Mawlamyiang

Travel Guide Asia Myanmar Mon State Mawlamyiang

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Introduction

Mawlamyiang was between 1826 and 1852 the first capital of Britisch Birma.

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Sights and Activities

Several Temples like Kyaik Tan Lan Pagoda and Mahamuni Paya, also several British churches like St Patrick's (1829), St Matthew's (1887), First Baptist (1827) and the largest reclining Buddha Win Sein Taw Ya.

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Getting There

By Train

There is a line to Yangon, and a very slow line to Ye where you can change to a train to Dawai.

By Bus

Buses run to Yangon, Mandalay, Dawai, Myawaddy and Hpa An.

By Boat

To Hpa An you can go also by boat.

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Eat

At Strand road 300 metres south of the Breeze Guesthouse is a nice nightmarket with some very interesting food. Also at Strand road 100 metres north of the Breeze Guesthouse above the sea is the "Nursing Home Fund Raising Restaurant (name on Google maps, actual name is Help Grandmother and Grandfather )", which has excellent Century Eggs and Tea Leave Salad.

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Sleep

The Breeze Guesthouse on Strand road 6 is one of the cheapest in Mawlamyiang, some rooms have a nice view over the sea, their cheapest rooms are very basic, but the next category is all right. Good informations from the owner.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is now widely and cheaply available in Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan, but more limited elsewhere. However access can be slow although now unrestricted. Rates are around 300 kyat/hour in Yangon and 1,000-3,000 kyat/hour elsewhere. Some hotels, although rare, allow free access to the internet.
The government records screenshots every five minutes from PCs in Internet cafés to monitor Internet usage. If you don't want your privacy violated in this way, save your surfing for Thailand or wherever you head next.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Myanmar's country code is 95.

International phone calls can be arranged at the Central Telephone & Telegraph Office at the corner of Ponsodan and Mahabandoola Streets in Yangon. International Direct Dial calls are also possible from most hotels and at many public call offices (often a phone in a shop), but they are expensive, e.g., a call to the US costs USD6–7 per min.

The MPTGSM mobile phone network is provided by the Myanmar Government's Post and Telecommunication agency. This works on the GSM900 band, so is visible to multi-band GSM phones. Roaming is available onto MPT's GSM 900 network, subject to agreements between operators; check with your operator before you leave to be sure. Unfortunately, MPT only has international roaming agreements with operators from a limited number countries and territories. Nevertheless, if your own mobile telephone can detect the MPT GSM network, then you may be able to buy a USD20 SIM card which will work for 28 days.

As of October 2014, Telenor and Ooredoo, two international companies, have entered the market. Sim cards are cheap and widely available (1500 kyats for a Telenor sim). Nevertheless, connectivity can still be limited to urban centres, Yangon and Mandalay in particular. Telenor seems to have a better connection and plans to improve nets massively in the next years. Although MPT has the widest coverage, it is also the most expensive.

Post

International mail out of Myanmar is reportedly quite efficient, despite what some hotels might tell you.

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