Mawlamyine, the capital and largest city of Mon State, is approximately 160 km south-east of Yangon at the mouth of Than Lwin River. The main trading centre and seaport in southeastern Myanmar, Mawlamyine has a multi-ethnic population with a Buddhist Mon majority.
Within a short distance from Mawlamyine by car or by ferry boat along Than Lwin River is the U Nar Auk Kloster with a unique temple complex featuring the delightful eclectic mixture of European and pan-Asian styles’ architecture, which are in complete contrast to the pagodas and monastic compound found all over the country. This is also very well-known because of the famous entrepreneur and philanthropist, U Nar Auk, who is a devout Buddhist and a patriot who stood for the Country's poor and tried his best to avoid exploitation by British and Indian businessmen during the 1880’s and 90’s. Do make your time available to explore more of the interesting history of U Nar Auk and observe the reminiscences of the late-19th century with your own eyes.
Natural and historic caves’ exploration are also possible to conduct with just an overnight stop in Hpa An, the capital of Kayin State nearby.
This would indeed be a worthwhile escape stepping away from the hustle and bustle of the Cities !