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With a ridge of stupa-capped hills on one side, the Thanlwin River on the other and a centre filled with crumbling colonial-era buildings, churches and mosques, Mawlamyine is a unique combination of landscape, beauty and melancholy. The setting inspired both George Orwell and Rudyard Kipling, two of the English-language writers most associated with Myanmar. Kipling penned his famous poem 'Mandalay' after visiting, while Orwell, whose mother was born here, used Mawlamyine as the backdrop for the stories 'Shooting an Elephant' and 'A Hanging'. Not that much has changed since the days when Orwell and Kipling were around, and if you've ever wondered what life was like during the Raj, Mawlamyine is a pretty good time capsule.

But it’s not all about history; the area around Mawlamyine has enough attractions, ranging from beaches to caves, to keep a visitor happy for several days.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Mawlamyine is between November and March, as with much of the rest of Myanmar this marks the dry season where the weather is typically warm and sunny much of the time. It can get chilly in the mornings and evenings but is generally pleasant. June is the first month of the rainy season so it can be a good idea to avoid visiting in the summer months as the monsoon brings extremely heavy rain with it in most years. 

Check the below table for the general idea of Mawlamyine weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 32.7 26.2 18.3
Feb 35.4 28.4 20.4
Mar 36.7 30.4 22.9
Apr 36.8 31.7 25.4
May 33.8 29.7 24.8
Jun 30.8 27.8 24.6
Jul 29.3 26.8 23.9
Aug 29.1 26.7 23.8
Sep 30.6 27.6 24.3
Oct 33.6 29.2 24.2
Nov 34.3 29.6 24
Dec 33.3 27.9 21.6

Mawlamyine’s current weather and 7-day forecast


Mawlamyine is a beautiful destination in South Myanmar. The area offers different experiences that you may not find in other parts of the country. From river journey to British heritage capturing, Mawlamyine is a perfect spot for a short trip from Yangon. 

Here are the most outstanding things to do in Mawlamyine you should try : 

1. Visit the biggest reclining Buddha

Ranked as the biggest Buddha statue in the world, this reclining Buddha at the Win Sein Monastery is another feature to exhibit Myanmar’s beautiful Art, Culture and religion. Once you arrive in front of Win Sein Taw Ya you will be astonished by its characterized size and other nice looking features available including Stupas, shrines, statues and monastic buildings. This feature measures 30 meters by height and 180 meters in length, it’s just about 20 kilometers away from town and usually a day trip is worth a visit. Entrance to this place is free of charge and if it’s your wish you can donate towards the construction of this exceptional icon in Mawlamyine since there is still some work in progress.

2. Visit Mon Cultural Museum

Get to know about culture in Mawlamyine with a visit to Mon Cultural Museum which exhibits more about the Mon people. Spending your day in this historical site, you will exposed to a wide collection of figurines, coins, musical instruments, bronze ware, and silverware of the Mon people. It usually costs $2 USD per person to enter this museum.

3. A day trip to Hpa An

This is another emerging tourist destination in Myanmar. Spending a day with in exposes you to its mixture of exceptional attractions including tall limestone mountains, beautiful caves and magnificent temples. It does not take you more than two hours by bus from Mawlamyine and reaching there, renting a tuk tuk and explore all what it offers is a best option.

4. Try out their Local Cuisine

When it comes to local cuisine Mawlamyine is popularly known for its Thingyan Wax Rice, go local with a taste on this exciting dish. Usually before eating you will pour wax smoked water over your rice and then add ice to bring out a fantastic mixture worth tasting. Another recommended dish to cool off during summer is the delicious rice with mango.

Take a walk on Phettan Street. For exceptional scenic views towards a river in Mawlamyine and landscapes, you should then opt for an adventurous walk on the Phettan Street. If you are interested in enjoying the sunset, then an evening walk is the best way to meet your target.

5. Explore First Baptist Church

Judson was the first Amerian who played an important role to translate the Bible into Burmese has founded this Baptist church in 1827. The old building remains its charm and its position as the practicing area for local people. 

6. Death Railway Museum

For those who are curious about the infamous Death Railway, this museum exhibits some of the most prominent relics, images to reflect the past of World War II. A short stretch of railway track and a Japanese WWII-era locomotive lead to the museum, which has a collection of photos and a dramatic 3D painting depicting a scene from the railway's route but little else on display ( source: Lonely Planet )

7. Relax at Setse Beach

Relax and unwind with a perfect day trip to Setse beach, it’s just located 80 kilometers south of Mawlamyine. You can either go there by private or public means of transport.

The beach is more famous for local visitors than foreigners. It does not has wide range of world class resorts but it could be a good choice if you want to have a relaxing time. 

8. Enjoy the Sunset over the Strand Road

Strand road is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset, doing a walk a long this street is also regarded as the best of experiencing local life while enjoying the characterized stunning views.

9. Explore the Pagodas

One of the top exceptional attractions not to miss while in Mawlamyine are the Pagodas, besides their beautiful architecture offered on a visit, they are also rated as best sites for enjoying the sunset and most incredible views over the city.

Some of the Pagodas to spend your day while in Mawlamyine are the Kyeik Than Lan Pagoda and Mahamyatmuni Pagoda which appear to be nearing each other.

Daw Yee

Humble Daw Yee does some of the best Burmese food you'll find anywhere. It has a great selection of curries, including an insanely fatty prawn curry, all on display. Be sure to order one of the vegetable side dishes (K500) that change daily. It's off the southern end of Strand Rd. Look for the English sign.

Add: U Ze Na Pagoda St

Hours: 6am-10pm

Price: mains from K3000

Bone Gyi

There's a big menu here, mostly featuring Chinese-inspired dishes but also including a few Thai ones and even some spicy Rakhine State–style soups. It's especially good for fish, grilled or steamed. There's an outside area, and efficient service, too. It's foreigner friendly, so it's a little pricier than other restaurants of its type.

Add: cnr Strand Rd & Main Kha Lay Kyaung St

Hours: 9am-9pm

Price: mains from K3000

Bangkok Restaurant

The advertising tagline for this new riverside place is 'Beyond the boundaries of taste'. We're not so sure about that, but there is a big selection of Thai classics – curries and salads – and many seafood options, as well as a pleasant and plant-festooned terrace to eat on. It also does pizza and cocktails.

Add: Strand Rd

Hours: 10am-9.45pm

Price: mains from K3500

Mi Cho Restaurant

This busy place serves excellent Muslim-style Burmese cuisine; in particular, a rich biryani and a delicious dhal soup. Look for the small yellow English-language sign and get here early: the biryani goes quickly.

Add: North Bogyoke Rd

Hours: 9.30am-9.30pm

Price: mains from K3500

Grandfather & Grandmother Restaurant

The money raised at this teashop and simple restaurant goes to a charity helping the town’s elderly. No alcohol is served, but it does have decent fruit shakes, reasonable Chinese-Burmese dishes and a breezy riverside location. Look for the silhouettes of old people walking with canes painted on its wall.

Add: Strand Rd

Hours: 7am-9pm

Price: mains from K800

Mya Thanlwin Restaurant

Standard Burmese-influenced Chinese dishes are available here. It's as much a place to drink as it is to eat, and the riverside setting and draught beer draw in the locals each night.

Add: Strand Rd

Hours: 9am-11pm

Price: mains from K2000

May South India Food

The tasty and substantial vegetarian thali platter is the reason to come to this hole-in-the-wall restaurant, although it does serve chicken dishes as well.

Add: Strand Rd

Hours: 9am-9pm

Price: mains from K1500

Accommodation options are varied, with most offering reasonable value for money.

Budget options

Pinlon Hostel

Add: 22B,Myoshoung Road,Near Highway Bus Station. Pinlon Pann Motel, 12011 Mawlamyine, Myanmar

Set in Mawlamyine, Pinlon Hostel has a shared lounge, a garden and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. Free private parking is available and the hostel also offers bike hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area.

The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower. All guest rooms at the hostel come with a seating area and a TV with satellite channels.

Pinlon Hostel offers a continental or Asian breakfast.

The area is popular for cycling, and car hire is available at the accommodation.

Pinlon Pann Motel 

Add: 22B :Myo shoung Road, Near Highway Bus station,Hlaing Quarter, 11101 Mawlamyine, Myanmar

Pinlon Pann Motel is offering accommodation in Mawlamyine. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, free shuttle service and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi. The accommodation offers an ATM, and buying tickets for guests.

All rooms in the motel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Each room includes a private bathroom with a shower. At Pinlon Pann Motel, rooms include a seating area.

A continental breakfast and vegetarian breakfast is available daily at the property. Early check-in is allowed depending on the arrival time.

The Old Moulmein Hostel 

Add: E 19,Front Wing, Mawlamyine Highway Bus Station High Way Road,Mawlamyine, 11111 Mawlamyine, Myanmar
The Old Moulmein Hostel offers free WiFi throughout the property and rooms with air conditioning in Mawlamyine. Free private parking is available and the hotel also features bike hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area.

Guests at the hotel can enjoy a continental breakfast.

The area is popular for cycling, and car hire is available at The Old Moulmein Hostel.

Than Lwin Seesar Motel 

Add: No.128 Extend Strand Road, Mawlamyine. Buliding, 11111 Mawlamyine, Myanmar

Located in Mawlamyine, Than Lwin Seesar Motel features free WiFi. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a shared lounge and ticket service for guests.

All units in the motel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. At Than Lwin Seesar Motel, every room comes with air conditioning and a private bathroom.

A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation.

Mid-range options

Attran Hotel 

Add: Mandalay Ward, Mawlamyine, 11101 Mawlamyine, Myanmar

Set in Mawlamyine, Attran Hotel features a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available and the hotel also offers car hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area.

The units at the hotel come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower. The rooms at Attran Hotel feature air conditioning and a desk.

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Cinderella Hotel 

Add: No.21, Baho Road, Sitkei Gone Quarter, Mawlamyine, Myanmar, 11121 Mawlamyine, Myanmar

Cinderella Hotel offers modern air conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The hotel features a 24-hour front desk and tour desk. Free private parking is possible on site.

All rooms are equipped with a satellite TV, refrigerator and hairdryer. Shower facilities are included in an en suite bathroom.

For guests’ convenience, the property has laundry and shuttle services. Ticket service and currency exchange are also available.

The on-site restaurant serves local dishes. Room service can be arranged upon request.

Ngwe Moe Hotel 

Add: Coner of kyaikthoke Pagoda Road and Strand Road, 11111 Mawlamyine, Myanmar

Set in Mawlamyine, Ngwe Moe Hotel offers 3-star accommodation with a bar and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The hotel features family rooms.

The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a hot tub, a hairdryer and a desk. With a private bathroom equipped with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also have a city view. All units feature a wardrobe.

Ngwe Moe Hotel offers a buffet or à la carte breakfast.

Hotel Suggati Mawlamyaing 

Add: Strand Road, 11111 Mawlamyine, Myanmar

Hotel Suggati Mawlamyaing is located in Mawlamyine and features a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

At the hotel, every room comes with a balcony. At Hotel Suggati Mawlamyaing each room is equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation.

Deluxe options

Royal Hinthar Hotel 

Add: No.73, Myo Shaung Road, Myae Ni Gone Ward, Mawlamyine, Mon State, 11221 Mawlamyine, Myanmar 

Royal Hinthar Hotel has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and bar in Mawlamyine. With a shared lounge, the property also features a garden. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property.

All rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a bidet.

A continental breakfast is available each morning at Royal Hinthar Hotel.

The accommodation offers a children's playground. You can play billiards at Royal Hinthar Hotel, and car hire is available.

Mawlamyine is easy accessible by air, by train, by car/bus or by boat.

By air

The most convenient way is to fly from Yangon to Mawlamyine. There are regular flights from Yangon to Mawlamyine airport. Moreover, daily flights are also flying from Mae Sot, the province of Thailand. You can use motorcycle, pickup truck and bus as a taxi to the city center from the airport and which are available at the entrance of the airport.

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as or

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By Train

Traveling by train is also popular among visitors. It can enjoy the breathtaking views along the way but it takes few more hours to get to there. The railway starts from Yangon and heads to Mawlamyine, Ye and Dawei.

By car

You can go there by car from Yangon - Mawlamyine highway route, Mawlamyine - Kawkareik - Myawaddy - Mae Sot route and the three pagodas route from Thanbyuzayat. These are the most common way among visitors. There are highway buses from Yangon, Mawlamyine to Hpa An, Myawaddy and other towns.

By boat

Mawlamyine is connected to Hpa An by boat, although the journey can be more costly than a bus or train ride. Several operators operate boats in this route.


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