 person $20, 2 people $25, 3 people $30 and 4 people $40.  edit
  • Cinderella Hotel, 21 Baho road, 05724411. hotel, beautifully decorated and clean, price includes large breakfast, tv in room, wifi, aircon. There is a restaurant that serves delicious mails. The staff is very accommodating and helpful. $30 single, $35 - 45 double.  edit
  • Aurora, 277 Lower Main Road, 057-22785. One street back from Breeze, around the corner from Sandalwood. Rooms are not more expensive than at Breeze and are a lot nicer. No Wifi, no breakfast. Owner seems grumpy at first, but actually very sweet & helpful if you take the time to talk to him. Fan room with shared bathroom single/double 7/14 USD (March 2015), AC room with en suite bathroom 15/25 USD (March 2014)  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Hpa-an 2 hours away by bus, 5 hours by boat (sign up the day before at Breeze GH for the daily boat leaving at 8:15AM, 10000 per person).
  • Dawei / Maungmagan beach 8-10 hours by bus departs at Noon and 1am, cost 10,000kyat.
  • Bago roughly 4 to 5 hours away. Most bus companies ask 10,000 but you should be able to find at least one for 5000.
  • Mae Sot, Thaï Border now accessible by road, 6 to 9 hours many departure in early morning, beware it's a one way road. Odd days travelling east and even days west. You can arrange a shared taxi for about 5000 per person. The taxi takes a new road that is still in construction and avoid the winding road further north.

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