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Look out for upcoming details of our new ‘off-the-beaten-track’ South Burma tour starting in Yangon and heading south, via the famous Golden Rock, to the picturesque but rarely visited old colonial ports of Moulmein, Tavoy and Mergui, (now Mawlamyine, Dawei and Myeik). If you’ve visited Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle then check-out parts of Myanmar few other tours reach!

Mon State’s Moulmein Town, or Mawlamyine as the current Burmese government prefers, was made famous by the line from Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “”by the old Moulmein pagoda lookin’ lazy at the sea…,” as well as having had George Orwell as its police chief for a while, yet this wonderful town certainly isn’t a famous destination as far as today’s foreign…

Nice selection of Burma photos contributed by Marina who travelled on our recent off the beaten track South Burma tour, ‘Lookin’ Lazy at the Sea’. Taken, we believe, on the local boat between Moulmein, (Mawlamyine), and Bilu, (Ogre), Island. One of the Mon girls making the traditional Burmese bamboo hats on Bilu Island. See our recent post on another of…

Moulmein, modern Mawlamyine, was famously immortalised by Rudyard Kipling  in the line, “By the old Moulmein pagoda lookin’ lazy at the sea….” Of course the poem was actually called Mandalay, not Moulmein, and neither is the correct title the Road to Mandalay as many assume.  Well you can still sit by the old pagoda and look at the sea with…