Don’t dare attempt the pronunciation of this Burmese city? You might want to use its former name, Moulmein, instead, which was given to it by the Britons during the period of their rule in Burma. The 4th largest city in Myanmat and the the largest city in Myanmar’s south it was once the capital of British Burma with plenty here to remind visitors of its colonial past. Even though it has a large population the city still retains a village feel with so many nostalgic scenes and so much exotic charm. Walking around this city it’s easy to see how the city was responsible for inspiring Rudyard Kipling’s “Road to Mandalay” and George Orwell’s “Burmese Days”. See St. Matthews Church which was built in 1887, the Pa Auk Taw Ya Monastery where you can see the influence it has worldwide with it’s continuous flow of foreign students and also take a walk to Kyaik Tan Lan Pagoda, up on the hill, this is one of the best vantage points in town to see the sunset. Take the opportunity to visit a city ‘off the beaten track’ and enjoy the culture, history and charm all to yourself.

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