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 MONASTERY
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.