“By the old Moulmein pagoda lookin’ lazy at the sea…,” wrote Rudyard Kipling on his 1889 visit. Moulmein, officially renamed Mawlamyine. The charming tropical capital of Mon State and one-time administrative centre of British Burma, has many old colonial buildings lining its quiet streets, and is famous for its markets and seafood.
The capital of Karen (Kayin) State, Hpa An is a picturesque town. The setting itself, the surrounding caves and mountains to explore, and the laid back atmosphere are the highlights of the area.