Mawlamyine

Mawlamyine (Moulmein/Moulmien) is the capital of Mon State in Southeastern Myanmar.

Understand

Mawlamyine is the fourth biggest city in Myanmar (population about 326,000) and famous for its nearby sights and attractions, especially the largest reclining Buddha in Myanmar 18 km south and the golden rock 20 km north of the city. For many travellers coming from Thailand this will be the first stop, and it is a good starting point for the rest of Myanmar.

Get in

Coming in from Yangon, Naypyidaw, Mandalay or Bagan with any of the following transports, don't miss out on Bago and/or the Golden Rock in Kyaiktiyo. An overnight stop resting with thousands of other pilgrims on top of the mountain is a great opportunity, but bring ear plugs and a warm sleeping bag. Alternatively, just stay in a guesthouse in Kinpun, the "base camp".

Bus

  The main bus station is on Maung Rd which bypass the city to the east. Most buses will stop and start from here, such as:

Pick-up

Most non-bus transportation into Mawlamyine coming from the northeastern main road will drop off their passengers at   the main junction from where also most traffic travels further south.

The trip from Myawaddy is about 10,000 kyat (shared taxi) and a very bumpy ride, taking somewhere between 3-5 h. A big part of the distance is gravel road.

Train

The   train station has up to three (bumpy) trains a day coming in from Yangon, Bago and Kyaikto, arriving at 4 a.m., 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and starting in Yangon and Bago about 9 h or 7 h earlier, respectively. The price for upper class is only 4,250 kyat for the full distance of 281 km from Yangon. Tickets go on sale 3 days before departure at the downtown ticket office.

Ferry

There are boats travelling between Hpa-An and Mawlamyine, but their price is beyond that of the bus and train 70,000 kyat (private charter) or 10,000 kyat per person (shared). Nevertheless, they provide a scenic trip up/down the river. For tickets, ask at your own guest house or Breeze Inn Guesthouse.

Get around

Walking around can be an option down town, but Mawlamyine stretches over 5.5 km along the river.

Motorbike-taxis, trishaws, pick-ups are available all over town, especially at the central market. Just "appear" to be lost and someone will offer you a ride. They should cost no more than 350 kyat in town.

Do not pay more than 700 kyat for the transport from the bus station, train station or the main junction to the city centre (motorbike/trishaw). Tuk-tuk drivers might ask up to 3,000 kyat for the two mile ride - don't be tempted, it's far too much.

See

Many of Mawlamyine's famous sights are outside of the city (listed later), but visiting all sights in the city (including the markets and restaurants) can already fill up a full day.

North

South

The best way to explore the surrounding and especially southern area and sights is by scooter or motorbike. In the order of distance from Mawlamyine are these destinations:

A one-way pick-up to the Buddha should be around 500 kyat, at least for locals. A taxi is about 4000 kyat one way or 7000 kyat return.

Do

Buy

The   Zeigyi (Central) Market and the   New Market can be found in the north part of the city near the river.

Eat

Drink

Faluda, a drink made of ice cream, jelly, syrup, basil seeds, and pudding. Found at the night marked or Deli France Bakery.

Sleep

There are plenty of places to rest in Mawlamyine.

Budget

Mid-range

Go next

When going to the bus station by taxi ask whether you will be dropped off at the bus station or at the   bus ticket counter (the former/old bus station) in town along Anauk Tart Myei Rd, which offers free shuttles or so called "ferries" to the main bus station. Pay accordingly or simply walk to the bus ticket counter.

The train for Yangon leaves at 8 a.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:55 p.m. passing by Kyaikto near Kyaiktiyo and Bago, arriving 9 h later. The trip to Yangon is 2,150/5,500 kyat (ordinary/upper class). For more details see Seat61.com, or ask directly at the train station where you also will have to buy the ticket upfront.

The train for Dawei Port leaves at 4 a.m. and arrives 15 h later.

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