Mawlamyine can be reached by car or by train and from Yangon, take approximately seven hours to reach there. A pleasant Strand road is a serene place to stroll watching the colonial buildings alongside the river. Being the 3rd largest city, it's also remarkable for the publishing of the 1st English Newspaper "The Moulmain Chronicle".
The Kyaik-thanlan pagoda was erected in 875 A.D. enshrining a hair relic of the Buddha together with the Tripitaka manuscripts and gold images of the Buddha. A big bell on the on the Pagoda Platform with a Mon inscription and also another bell with an English inscription dated 30th March 1885: " The famous English poet Rudyard Kipling wrote about Kyaik-tha-lan Pagoda in his poem "Mandalay" with the line: By the old Moulmein Pagoda, looking lazily at the sea".