When you go to Myanmar, you’ll no doubt come across at least one literature by George Orwell. The English author worked and lived in Myanmar for numerous years. He set several of his novels in Burma, and takes readers deeper into the Burmese culture of the time.
Mawlamyine, formerly called Moulmein is a seaside town cloaked with a strong colonial vibe. It’s a little sleepy, but it also offers the regular doses of markets and pagodas.
I particularly enjoyed the seaside night food market. A small strip along the shore, food stands are all set up with plenty of seating around where you can get dinner. There’s plenty of fresh options for the seafood lovers, but as a vegetarian, I also found plenty to choose from.
A short 2 minutes ride away is Shampoo Island. Peaceful and colourful, this island holds only a monastery. There are many pagodas, along with many religious paintings and sculptures. There’s also plenty of shade and seating, making it a perfect lazy afternoon activity.
For many of the tourist sites, you’ll have to travel outside the city to see. You can rent a tuk tuk (around $15 for the day) or take yourself on a motorbike.