Mawlamyaing (Malmein)

Often under shadowed by its big sister cities Yangon and Mandalay, Mawlamyaing has some unique qualities of its own to appreciate. The city's legacy as the first British administration capital can be relished through its deteriorating colonial buildings and Setse beach, a vacation hotspot since the 19th century. Visitors often head to Win Sein Yaw to experience the largest reclining Buddha in the country. This 600 feet giant is found amidst mountain and lush, green fields. You can inspect a museum complete with dioramas of Buddha's teaching within it. For a more solemn look at its past, you can remember the fallen at the Thanbyuzayat war memorial where the graves of 3,770 allied soldiers who died under the inhumane conditions during the construction of the 'death railway' lie.