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Well, you can still be sitting at the old lagoon looking out at the ocean, with perhaps the best times of year for us being sundown, and we question whether the views have even altered since then.
Indeed, apart from a gossip of new cement, albeit with a low increase, structures and a few cars, we don't think much has happened since George Orwell monitored his roads and sitting down Kypling in his aisle. Moulmein is still dominated by the gold coloured stone houses on the low woody hill tops behind the city center - with magnificent vistas in all directions, not just to the sea - and tranquil roads with historic houses winding their way up from the water.
A large early bird fair and a smaller greengrocer's fair in the afternoons provide a lively and lively insight into a cross-section of the city's diverse and highly hospitable population: There are currently few and far between tourist destinations, but there are a few good accommodations, some great locals and even a perfectly good river-side sundowner, so overall we expect this to be a great one.
Indeed, we would resist anyone who visits us without succumbing to the city' s allure. Fortunately, there are also a number of sights and places of interest in the area, so we have reserved 3 night stays in Moulmein on our new South Burma Tours. Besides the view of the ocean, the exploration of the city' s tranquil roads and the encounter with the natives in the bustling marketplaces, we make a daily excursion to Bilu Kyun (Ogre Island - we'll tell you why later), a paradise of Mon tradition, where you can find friendlier natives, marvel at the landscape and try out some of the intriguing country house industry, where the elastic becomes a favorite!
Driving with the communal boats is also a great time! Kyaikkkami Abbey, a monumental convent on a rocky promontory, the Kyauktalon Taung Pagoda - a mt Popa-like sanctuary, Win Sein Taw Ya, the biggest lying Buddha in the whole wide range of the earth, Thanbyuzaya, the end station of the Japanese death track of the Second Word War and the gigantic prisoner -of-war graveyard, and the Kyaikkkami Abbey, a monumental convent on rocky outcrops in the ocean.