Mawlamyine is a charming town is the capital of Mon State situated at the mouth of the Thanlwin River. Located 28 miles from the sea. It is the third largest city in Myanmar. Visitors to Mawlamyine are simply enchanted at the scenic beauty and it’s temperature climate. The atmosphere of post-colonial decay is still palpable here. A beautiful river trip from Pa-An can be done but not recommended because of the irregularity of boat schedule. It can be done as an extension of the Kyaikhtiyo trip.

How to Get There

299 km (8 hours drive) and (12 hours by train) from Yangon.

Mawlamyine & Surrounding

Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) Pagoda

The famous legendary Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is located in the small town called Kyaikhto, in the Mon State. The Pagoda is also known as “the golden rock”. This destination is 160 km away from Yangon and 4 hours drive. The Pagoda is situated on a rocky mountain 1100 m (3615 ft) above sea-level. Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is one of the most ancient and celebrated of all pagodas in Myanmar and said to have been built during the life-time of the Buddha over 2400 years. It is a 11 km uphill climb for the hikers from Kinpun base camp to the rock, if we trek it takes 7 hrs walk or 1 hr drive up hill by open truck to Hermit hill. Again 45 minutes trek to reach the Golden Rock or the people who can not trek the palanquins are available. The season of pilgrimage is from October to May.

How to Get There

299 Km, (10 hours drive) and (18 hours by train) from Yangon.


About 60 kilometres south of Mawlamyine, Thanbyuzayat is the counter part of river kui death railways maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.