Getting There & Away
At the time of research, Myanmar National Airlines was the only airline flying out of Mawlamyine, operating just one flight a week to Yangon and one flight a week to Kawthoung (both flights are prone to cancellation).
There are no public ferries to Hpa-an, but private boats can be chartered (for up to 14 people) at K10,000 per person for the two-hour trip; enquire at Breeze Guest House.
Buses for destinations north of Mawlamyine use the Mye Ni Gone bus station, located near the train station; a motorcycle taxi to/from the centre should cost K500. For routes south of Mawlamyine, head to the Zay Gyo bus station, a couple of miles south of the city centre; a motorcycle taxi to/from here should cost K1000. Vans (actually share taxis) to Myawaddy depart from opposite the entrance to Zay Gyo bus station.
Mawlamyine's train station is about 1 mile east of the city centre, a K500 ride on a motorcycle taxi. At the time of research, trains were not running south of Dawei.
Motorcycle taxis are found on just about every corner in Mawlamyine (short trips K500, longer journeys from K1000).
For destinations outside town, you'll want a driver. This can be arranged at any hotel. Count on K50,000 to K60,000 for a full day's hire. You can also call Ko Min Naing (057-22247, 09 25584 2830), a reliable driver who speaks some English.
Boats to Gaungse Kyun (Shampoo Island) depart from the pier at the northern end of town.
Buses and pick-ups to Kyonka (for Nwa-la-bo Pagoda) leave from the roundabout before the bridge.