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An easy escape from Yangon is a visit to the historic town of Thanlyin, east of the city across the Bago River – both towns house important pagodas.

The notorious Portuguese adventurer Filipe de Brito e Nicote ran his own little kingdom from Thanlyin in the late 16th and 17th centuries. He sided with the Mon in their struggle against the Bamar, before dying after being impaled by his enemies in 1613.

Thanlyin was a major port, until it was eclipsed by Yangon in the late 18th century. It was briefly the base of the French East India Company and the first place in Myanmar to receive Christian missionaries and have its own church. The ruins of a Portuguese-built church, dating to 1750, can be found not far from the Thanlyin Bridge.

Under British rule, Thanlyin was known as 'Syriam' and was the site of a major oil refinery.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Thanlyin in Myanmar is between November and March, when you will have a pleasant or warm temperature and limited till mediocre rainfall.

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

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 33.1 25.4 17.1
Feb 35.3 27.1 18.7
Mar 36.8 29.2 21.4
Apr 37.7 30.9 24
May 34.3 29.1 24.1
Jun 31.6 27.4 23.6
Jul 30.8 26.8 23.2
Aug 30.7 26.8 23.1
Sep 31.3 27.2 23.1
Oct 32.8 27.9 23.2
Nov 33.9 27.9 21.6
Dec 32.9 25.7 18

Thanlyin’s current weather and 7-day forecast


Immaculate Conception Church

Also known as the old Portuguese church, these are actually the red-brick ruins of a church built by an Italian priest around 1750. Find them by following a track uphill from near the Thanlyin Bridge; the ruins' friendly caretaker Joseph Paul will likely be on hand to provide some background about the site.

The Catholic missionary Paolo Nerini gained permission from King Binnya Dala to raise a church here to replace the earlier wooden one built by the Portuguese settlers. In recent years the remains have been preserved and, in 2019, a ceremony was held to consecrate the land and to celebrate Mass here.

Yele Paya

At Kyauktan, 12 miles southeast of Thanlyin, is a sparkling temple rising from an islet adrift on a chocolate river. You can feed the massive catfish splashing about at the edge of the temple complex. To reach the islet, catch one of the launch ferries (K5000 return for the boat) from the riverbank.

In the town is a small pagoda perched on top of a hill beside the river, plus a hectic, flyblown and rather fishy market, which reaches its climax in the morning.


In either late January or early February, Thanlyin’s Hindu community celebrates (or endures, depending on your opinion) Thaipusam, the ritual of penitence in which devotees repent bad deeds by impaling themselves with hooks and nails and walking over hot coals.

Kyaik-Khauk Paya

Around 5 miles south of Thanlyin's centre is this gilded Mon-style stupa, similar in design to Shwedagon and said to contain two Buddha hairs delivered to the site by the great sage himself. There are panoramic views from its hilltop location.

Thanlyin Myo Ma Market

At the heart of Thanlyin is this colourful and busy daily market that's well worth a stroll.
Opposite the market, look out for a handsome colonial building that now houses the regional government offices.

Beer gardens line the main road through Thanlyin on the way to Kyaik-Khuak Paya. Beyond the pagoda is 'central' Thanlyin, and more basic restaurants.

If you’ve hired a driver, stop at Shwe Pu Zun, a huge modern bakery-cafe, located between Yangon and Thanlyin, specialising in sweets; the faluda (mixture of custard, ice cream and jelly; K1200) is famous.

Near the Kyauktan ferry landing are several simple restaurants and food stalls.

WH Hotel & Service Apartment 

Add: No. 18, Kyaik Khauk Pagoda Road, 100 Ton Rice Mill, Thanlyin

A 10-minute drive from Thilawa Jetty in Payagon, WH Hotel & Service Apartment offers rooms and apartments with free WiFi.

Both types of accommodation come with air conditioning, a seating area and a flat-screen satellite TV. There is also a safety deposit box, a minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. Complete with a bath, the en suite bathroom is fitted with a shower and a hairdryer. The apartments feature a dining table and a kitchenette.

WH Hotel & Service Apartment has a restaurant and bar where guests can enjoy their meals. In-room dining is also available. Other services include laundry and car hire. The property offers free parking.

This property is a 5-minute drive from Kyaik Khauk Pagoda and a 1-hour drive from Yangon International Airport.

Min Nandar Garden Hotel

Add: Chan Myae Yike Nyain Street, Thout Taw Twin Ward, Kyaik Khauk Pagoda Road, Thanlyin

At Min Nandar Garden Hotel, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. The hotel provides 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, 24-hour front desk to ensure our guests the greatest comfort.

Experience high quality room facilities during your stay here. Some rooms include television LCD/plasma screen, clothes rack, mirror, towels, wooden/parqueted flooring, provided to help guests recharge after a long day. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay.

Mya Myint Mo Hotel

Add: No 1. U Soe Nyunt Street, Middle Myo Haung, Thanhlyin Township, Thanlyin

Ideal for fun and relaxation, Mya Myint Mo Hotel is located in the Thanlyin area of Yangon. 

Mya Myint Mo Hotel offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. Top features of the hotel include free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas.

Guests can choose from 30 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Whether you're a fitness enthusiast or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, you will be entertained by top-class recreational facilities such as outdoor pool, garden.

The distance between Yangon and Thanlyin is 11 km. The road distance is 14.7 km. Taxi from Yangon to Thanlyin costs $13 - $16 and takes 13 min.

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