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Home >> Burma Destinations >> Mawlamyine


After six hour drive to south-east of Yangon, you will reach Mawlamyine formerly Moulmein, on the Andaman coast, and the capital of the Mon State. Situated on the Salween river delta, the city is flanked by lush countryside and huge pagoda-dotted hills, and is famous for its excellent cuisine, but is usually considered to be one of the off the trail sites for most tourists in Burma.

Previously a busy teak port, not to mention the first administrative capital of British Burma, the city owns many faded Colonial buildings amidst its gleaming Buddhist stupas and monasteries. Some would say it still contains the feature of post-Colonial life, unlike rapidly modernizing Yangon and Mandalay metropolises. However, the city thrives in its own way, with fascinatingly diverse portions of ethnicities including Mon, Burmese, Kayin, Chinese, Tamil, Indian and others making up its population of 350,000 or so. The Mon State Cultural museum is where the state’s history and people is reflected.

Mawlamyine boasts many Buddhist monuments worth visiting, here, including the giant reclining Buddha at Win Sein monastery and the Judson Baptist Church, the Burma’s first Baptist church, which can be found on the corner of Dawei Jetty Road and Upper Main Road. The infamous “death railway”, constructed by Japan army to carry troops and supplies into Burma during World War II, is close to the city.

Not only being a lovely destination in its own right, Mawlamyine is a convenient stopping point if you’re on the way travelling further south, to the pristine Myeik region and its excellent diving sites.


Bilu Kyun Island

Bilu Kyun Island

Kyauk Kalap

Kyauk Kalap

Bayin Nyi cave

Bayin Nyi cave

Kawgun Cave

Kawgun Cave



Mt. Zwekabin

Mt. Zwekabin

Saddar Cave

Saddar Cave

Thamanya Monastery

Thamany Kyaung

Pa Auk Tawya Monastery

Pa Auk Tawya

Kalegauk Island

Kalegauk Island

Kyaikthanlan Pagoda


Kokunye Kyun, Wa Kyun and Kyungyo Islands

Kokunye Islands



Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)

Golden Rock



Mergui (Myeik)

Mergui (Myeik)





  • 3 star: Attran Hotel, Mawlamyine Strand Hotel, Cinderella Hotel
  • 2 Star: Shwe Myint Mo Tun Hotel, Ngwe Moe Hotel, Mrauk U Nawarat Hotel
  • 1 star: Aurora Mawlamyine Hotel, Sandalwood Hotel, Breeze Guest House



  1. Beer Garden 2 – Local delicious food
  2. Help Grandfather and Mother Restaurant – Chinese food
  1. San Ma Tau Myanmar Restaurant – Southeast Asian
  2. Mya Than Lwin Restaurant – Chinese food


Other Information About Mawlamyine


By plane

There are flights from Yangon to Mawlamyine 2 times weekly on the government carrier Myanmar Airways, flying 40 minutes. The flights are 1 way because the flights would continue their schedule to Mergui and Kawthaung before heading back directly to Yangon on the same day.


Most travellers would choose to arrive by overnight bus. It is the cheapest option with tickets costing from 3000 Kyat for a standard non-airconditioned bus to 10000 Kyat for the confortable bus. The other way is drive to Golden Rock, overnight one night then get to Mawlamyine the next day overland, via Thaton or Hpaan.

By train

Arriving in Mawlamyine by train is much easier now than in the past after the Mawlamyine train station at Myay Ni Gone quarter was finished building in February 2006. There are two air-conditioned trains operating Yangon - Mawlamyine route with dining facilities equipped.


You can hire the ubiquitous pedal cabs, passenger pickups and motorcycle taxis to get around Mawlamyine. Another choice is the wooden buses formerly used by the military in World War II and later to ferry teak from the surrounding forests to the Mawlamyine's port for export.