Mon

State

Mon state is a located in the South eastern part of Myanmar. It is one of the popular states because of its many tour attractions. Kyaik Hti Yo pagoda (Golden Rock Pagoda) situated in Thahton is a good place for short trekking and studying the ways of lives of the local people. Thanbyuzayat was the western terminus of the Burma- Siam Railway line that crossed the bridge on the river Kwai in Thailand. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains the war cemetery.

Capital - Mawlamyine

Languages - Mon, Myanmar

Industries - Agriculture, Fishery

Car, Train, Boat

Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)

Kyaikkami

Than Byu Za Yat

Mawlamyine

Thahton

Archeological & Culture _ Pagodas, Monasteries, “Spirit” Worship culture

Trekking Sites – Tha Htone region trekking & Kyeik Htiyo trekking

Art & Craft – Weaving and traditional house hole ware products

Ethnic – Interested Native People

Special Activities – Beach Excursion


Mawlamying

Mawlamying is the capital of Mon State and the third largest city of Myanmar after Yangon and Mandalay. It is situated at the mouth of the “Than Lwin River”, 171 km south east of Yangon. It is extremely beautiful and famous for its tropical fruits such as durians, mangoes, rambutans, mangosteens and pomelos. There are many tourist destinations in this vicinity. It is easily accessible by road and rail from Yangon. Sites to see in Mawlamying are Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, Uzena pagoda, Kawgoon Cavers, which is famous for its countless Buddha images stalagmites and stalacities. The strand is a pleasant place to stroll with beautiful colonial buildings facing the river.

KyaikHtiYo Pagoda

Located about 160km from Yangon, Kyaikhtiyo is the largest domestic tourism center. The small stupa, 7.3m high, sits atop at the Gold Rock, it stands on gilded boulder precariously perched on the edge of the hill over 3,615 feet above sea level. The pagoda is said to have been built during the life-time of the Buddha over 2400 years ago. There are many legends about the pagodas and Nat (Spirit Gods) shrines along the way from the base camp to the Pagoda. The season of pilgrimage is from October to May. At that time the platform of the pagoda is lighted with ninety thousand candles offered to the Buddha and thousands of worshippers gather around the pagoda offering fruits, foods incense to the Buddha. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda.

KyaikKami

Located 9km northeast of Thanbyuzayat, Kyaikkami was a small coastal resort and missionary center known as Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), an American missionary who developed the first Burmese-English dictionary in 1849 and was the first person to translate the Bible into Burmese. He was sailing to India with his wife when their ship was blown off course, forcing them to land at Kyaikkami. Judson stayed on and established his first mission here. However, the main focus of Kyaikkami is Yele Paya, a metal-roofed Buddhist shrine complex perched over the sea and reached via a long two-level causeway, the lower level is submerged during high tide. Along with 11 Buddha hair relics, the shrine chamber beneath Yele Paya reportedly contains a Buddha image that supposedly floated here on a raft from Sri Lanka in ancient times.