Myanmar destinations

Mawlamyine

Mawlamyine, formerly Moulmein, locates at the mouth of Thanlwin (Salween) River, about 300 km southeast of Yangon and is the fourth largest city of Myanmar. The city is the capital and the largest city of Mon State. Mawlamyine is the main trading center and seaport of southeastern Myanmar.

With a ridge of stupa-capped hills on one side, the Thanlwin River on the other and a centre filled with crumbling colonial-era laegacies, churches and mosques, Mawlamyine is an inspiration for anyone who loves the old-day-goodness, sad but beautiful. The city also inspired Rudyard Kipling penned his famous poem “Mandalay” after visiting and George Orwell, whose mother was born here, used Mawlamyine as the backdrop for the stories “Shooting an Elephant” and “A Hanging”.The city’s main highlights are the world's largest reclining Buddha statue 18 km south and the historical infamous icon - the Siam-Burma "death railway". Mawlamyine is the first stop for many coming from Thailand, and it is a good starting point for the rest of Myanmar.

World's largest Buddha Statue of Win Sein Taw Ya

Climate, best time to visit

In Mawlamyine, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is partly cloudy, and it is hot and oppressive year-round. Throughout the year, the temperature typically varies from 20ºC (67°F) to 34ºC (92°F).

The best time of year to visit Mawlamyine is from mid-December to early March.

How to get in and out

To get to Mawlamyine, you can take bus from Hpa-an, Yangon, Naypidaw, Mandalay and Dawei. Trains from Yangon, Bago and Kyaikto are also available.

Since Mawlamyine is near Thailand-Myanmar border, you can choose that city as the first entrance to continue discovering Myanmar after Thailand.

To get around the city, there are a variety of choices. You can jump to trishaws, motorbike taxis or simply rent a bicycle for self-riding.

After discovering the sacred Mawlamyine, you can go to the north of Myanmar by bus or train to continue the journey.