Welcome to Ye
Charming Ye (ေရးျမိဳ႕), pronounced 'yay', has long been off travellers' maps. Until recently, government restrictions prevented foreigners from moving south of Mawlamyine by road, which left Ye, roughly halfway between Mawlamyine and Dawei, isolated. With an attractive, tree-lined lake at its heart and the Ye River running through it, Ye is a compact town of traditional wooden houses, a hectic, big market and friendly, curious locals. It's a great place to kick back for a few days and experience small-town Myanmar life, while it's also the ideal base for excursions into the surrounding countryside, where you'll find Mon and Kayin villages that rarely see foreigners.