Mawlamyine, formerly known as Moulmein, is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Myanmar. This city is located at the mouth of the Thanlwin (Salween) River, about 300 km southeast of Yangon, and is the fourth largest city in the country. Mawlamyine is the capital and largest city of Mon State and is the main trading center and seaport of southeastern Myanmar.

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With a ridge of stupa-capped hills on one side and the Thanlwin River on the other, Mawlamyine's center is filled with crumbling colonial-era legacies, churches, and mosques. It's a city that speaks of old-day goodness and is sad but beautiful. The city has inspired many famous authors, including Rudyard Kipling's famous poem "Mandalay" and George Orwell's stories "Shooting an Elephant" and "A Hanging."

One of the main highlights of Mawlamyine is the world's largest reclining Buddha statue located 18 km south of the city. The Win Sein Taw Ya Buddha is a must-visit and marvel at its beauty in person. The historical infamous icon, the Siam-Burma "death railway," is also located in Mawlamyine and is a unique experience for anyone interested in history.

The best time of year to visit Mawlamyine is from mid-December to early March. The wet season is overcast, and 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).

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Traveling to Mawlamyine is relatively easy. You can take a bus from Hpa-an, Yangon, Naypidaw, Mandalay, and Dawei. Trains from Yangon, Bago, and Kyaikto are also available. Since Mawlamyine is near the 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 options. You can jump on 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 your journey.

In conclusion, Mawlamyine is a destination that should not be missed when traveling to Myanmar. Its beauty, culture, and history make it distinctive and breathtaking. Don't forget to take lots of pictures and capture the memories forever.

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