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Mawlamyine: Discover authentic Myanmar Countryside

by | Dec 9, 2016 | Our Diary | 0 comments

Discover authentic Myanmar Countryside in Mawlamyine

Mawlamyine is located in southern Myanmar and is accessible either by local bus or train, both with morning and evening departures which can be arranged with our assistance. Mawlamyine is the fourth largest city in Myanmar and is home to stunning scenery, beautiful pagodas and friendly locals.

Your tour in Mawlamyine…

Visit of the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda

One pagoda to definitely check out is Kyaikthanlan Pagoda which is over 150 feet tall and can be seen for miles. At night, the gold-pained structure is lit up creating a beautiful glow across the sky.  This pagoda may be of interest to some because it is thought to be the place where Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous poem Mandalay.  The pagoda is easy to reach by foot and we can arrange a guide to take you there who will be able to provide you with an account of the rich history of the pagoda and Mawlamyine.

Mawlamyine---Kyauk-Thalan-Pagoda

Visit of the Death Railway Museum

If you are interested in History, then it is worth visiting the Death Railway Museum. During WWII, part of Myanmar was occupied by the Japanese and Thanbyuzayat was the ending point of the infamous Death Railway constructed by forced laborers consisting of locals and foreign prisoners of war. The museum is home to a memorial and an original piece of the railway track. If you wish to visit this site, wecan arrange transportation and a guide who will explain to you this somber part of Burmese History.

mawlamyine-death-railway

Visit of the Win Sein Taw Ya

Another place to visit is the largest image of the reclining Buddha, called Win Sein Taw Ya.  This is located about 20km outside of Mawlamyine on the main road. The reclining Buddha is 180 meters long and 30 meters high and is breathtaking due to the magnitude of its sheer size! This place, like many Buddhist shrines in Myanmar, is revered by the locals and they’ll appreciate your interest in visiting. Transportation and a guide can easily be arranged by us.

Mawlamyine---Win-Sein-Taw-Ya---Reclying-Buddha

 

Visit of the Zeigyi Lower Market

Mawlamyine itself is quite small and it is easy to walk around and find interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Like many towns in Myanmar, there are numerous pagodas to visit and you will be welcomed there by the local caretakers. In addition, there is the main marketplace called Zeigyi Lower Market and here you can find vendors selling all sorts of goods from clothes, food, spices and prepared foods. This is a great place to get a taste of the local life in Mawlamyine and interact with the locals.

Malawyine-Market

 

Our suggestions of tours in Mawlamyine…

Bike ride on Bilu Island

Start your ride by taking the local ferry with your mountain bike from the port of Mawlamyine. Once you get to the Bilu Island the adventure can begin: you will cross the more magnificent landscapes of the region by taking advantage of the partially paved road. This walk is well worth the detour and will ensure you incredible experiences combining adventure and authenticity!

Mawlamyine---Bilu-Island

 

Cruise on Thanlwin river from Mawlamyine to Hpa An

This peaceful cruise will lead you to Thanlwin estuary and show you the quaint landscapes of Limestone Mountains. You will sail long the small and lush islands of Kayin and Mon State where we will stop for a walk if you wish so.

Mawlamyine---Boat---Bilu-Island

 

Conclusion

While not visited often by tourists, Mawlamyine is a great option to add to your itinerary if you are looking for a little adventure. Mawlamyine is sure to captivate you and provide you with an opportunity to see the true nature of everyday, local life in Myanmar.

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