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Ye is in Southeastern Myanmar.


Get in[edit]

From Dawei. Buses going to Mawlamyine and Yangon will usually stop in Ye, but some will charge the full price for the final destination. AC buses leave Dawei at 5 am, 1 pm and 5 pm, 8,000 kyat (check the times from your travel agent). Ticket on non-air con bus at 3 pm costs 7,000 kyat from sellers in downtown Dawei. The ride should take less than 4 hours.

Buses drop off on outskirts of town where motorbike taxis will bring you to the centre for 1,000 kyat per person.

==Get around There are not many places to rent a motorbike. Starlight Guesthouse rents them but guests staying there have 1st preference. So if you want to rent a motorbike you might want to stay there(Mar 2016).

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Central Lake with small temple in a jetty.

There is a new religious complex containing a building surrounded by four gargantuan Buddha statues outside of town. It is sometimes called "Banana Hill, or Banana Mountain". A huge reclining Buddha is near completion (as of May 2018), and an additional massive temple area is being developed. Before 12:00 noon, food is offered at the far left end of the elevated pagoda, just past the 4 gargantuan Buddhas. Ask around for the exact location, it's definitely worth it!

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

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In addition to "Banana Hill" (the local name is Ko Yin Lay), the villages of Jaung Ywar, Duya, Andin, and to beaches at Bin Le Wa and Ka Byar Wa are well worth visiting.

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ATM's. KBZ Bank has an ATM next to Sakar Taung pagoda, near Ye town hospital. CB Bank has an ATM, and AYA Bank has an ATM as well. Currency exchange is available only as KBZ Bank, as of May 2018.

The gold market in central Ye is surrounded by stalls and shops selling all kinds of things including fruits and vegetables as well as household goods.

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  • Rot Sar Thai Restaurant. Cheap and cheerful, with an English-language menu. No alcohol available, but the food is very good. Located on the lake with a view of the "floating" pagoda.  edit
  • Dream Restaurant. 11 am - 1 pm. Always an interesting experience. The Dream bar and restaurant stays open later than most places in Ye. No menu to look at, but the eager-to-please owner will help you with his limited English skills. The "nga jor"... a sweet and sour whole fish, is fabulous. The chicken dishes are also good. Cold beer and cocktails are available. $2 - $6.  edit

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  • Gold Market Guest House, (Next to the gold market in central Ye). checkout: 12:00. Gold Market is in central Ye. The owner is very friendly and speaks English fairly well. Assists with bus ticket purchases without charging. Room prices range from 5,000 to 25,000 kyat (May 2016: 3500 - 10000, could be low season pricing) depending on room amenities and sizes. Air conditioning is available for the higher priced rooms but costs extra at a rate of 550 kyat per unit of electricity used - about one unit per hour. Breakfast not included. The owner can also assist in renting motorbikes.  edit
  • Starlight Guesthouse, (Along the lake in central Ye), [1]. Located in central Ye, this new guesthouse is run by an American expat and a Burmese local. They are able to give lots of information on southern Myanmar and can assist with planning tours in the area. Rates start at 25,000 kyat for a single room with private bathroom and AC, double AC rooms are 30,000 kyat, and a family room, with a king-size bed and a single bed, is 35,000 kyat per night (prices as of May 2018). Breakfast included with all rooms. Location is fairly quiet and does not have the noise of the ubiquitous Myanmar traffic. The atmosphere is very familial, and there is a balcony with a great view of the lake.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Mawlamyine. Buses to Mawlamyine run at 6:00 am, 9:15 am, 11:45 am and 3:30 pm with varying companies. The ride is about 4 hours long. The 9:45 and 11:45 small buses with limited legroom leave from the town center and do not have air conditioning, 3,000 kyat.

The north-bound train departs from Ye at 2:30 pm, and takes about 6 hours to Mawlamyine.

  • Dawei. Buses and minivans run to Dawei several times a day. Ask timetables from your Guesthouse. AC bus 8,000 kyat, less than 4 hours ride.

The slowest train in Myanmar travels between Ye and Dawei. Scheduled to depart from Ye at 10:30 am, it takes 8 to 9 hours to reach Dawei. The route is scenic, and you'll get lingering views of many villages as the train stops briefly for people to get on and off. If you're not in a hurry, it is quite an experience.

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