If you’re finding Mawlamyine a bit too sleepy, you’ll be delighted to discover that the town functions as a great base for a variety of easy and worthwhile day trips. Visits to Bilu Kyun, a nearby island with handicraft workshops, and to the Buddhist sites south and east of Mawlamyine are the most popular excursions.
Many people save themselves time and hassle by hiring a car (K50,000 to K60,000 per day depending on your destination) and guide (US$20 per day) in order to explore fully. Tin Win is a reliable English-speaking driver with a decent car. All the hotels can organise transport, although the best guides can be found at Breeze Guest House, where Mr Antony and Mr Khaing are both informative and entertaining.