5 Day Itinerary For Mawlamyine, Mon State & Karen State, Myanmar


5 days is a good amount of time in the Mawlamyine/Mon State/Karen State region and you will be able to see much that is on offer without rushing around, though there will still be some choices to be made.

If you don’t have days to spare, check out our 2 Day Itinerary and 3 Day Itinerary.


Walk Lower Main Rd and Strand Road. Check out the architecture and get a feel for the area.
Yadanarbon (Queen’s) Monastery
Kawkhar Monastery
Mahamyatmuni pagoda
Uzina pagoda
Kayaikthalan pagoda
Watch the sunset from the view point


Mottama Hills
Kawhnat pagoda compound
Kan Gyi Lake afternoon walk


Sunrise from Uzina pagoda
Kyauk Ka Latt
King’s Cave
Sa-Dan Cave (Elephant Cave)
Kawgoon Cave

Optional extra if you’re feeling energetic: Mukyi jungle walk to see newly discovered rock carvings and overnight at Mukyi Meditation Retreat .


Thanbyuzayat Death Railway & WWII Cemetery
Kyaik Ka Mi Sea Pagoda
Reclining Buddha

Sunset cruise or Strand Road walk



Option 1: Adventure

Phar Pawn Caves

Option 2: Culture

Bandhi They Lar Pagoda
Shampoo Island (Gaung-Say Island).


2 thoughts on “5 Day Itinerary For Mawlamyine, Mon State & Karen State, Myanmar

  1. Thanks heaps for the info! I really want to get off the beaten track in Myanmar! Do you mind if I ask what kind of work you guys were doing with the locals? I’m there for a month soon, really looking forward to it 🙂

    • Hi Shae,

      Sorry for the late reply and thanks for reading!

      We were teaching a tourism English course as the area we were in was gearing up to start accepting mass tourism. If you’re interested in going to Mawlamyine we’d be happy to hook you up with a local teacher. I don’t think he’d be looking for anyone long term, but he’s always happy to drag an unsuspecting foreigner into his class room for an hour or two.


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