Previously also known under the name Amherst, it is at the Gulf of Martaban (Andaman Sea) northwest of Thanbyuzeyat. The Pagoda is built on a small island connected to the mainland by a bridge-like walkway. During high-tide the lower walkway gets flooded but you can walk on the upper level. The building containing the Buddha Images can’t be entered by women, they have to see the Image from a platform. The scenery is probably more attractive than the architecture. Hpa-An Town It is the capital of Kayin State and located on the bank of the Than Lwin (Salween) River. On the riverbanks, logs are pulled out of the water and are processed in small sawmills.


This town around 1-hour drive south of Mawlamyaing and marked the ending of the infamous “Death railway”. Allied Prisoners of War built it during the 2nd World war from Thailand to Myanmar under Japanese rule. Today there is little more than a newly painted locomotive on display. WAR CEMETERY A little bit out of Thanbyuzeyat is a well-kept Allied War Cemetery in large a compound.