The search for a perfect weekend getaway may be over for those prepared to endure two overnight buses and a sleep-deprived Monday at the office. Mawlamyine, the Mon State capital and a former colonial capital and bustling port, boasts many attractions, including weathered Victorian architecture, hilltops crowned with pagodas and a waterfront worth exploring on foot. It’s a great place to unwind and to discover.
When the internet took one of its inevitable downtime moments at the Mizzima office in the Pearl Condo we found ourselves on the hunt for a wi-fi connection. More outlets for a coffee or creamy ice drink are opening in the Pearl but almost without exception they are of limited use for those needing to connect with the cyberverse. They tend to lack a reliable signal, space or tranquility.
Unlike the ‘Road to Mandalay’ the ‘Road to Pyay’ or Prome as it was known, is less well travelled by those on the tourist trail. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Yangon, stupa-studded Pyay – on the Ayeyarwady River about 177 miles (245km) by road from the commercial capital – is big enough for an interesting weekend getaway, yet small enough to make it an easy destination to unwind.