Ye is in Southeastern Myanmar.
The entire southern part of Mon State was off-limits to foreigners until early 2013. Before then, foreign visitors were unable to travel south from Mawlamyine. The local economy is based primarily on latex (rubber) harvesting, betel nut (areca palm) farms, and fishing. Ye is an up-and-coming town, about half way between Mawlamyine and Dawei.
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. Dawei Panorama Tours is a good one). 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. The train that runs between Dawei and Yangon takes 8 to 9 hours, but is an enjoyable journey. Check seat61.com for train departure and arrival schedules.
Buses drop off either at the Andawa Highway Bus Station, or in Ye town, in front of the Shwe San Daw Pagoda, where motorbike taxis will bring you to your destination for 1,000 to 2,000 kyat per person, depending on the distance.
==Get around There are not many places to rent a motorbike. Starlight Resort rents them but only to their guests. So if you want to rent a motorbike you might want to stay there (Dec 2019).
Central Lake with small temple in a jetty. Shwe San Daw pagoda, in the center of town, is a highlight. Downtown Ye is a laid-back view into everyday life. Walk around the downtown area, wander through the market complex, and see the gold market with 94 stalls.
There is a new religious complex to the north of Ye named Oo Sin Lay (or Ko Yin Lay) containing a monastery building surrounded by four gargantuan Buddha statues and a huge reclining Buddha. It is sometimes called "Banana Hill, or Banana Mountain". An additional massive temple area is being developed. Before 12:00 noon, food is offered at the long hall where you enter the complex. Ask around, or check an online map, for the exact location. It's definitely worth it!
Please dress modestly (cover shoulders, knees etc), especially in temples and pagodas.
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.
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.
Dream Restaurant has a bar, as does Shwe Taung Gyar (Golden Valley) Hotel. Cold beer, on draught and in bottles, are available. Liquor is sold in full bottles only, not as individual cocktails. Starlight Resort has cold beer in cans, but the staff can fetch anything else that you need from Ye town; liquor, wine, and mixers. The Ko Kyaw Restaurant has Myanmar and Kirin beers on draught, and a short selection of botted beers as well. Beer, wine, and liquor can be bought from the Kyaw Star shop (oddly, listed as a 'bistro' on Google Maps).
"Shwe Taung Gyar Hotel (Golden Valley STG)" Located west of downtown, on the main road. STG is a 4-storey, 24 room hotel with double rooms and family rooms available. The staff can organize transportation, and rent motorbikes to guests staying there. </sleep>
The north-bound train departs from Ye at 2:00 pm, and takes about 6 hours to Mawlamyine.
The slowest train in Myanmar travels between Ye and Dawei. Scheduled to depart from Ye at 10:00 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. Hitch-hiking is also an option. Ask your guesthouse to make a banner sign with your destination city's name written in Burmese.