Mawlamyine, a charming town, is the capital of Mon State, situated at the mouth of the Thanlwin River. Located 28 miles from the sea , it is the third largest city in Myanmar. Visitors to Mawlamyine are simply enchanted at the scenic beauty and it's temperature climate. The atmosphere of post-colonial decay is still palpable here. A beautiful river trip from Pa-An can be done but not recommended because of the irregularity of boat schedule. 299 Km, 10 hours drive and 18 hours by train from Yangon. It can be done as an extension of the Kyaikhtiyo trip.
About 60 kilometers south of Mawlamyine, Thanbyuzayat is the counter part of river kui death railways of Thailand.
Located 175 miles from Yangon and is the only place for the tourists where you can get good accommodation on Yangon-Mandalay road. Taungoo (Kaytumadi City) was founded by King and later innovated by King Minye Kyawhtin.
It is one of the main gateways to Bogo Yoma and its teak forests in which you can see how elephants work. But the working site is not stable as it is moving around, so need to follow where they are. And the accommodation will be camping tents and sleeping bags on bamboo decks. Taungoo is only good as a stop over to avoid tedious (14 hours) drive between Yangon and Mandalay. However, if ones wish to visit Elephant camp call “ Thargara ', one night stay in Taungoo is recommended.