Places to Visit in
Is a formerly important port town which is mainly populated by Mon,
Indian and Myanmar (Burmese). It is a relatively big city stretching
far out on the banks of Than Lwin (Salween) River shortly before it
reaches the ocean.
There is a huge market and a strand road, which could be a perfect
walking spot if a few potholes less were on the way. The longest
bridge up to date in Myanmar connects Mawlamyaing with Mottama since beginning of 2005 towards Yangon. It is at least an 8-hour drive
from Yangon on not always even roads.
In the center of town, there is a hill from which one can look over
the town, the river and the hinterland. Of course there are a number
of Pagodas on that hill. It is amazing to see how green the city is.
Looking from above, it seems there is rather forest than a large town.
The local buses in town are old-fashioned trucks.
GAUNG SE KYUN MID-RIVER
Is a small island in the middle of Than Lwin (Salween) River and can
be reached with a small long tail boat. It is a pleasant and quiet
place, which let you feel spiritual. You can walk around the stupas
and the monastery buildings through the garden. Nuns and monks live on
this little island.
Probably the most sacred pagoda although not especially
outstanding from an artist or architectural point, the pagoda is on
the hill, overlooking the whole area.
You can walk or drive up the pagoda.
MON CULTURAL MUSEUM
The museum is worth the entrance fee although one would hope that
the glass of the showcases would permit a better view of the displayed
items. Buddha Images, music instruments, coins, lacquerware and more
from different centuries are displayed.
BALU KYUN ISLAND
Is a small island in the river mouth which one reach by boat. It
is fairly large. There is some handicraft manufacturing, e.g. of